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New Orleans Jazz Fest is back!

It’s felt like forever since the last Jazz Fest but it’s finally back and we were so thrilled to check out the music, with acts such as Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, and Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining, as well as local and regional favorites such as Lost Bayou Ramblers, Sweet Crude, and Little Freddie King. Along with music, art vendors came back, selling everything from paintings to clothes. Here, we are highlighting New Orleans-based artists that you shouldn’t sleep on, we certainly didn’t. We hope to see them again next year.

Mardi Gras Indians at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Mardi Gras Indians at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Nicolas Henderson, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

EDWARD WYCLIFF – Bow Shoeshoe

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With the mission of empowering the people of Lesotho, Edward Wycliff designs and sells bowties and neckties which are crafted by the people of Lesotho. Bow Shoeshoe empowers the people of Lesotho by facilitating entrepreneurship development in isolated communities, ultimately training those in underserved communities to support themselves through bowtie and necktie craftsmanship. By working in seven underserved communities, they provide residents of the communities with a stable source of well-paid labor, bringing employment opportunities to areas struck by extreme poverty. Pronounced “shway-shway”, shoeshoe is the traditional cotton textile of South Africa, which became an iconic symbol of Lesotho. As Wycliff said, “It truly does take a village to produce each Bow Shoeshoe product.”

OSCAR DONAHUE – Oscar of New Orleans

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Oscar Donahue grew up in the inner city of Kansas City, Missouri, with limited resources but surrounded by strong familial bonds and an abundance of love from family members. His artistry started early in life, as he was drawing at the age of 5. A goal setter, Donahue decided that he wants to be senior class president in his first year of school, so he embarked on a four-year mission and achieved his dream. After moving to New Orleans in 1984, he spent his weekends drawing portraits at the French Market before starting to design whimsical colorful jewelry to increase his income and support his family.

MARIE JOSE POUX

A native of Haiti living in New Orleans, Marie Jose Poux founded the Hope for Haitian Children foundation, where she gives aid and support to abandoned or orphaned children in Haiti, as well as support parents and families in need. Marie Jose Poux’s dedication and hard work have kept the Haitian orphanage fully functional. Ms. Poux’s Haitian artwork and straw hats were surely a great hit and we cannot wait to see more from her.

DARRIN BUTLER – Color in Wood

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Darrin Butler excelled in music and the arts at his school, with wood and metal as his preferred mediums. Living in New Orleans allowed him to be well immersed in music and art, whether it’s art museums or the people of New Orleans that dress in visually stunning and creative attire. We absolutely loved his mixed media pieces and wood-metal wall sculptures that he was selling during the first weekend of Jazz Fest.

EPAUL JULIEN

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A self-taught artist, Epaul Julien started his career in 1995 as a fine art photographer. After having to abandon his oversized photo gear in order to evacuate for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he salvaged his work from the storm, and combined with his artistic vision, he created mixed media art by working with what he had. His art is influenced by New Orleans history, abstract expressionist art, and a constant supply of leftover home renovation materials overflowing in city dumpsters. He is resourceful, environmentally conscious, and with a passion for representing his city through art. Epaul Julien sold gold and silver leaf photography during the first weekend of Jazz Fest and we’re definitely keeping an eye out for more of his work.

CHESTER ALLEN

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Chester Allen is an award-winning, nationally renowned, sterling silver jewelry artist. With over 30 years of work under his belt, his extensive line of work includes pieces inspired by his background in music, along with work inspired by sacred geometry. His portfolio ranges from casual everyday jewelry to fine jewelry using premium material.

LAMENE SENE – Sunugal la Classe

Lamine Sene first started sewing at age 15 as a job in their native country, Senegal, where they developed their passion for fashion and started designing their own clothing. They started traveling to Europe to do fashion shows, then traveling to the United States for the first time in 1989. They came to New Orleans in 1995 to vend at Jazz Fest, fell in love with the city, resulting in a move to New Orleans. They still have their shop in Senegal but set up every day at the French Market in New Orleans. Lamine Sene sold Senegalese clothing during the second weekend of Jazz Fest and has left us hungry for more.

SHAKOR WHITE – Gallery Cayenne

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With a career as an artist spanning more than three decades, Shakor White does not plan on stopping anytime soon. A painter and sculptor, his work embraces both non-objective abstract and objective realism. Drawing inspiration from classic works such as the sculpture of Michelangelo, he fuses that technical inspiration with his spiritual inspiration, drawn from the culture of New Orleans. Shakor White went to art school, beginning his career as a graphic designer, before moving to New Orleans in pursuit of complete artistic freedom and to practice his art with no reservations. Shakor White’s 3-dimensional acrylic paintings were breathtaking to see in person.

JESSICA STRAHAN

Award-winning and self-taught, Jessica Strahan is a painter and muralist who draws her inspiration from vibrant New Orleans and the African diaspora, creating portraits that magnify African influence on New Orleans culture with a focus on cultural practices, residential architecture, culinary traditions, and the features and styles of New Orleans residents. Jessica Strahan sold her acrylic paintings during the second weekend of Jazz Fest and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for her.

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Labor Day Weekend Activities in New Orleans https://airboatadventures.com/labor-day-weekend-activities-in-new-orleans/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 09:05:39 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2966 Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans is a must-do, as the city boasts some of the best activities that any city has to offer. A Brief Background on labor day and labor day weekend Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September that honors and recognizes the American labor movement […]

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Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans is a must-do, as the city boasts some of the best activities that any city has to offer.

Downtown New Orleans on street-car line. New Orleans is perfect for any holiday weekend.

A Brief Background on labor day and labor day weekend

Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September that honors and recognizes the American labor movement which began in the late 19th century.

Labor Day Weekend is a beloved three-day weekend that the holiday falls around. Considered the unofficial end of summer, many take their vacations during the weeks that lead into the three-day weekend, which culminates in celebration, and the beginning of fall activities such as some sports and school.

Labor Day also marks the last day that it is considered acceptable to wear white and seersucker, so don’t forget to get your best seersucker outfits out in celebration of the three-day weekend.

What is there to be done during Labor Day weekend in New Orleans?

So much. Labor Day is a great time to relax, have fun, see family, and explore everything that New Orleans has to offer.

Go On a Swamp Tour

Take a break from the city and go on an airboat tour with us, of course.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland

Fun Fact: Virginia amusement parks successfully lobbied for a law to prohibit schools from opening before Labor Day, so that families can gather at amusement parks during Labor Day Weekend.

People have tried to overturn the law with no success.

In honor of the nearly four-decade-long tradition, why not visit Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland? These city park attractions provide fun for the whole family.

Drive the bumper cars, take a spin on the carousel, or ride on the Lady Bug Rollercoaster.

Want to see and enjoy a stroll through a whimsical fairytale setting? That’s what the beautiful Storyland is for.

In addition, City Park is massive so why don’t you wear your seersucker, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy a picnic at the park while you’re there?

While you’re in that area, why not go for a walk at the Lakefront Promenade, where you can people-watch, or enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Become A Grill Master (Or Just Eat Some BBQ)

Barbecuing is an American holiday tradition that has withstood the test of time so why not host a BBQ? Or go to a friend’s party. Parks are also great for barbecuing, and you can either use the ones they have available, bring your portable grill, or buy a few disposable grills.

Or you could just eat at a BBQ restaurant if grilling isn’t your thing.

We recommend Blue Oak BBQ or Frey Smoked Meat Co., if you or a loved one is a macaroni and cheese aficionado, definitely go to Frey, their menu has a section dedicated to the popular dish.

Blue Oak BBQ is located at 900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 while Frey Smoked Meat Co. is located at 4141 Bienville Street #110, New Orleans, LA 70119

Cool Off at Audubon Cool Zoo

Let’s face it, New Orleans summers are very hot. That’s where the Audubon Cool Zoo comes into play. With great water activities such as a giant alligator slide and a lazy river, to name a few, the Cool Zoo is a great family activity, the kids will appreciate what is essentially a mini waterpark. Located at the Audubon Zoo, there’s the added convenience of going to see the animals, making it a wonderful all-day activity.

The zoo is located at 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Watch Some Football, Labor Day weekend marks fall sports season

Fall sports season is about to ramp up, which means Football! NFL Pre Season is over and things are about to get serious, with the first New Orleans Saints game coming up the week after Labor Day. Why not kick off the season with the LSU vs. Florida game taking place the day before Labor Day, at the Superdome?

Your options are unlimited when it comes to how you’re going to watch the game. Since it’s here in New Orleans, why not snag a few tickets and go see the game at the Superdome?

Can’t get any tickets? Maybe you simply don’t want to go see it, or for any reason you have. The game will be broadcasted live, and New Orleans has an ample number of sports bars and restaurants. Here are some of our favorites:

Cooter Brown’s Tavern

This place gets rowdy during games yet is laidback at the same time. There are 17 TVs with a large indoor section as well as two outdoor sections with TVs as well. They boast a collection of 400 beers, so if you’re into craft beers, this place might become your favorite bar. What makes this place unique is the photos of deceased celebrities and public figures on their Beersoleum wall. There’s a menu full of pub grub as well as freshly shucked oysters available. If you’re not into pub grub or oysters, there are several restaurants in the immediate area that you can order from.

Cooter Brown’s is located at 509 S Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

If you have the kids in tow, Walk-On’s is the perfect spot to watch the game. Due to it being a restaurant, children are allowed in. With over 30 televisions and delicious food, this spot might just become your favorite spot to watch the game and to eat. With Drew Brees as one of the owners and amazing specials, it’s a no-brainer that it’s been ranked as the number 1 sports bar in the country. With over 40 locations in the United States, this successful chain, with modest beginnings, might become your favorite game-day spot back home as well.

The New Orleans location of Walk-On’s is located at 1009 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

One of New Orleans’s Many Breweries

Why not try out some local beer at a New Orleans brewery? These child-friendly establishments boast truly unique brews on tap, frequent restaurant popups, and a wide selection of games to play while watching the game. We love Port Orleans Brewing Co. with their beer garden full of TVs, this spot is owned by former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief, so it’s the real deal for game day despite not being a sports bar.

Further east down Tchoupitoulas, you can find yourself at Urban South Brewery, where they’re hosting a kickoff party, with the LSU game shown on projectors. Eat some burgers while you’re there from their very own Urban Smash Burgers. Reservations are available. For more information about the event, click here.

Port Orleans Brewing Co. is located at 4124 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 & Urban South Brewery is located at 1645 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in New Orleans during Labor Day Weekend, make sure to check out our curated list of hotels.

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French Quarter Fest https://airboatadventures.com/french-quarter-fest/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 10:24:17 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2953 The past few months have been busy, as festivals are finally started making a comeback after two years of lockdown. The good news is there will always be something going on over moving forward, so you will have something to celebrate no matter when you pay a visit. We ate, drank, and danced at French […]

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The past few months have been busy, as festivals are finally started making a comeback after two years of lockdown. The good news is there will always be something going on over moving forward, so you will have something to celebrate no matter when you pay a visit. We ate, drank, and danced at French Quarter Fest. New Orleans is back with a vengeance and she’s not going anywhere.

However, we did have some festivals get canceled for 2023 (looking at you, BUKU). The horrible news had us make a beeline for the FQF website, where we found the dates for both 2023 and 2024. We are thrilled and cannot wait for next April. Look through our favorite 2022 food vendors and get your taste buds excited for French Quarter Festival 2023!

We are so happy about the return of French Quarter Fest and it was a blast! we can’t wait until fqf 2023.

Streetcar Downtown New Orleans

French Quarter Fest is Back!

With festivals making a comeback, New Orleans’s best restaurants brought their special festival dishes to French Quarter Fest. We missed festival food, and we’re sharing our festival culinary “plan” with everyone. Here’s what we were excited about eating this French Quarter Fest. Helpful Tip: bringing a group is the ideal situation so you can sample all these dishes!

Broussard’s Restaurant

Open in 1920, this French-Creole restaurant has withstood the test of time. Once you try their cuisine, you’ll understand why. We loved their crab cake sliders at their French Quarter Fest Jackson Square booth. We wanted more than the limited menu at their French Quarter Fest booth so we visited their stunning brick-and-mortar location, less than a ten-minute walk away from Jackson Square, featuring a beautiful courtyard for us to sit down, dine, and enjoy the beautiful day.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

This French Quarter fine dining staple made its way to Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest as well, with a small menu of offerings. Here, at Airboat Adventures, we were excited about their barbecue shrimp po’boy. There is nothing better than New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp that is contained in its own bread vessel (boat pun intended) since we all love dipping French bread into the sauce accompanying this famous shrimp plate. There’s nothing better than a New Orleans classic, contained in bread, from this critically acclaimed restaurant. When we find ourselves craving more Dickie Brennan’s, we like to visit their French Quarter brick-and-mortar location, which is just a ten-minute walk away.

Galatoire’s

This fine-dining Creole restaurant, known for its Friday lunch, also offers a select few dishes in Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest. We were most excited about their festival exclusive fried sweet potato pie. When we crave than their festival menu, we go on over to their brick-and-mortar location on Bourbon Street, where we can eat in their beautiful dining room, adorned with high ceilings and slow paddle fans. A word of warning: arrive early as there are no exceptions to their famed first-come-first-served policy for their first-floor dining area.

Plum Street Snoballs

This classic Uptown neighborhood stand went downtown for French Quarter Fest! One of the best snowball stands in the city, they showed up, bringing many flavors, to help us beat the New Orleans heat. With unforgivable heat, we definitely kept this stand on our weekend’s radar.

Crabby Jack’s

Known for their fried seafood po’boys, this off-the-beaten-path joint on Jefferson Highway has been offering no-frills Cajun fare since 2002. We were excited that they were bringing their offerings all the way to French Quarter Fest and were anticipating their shrimp and grits, which is one of the menu items they brought along Downtown. Their Jefferson Highway location closes during French Quarter Fest, so we know they’re serious about offering their best at the festival. Their other restaurant, the famous Jacques-Imo’s also offered their fare at Jackson Square; the slow-roasted duck po’boy  was exquisite.

Parish Seafood

Crawfish season was in full swing, and Parish Seafood camped out at New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint with crawfish platters, including all the Fixin’s, with an option to add smoked sausage. We got our hands dirty and fed our crawfish craving at their US Mint tent.

The Court of Two Sisters

We went on over to the Jax Lot for a classy twist on creole classics from this spot known for its daily jazz brunch and whimsical courtyard. We were especially excited to try their berry glazed bacon & jalapeno duck poppers. We loved knowing that we could also head over to their nearby brick-and-mortar location and enjoy basking in their courtyard, adorned with wisteria vines.

Jack Dempsey’s

This beloved, casual Bywater eatery brought its famed fare to Jax Lot! Known for their huge portions of seafood, they did not disappoint at French Quarter Fest, as they brought their baked macaroni, fried shrimp, stuffed crab, and soft-shell crab po’boys to the French Quarter. Tip: bring your friends and appetite as choosing is going to be tough at this booth, we’re glad that we did.

Ms. Linda’s Ya-Ka-Mein

Found at many corner stores, Ya-Ka-Mein is one of the best-kept secrets that New Orleans has to offer. This soup, a blend of many cultures, is classic New Orleans comfort food, and it features meat, noodles, scallions, hard-boiled eggs, and a unique broth. Ya-Ka-Mein is a result of the blending of cultures, something a lot of New Orleans food has in common. It was highly recommended that we find Ms. Linda, known around New Orleans as The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, and try out this classic. Luckily, it wasn’t hard to find her as she was at the Jax Lot all weekend.

Beaucoup Eats

This Mid-City eatery known for their Creole Comfort Cuisine served up some “dirty gumbo” and “voodoo mac” and we were very intrigued by this offering. Our curiosity peeked so we found ourselves lurking around their Kohlmeyer Lawn booth throughout the festival. It was delicious.

14 Parishes

One of our personal favorites posted up at the Palm Lawn. Their jerk chicken and juices are to die for. Their sweet plantains are some of the best that we’ve tried (this includes someone that otherwise dislikes plantains).

Looking for something else to do to hold you over until french quarter fest 2023? Check out our swamp tours! Looking for a place to stay? Look no further. We hope you enjoyed french quarter fest, we did.

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Essence Festival New Orleans: Where To Eat https://airboatadventures.com/essence-festival-new-orleans/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 02:35:39 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2944 Black Woman-Owned places to eat at During Essence Festival Weekend New Orleans Essence Festival New Orleans is back! Essence Festival New Orleans initially started as a one-time event in 1999 to celebrate Essence Magazine’s 25th anniversary, luckily for everyone, it turned into an annual event. Essence magazine covers beauty, fashion, entertainment, and culture and is […]

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Black Woman-Owned places to eat at During Essence Festival Weekend New Orleans
Janet Jackson performing live
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Essence Festival New Orleans is back!

Essence Festival New Orleans initially started as a one-time event in 1999 to celebrate Essence Magazine’s 25th anniversary, luckily for everyone, it turned into an annual event. Essence magazine covers beauty, fashion, entertainment, and culture and is geared towards Black women, resulting in a festival celebrating Black culture in the United States. Essence Festival New Orleans is often labeled as a festival with a purpose. This year’s lineup includes big names such as Janet Jackson and Nicki Minaj, usually considered bucket list live shows.

Essence Festival New Orleans 2022 is a must-go-to. We know you will be looking for places to eat during the festival so we rounded up places to eat that are black woman-owned.

Compere Lapin

Compere Lapin’s Nina Compton has it all as a chef and restaurant owner. She is a James Beard award winner, Top Chef season 11’s runner up contestant as well as the fan-favorite (voted by viewers), Food & Wine magazine’s 2017 best new chef, and her native St. Lucia’s culinary ambassador.

Described by restaurant guests as pure genius, Nina Compton’s Compere Lapin is described as one of the best dining experiences in New Orleans. Compere Lapin manages to provide an upscale dining experience without the pretentious vibes that follow these kinds of establishments.

Nina Compton’s Caribbean roots and formal training in French tradition at the Culinary Institute of America make for Compere Lapin’s Caribbean twist on French cuisine. Try out the curried goat and sweet potato or the red snapper. Reservations recommended. 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Vyoone

Vyoone Segue Lewis’s book of family recipes and knack for success resulted in her namesake restaurant, Vyoone’s. Vyoone Segue Lewis’s family is deep-rooted in New Orleans tradition, with four generations of Afro-Creole and French ancestors in New Orleans; so, the food is as authentic as it gets. Her dedication to bringing her visions to reality resulted in a laundry list of achievements: Dr. Lewis is a pediatric geneticist from Tulane University who was involved with the Human Genome Project, a formally NOCCA trained classical musician with expertise in clarinet and contrabass, a published science scholar, and a YWCA award winner due to her dedication to empowering women in Louisiana.

Vyoone’s, the downtown hidden gem, provides a unique experience for all, it’s perfect for both large parties and date night. As you enter, you’ll find yourself in a long golden hallway with lights, leading to a courtyard setting with indoor dining available as well. Vyoone Segue Lewis is usually present to greet you with guests raving about her presence being an important asset in the five-star dining experience, which is reminiscent of a true Parisian bistro. Try out their escargot, which has an excellent cream sauce. 412 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bennachin

When Gambian businesswoman Fanta Tambajang came to New Orleans, she brought authentic Gambian cuisine along with her. Bennachin originally opened in Metairie before moving to the French Quarter as the restaurant became more established. It is now a household name due to the variety of West African cuisine available, accommodating those with all dietary restrictions without skimping on flavor. Try out their black-eyed fritters, plantains, lamb with gravy, or egusi soup. And of course, their namesake dish, the bennachin, which is jollof rice with spinach (and the option to add meat), locals describe it as a spicier jambalaya. 1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Ma Momma’s House

After working in corporate America as a banker for two decades, Nicole Mackie took a step back for her wellbeing (self-care is important!) and partnered with her sister, Rene “Chef Reero” Poyraz who has over twenty years of restaurant experience as well as being a Take Fo’ recording artist, and husband, Earl, to open Ma Momma’s House.

The three divided and conquered with their skillsets to operate the restaurant that brought chicken and waffles to New Orleans, as well as a commitment to bring business to the New Orleans East area, an area that suffered a great loss from Hurricane Katrina, by having New Orleans East as one of their locations. Afterward, they opened another New Orleans location at Pythian Market.

Try their chicken and waffles or their red beans; after all, they were the 2018 Red Beans Madness champions. Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112. New Orleans East: 5741 Crowder Blvd. Suite A-3, New Orleans, LA 70127

14 Parishes

Owned and operated by Lauren Blake and her husband, 14 Parishes serves Jamaican classics in a casual setting that is adorned in colorful artwork with tables made of reclaimed wood that contribute to their rustic vibes. Named after the 14 parishes of Jamaica, this spot is authentic due to Lauren Blake’s husband Charles Blake’s Jamaican roots, with him being born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Make sure you try out their juices while you’re there. Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112. Oak Street: 8227 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Coco Hut

Owned by Pam Thompson, this Seventh Ward spot has served the people of New Orleans with authentic Caribbean food since 2000. Coco Hut’s cozy environment goes hand in hand with its colorful décor. Their jerk salmon dish is a must-have, as well as their salads which come with their flavorful homemade dressings. 2515 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119

Lil Dizzy’s

This Baquet family restaurant, Lil Dizzy’s, owned by Arkesha Baquet and her husband, serves Creole fare “hot and straight from the pot” in Treme, one of the oldest Black neighborhoods in the United States. Try their famous golden fried chicken or the gumbo. Their side dishes, the real champions of southern fare, are great, as are the portions. 1500 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116

Sweet Soul Food

Chetwan Smith’s vegan restaurant serves up plant-based and soy-free soul food infused with Cajun flavor. Sweet Soul Food provides affordable and healthy cuisine, without skimping on flavor, in a lively cafeteria setting. Those with a sweet tooth are in luck, Sweet Soul Food doesn’t skimp on sweets either, with many rave reviews. Try out their jambalaya, “cheesy” grits, or potato salad. 1025 N Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

Monday Restaurant & Bar

If you’re looking to leave the downtown area for a breather, take the Canal streetcar line to Mid-City and try out Lenora Chong’s unique twist on Cajun and Creole cuisine. Named Monday, the restaurant’s goal is for guests to change their minds about their least favorite day of the week. With many restaurants closed on Monday, visiting Monday Restaurant & Bar is a no-brainer. Of course, they are also open for the rest of the week. Try out their vegan red beans and rice, after all, red beans and rice on Monday is a tradition in New Orleans.

Lenora Chong also owns the popular restaurant, Morrow’s, in Faubourg Marigny, a stone’s throw from the French Quarter. Check Morrow’s out if Creole-Korean fusion tickles your fancy… or tastebuds. 4327 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

We hope you enjoy Essence Festival New Orleans

Looking for a place to stay during Essence Fest New Orleans? See our hotel recommendations here.

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New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend https://airboatadventures.com/new-orleans-memorial-day-weekend/ Thu, 26 May 2022 11:05:40 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2942 KICK OFF your summer in New Orleans this Memorial Day Weekend. The last Monday of May is a day to observe, mourn, and commemorate our brave military personnel who died while serving their country. Many flock to New Orleans with their families in tow during the long Memorial Day weekend to pay respect and celebrate […]

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KICK OFF your summer in New Orleans this Memorial Day Weekend.

The last Monday of May is a day to observe, mourn, and commemorate our brave military personnel who died while serving their country. Many flock to New Orleans with their families in tow during the long Memorial Day weekend to pay respect and celebrate the men and women that died for their country. Check out our recommendations for paying respect and celebrating our brave heroes.

Military Museums to Visit During Your New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend Trip

Pay respect to the fallen soldiers by visiting military museums to learn more about the wars that they fought in.

The National World War II Museum

Your first stop should be the National WWII Museum located in downtown New Orleans. A simple 20-minute walk from the French Quarter, you can expect to spend about four hours touring the museum’s six-acre campus. Located in New Orleans due to the significance behind the LCVP Higgins Boat, the landing craft that brought US soldiers back to shore in every major-land assault. The National WWII Museum documents the WWII American experience with an immersive tour of WWII, featuring exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts. Recharge during your tour at the American Sector Restaurant & Bar; try out their shrimp & grits or the gulf shrimp remoulade. Or grab a quick bite in a retro diner setting at the Jeri Nima Soda Shop.

Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History & Weapons Museum

Also known as the Jackson Barracks Military Museum, located at the Jackson Barracks Historic Site. At this underrated museum, you can find stories of Louisiana citizen-soldiers from the colonial era up to contemporary operations. Learn stories of Louisiana militia this Memorial Day weekend or understand how our soldiers held it together for us during peacetime operations like natural and manmade disasters. Visit the Jackson Barracks and learn about the sacrifices that Louisiana guardsmen and their families made for us.

Where To Eat During Your New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend Trip

Experience New Orleans with these unique dining choices.

Have A BBQ Or Picnic at The Fly

Head on to the far end of Audubon Park to find yourself at The Fly. Located behind the Audubon Zoo, you’ll find The Riverview, fondly referred to by locals as “The Fly.” At The Fly, you can relax, BBQ, or have a picnic with a frisbee in hand. For the sporty ones, there are many athletic fields for you to play soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and whatever else your heart desires. The Fly also boasts five baseball diamonds where you can engage in America’s favorite pastime.

Visit & Eat at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum

For a unique dining experience, head to The Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Founded in 2004, the SoFAB started studying and appreciating the intersection of food, beverage, and culture of New Orleans and the Deep South. Originally a popup, SoFAB expanded twice to accommodate their growth from humble beginnings; the first exhibit consisted of borrowed artifacts. After the success of the first exhibit, people began supporting the museum by donating family artifacts. There is truly something for everyone at this culinary museum. Check out their cocktail museum and browse their culinary library with over 11,000 books. Eat at the museum by taking a cooking class where you’ll experience a hands-on exploration of Creole cuisine, followed by lunch.

Immerse Yourself in These Experiences During Your New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend Trip

It isn’t a New Orleans trip without getting to experience the best things that the city has to offer.

Take An Airboat or Pontoon Tour with Airboat Adventures

Take a short trip out of New Orleans and enjoy nature with us at Airboat Adventures. From airboats to pontoons, Airboat Adventures offers the best swamp tours in the state. You can even arrange for us to pick you up from your hotel.

Greek Fest

Celebrate Greek culture in New Orleans on Memorial Day Weekend at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Listen and dance to Greek music as well as eat Greek food at this indoor-outdoor celebration of Greek culture. Check out a classic Greek taverna built just for Greek Fest where you can sample some Greek wines, try Greek iced coffee, and buy ouzo by the shot or bottle. There are activities for everyone at this festival. Kids can enjoy an Athenian playground with face painting and crafts. There are cooking demos that adults can enjoy as well. Want to dance? Hit up the stage to watch some Hellenic dancers in their colorful native costumes; there’s a dance floor where everyone is welcome to and encouraged to try out some Greek dancing. There are more activities in your arsenal; you can take a cathedral tour or make your dream of running a marathon at their annual 5K.

The Music Box Village

Arts non-profit New Orleans’s main project, the whimsical Music Box Village is the brainchild and collaborative project of the New Orleans arts community. At Music Box Village, you can find installations, performances, and the chance to explore. This Memorial Day weekend, you can find live music, open hours with docents, and a drag brunch.

Sonesta Sunday

Kick off your summer with a splash at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Cool off and relax by their pool with a daiquiri in hand while you enjoy some live music. The dress code is “pool chic” attire and there is a full bar featuring daiquiri machines. Purchase tickets here and go live your best life. Food is available for purchase, Tickets come with a complimentary daiquiri and valet parking.

Here’s to having a fun, memorable, unique New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend! Don’t forget to book your Airboat Adventure.

 

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The best way to learn about the Louisiana swamp is to experience it for yourself!

Alligator in a swamp

The best way to experience the swamp is on an airboat that glides over the bayou and gets you up close and personal with Louisiana wildlife. A Louisiana swamp tour will help you to get that up-close perspective.

louisiana swamp and marsh

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Louisiana swamps to hold you over until then.

  1. Louisiana is home to three million acres of wetlands.
  2. Fishermen catch more shrimp in Louisiana than any other U.S. state.
  3. Alligators have existed for nearly 200 million years, and over two million wild alligators live in bayous across Louisiana.
  4. Louisiana’s cypress trees were used to construct Higgins boats in WWII.
  5. Louisiana land is washing away, due to erosion caused by the building of levees, drilling for oil and dredging canals, at the rate of a football field every hour.
  6. Louisiana’s wetlands took 7,000 years to form through a process called accretion in which the Mississippi River Basin flooded, depositing sediment and building land
  7. Louisiana has the longest coastline of any U.S. state because of bays and sounds.
  8. A swamp is an area that holds water and supports woody vegetation, while a marsh is an area that holds water but supports only non-woody, soft, green vegetation.
  9. The nutria was imported from South America in the 1930’s for fur farming.
  10. Swamps exist across every continent except Antarctica.

Alligator in a louisiana swamp

Swamps are a worldwide phenomenon and you can see incredible swamp-lands in a number of states in the U.S. However, Louisiana swamps are worth seeing. They offer a unique environment that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Why Are Louisiana Swamps So Popular?

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If you haven’t noticed, television has placed Louisiana swamps into the limelight in recent years, and for good reason. The swamps are an important part of Louisiana’s culture, and this vital ecosystem is teeming with a variety of wildlife such as alligators, turtles, pelicans, hawks, and many other species. There is no better way to experience the swamp than with Airboat Adventures!

Bird flying over a Louisiana swamp

Enjoy a Day in Untouched Nature

Straight from the water, moss-laden cypress trees emerge like sentinels of the swamp to tower over circling reptilian beasts. In their branches, eagles and hawks peer out across the waters at the sinking of an orange sun. Cicadas’ loud calls echo incessantly and frogs answer with deep, guttural croaks. Turtles curiously poke their heads out above the surface of the marsh as snakes slither by leaving them in their wake. Through a tangle of lily pads, among swaths of duckweed, a Wood Duck’s red eye can be discerned alertly peering about. This is the life of the swamp, and it’s waiting for you to discover it. There is no better way to do that than through a tour with Airboat Adventures!

Tour Louisiana Swamps Close to New Orleans

If you’re visiting New Orleans and looking to get away from the city for a day, taking a tour of the marsh with Airboat Adventures is a no-brainer. Just thirty minutes from the French Quarter, we will give you thorough exposure to the defining landscape of Louisiana. What’s more, if you’re staying in a hotel in downtown New Orleans we offer easy pick-up and drop-off from your location. Once you arrive, our captains will guide you through 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp where you will have the opportunity to see the diverse vegetation and animals it has to offer. Our specialty airboats can fit any party size and will provide close encounters with alligators and other wildlife that are unique to Louisiana. Our U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains have a great understanding and love for the marsh and are dedicated to instilling a similar love and understanding in their passengers. Come join us any day of the week for an airboat adventure!

Tour Louisiana Swamps With Airboat Adventures Today!

Groups on Two Airboats in Louisiana Swamp

If you’re a Louisiana resident simply wanting to get in touch with the nature in your home state or a visitor looking to immerse themselves in a staple of the Louisiana experience, don’t miss your chance to tour the Louisiana swamps with Airboat Adventures. There are multiple tour packages to choose from, and you can call 1-888-467-9267 to reserve your own Airboat Adventures any day of the week!

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Why are airboats so popular in Louisiana? https://airboatadventures.com/why-are-airboats-so-popular-in-louisiana/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 09:30:38 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2936 Here’s why this is on everyone’s list when they’re visiting New Orleans. So you’re prepping for your first vacay of 2022: a trip to New Orleans, the most unique city in the U.S. Congratulations, because you’ve chosen one of the most vibrant destinations in the world. You’ve probably already got a long list of restaurant […]

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Here’s why this is on everyone’s list when they’re visiting New Orleans.

So you’re prepping for your first vacay of 2022: a trip to New Orleans, the most unique city in the U.S. Congratulations, because you’ve chosen one of the most vibrant destinations in the world.

You’ve probably already got a long list of restaurant reservations and walking tours lined up. You’re trying to make enough time throughout your visit to take in the scent of freshly-baked beignets at Cafe Du Monde, hear the joyous notes of a saxophone filter through the open doors along Frenchman street, and take a leisurely walk through the Garden District.

On top of all that, we’re guessing more than one person has told you to take an airboat tour, too. It’s no coincidence that so many people recommend at least one swamp tour during your trip to New Orleans, whether it’s your first time in the city or your 31st.

And you can be forgiven if you’re not familiar with airboats. Airboat tours are only available in select parts of the country, and most residents outside the Gulf South have never had the opportunity to take in the unique sights and sounds of a swamp tour. Even more reason why you should take this opportunity to try out a totally new experience, and see the swamps surrounding New Orleans in all of their natural glory.

Read on for more information about what you’ll see on an airboat tour, and why this is a must-do activity during your New Orleans trip.

Large group on airboat

What is an airboat?

There are multiple ways to take a swamp tour in New Orleans. The most popular vehicles to see alligators and other swamp life are pontoon boats, and airboats.

The main difference between airboats and pontoon boats is how they’re constructed. Pontoon boats are designed to drift relatively slowly.

In contrast, airboats can go faster than pontoon boats, so you’ll catch more of a breeze during your swamp tour. They have a large, powerful, fan-like propeller, and this style of tour boat is available in a range of sizes: depending on the type of airboat tour you sign up for, you might be enjoying the experience with up to 30 passengers, or as a more private experience with only 6-8. For these reasons, many tourists end up choosing an airboat tour to view the swamp life.

They’re well-suited for navigating the Louisiana bayou, where the water is often shallow, and relatively narrow.

Airboats that are used for public airboat tours are frequently inspected, and considered safe for all ages. If you choose one of the best airboat tour companies, your New Orleans swamp tour will be led by a knowledgeable boat captain who’s experienced with navigating the bayou, and also well-versed in the history of New Orleans and Louisiana wildlife.

How do airboats work?

Airboats are powered by their propeller in the back, which is often large and easily visible. It’s one of the most distinctive features of an airboat.

The passenger capacity can vary, and your airboat may be covered or uncovered. Even if an airboat is covered, it often has transparent sides and a clear roof, so everyone on-board can easily see 360-degree views of their surroundings. Take this into account when deciding what to wear and bring with you on your airboat tour, since you may want to pack an extra bottle of sunscreen or a hat.

Because of both their safety, speed, as well as the ability to see wildlife up-close, airboats are one of the most popular options for bayou boat tours. In the South, they’re particularly popular since they go fast enough to create a cool, refreshing breeze during any time of year. That’ll be a welcome relief from the Louisiana heat if you’re visiting any time in the spring, summer, or fall!

Small group on an airboat tour

Where can I take an airboat tour?

Airboat tours are relatively common in the Southern United States, such as in Louisiana and Florida.

If you’re planning to incorporate an airboat tour into your New Orleans trip, you’ll probably be headed to one of the popular bayous just outside the city. These bayous or swamps aren’t actually located in New Orleans; they’ll be at least a 20 minute drive from the city.

Airboat Adventures is one of the most popular airboat tour providers in the New Orleans area, boasting 4.7 out of 5 stars on Google from over 5,000 tour-goers. Airboat Adventures is located in Lafitte, Louisiana, but caters to residents and tourists in and around New Orleans and the French Quarter.

Beautiful sunset on the bayou

Why are airboats popular in New Orleans?

Even though your airboat tour will be located outside the Crescent City, it’s a quick drive from any part of the city. Many tour providers, including Airboat Adventures, offer their own transportation and can even pick you up from a range of hotels in the French Quarter. And the drive itself is almost as scenic as the tour, allowing you to catch a glimpse of other parts of Louisiana beyond the jazz and art scene of downtown. Just factor in the transportation time when you’re planning out your day.

Airboats are also fast enough to generate a welcomed breeze. This is ideal if you’re visiting New Orleans in the spring and summer, when that Louisiana humidity is at its peak.

An airboat tour will offer you a totally different experience than you’ll get from any walking tour or self-guided attractions in downtown New Orleans. You’ll get a break from crowds of tourists, and get a chance to spend some time in nature, with Louisiana native species like alligators, herons, turtles, raccoons, and much more. It’s one of the safest ways to see gators in their natural habitat.

You can enjoy an airboat tour any time of year. In fact, even if you’ve already taken a New Orleans swamp tour, we recommend trying an airboat tour during a different season, and even at a different time of day or evening. You’ll be surprised to see different species of birds and animals every time you go.

So no matter when you’re visiting New Orleans; whether you’re traveling by yourself, on a couple’s getaway, or rolling with a crew of 15; an airboat tour will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. Be sure to make this part of your itinerary to New Orleans, and if you’re wondering how long it will take or even what to wear, check out our list of everything you need to know for your swamp tour.

group on a boat in a swamp

Where can I reserve an airboat tour?

Once you’re walking the streets of the French Quarter, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sign up for an airboat tour (or any other swamp tour, for that matter). There are a number of tourism offices and booths throughout the city where you can walk in and buy your tickets.

Many New Orleans hotels also partner with tour agencies and operators, so you may be able to make a reservation at the front desk.

But we recommend reserving your spots in advance. If you do your research upfront and buy your airboat tour tickets online before the plane even takes off, you can be sure that you’re selecting the right tour company. Of course, you’ll want to book with an airboat tour provider that’s earned thousands of positive reviews, and is known for their commitment to safe and thoughtful swamp tours.

Plus, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your trip once your itinerary is all set up. That means even more time spent relaxing over Chicory coffees or soaking in the unique, historic architecture that surrounds you.

Book your airboat tour and start looking forward to your New Orleans trip. You can choose from a large boat, or a smaller, more intimate experience. No matter how many people are joining you, you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to mingle with Louisiana gators and breeze through a southern bayou.

We look forward to seeing you in the Big Easy.

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Where To Stay During New Orleans Airboat Adventure Tour https://airboatadventures.com/where-to-stay-during-your-new-orleans-airboat-adventure-tour/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:38:46 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2931 New Orleans is famous for its vibrant nightlife, extravagant Mardi Gras season, jazz music, voodoo, and historic Creole-style architecture. It is also the perfect hub for those looking for outdoor adventure, boasting a catalog of iconic hotels. Whether you want to wind down after a New Orleans airboat tour at Airboat Adventures, enjoy what our […]

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New Orleans is famous for its vibrant nightlife, extravagant Mardi Gras season, jazz music, voodoo, and historic Creole-style architecture. It is also the perfect hub for those looking for outdoor adventure, boasting a catalog of iconic hotels. Whether you want to wind down after a New Orleans airboat tour at Airboat Adventures, enjoy what our historic hotels have to offer, or sleep in after a night of partying, we got you! Best part? Airboat Adventures has an option for shuttle pick up from hotels in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Exterior of Hotel Monteleone New Orleans

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Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels are smaller hotels in fashionable neighborhoods. They’re more intimate and focus on art and design more than other hotels.

Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Located in the trendy Warehouse District of New Orleans, the industrial-chic Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery has so much to offer. Three blocks from the French Quarter, the One 77 is close to all the fun but far enough for a quiet peaceful sleep or just to wind down after your airboat tour. Bonus points: complimentary pet services, pet snacks from local dog bakery, “Café Du Bone”, a rotating art collection on display, and a virtual concierge called Paige.

ONE11 Hotel

We love tradition here in New Orleans, but we love growth even more. ONE11 Hotel is the first new French Quarter hotel in 50 years. Not only is the ONE11 steps away from Audubon Aquarium, but they also have a rooftop terrace with stunning city views. They have a 24/7 grab-and-go bar should you have the urge for a late-night snack without having to leave the hotel. You can also dine at Batture Bar + Bistro, which offers delicious small plates and a climate-controlled porch featuring a pool and firepit.

Ace Hotel

If you’re looking for the consistency and convenience of a chain with the “coolness” that boutique hotels exude, look no further than the Ace Hotel. This stylish boutique chain serves visitors with its cool chic vibes and high-quality service in the major cities of North America and Japan. Located in the trendy warehouse district, the Ace is steps away from the streetcar and a fifteen-minute walk from the world-famous Bourbon Street. Rudy’s Barbershop provides toiletries for their fashionable rooms, while all suites have living rooms equipped with record players and acoustic guitars. The pet-friendly hotel offers chic restaurants, bars, a rooftop pool, and a retro photo booth. Their regular live entertainment and cool chic vibes attract the “hip” locals as you’ll always see them hanging around at the restaurants and the rooftop pool.

Higgins Hotel

World War II history buffs will love everything that the bespoke Higgins Hotel has to offer. As the official hotel of the National WWII Museum, this hotel is a historian’s Disney World. Part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, this boutique hotel has everything that the Hilton chain has to offer as well. Higgins Hotel boasts impressive dining options as well as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ themed bar, Rosie’s On The Rooftop.

The Frenchmen Hotel

A stone’s throw away from the French Quarter lies The Frenchmen Hotel in the Marigny. This 19th-century hotel, remodeled in 2021, boasts lush courtyards with a pool and hot tub. This adults-only hotel has an open-air mezzanine bar available now and new bar, Midnight Revival, opening its doors February 2022. They also have a breakfast room with complimentary coffee and food for purchase.

Historic Hotels

Being that New Orleans is rich in history, it is natural that a few hotels would be part of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America program. Here’s a couple of the best.

Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone has been family-owned and run since 1880. Not only is this luxurious hotel a historic landmark, but it’s also one of the three literary landmarks in North America. Hotel Monteleone is famous for housing many literary figures; there are five literary suites available. Literary genius Tennessee Williams featured Hotel Monteleone in one of his plays, he called it home prior to purchasing his French Quarter mansion. Another suite is named after Truman Capote, who loved telling everyone that he was born inside Hotel Monteleone; his mother was transported from the hotel to the hospital where she gave birth. The hotel boasts 522 rooms and 55 luxury suites. While you’re there, make sure you have a drink at the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge.

Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Hotel

This historic hotel has the Hilton chain convenience, consistency, and affordability without skimping on the magnificent décor, architecture, and history that New Orleans has to offer. Formerly a Masonic temple, Hilton New Orleans’s interior features turn of the era influences with nods to the Art Deco movement in modern tones of grey and umber. This certified environmentally sustainable hotel offers brasserie-style dining option, Luke, and room service for those that want a quick meal at the hotel before setting off to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Bed & Breakfast

If you’re looking for a homey feel and stellar service, you may want to look into bed & breakfast lodging. These converted homes are owner-occupied and will give you a great taste of southern hospitality.

Elysian Fields Inn

If you’re looking for a New Orleans twist on a classic, look no further than this Marigny property. Bob and Michelle, Elysian Fields Inn‘s keepers, really love New Orleans so you know you’re in good hands. Five blocks from the French Quarter, this well-kept inn has a climate-controlled pool and the option to rent out the entire inn, which can accommodate a total of 18 guests.

Blue60 Guest House

A fifteen-minute walk from the French Quarter, this Marigny historic house, Blue60, has much to offer, including its very own house cat. This inn offers a great outdoor environment with lush décor and a large hot tub. Their unique rooms are decorated with the innkeeper’s photography, which is available for purchase. You can also stay in a porch or river suite, along with a garden apartment that features a full kitchen. Personal photography instruction is available on request.

Budget

You can still enjoy everything this beautiful city has to offer on a budget by staying at a hostel. Perfect for groups or solo travelers.

The Quisby

This 18+ hostel has staff available around the clock as well as a 24-hour bar. While Louisiana residents can only stay in their private rooms, out-of-state visitors can enjoy budget-friendly shared dorms, with a female-only dorm available. Located in the Lower Garden District by the St Charles streetcar, The Quisby went through many owners and names while maintaining a debaucherous reputation that warrants bragging rights. The Quisby’s fun and colorful history still lives on its walls (in poster form). Touring musicians are in like as The Quisby offers free accommodation in exchange for a gig at  Quartz Bar. Towels + linens provided.

Four Seasons

The Jack of All Trades, Four Seasons Hotel, deserves its own category as it combines pure luxury, family-friendliness, and history.  This long-anticipated luxury hotel finally opened their New Orleans location. This historic building was completed in 1968 to celebrate New Orleans’s 250th anniversary. Designed by modern architect Edward Durell Stone, the building initially housed the World Trade Center & International Trade Mart. With swimming pool facilities, gardens, luxurious suites, elevated food & drink, babysitting services, and a cultural center, Four Seasons Hotel truly has it all and then some more.

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Everything You Need to Know About New Orleans Swamp Tours https://airboatadventures.com/new-orleans-swamp-tours-everything-you-need-to-know/ Wed, 28 Jul 2021 17:45:55 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2914 In this post-COVID era, travel is officially back in full swing. And Louisiana is one of the ideal destinations for families, celebrations, and impromptu trips. With the bustling city vibes of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, the peaceful calm of the swamps and rural surroundings, and everything in between, we’ve got something for […]

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In this post-COVID era, travel is officially back in full swing. And Louisiana is one of the ideal destinations for families, celebrations, and impromptu trips. With the bustling city vibes of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, the peaceful calm of the swamps and rural surroundings, and everything in between, we’ve got something for every type of vacationer. 

That means people from all over the country are flocking to New Orleans for outdoor activities, unique sightseeing, and a little adventure to go with their Hurricane cocktails and po boys. 

If you’re planning to visit New Orleans any time soon, a swamp tour should be at the top of your list. It’s a picturesque way to see the Louisiana wildlife in its natural habitat, check out the unique world of the bayou, and even catch a cool breeze. 

We’ve pulled together some of the research for you, so you know exactly what type of tour to take, and what to expect once you get there. Here’s everything you need to know before buying your tickets for a New Orleans swamp tour. 

Are swamp tours open in New Orleans?

Yes, swamp tours are going strong in the summer of 2021. 

This open-air adventure is actually one of the safest activities you can book during your trip to New Orleans. You’ll be outside enjoying the fresh air, far away from the rowdy New Orleans crowds. Local Louisiana tour companies are also taking every precaution to ensure visitors are safe and confident taking their bayou tour. 

If you’d like to reserve a private boat for your group tour, give us a call and we’ll set up a private, guided tour experience.

Are swamp tours safe? 

Yes, New Orleans swamp tours are perfectly safe for people of all ages. Every boat is equipped with life preservers and safety gear, and led by a bayou-raised, local tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the bayou. 

Louisiana boat captains know the local wildlife better than anyone. They’re skilled at identifying alligators and wild boar from afar so they carefully approach the wildlife without alarming them, or you. Even when you encounter wild gators, you can rest assured that your tour guide is a pro at giving you the best view, without endangering anyone on the boat or disrupting the natural environment. So you can get that coveted alligator photo without ever worrying about your own safety. 

Airboat Adventures is also taking extra precautions to sanitize all surfaces on a regular basis. And since you’ll be in the open air for the entire tour, this is truly one of the safest activities you can book in New Orleans. Check our COVID-19 notice here.

How much does a swamp tour cost?

Depending on the type of tour you take, tickets for a New Orleans swamp tour could cost anywhere from $30-$100. That’s a wide range, because you’ll need to consider what kind of boat you want to take a ride in, how reputable the tour company is, and whether you want to rent out a private boat for your own group. 

Airboat Adventures boasts some of the most knowledgeable captains in the area, and offer swamp tours starting at $55 per person. If you want to get even closer to the bayou wildlife, you can book a seat on a smaller airboat for $79 per person. For that ticket price, you’ll enjoy the unique experience of viewing the bayou from a small airboat with 6-8 passengers (faster and peppier than the typical pontoon boat). 

Are New Orleans swamp tours worth it?

Yes, your swamp tour is more than worth the price of admission: keep in mind that this is a one-of-a-kind adventure that you’ll only find in select parts of the country. It’s also much different from the more common New Orleans experiences, like walking Bourbon Street and taking historic house tours. (Don’t worry, there will be time for that after!). Need transportation? Don’t worry, Airboat Adventures also offers roundtrip transportation from downtown New Orleans for an additional $20 per person.

While on tour, you’ll sail past natural cypress trees that form the backdrop of breathtaking photos and life-long memories. And you can take advantage of your time with a local Louisiana native by asking your boat captain all your questions about Louisiana wildlife, history, and even culture.

After seeing real-life alligators, wild boar and other critters in their natural environment, a bayou tour is bound to be the highlight of your trip. Whether you’re traveling with a group, your family, or solo, swamp tours are truly worth the ticket price and travel time. 

What should I wear on a swamp tour?

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes that can withstand a splash here and there. Closed-toe shoes are recommended, so you can easily board the boat (and pivot fast to catch every alligator shot!). If you have it handy, toss in a bottle of bug spray and sunscreen to be safe (even if it’s overcast in the morning; the weather in Louisiana is notorious for changing by the hour). Also, don’t forget your sunglasses!

And otherwise, keep your packing light. You’ll need to stow away everything you bring under a seat on the boat so it doesn’t slide around or get wet. 

If you’re taking an airboat tour, remember that airboats pick up speed, so you may want to wear an extra layer in the fall and winter. 

What will I see on a New Orleans bayou tour?

You can expect to see alligators, a variety of bird life, and maybe even turtles and water snakes (from a safe distance!). An experienced guide will also point out the unique trees and plants that are native to the swamp environment. Depending on the tour, you may also see traditional Cajun fishing cabins where locals harvest crawfish and other seafood. 

You’ll see different types of wildlife at certain times of day or year. If you have any questions about what you’ll see on your swamp adventure, contact a local tour company

What’s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

You can easily tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile based on the shape of their snout: alligators have more rounded mouths, while crocodiles have longer, more narrow heads. 

But if you see any massive reptile floating through a Louisiana swamp, you can be sure it’s an alligator. Only gators are native to Louisiana bayous; not crocodiles. Alligators continue to grow throughout their entire lifetime. They can live into their 50’s, and have been known to reach up to 500 lbs!

How long is a swamp tour?

Most bayou tours last around 2 hours, which is just enough time to explore the swamp, relax, and take as many photos as you can. 

If you’re staying in downtown New Orleans, it will likely be a 45 minute drive to get out to the bayou depending on traffic, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your day. The tour itself is well worth the extra travel time, since you’ll see a whole other aspect of Louisiana that you won’t want to miss. 

What is an airboat?

An airboat is a flat-bottomed boat with a raised propeller. You can easily identify an airboat by the large, raised fan in the back that powers the boat forward. 

They’re ideal for navigating shallow waters. Airboats have become increasingly popular for ecotours, since they can reach relatively high speeds, and are safe for the local environment. They originally gained popularity in Florida, but now you can enjoy the Louisiana bayou by airboat, too. 

Should I take a swamp tour on an airboat or pontoon boat?

Some swamp tour companies specialize in airboat rides, while others offer tours in pontoon boats. The main difference is that pontoon boats are quieter and can’t go nearly as fast as airboats can. 

For Louisiana swamp tours, many travelers prefer airboats: they go faster, which means you may get to explore more of the swamp in a short period of time. You’ll also enjoy a cool breeze as you speed through the bayou, which is especially refreshing during a New Orleans summer. Your airboat captain will always slow down and pause so you can get up close to the alligators, so you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Which swamp tours have the best reviews in New Orleans?

Airboat Adventures is one of the most highly ranked tour companies in New Orleans. They’ve earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, as well as a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Google.

What are the best swamp tours in New Orleans?

Airboat Adventures offers some of the all-around best swamp tours in the area. They’re well-established, with a team of experienced boat captains who know exactly where to go to introduce you to alligators, wild boar, and more. You’ll learn all about the bayou, and the wide range of plants and animals that call Louisiana home. 

If you’re looking for a more laid-back tour of the swamp, another well-regarded tour provider is Adventures of Jean Lafitte, offering pontoon boat tours.

Swamp tours are one of the most popular New Orleans activities, so you have options when it comes to choosing a tour company. Regardless of who you choose, you’ll want to reserve a spot with a tour company that’s earned plenty of positive reviews and recent customer testimonials

Get ready for an amazing tour experience.

No matter what time of year you take your tour, what you wear, or what kind of boat you choose, a swamp tour will offer you a truly unique, Louisiana experience. Visitors and locals alike learn and see something new on every bayou tour. And a relaxing, guided exploration of the Louisiana swampland is a perfect contrast to the busy world of the French Quarter. 

If you have any more questions about what to expect on your swamp tour, check out our FAQs page or give us a call. And laissez les bons temps rouler! 

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Authentic Experiences, Attractions, and Swamp Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana https://airboatadventures.com/authentic-swamp-tours-new-orleans-louisiana/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:08:39 +0000 https://airboatadventures.com/?p=2795 Are you looking for a tourist experience that’s actually authentic? Make the trip and find an immersive cultural experience in the city of New Orleans! This one-of-a-kind city didn’t happen overnight. Centuries of history with our unique marshy terrain made us the way we are today. So when you come to visit the city, you’ll […]

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Are you looking for a tourist experience that’s actually authentic? Make the trip and find an immersive cultural experience in the city of New Orleans! This one-of-a-kind city didn’t happen overnight. Centuries of history with our unique marshy terrain made us the way we are today. So when you come to visit the city, you’ll want to start from the beginning—the swamp! And at Airboat Adventures, we have the best swamp tours in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Best Way To Swamp Travel

A visit to New Orleans isn’t complete without a ride through the bayou. Learn the simple ways our ancestors traveled in the swamp and how our residents do it today.

You see, airboats are designed specifically for swamp travel! The propellers sit on top of the boat rather than submerged under the water, allowing us to travel anywhere in the swamp to watch our favorite wildlife creatures.

The King Of The Swamp

Although there is a range of interesting animals—such as egrets, herons, and snakes—who call the bayou home, the alligator catches the most eyes. They have been on this beautiful planet since before the dinosaurs became extinct. It’s no surprise they are a symbol of status, adaptability, and survival for many!

Alligators contribute so much to the swamp’s ecosystem as well. You’ll often find them in shelters they make in the mud and soil. That same burrow then becomes a home for other swamp critters once the gator abandons the burrow. As if that wasn’t enough, when the drier weather sweeps the terrain, these burrows become important water sources. With all the good they provide to their environments, you could call the alligator the “King of the Swamp!”

Past The Waters Edge

You finished your first of many swamp tours in New Orleans, Louisiana—but the city still has a lot left to teach you about our history and culture! 

If you’re still in the Halloween spirit, visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. It’s located in the heart of the French Quarter and perfect for those with a taste for the supernatural. From the famous Priestess, Marie Laveau, to stories of zombies and more—this religion has a stronghold on our city’s culture and shaped our history. You can take a tour through the museum, a graveyard, and more as you learn about the true history and actual practices.

More than parties and parades, Mardi Gras has a long history in our city. Take a tour at Mardi Gras World or Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture to learn all about the tradition and work that goes into creating an amazing festival season!

A favorite spot for locals and tourists alike, our gorgeous City Park has a little bit of something for everyone. 

One of the biggest events for City Park the year is the Celebration in the Oaks. Locals and tourists alike bring their families out every holiday season for carnival rides, beautiful Christmas lights, and holiday stories from the bayou. The festival starts the day after Thanksgiving through the end of December. 

Get The Full Experience

Join us for exciting and authentic swamp tours in New Orleans, LA at Airboat Adventures! Contact us to ask us about our upcoming swamp tour times, tour packages, and more booking information. We hope to see y’all in the bayou soon!

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