Gators and Ghosts: A New Orleans Tour Company

New Orleans Tours. Locally Owned. Family Operated.

Airboat Swamp Tour: From $50. Fast, Fun and Exciting! Only 30 Minutes From French Quarter. Optional Hotel Pickup. Tour times are 9:45 am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Large and Small Airbotas and 9:40 am, 12:10 pm, 2:10 pm, and 4:15 pm on the 16 Passenger Airboat. Hotel pick up times are shown below. 

Combo Swamp and Plantation Tours

  • You have a choice of three different swamp tours and three different plantation tours on this all-day guided excursion through South Louisiana.
  • See the beautiful bayous outside of New Orleans on a 6 passenger small airboat, a 16 passenger medium airboat or 60 passenger large covered tour boat.
  • Choose from Oak Alley, Laura or Destrehan plantations.
  • Round-trip transportation is included.
  • Prices start at $98 per person for our covered tour boat and Oak Alley/Laura combo. 
  • This tour sells out almost every day and advance reservations are required. Please don't wait. We recommend you book as far in advance as possible. 

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Prices listed are per person. There is $35 to $40 down payment per person due at checkout with the remaining balance payable at time of tour. 


 

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All About Airboats

Airboats are almost like hovercrafts: Airboats go over mud, need less than an inch of water, and take you to places that bigger pontoon boats can't reach, which means you'll see more of the bayou and have a better chance at spotting alligators and other wildlife! 

Cajun captains: You are in the water for two hours with a Cajun captain, local experts who are incredibly knowledgeable about the native animals and the environment. But they are also a little crazy! These guys are fearless when it comes to the gators and may do things you won't believe. They've been known to occasionally jump in the water. 

The bayou is beautiful: Spanish moss hangs from Cyprus trees. A Cajun cemetery sits right off the edge of the water. Wildlife abounds: pelicans, owls, turtles,egrets, nutria, and of course, alligators. 

Alligators! Speaking of gators, you will see them the wild, in captivity, and you'll probably find a baby gator on the boat. You might even get to hold it!

One Day Combo Tours

Medium Airboat plus Oak Alley or Laura Plantation

  • 8:30-9 a.m. pick up
  • $137 per person
  • Kids ages 5-12: 
  • Children must be at least 52 inches tall to ride the airboat

Small Airboat plus Oak Alley or Laura Plantation

  • 8:30-9 a.m. pick up
  • $157 per person
  • Kids ages 5-12: 
  • Children must be at least 52 inches tall to ride the airboat

Small Airboat plus Destrehan Plantation

  • 8:30-9 a.m. pick up
  • $157 per person
  • Kids ages 5-12: 
  • Children must be at least 52 inches tall to ride the airboat

Prices listed are per person. There is $35 to $40 down payment per person due at checkout with the remaining balance payable at time of tour. 

Covered Tour Boat plus Oak Alley or Laura Plantation late morning tour: 

  • 10:30-11 a.m. pick up 
  • $98 per person
  • Kids ages 4-12
  • Kids 3 and under free

Medium Airboat plus Destrehan Plantation

  • 8:30-9 a.m. pick up
  • $157 per person
  • Kids ages 5-12: 
  • Children must be at least 52 inches tall to ride the airboat
We toured two plantations (Oak Alley and Laura) and did the small airboat gator tour. All experiences are highly recommended. We did hotel pickup from the French Quarter and the drivers were both amazing. The day of touring plantations was unforgettable. Oak Alley was beautiful and there is even a restaurant and a bar there you have time to sit at. Laura Plantation had amazing history told and a better tour of the slave cabins. Doing both and seeing the differences is recommended. We had an amazing tour guide for the airboat tour as well. We saw lots of gators and they swam right up to the boat! These tours are definitely worth the money and I recommend them to everyone visiting New Orleans and this company is who you should book with! Thanks Gators and Ghosts for an amazing experience!”
— 5/5 Star Review From Mandy M., Halifax, Canada

 

  • 30-Minute Pick Up Window: Guests must be in front of their designated pick up location at the time listed for the pick up. There is a half-hour pickup window, meaning if your pick up start time is 8:30, our shuttle will be there sometime between 8:30 and 9; you would need to be ready to go by 8:30 otherwise you may miss your pickup and could forfeit your down payment. 

 

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Details You Might Want To Know

Three Different Boat Options To Fit Your Budget: The main difference between the different airboats is how many people are with you on the boat. Our Large Airboats seat a maximum of 30 people. Our 16 Passenger Airboat is in the middle.  And our Small Airboats seat 6 to 10 people. All three tours are amazing. 

  • We often recommend the Large or 16 Passenger Airboats because you'll see all the same stuff for less money. It's a great value.
  • By comparison, the Small Airboat is a little more intimate, a little faster and a little more mobile but it also costs a little more and sells out faster (so book early!). The small boat costs more mostly because there are fewer people per captain. 

Optional Hotel pickup: Our swamp tours are about a half hour drive from New Orleans. We will pick you up from most French Quarter and CBD hotels, as well as select Garden District hotels. Swamp tours with pickup at Metarie hotels may also be arranged most days.  We will guide you to the closest meeting spot if you are not staying in one of our designated pickup locations. 

Drive Out: You also have the option to drive yourself to the dock, which is about a half hour from New Orleans. Most tours depart from Lafitte, Marrero or Westwego, Louisiana, but we work with multiple tour vendors, so we will provide you the address after checkout. Folks who drive out should arrive at the dock about 20 minutes before the scheduled tour time. 

Restrictions:  Pregnant women, children under 5 years old, and people with neck/back problems are not allowed to ride airboats. 

Disclaimer: Tours are subject to cancellation in dangerous weather.  Airboats are high speed, open boats without a top.  Gators and Ghosts LLC and our tour operators are not responsible for any cameras/video equipment lost or damaged due to water, splashes, or rain.

Wildlife varies by season: Though we often see alligators sunning themselves on logs even in the dead of winter, the colder it gets, the harder they are to find. This is nature and we cannot guarantee you will see any specific type of animal. That said, the bayou is beautiful year round.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Airboat Swamp Tour

What should we wear?

You will not get soaking wet or dirty on the tour. Dress for the weather. Our boats are open topped and the speed of the airboat makes it windy. On chilly days, the wind can make it feel colder than it is. On warm days, the sun can make it feel even warmer. Sunscreen is advised. We occasionally go out in light rain. Feel free to bring a poncho.

What happens if it rains? 

Our captains make the ultimate decision on whether the tour will be cancelled due to weather. We will often go out in light rain but rarely in heavy rain and never when there's lightening. If the tour is cancelled by our captains, we will work to reschedule you. If no alternate time works for you, we will of course refund you. 

How long is the tour?

The tour itself on the boat is just under 2 hours. If you choose our hotel pick up transportation option, round trip is a little under 4 hours. 

Is the price listed per guest?

Yes. The prices listed above are per person on the boat. 

Can we book a private tour?

Absolutely. To book a private tour, you essentially buy all the seats on the boat. We have boats of a variety of different sizes from 6 to 30 passengers. We will try to match you with the smallest boat available that will accommodate your group.  Call our group sales department at 504-595-9601 for a quote and more information. 

Where do you pick up?

We can pick you up at most hotels in the French Quarter and Central Business District. If you are not staying at a hotel, we can figure out which hotel would be closest and arrange to meet you there. We may on occasion be able to pick up at hotels in Metairie or Kenner. Call 888-481-8188 for details. 

When is the best time of day to see alligators?

During the heat of the day in the afternoon is best because alligators are cold-blooded reptiles. But our captains are in the bayou multiple times a day and know the habitats well so we usually find gators at all times of day. It is nature, however, so you never know precisely what you're going to see. 

Is it true that airboats are too loud and they scare away the wildlife?

Not true at all. Though these boats are quite loud at their top speeds (we provide hearing protection for you), when the boat nears an alligator or another animal we want to observe, your captain will cut the engines and you'll quietly glide over to the creature, no harm done. In fact, because airboats are so small and nimble, they can get to many shallow or cramped areas that other (larger, quieter) boats couldn't dream of going into. 

Will I get seasick?

No promises, but we don't have many guests complain of seasickness after the tour. Airboats are pretty smooth rides and the water is fairly calm as compared to being on a cruise in the ocean. The boats are fast though, so if you are prone to motion sickness in cars, maybe take some Dramamine as a precaution.

How far in advance should I book?

Our airboat tours are the most popular tours we sell with the least number of available seats, so they sell out the quickest. We recommend you book as far in advance as you can to guarantee availability. We take bookings up to a year in advance. Realistically though, you don't need to plan quite that far ahead. The larger your group, the earlier you should book. Most of our guests book anywhere from two months to a week ahead.  That said, thanks to cancellations, we are often able to squeeze you in on the day of the tour, so please give us a call to check availability. Call 888-481-8188 or Text 504-226-5433

Do we need bug spray?

Probably not, as the bugs aren't too bad in the daytime, in the middle of the water and on a fast moving boat. Still, it can't hurt. Feel free to bring some. 

What's the difference between an airboat and a fanboat?

There isn't one. Same kind of boat. Some folks call it a fanboat. We happen to call it an airboat. 


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