Gators and Ghosts: A New Orleans Tour Company

New Orleans Tours. Locally Owned. Family Operated.

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New Orleans Airboat Tour from $50

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New Orleans Airboat Tour from $50

from 25.00
  • Airboats can take you to places in the swamp that other boats can't get to, giving you the best chance to see alligators and other south Louisiana wildlife. Our tours are fast, loud, and crazy, but also have moments of quiet beauty.
  • Choose from our large, medium, and small airboats to find the right boat for your budget. Private tours are also available. Tickets start at $50 per guest.
  • Optional round-trip transportation is available from many major hotels in the downtown New Orleans area for a little extra.
  • 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. 
  • QTY Denotes amount of guests, not how many boats.

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  • Airboats can take you to places in the swamp that other boats can't get to, giving you the best chance to see alligators and other south Louisiana wildlife. Our tours are fast, loud, and crazy, but also have moments of quiet beauty.
  • Choose from our large, medium, and small airboats to find the right boat for your budget. Private tours are also available. Tickets start at $50 per guest.
  • Optional round-trip transportation is available from many major hotels in the downtown New Orleans area for a little extra.
  • 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. 
  • QTY Denotes amount of guests, not how many boats.

All About Airboats

Airboats are almost like hovercrafts: They go over mud, need less than an inch of water, and take you to places that bigger Covered Tour Boats boats can't reach, which means you'll see more of the bayou! (We also offer the slower, more laid back Covered Tour Boats. Contact us for details).

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 (very) occasionally jump in the water during warmer months.

The bayou is beautiful: Spanish moss hangs from Cypress 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!

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  • Prices listed are per person. 
  • Partial Payment: At checkout, we collect a partial payment towards your total cost ($25 down for Large and Medium airboat tickets, $30 down for Small Airboat tickets). Our tour operator will collect the balance at the time of your tour. 
  • Drive out location: We have a few different docks that we work with, so your drive out location will be provided after we confirm availability. Our swamps are about 30 to 40 minutes south of New Orleans.
  • Pick up locations: We can pick up at most hotels in the French Quarter and Central Business District. If you aren't staying at one of our spots, we can direct you to the closest pick up location.
  • Restrictions: Pregnant women, children under 5 years old or 48 inches, and people with neck/back problems are not allowed to ride airboats. Our Covered Tour Boat is a good alternative. Contact us for details.
 

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Fantastic Experience. Adrenaline Rush! My wife, 10-year-old grandson and myself did this tour just over a week ago. Still smiling from that experience. I cannot speak highly enough of the tour we did. We did the small airboat tour (6 person boat) it was electrifying! There are gators galore there. Small ones, mid-size and the big boys. If you are considering doing this tour, just stop and book it! One of the best experiences of my life.
— 5/5 Star Review From Brian P., United Kingdom

Pricing

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Small Airboat Tour (6 to 10 seat boat) 
Drive Yourself To The Swamp:  $75
With Round-Trip Transportation: $95 

Medium Airboat Tour (16 seat boat)
Drive Yourself To The Swamp:  $59
With Round-Trip Transportation: $75

Large Airboat Tour (30 seat boat)
Drive Yourself To The Swamp: $50
With Round-Trip Transportation: $70

  • Prices listed are per person. 
  • At checkout, we collect a partial payment towards your total cost ($25 down for Large and Medium airboat tickets, $30 down for Small Airboat tickets). Our tour operator will collect the balance at the time of your tour. 

Private Tours: Private Tours are available for groups as small as 1 or as large as 170.  Private tours are great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate gatherings, church groups, conventions, fans coming in for sporting events, family reunions and more. Our private boats allow guests to bring alcohol on board, whereas our regular tours do not. If your group is 30 people or fewer we can fit you on one boat. Our smallest boat has 6 seats and our largest seats 30, with a variety of sizes in between. If your group has more than 30 people, we can split you across multiple boats. We may also be able to arrange lunch or private transportation for a bit extra. Contact Leonard and his staff in Group Sales at (504) 507-8308 or reservations@gatorsandghosts.com for a quote. Private tours should be booked as far in advance as possible. 

Tour Times

Airboat Size Optional Hotel Pick Up Tour Start Time Estimated Return To New Orleans
Medium 8 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Large/Small 8:40 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Medium 10:20 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Large/Small 10:45 a.m. 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Medium 12:30 p.m. 2:10 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Large/Small 12:45 p.m. 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Large/Small 2:45 p.m. 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m. (Seasonal March-October)
Medium 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. (Seasonal March-October)
Large/Small 4:45 p.m. 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. (Select Days June-August)
  • Ride Length: Boat ride is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.  Round trip with hotel pick up is about 4 hours
  • Arrive Early: Guests who are driving themselves out to the dock should arrive 20 minutes early for check in. We work with several docks and address will be provided upon confirmation of your tour. 
  • 30-Minute Pick-Up Window: Guests who choose round-trip transportation must be in front of their designated pick up location at the time listed for the pick up. There is a half-hour pick-up window, meaning if your pick up start time is 10:45, our shuttle will be there sometime between 10:45 and 11:15; you must be ready to go by 10:45 otherwise you may miss your pickup and could forfeit your down payment. 
  • Call for 6pm Summer Sunset Tour: Our seasonal 6 p.m. tour runs select days (usually weekends) from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call 888-481-8188 for availability.
Admission Free For Alligators! 
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Three Different Boat Options To Fit Your Budget: The main difference between the different airboat sizes 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. A small group can choose any of the three airboat sizes; we will place you with other guests to fill the boat. 

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. 

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Optional Hotel Pickup: Our swamp tours are about a half hour drive from New Orleans. We can pick you up from most French Quarter and CBD hotels, as well as select Garden District hotels. Swamp tours with pickup at Metarie/Airport hotels can sometimes be arranged. 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 swamp. We work with multiple docks, so we will provide the drive out location after we confirm which dock has availability. The drive is between 30 to 40 minutes south of New Orleans. 

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

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 lightning. 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 about an hour and 45 minutes. 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. 

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 say 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. For a large airboat, a few days notice is usually enough. For small boats, a week or more is a good idea. For private tours, a month or more is advisable. The larger your group, the earlier you should book. Most of our guests book anywhere from two months to a week ahead.  All that said, we are often able to squeeze you in on the day of the tour, so please give us a call to check availability. 888-481-8188

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. 


 

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