Gators and Ghosts: A New Orleans Tour Company

New Orleans Tours. Locally Owned. Family Operated.

Oak Alley or Laura Plantations & Swamp/Plantation Combos

 

  • See two plantations with round-trip transportation from the French Quarter. Single plantation tours also available.

  • Oak Alley is famous for its line of 300 year old live oak trees while Laura has amazing history: it was owned for 3 generations by Creole women.

  • Combine a single plantation with a swamp tour.

  • Single plantation tickets start at $67.

 

  • There are very limited spots on these tours. Please book well in advance to ensure availability.


Quantity denotes the number of guests in your party. Prices listed are per person. There is a down payment due at checkout with the remaining balance payable at time of tour. 


Laura Plantation

Laura Plantation

 

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All About Plantation Tours

See one plantation with the option to add the other house or a swamp tour: Oak Alley and Laura are the two most popular plantations near New Orleans. Oak Alley is absolutely beautiful while Laura has fascinating history. You can visit both historic plantations in the same day or go to just one. If you choose the single plantation tour, you can also add on a swamp tour of your choice. You decide which house and which boat size! 

On our double plantation tour, we will pick you up, drive you to Oak Alley, where you will tour the grounds and house, then we'll take you to Laura, where you will tour the grounds, house and slave cabins, then we'll bring you back to the French Quarter. Our individual tours give you a choice of which house you'll visit. If you add on the swamp tour to the single plantation, you can choose from small and medium airboats or a covered tour boat.

Oak Alley: Oak Alley is famous for its 300-year-old live oak trees that line the home's entrance. You'll walk under that gorgeous canopy of trees as you enter the house. Your tour guides will be dressed like characters in Gone with the Wind as they show you the different rooms of the house. You'll learn about the history and owners. You will also have plenty of time to take photos and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant on the grounds. 

Laura: Laura was a plantation that was run for three generations in the 1800s by Creole women. One of them, a woman named Laura Gore, wrote a a memoir, so you'll hear first hand accounts of living there. You can even buy her book if you'd like. You'll tour the big house as well as original slave cabins, which will give you an incredibly full picture of life on the plantation. This plantation is where the original Brer Rabbit stories were recorded, passed down from the oral tradition of former slaves. 

Airboat Swamp Tours: 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. Airboat tours are fast, loud and crazy, but also have moments of quiet beauty. You can read all about our swamp tours in great detail here. 

PRICING & TOUR TIMES

OAK ALLEY ONLY or LAURA ONLY
 

  • Adult: $67**

  • 8:15 a.m. Return at 3 p.m.

  • **Deposit of $15 for adults per ticket due at checkout with the remaining balance due at time of tour.

OAK ALLEY & LAURA COMBO

  • Adult: Was $97, Now $87*

  • 10:30 a.m. Return 6 p.m. (We Recommend you pack a lunch to bring with you.)

  • ***Deposit of $25 for adults per ticket due at checkout with the remaining balance due at time of tour.

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

 

Private Tours: Private Tours are available for groups as small as 1 or as large as 100.  Private tours are great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate gatherings, church groups, conventions, fans coming in for sporting events, family reunions and more. If your group is 30 people or fewer, we can fit you on one boat. If it's more than 30 people, we can split you across multiple boats. Contact our Group Sales at (504) 507-8308 or reservations@gatorsandghosts.com for a quote. Private tours should be booked as far in advance as possible. 

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

TOUR TIMES

Airboat Size Optional Hotel Pick Up Tour Start Time Estimated Return To New Orleans
Large/Medium/Small 8:30 AM 9:45 AM 12:15 AM
Large/Medium/Small 10:45 AM 12 PM 2:30 PM
Large/Medium/Small 12:45 PM 2 PM 4:30 PM
Large/Medium/Small 2:45 PM 4 PM 6:30 PM (Seasonal March-October)
Large/Medium/Small 4:45 PM 6 PM 8:30 PM (Select Days June-August)

 

  • Ride Length: Boat ride is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Round trip with hotel pick up 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 up to a half-hour pickup 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.

  • Our seasonal 6 p.m. tour runs select days (usually weekends) from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call 888-481-8188 for availability.

 

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Airboat 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/or under 48 Inches tall, and people with neck/back problems are not allowed to ride airboats. (Call us about options to visit the swamp if you are unable to do the Airboat, as we may have other options available!)

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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Text: 504-226-5433
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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 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 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) 507-8308 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. 

Will we see crocodiles?

No. The American Alligator is what you'll find on our swamp tours, while the American Crocodile can be found most commonly in the tropical regions around Caribbean Sea, Central America and South Amerca. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is by looking at the nose: a croc's nose is narrow compared to the broad nose of a gator.  

What is your refund policy?

Tour deposits are non-refundable if cancelled by the guest with less than 48 hours notice before scheduled tour time. Groups of six or more must give a week's notice. Tours cancelled by the tour operator are always refundable. FOR GROUPS OF 6 GUESTS OR MORE: You will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 50 percent of the total tour cost if you cancel with less than 48 hours notice. Because more spots are held aside for large groups, it is much more difficult for us to fill them last minute. You will get credit for any deposit you may have paid when calculating the cancellation fee. You can read our full refund policy in our Frequently Asked Questions. 


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For Reservations

Call: 888-481-8188
Text: 504-226-5433
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