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. 

New Orleans Swamp Tour

  • Our Swamp Tours come in a variety of boat styles and types, including Covered Tour Boats and Airboats. 
  • Tickets start at $30 per guest (on our 60 Passenger Covered Tour Boat where you drive yourself to the dock). Optional round trip transportation is available from many major hotels in the downtown New Orleans area for a little extra.
  • Airboat tickets start at $50 per guest. 
  • You can book online 24 hours a day or call 888-481-8188 between 8 am and 10 p.m. Central Time. 
  • These tours (especially the airboats) sell 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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Airboats are almost like hovercrafts: They 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! Airboats are the fastest and most exciting way to see the Louisiana bayou, home to a large number of alligators.

Covered Tour Boats save you money: Our Covered Tour Boats seat more people than the airboats (up to 60) and are a bit more laid back, quiet and comfortable. The swamp tour by covered tour boat is good for people who are not allowed to ride the airboat because they have bad backs or necks, women who are pregnant, and groups with children under 5 years old or 48 inches. Covered Tour Boats have special pricing for children 11 and under. 

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. Our Airboat captains have 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! 


Small Airboat Tour (6 to 8 passengers) 
Drive Out:  $75
Hotel Pickup: $95 

16 Passenger Airboat Tour
Drive Out: $59
Hotel Pickup: $75

Large Airboat Tour (30 passengers)
Drive Out: $50
Hotel Pickup: $70

Covered Tour Boat (60 passengers)
Drive Out Adult: $30
Hotel Pick Up Adult: $52
Kids 4 to 11: 
Children 3 and under: Free

Prices listed are per person. There is a $25 deposit per person for Large Airboats and a $30 deposit per person for Small Airboats 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 you 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 Leonard in Group Sales at 504-595-9601 or for a quote. Private tours should be booked as far in advance as possible. 

Tour Times

Morning Tour Time: 9:40/9:45 a.m. 

  • 9:45 a.m. boats depart from dock for Large or Small Airboats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 8:35 a.m. Return to hotel around 12:30 p.m.
  • 9:40 a.m. boats depart from dock for 16 Passenger Airboats and Covered Tour Boats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 8 a.m. Return to hotel around 12:30 p.m.

Noon Tour Time: 12/12:10 p.m.

  • 12 p.m. boats depart from dock for Large or Small Airboats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 10:45 a.m. Return to hotel around 2:30 p.m.
  • 12:10 p.m. boats depart from dock for 16 Passenger Airboats and Covered Tour Boats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 10:20 a.m. Return to hotel around 2:40 p.m.

Afternoon Tour Time: 2/2:10 p.m.

  • 2 p.m. boats depart from dock for Large or Small Airboats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 12:45 a.m. Return to hotel around 4:30 p.m.
  • 2:10 p.m. boats depart from dock for 16 Passenger Airboats and Covered Tour Boats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 12:30 p.m. Return to hotel around 4:45 p.m.

Late Afternoon Tour Time: 4/:415 p.m. 

  • 4 p.m. boats depart from dock for Large or Small Airboats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 2:45 p.m. Return to hotel around 6:30 p.m.
  • 9:40 a.m. boats depart from dock for 16 Passenger Airboats and Covered Tour Boats. Optional Hotel Pick Up starts at 8 a.m. Return to hotel around 12:30 p.m.

Our seasonal 6 p.m. tour runs most weekends through Labor Day. Please call 888-481-8188 for availability. Guests who are driving themselves out to the dock should arrive 20 minutes early for check in. Boat ride is approximately 2 hours. Round trip with hotel pick up is a little under 4 hours. 


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

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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 or 48 inches, 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 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. 

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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