Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans
Oak Alley Plantation features picturesque Oak Trees, beautiful landscaping, an elegant 1837 Greek Revival style plantation house, a blacksmith shop, a restaurant, and antique farm equipment. Guests will get a tour of the Oak Alley’s house and time to explore. After your plantation tour, you will experience the best of both: an educational swamp tour and a high speed airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds on the airboat, but also slow down and stop for pictures. Along the way, you will get a personal tour by your local Captain.
- Close encounter with wildlife
- All entrance fees included
- Hotel pickup included
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Barataria Preserve, Marrero, LA
Your swamp tour is only 35 minutes from New Orleans, yet a world apart. This New Orleans air-boat tour is a high speed adventure that is part tour, part thrill ride. You will travel at high speeds in the 6 or 9 passenger boat, then slow down and stop for photo opportunities. Along the way, you will get a personal tour by your local Captain. Our air-boats have stadium seating, so that the person in front of you does not obstruct your view, and every seat is great for experiencing the tour and viewing the wildlife. Yes, gators will get close, very close. So close, that you will be able to look into those reptilian eyes.
Alligators do hibernate in the colder months, but our experienced captains know where to look for them. On average, during the winter, you'll have better than a 50/50 chance of seeing a "gator". In the warmer months, you will see a gator. Every New Orleans air-boat tour is unique and we never know what will be around the next corner. The area toured is a combination of swamp, marsh and lake. So, you may see anything from a Bald Eagle to a pelican to Osprey to an owl. It really is that diverse.
The air-boats are driven by a 454 Chevy Engine that will produce speeds of up to 35 miles an hour. They are propelled by a huge fan that will blow air from the back of the boat in excess of 200 miles an hour. These tours are truly a blast! They ride in inches of water and go where traditional boats cannot go. These boats were designed to take you to inaccessible areas of the swamp, places that you cannot reach by foot or car. It is truly a unique experience.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7079
In combination with the airboat tour, you'll also visit the Oak Alley Plantation, which was built in 1837, with a 1/4 mile path, from River Road to the plantation house, lined with twenty-eight evenly spaced Oaks. There are additional attractions on the grounds which includes a restaurant, cafe and gift shop. The choice is yours how you would like to use your free hour.
Duration: 2 hours
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pickup from your hotel in New Orleans. Please specify which hotel.
- Duration: 8 hours (Approx.)
- Departure Time: 8:15 AM
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Barataria Preserve
- Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
- Food and drinks
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Confirmation received at time of booking
- Must be 48 inches tall to ride airboats
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Plantation tour and transportation have capacity limits of 50% (15 people.) Small airboats have a 9 person capacity.
Average 4.53 out of 5 stars based on 17 verified reviews from Cool New Orleans and TripAdvisor
We were picked up at the hotel and the driver had good knowledge of the area, and told us stories of the area. Oak alley was very nice and the tour guides were very good. I just wish we could spend more time there, but we needed to get to the air boat. So, the air boat was fun and the boat driver also had great knowledge of the swamp area and wild life. We saw many alligators, turtles and fish. We had alligators right up next to the boat and the driver would touch his head with his bare hand. I will defiantly do another air boat ride again.
The double-booking (Plantation Tour and Air Boat Swamp Tour) is the way to go. The Plantation Tour was beautiful, informative and educational. The swamp tour, with talks about the flora and wildlife, as well as an exhillerating ride through the Louisiana swamp was great. What a memorable day this was!
This trip was amazing! Really informative tour of the plantation, and the airboat ride was really excellent. Lots of great photos of alligators and thrill rides with the small airboat travelling at speed.
I really enjoyed the oak alley plantation. However since it's a combo tour it would have been nice to have a little more time at the plantation. The docents were excellent at explaining the history. The slave quarters have been reconstructed. Be aware that there are approximately 22 steps to go up to the second floor of the plantation house. If you are unable to go up the stairs, they did say they provide a video of it for you to watch. All in all it is worth the time to see. There were a lot of people there when we attended as a steam boat had docked on the Mississippi river and those guests were touring as well. The oaks are majestic. The second half of the tour was an absolute thrill for me. The smaller airboat tour allowed us to get up close and personal with the swamp, marsh, cypress and gators. Our tour guide Rocky rocked our tour. I couldn't believe all the gators we found. You will not be disappointed. I loved the speed of the airboat. So if you have a need for speed and a interest in the area you will love it. We even held a baby gator!
Airboat Capt. B.Bop is a great guide. This was our first time in the swamps and an airboat. The "kid" knows his stuff. We thank him for his education, humor, and common sense. The plantation tour should be on every US citizen American history requirement. It opens your eyes. Love bus driver Brian!
Highly recommend the combo tour! As soon as we got in the bus the driver was lively, funny and yet informative about NOLA's history. Oak Alley was beautiful a great place to take pictures and get a little bit of history if your into that. The mint julep2 parts bourbon there will get you going and was refreshing. Time given to walk around the place was too short though. Next was the 6 passenger air boat which was AWESOME i would highly recommend getting the smaller boat because you get more focus and get the chance to hold and the big alligators and even a baby alligator which was something if you get the stay in the bigger boats you might not get to experience.
This tour was amazing!
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