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Explore acres of authentic Louisiana swamps and waterways on a New Orleans swamp tour that gets you up close and personal with Alligators! Strap in, it’s one wild ride!

Tour Options


The Small Airboat

6-10 passengers


The Large Airboat

15-27 passengers

The Pontoon Boats

Traditional Covered Boat Swamp Tours

Our Pickup Service

Round trip to the French Quarter

Tour times

Boats leave the dock at 9:45 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (if there is enough daylight for the 6 pm tour). It is important that you be there at least 15-30 minutes before so you have plenty of time to check-in.

All tours are 1 hour 45 minutes packed with excitement. Give us a call, to join us for a swamp tour New Orleans style. We book up fast! Why book with Bayou Swamp Tours?

Bayou Swamp Tours offers the most thrilling swamp tours New Orleans has to offer. The Bayou tour company offers various options for you to choose from…

Why book with Bayou Swamp Tours?


Our passionate and experienced Captains combine the excitement of a New Orleans airboat swamp tour with the fascination of a backwater nature tour. See why we are the #1 New Orleans swamp tour.

Whether you book a small boat, a large, or a pontoon boat tour, the experience our Cajun Captains provide is the best in Louisiana.


Explore thousands of acres in our unique Louisiana ecosystem featuring backwater wildlife such as alligators, over 200 species of birds, wild pigs, raccoons and so much more! Experience the murky waters of the swamp firsthand on your New Orleans airboat trip down the mysterious waterways.


Swamp tours from New Orleans typically sell out weeks in advance. With us, you’ll have exclusive access to the most availability on airboat tours and swamp boats in all of Louisiana.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our Louisiana airboat tours.

What Time are the New Orleans Swamp Tours?
Boats leave the dock at 9:45AM, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm (if there is enough daylight for the 6pm tour). It is important that you be there at least 15-30 minutes before so you have plenty of time to check in.
What kind of Louisiana Airboat tours do you offer?
We have airboats that can hold anywhere from 6 to 30 passengers. If you would like a private tour, let us know and we can accommodate your needs! We have the most availability on swamp tours in New Orleans. We also run covered tour boats seating 20-72 passengers.
Do you offer private tours in New Orleans?

Yes! We can accommodate any group size. Please give us a call to make the arrangements for your private Louisiana experience.

Do you offer New Orleans hotel pickup?

We pick up guests and take them back to all hotels located in the French Quarter / New Orleans City Center / Eastern Garden District.

Are there restrictions to being on the airboat?

Yes, you have to be at least 5 years of age AND 48 inches tall to ride the airboat. Expectant mothers will need to take the swamp boat tour for a smooth experience in the bayou.

What kind of animals will we see?

There are all sorts of avian (birds), reptiles, insects, and mammals in the swamp. They all can be more active at different hours depending on the conditions, weather, and season. Your Louisiana boat captain will put you on the best tour possible to see as much as possible.

When is Bayou Swamp Tours open?
We are open from 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Our phone lines are open even later for reservations!
When should I Book my swamp tour in New Orleans?

Although we have the most options and availability for us to book your swamp tour, booking ahead of time is key. Especially during holidays, weekends, and Mardi Gras. It’s not uncommon to be booked up months ahead of time for these.

Larger groups (6+) are recommended to book weeks to months in advance of the trip to secure the best possible boat and time slot. So book as soon as you know you will be in the area. We also can take last minute bookings and will do everything we can to accommodate!

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing whatever you feel comfortable in. We will be out on the water, so we recommend leaving loose jewelry and watches behind to avoid the possibility of losing your belongings. If it’s a Louisiana sunny day, make sure to bring some sunscreen! You should always dress comfortably. If it is cooler outside it is good to wear warmer clothes, especially on an airboat. Bring a jacket, too!

Can I bring a cooler, alcohol, or food/drink?
The short answer is no. BUT, there are some boats that are allowed to have a cooler and/or alcohol on board. They must ALWAYS be a private tour. You will need to confirm AHEAD of time with our phone staff if this is allowed or not on YOUR private boat type. No glass is allowed ever.**We are a family-oriented touring company & strive for each guest to enjoy their tours to the best of our tour operator’s abilities. At any time, Bayou Swamp Tours or tour operators (Office Staff, Drivers & Captains) and our vendors/partners/tour operators can revoke your drinking privileges if deemed necessary.**
Do you have a covered boat?

Yes! We have boats other than airboats that you can enjoy the swamp in. We have covered boats that are not loud and provide shade from the hot Louisiana sun.

What is a ride in a covered boat like?

A covered boat is a larger boat with an awning that seats more people. It is not loud, unlike an airboat, and moves slower through the swamp. Great for photography!

Are there mosquitoes in the swamp?
Yes, but they rarely come out during the day. Please leave the spray at home
What happens if the weather is bad?

Tours go out rain or shine unless there is inclement weather such as lightning. We will call you ahead of time if your tour is canceled. NEVER assume the tour is canceled! Weather calls are up to the boat captain & dock staff. Typically storms blow over fairly quickly and you are still able to get on the water and enjoy your swamp tour. However, severe weather can abbreviate or cancel tours.

Do you have a wheelchair accessible boats?

Our covered tour boat will allow a standard width wheelchair to board.

What to expect after booking?

Once we enter your information in our system we immediately start working on getting your tour confirmed. Once everything is squared away and we have your seats reserved, we will send you a confirmation email and text. You will also always get a formal transaction receipt from our payment provider.

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