Pontoon Boat in New Orleans


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Because it’s quieter than an Airboat, a pontoon boat tour is the perfect way to see all the wildlife the swamp has to offer.

You’ll see and hear the ecosystem of the swamp firsthand, from gators to wild pigs and migratory birds.

Set out on a 20,000-acre (8,095-hectare) tract of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your flat-bottomed boat is leisurely guided through the shallow marshes. Discover bayous lined with mossy cypress and tupelo-gum trees as your captain points out a stunning variety of wildlife. Enjoy a fully narrated tour by a local guide.

Prepare to see plenty of alligators in the warmer months (and warmer days in winter), some of which may be out sunning themselves on rocks! Your guide may even feed the gators, affording you amazing photo opportunities. Also keep your eyes open for turtles, snakes, egrets, herons and ibis. You may even catch sight of a hawk, owl or bald eagle. In the cooler months, look for white-tailed deer, raccoons and the large rodents known as nutria.

Your morning or afternoon tour ends at the embarkation point. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators — including an albino alligator — before making your way back to downtown New Orleans.

Note: This tour does not include hotel pick-up or drop-off unless hotel pickup and drop-off is selected. Roundtrip transportation is an extra $30 per person. This tour is meant to accommodate up to 72 passengers

Duration: 2 hours

  • Pontoon Boat-No Pickup (Max passengers: 72)
  • Pontoon Boat w/Pickup (Max passengers: 72)
  • Full refund if canceled at least 48 hours before the tour.
  • Airboat ride
  • Local guide
  • Hotel drop-off (If tour option with transport is selected at the time of booking.)
  • Tip or gratuity
  • Food & drinks
  • Stroller / pram accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible for those with limited mobility
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Reservations booked separately will not be guaranteed to be on the same boat.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.