Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve by Airboat

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve protects significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region. The park was established in November 1978, absorbing Chalmette National Historical Park, which was established in 1907. Named after the famous French pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, the park seeks to illustrate the influence of environment and history on the development of a unique regional culture. With over 23,000 acres of forest, swamp, and marsh the preserve is home to a host of wildlife including alligators, deer, birds, wild hogs, nutria rats, and more.

Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.

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Latitude: 29.780058 Longitude: -90.098999 Elevation: 4 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Get ready for an exciting adventure! Take a thrilling ride through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, accessible only by airboat. The captain, a native of the area, offers a colorful history of the Cajun way of life. Tour back into our privately owned meandering bayous and take a look into the past. View moss draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures who make their homes here. You'll come face to face with alligators, snakes and other native creatures while touring their neighborhood.

We have been offering our airboat tours since May 2000. Seven airboats are available accommodating up to 98 passengers. Each vessel is ready to take you to the far reaches of the bayous by using Chevy 454, 450 horsepower engines.

Bring your camera and capture wildlife at any time! Alligators, snakes, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink and nutria all make their home here in the Louisiana swamp lands.

Seasons Accessible

Jean Lafitte Airboat Tours are available all year long.


Large Airboat: Adult drive up: $65 | Adult with transportation: $85 | | Small Airboat: Adult drive up: $85 | Adult with transportation: $105

Accessibility Notes

The airboats are not wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Jean Lafitte Airboat Tours do not allow pets, except for certified service animals.

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