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Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans

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New Orleans, United States

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Explore Louisiana wildlife and culture outside of the Big Easy on this full-day trip from New Orleans to the country town of Vacherie. Zoom across a swamp on a 6 or 9-passenger open-air speedboat with ample opportunities for viewing wild animals in their natural habitat, and then tour an antebellum plantation home with a classic alley of oaks when you return to shore.
  • Full-day trip to the country town of Vacherie from New Orleans
  • View native animals from an open-air speedboat
  • Tour Oak Alley Plantation, a historic home
  • Round-trip transportation from New Orleans hotels
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Meet you guide at your hotel in New Orleans between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and drive 35 minutes into the countryside to reach Oak Alley Plantation. Step on board a 6 or 9 passenger airboat with graduated stadium-style seating to begin the first part of your tour.

Travel through shallow waters at up to 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour), while you learn about the surrounding wildlife from a guide with extensive knowledge about the local ecosystem. Zoom through marsh, swamp, and lake waters en route to alligator habitats where you can see these ancient reptiles up close and learn about their lives. Look up periodically to catch sight of the bird species that also call the area home, including bald eagles, pelicans, ospreys, and owls.

At the end of the boat tour, return to shore to tour the 19th-century Oak Alley Plantation, a typical antebellum plantation house. Walk down a classic alley of live oaks hung with Spanish moss on your way to the house, and then meet your docent for a guided tour inside. Afterward, spend a free hour wandering the 25-acre property or eating at the restaurant and café on site (own expense). The tour will conclude when your driver takes you back to your hotel in New Orleans.
Stop At:  
Barataria Preserve
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
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 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Louisiana Tour company

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Oak Alley Plantation and Small Airboat Tour from New Orleans?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Well worth the money
, Jun 2021
This tour was great! Besides getting out of the craziness of the French Quarter, it’s a good opportunity to see life in a different time period. Oak Alley is a great location. They bring the role of slaves on the plantation in but could probably do a little more on that. Great restaurant and amazing pralines! We choose the small air boat for the swamp. Definitely worth the money. Our guide was great. Don’t remember his name but he’s one who will actually jump in the canals to “encourage” some big gators closer. Too bad the gator was full and just wanted a nap! Would absolutely recommend this combo tour. It was a great way to spend Memorial Day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for the great feedback, Sherri!
Exciting and fun
, May 2021
Our bus driver was amazing stopped along the way and showed us things was super friendly and knowledgeable. the plantation and grounds were ok for me neat to see how it was just was hard to understand the tour guide at time and wished there was more history about the original family in there. But cool to see. the airboat ride was awesome the guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable stopped and let us ask questions and see the gators. we all had a great time.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for the great feedback, Gloria!
Great Experience, Heads up on Safety
, May 2021
Tours were both wonderful - air boat was one of our most memorable experiences in NOLA. We made good time to the plantation so we had a good amount of time to look around and take pictures. Only concern which may not be a concern for others was the distancing in covid times--information about the tour said the busses would only be at half capacity and 15 ppl max but we had over 20/full capacity in ours. Windows were closed the whole time and mask use was not enforced for anyone on board. The guidelines were very recently relaxed in the state so that may have been why, but just giving a heads-up to those who are wary of such things.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Our state governor has lifted most restrictions as of April 28th, so we are allowed to operate at full capacity. Since you booked through a third party, they may not have updated the new information for our state yet. We understand our guests concerns, so if you or anyone ever feels uncomfortable about taking a tour, we will gladly return you to your hotel and issue you a full refund.
, Mar 2021
The oak trees were absolutely amazing. I wish we had at least 30 additional minutes to view everything.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for the great feedback!
swamp and plantation tour
, Oct 2020
The swamp tour portion was awesome! Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable and rising in the airboats was a lot of fun. We loved seeing the alligators, foliage and all the wildlife, pretty much everything you would hope to see in a swamp. The plantation was beautiful and we enjoyed the short tour and the option to explore the grounds on our own. Only negatives were that the hotel we arbitrarily chose to be picked up at (Fench quarter suites)was abandoned looking so we had to stand on the street for approximately thirty minutes for our ride, also it was a much longer drive between the swamp tour and plantation than we expected, about an hour
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We are sorry for your experience with the transportation. Since we do door to door pickups, we have to allot 30 minutes in order to get all of our guests. It seems like you were the last stop. We are glad that you had a great experience on tour and we thank you for the positive feedback!
, Jul 2020
All personnel were helpful, kind, and very informative. The grounds were impeccable lay maintained. The food was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you for the great review! We appreciate your feedback!
Love the scenery and history of the oak plantation. The small airboat experience was amazing and worth every penny.
, Aug 2019
All the tour guides were efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. The price of the package is worth every penny. Make sure to get great pictures. Be prepared to pet the alligators. Yay!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
This is a great review. Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful comments.
Know the past
Dave P
, Jun 2019
It was very good to learn how some people lived a long time ago. It makes you wonder what if I lived back then?
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for your review. Maybe next tour with our company, we can earn that 5th star.
Great place to go
Dave P
, May 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank You for the great review.
Interesting insight to a part of American history
, May 2019
Our visit to Oak Alley was interesting, the hierarchy of slavery was different to my preconceived ideas. The trees were amazing, the house was very grand from the outside. The only negative was the complex was far away from the air boat ride and the drive was too long.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
We appreciate the the 4 star review. Distance from one locaiton to the other is a problem. When we offer the tours, you can choose to go on two different dates as individual tours or what we call the time saver trip, where you get both tours in a combo tour in the same day. The unfortunate part is that Oak Alley is 70 miles from the French Quarter, it is 80 miles from Oak Alley to the swamp tour dock., and only 22 miles from the swamp tour dock to the French Quarter. Destrehan Plantation tour would have been a better choice for the combo tour.

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