Combo Tour: Oak Alley Plantation and Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans
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.
Oak Alley Plantation 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.
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (Please indicate New Orleans Hotel and Valid cell phone number)
- Entry/Admission - Alert Transportation LLC.
- Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
- Entry/Admission - Louisiana Tour Company
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Confirmation received at time of booking
- Children Must be at least 48 inches
- Air-boats are not recommended for people with back or neck problems and pregnant women.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
The weather was kind to us as we first visited the Oak Alley Plantation. GREAT first hand view of plantation conditions with lots of history. Beautiful gardens, spectacular huge oak trees and an up close view of slave living conditions albeit a bit sanitized. Nice gift shop with lots of free praline and other samples. Swamp tour included LOTS of gators who swam right up to the boat for their share of marshmellows. The swamp was very lush with lots of birds and greenery. Great trip.
The airboat was very fun. The guide was knowledgeable and personable. We also saw lots of alligators! Tour at oak alley was full of info about the house but would have liked more stories about the people who lived there. Would have enjoyed a smaller group for the plantation tour as well. The grounds were beautiful. I liked having time to explore on our own. Caesar, our bus driver tried his best to give us info along the drive and stop at some other plantations for pictures.
Oak valley tour had beautiful grounds and nice to learn the history of the plantation. Airboat tour was fun. We had the owner as our tour guide so we learned so much of all the surrounding warers.
Both the Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp were great places to visit with interesting stories and engaging tour guides. Having said that we did experience a couple of hiccups. One of the issues we had was with the timing of the house tour of Oak Alley. The plantation not the tour company that was transporting us booked our tour group with another group later after we arrived. This effectively meant that the house tour took a lot longer than necessary as there were too many people in the group about 50. It also meant that we couldn't do the house tour first and then spend the remaining time in the gardens and looking at the slavery exhibit properly. It really restricted us and we would have liked further time at the plantation. We also experienced some transportation issues. Effectively we travelled on four different buses during the day as the company collects people and splits them depending on which tour you are doing. At one stage no one knew who was meant to be driving us back to New Orleans, which was very frustrating. The idea of collecting people from hotels in one area and then reshuffling them at a central location to get the right bus for their tour makes sense, but once you are on that bus you should not have to change again.
Excellent. It was cold so we only saw some small gators, but both adventures are worth the trip
From the minute we were picked up at our hotel to the time we were dropped off everything was terrific! Our driver out to the plantation, Brian, was an absolute comedian and a knowledgeable guide. The plantation itself was beautiful and the guide there was also well versed in the history of the house. Then came the swamp airboat ride, WOW. Captain Ernie was the best! He knows that swamp and that delta and knows his alligators. Plus the airboat ride is more thrilling than some things at Disney. This combo is a must do!