Families will love this swamp/airboat tour (located about 30 minutes outside of Lafayette), where it’s very likely to see alligators up close, along with other wildlife as you speed across the marshy waters. Airboat Captains Tucker or Craig will point out all the things you need to witness and even call the alligators over if they have decided to be a bit shy. Large male alligators, smaller females and even baby alligators fill the swamp and have made friends with the Atchafalaya Basin Landing tour guides (safety is never an issue). The airboat zips loudly across the waters while maneuvering past Cypress trees during this 90-minute tour; it makes several stops to check out the wildlife. Your kids will talk about the alligators they saw on this tour for days!
It is definitely a must-do when visiting Lafayette. Ear plugs are provided and help to block out the boat noise. Make sure to bring a camera and maybe a jacket, as it is often cooler out on the water. Restrooms can be found next to the General Store.
Scheduled tours run throughout the day, weather permitting. Times vary through the seasons, but generally run at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
$49 per person, $35 for children 5 and under. Call for reservations but walk-in’s are welcome.
Children as young as 3 years old are welcome on this swamp boat experience. If you have a 2 year old who is content with sitting still for 90 minutes, he or she is welcome as well.
A small General Store filled with snacks, beverages and live bait is available. Turtles Bar, a small locals bar where visitors are welcome, is located next to the store too.
A free parking lot is situated just steps away from the boats.