Less than an hour from New Orleans, you'll find the mysterious swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Designed to ride in inches of water, an airboat is a thrilling way to travel the small and narrow waterways inaccessible by larger boats. Many local tour companies deliver a personal experience of these quiet and fascinating places, with guides who grew up in the area offering insights into conservation and wildlife protection as well as plenty of opportunities to see alligators, nutria, herons and other wildlife. Most of these tour companies offer pick up at area hotels. Here is a list.