Experience the bygone era of the south on top-rated New Orleans Plantation Tours. Visit the stately mansions that line the Mississippi River, watch the Antebellum south come to life, and hear riveting commentary about the famous local families that owned the plantations and the lives of the slaves who worked there. Learn how people coped with the heat before air-conditioning and why the kitchens were separate from the main house. Visit famous plantations like the Whitney, Laura and Oak Alley Plantations, choose to enjoy overnight accommodation and meals at some of the plantations and discover the unique Creole and Cajun cultures of New Orleans. Enjoy plantation tours that combine history, culture, and picturesque beauty.
Comfortable walking shoes and suntan lotion: These two are a must when you go plantation hopping as there’s a fair amount of walking involved. And whether it’s a boat ride or a walk through the grounds, it’s wise to protect your skin when out in the sun.
Swamp boat ride: Enjoy a guided paddle through the Manchac Swamp when visiting one of two historic Oak Alley or Whitney. People who’ve taken the tours speak highly of the guides and the experience overall.
Whitney Plantation: A visit to the Whitney Plantation is an absolute must-do! It is a particularly powerful experience as you see museum exhibits, artwork and recorded first person slave narratives.
Good to know
Best time to visit
The South is known for its hot weather, lakes and swamps, and the city is no exception.
A relatively hot and sticky city, only the bravest of souls travel to the city during the summer months of July and August when 100-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures and almost 100% humidity come out to play.
February to May is the best time to enjoy a plantation tour as the weather is relatively pleasant.
It is best to book tours that include return transportation from New Orleans. Book tours with hotel transfers and transportation in air-conditioned coaches and vans to enjoy a hassle-free sightseeing experience.
Money saving tips
Be a smart traveler and book well in advance for the best rates. A quick research online will show you the best deals and discounts being offered. Attraction passes like the sightseeing pass can also help you save a ton of dough as it includes free admission to plantation houses like the Houmas House.
Did you know?
Built in the late 1700s, the Destrehan Plantation is the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi River Valley.
Antoine was the most famous slave at Oak Alley Plantation and was a master of the techniques of grafting trees.
He produced a unique variety of pecan that could be cracked with one's bare hands; the shell was so thin it was dubbed the paper shell pecan.
Melrose Plantation, also known as Yucca Plantation, is one of the largest plantation in the US built by and for free blacks.