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Plantation Tours and Tickets

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.
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Our tips for Louisiana Plantations

  • 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. Take a trip 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.
  • Dress comfortably. During your Louisiana Plantation tours, make sure to wear comfortable clothes according to the current weather conditions. It is advisable to wear long-sleeved tops and full bottoms to protect yourself from insect bites.

Good to know

Plantation in New Orleans mostly relied on slaves from Africa. The primary crops were sugarcane and cotton. Most plantation houses sport antebellum-style architecture with grand columns and vast verandas. Sugar production still remains a key part of the region’s culture. Oak Alley Plantation is the oldest in the region. It is known for its more than 25 oak trees that lead to the main plantation house.

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. Many plantation houses still have slave quarters that give a glimpse into the harsh realities of the bygone era. Most of the plantations have been restored to help you get up close and personal with the 19th-century houses and insights into slavery.

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 plantations in the US built by and for free blacks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What happens during a Plantation Tour?

    A plantation tour provides a glimpse into the history and lives of former residents in the New Orleans area by visiting one of the historic former sugar or cotton plantations.

  • Q: What is the best time to take Plantation Tour in New Orleans?

    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 into play. February to May is the best time to enjoy a plantation tour as the weather is relatively pleasant.

  • Q: How do I get around?

    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.

  • Q: What does a typical plantation tour include?

    A standard plantation tour typically involves exploring the main house, Louisiana slave quarters, plantation museum, gardens, exhibits, memorial artwork, and additional structures. Some tours offer interactive displays and reveal fascinating stories behind the plantation. The tour also includes a visit to one of the most photographed plantations – Oak Alley Plantation along with immersive audio commentary on the history and glory of the South.

  • Q: What is the duration of a typical Plantation Tour?

    The duration of a plantation tour can vary from 2-3 hours to an entire day, depending on the selected tour type and the size of the property.

  • Q: Any tips for saving money during a Plantation Tour in New Orleans?

    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. You can also buy the Go City: New Orleans Pass which is an all-inclusive pass that lets you choose from various curated tours and interactive classes like cooking classes.

  • Q: What should I wear on a plantation tour?

    For a comfortable experience on a plantation tour, it's advisable to wear weather-suitable attire and closed-toe shoes. As some parts of the tour may be outdoors, a hat and sunscreen are suggested to bring along.

  • Q: Are plantation tours suitable for children?

    Yes, several plantations offer family-friendly tours and activities, including dedicated children's tours in some cases.

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