Historic Tours of Stunning New Orleans Plantations

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Step back in time to New Orleans’ most famous plantations: Oak Alley, Laura, and Whitney.

Choose between Oak Alley, with its breath-taking tunnel of 28 live Oak trees; Laura, a Creole plantation; or Whitney, paying homage to the slaves of the plantation and across the American South. Take a combined tour of two plantations, or spend the day exploring Oak Alley.

Hear the fascinating stories behind these historic landmarks. During the scenic drive out to the plantations, our certified tour guide will provide commentary on major landmarks and the changing Louisiana landscape, from downtown New Orleans, to the swamps and waterways, and through the vast crops and fields unique to this part of the country.

Oak Alley: An Antebellum Plantation

Just up the river from Laura is the “Grande Dame” of the Louisiana River Road plantations, Oak Alley. Oak Alley plantation gets its name from the spectacular quarter mile tunnel of 28 oak trees that frame the driveway as you approach. Built in 1839 and facing the Mississippi River, the magnificent entrance to Oak Alley Plantation makes it a “Must See” destination on everyone’s list of historic Louisiana sites. This plantation was originally named Bon Séjour (“pleasant sojourn”), but became known as Oak Alley when riverboat passengers floating by marveled at the double row of giant oak trees leading to the mansion. Thanks to its classic appearance and beautiful restoration, Oak Alley Plantation has been featured in a number of movies and TV series, including the movie “Interview with a Vampire,” and Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” music video.

During your Cajun Encounters Plantation Tour, you’ll hear from expert guides in period dress, as they recount the factual history of the mansion and immerse you in another time. The tour will bring you through several interior rooms of the plantation, as well as upstairs, where you’ll step outside to take in a breathtaking view of the centuries-old Oak trees and surrounding grounds.

After your tour, we’ll give you some time to explore the vast grounds surrounding Oak Alley, which include fascinating exhibits, recreated slave quarters, and of course, countless views of the Oaks themselves that have made this plantation famous. Oak Alley plantation also features a restaurant serving traditional southern fare, ready-made sandwiches and snacks, gift shop, and on-site bar staff ready to whip up a refreshing mint julep.

Read more about why Oak Alley is one of the most frequently visited Louisiana plantations.

Whitney: Dedicated to Slaves of the South

The Whitney Plantation stands out from other attractions by truly paying homage to the slaves responsible for its rise. Take a guided tour of the home itself (“The Big House”), Slave Quarters, Wall of Honor memorial, Antioch Baptist Church, and other exhibits carefully built and preserved in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the plantation.

The Whitney dates back to the early 1700’s, when a German immigrant moved to Louisiana with his family and established a small farm, boasting only one pig. Thanks to indispensable slave labor, the plantation eventually grew to become quite successful, and at its peak produced over 400,000 pounds of sugar in one season.

The present-day plantation serves as a memorial to the slaves who lost their lives, and the brutal labor responsible for the plantation’s success. Visitors experience a more raw, realistic view of the Old South than many other plantations offer. We invite you to explore a plantation like none other in Louisiana.

Laura: A Creole Plantation

Laura: A Creole Plantation has a rich and unique history, from the home itself to the stories of the women who ran it. As you walk through the house, banana grove, garden, and slave quarters, you’ll catch a glimpse of the plantation as it would have looked over 200 years ago, complete with furnishings of the period and photos of its original residents.

Laura plantation represents the many different cultural influences at play in the South during this time period: initially the plantation was built and run by a French Creole family, and was later turned over to a German family who ran it for nearly 100 years. Stories told by a West African freedmen working on the plantation in the 1870’s, “Tales of Br’er Rabbit,” have since become classic American folklore and even inspired a Disney movie.

When you arrive, you can expect a one-hour tour from a passionate, highly knowledgeable guide. Your tour will take you through the basement of Laura, and up to the living quarters as you hear about the family’s troubled past. As you walk through the house, your guide will point out original historic artifacts that have been preserved to this day.

After exploring the house, you’ll be guided through the mansion’s beautiful gardens and banana grove, past original slave quarters. Laura Plantation has taken great care in not only renovating the grounds, but also uncovering the true (and at times, devastating) history of the plantation’s family and slaves. You’ll hear all sides of the story, thoughtfully and respectfully recounted within the confines of the plantation’s slave cabin.

Combo Plantation Tour:
Oak Alley and Laura

Daily pickups at 9:00am & 12:00pm

Enjoy a tour of two very different plantations: Oak Alley: An Antebellum Plantation, and Laura: A Creole Plantation.

  • Tour leaves from 941 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up.
  • Tour is approximately 6.5 hours long (drive included)
  • Daily with pickup starting at 9:00am & 12:00pm.
  • Dress for the weather! We recommend cool, comfortable clothing. Be sure to pack a bottle of water and your sunscreen.

Adults: $92 | Children(under 12): $69

Combo Plantation Tour:
Oak Alley and Whitney

Daily pickups at 12:00pm

Explore Oak Alley, with its picturesque tunnel of live Oak trees, and Whitney, a memorial to the slave labor of the American south.

  • Tour leaves from 941 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up.
  • Tour is approximately 6.5 hours long (drive included).
  • Daily with pickup starting at 12:00pm.
  • Dress for the weather! We recommend cool, comfortable clothing. Be sure to pack a bottle of water and your sunscreen.

Adults: $92 | Children (under 12): $69

Single Plantation Tour:
Oak Alley

Daily pickups at 9:00am & 12:00pm

Take your time enjoying the Oak Alley tour and exploring the Big House, grounds, slave cabins, exhibits, and café.

  • Tour leaves from 941 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up.
  • Tour is approximately 6.5 hours long (drive included).
  • Daily pickup starting at 9:00am and 12:00pm.
  • Dress for the weather! We recommend cool, comfortable clothing. Be sure to pack a bottle of water and your sunscreen.

Adults: $62 l   Children under 12: $49

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