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New Orleans Plantation Tours

New Orleans Plantation Tours

Antebellum plantations are an important part of Louisiana history and architecture, with prime examples just outside New Orleans’ city limits. See below for your options in touring these historic and elegant plantation homes in the American South.

 

Group Tours

Join a guide and group for a trip to one of New Orleans' plantations, with options ranging from half-day excursions to overnight adventures. Group tours are a cost-effective option for exploring, and destinations range from the Creole-owned Laura Plantation to the elegant Oak Alley Plantation and Houmas House Plantation, where costumed guides usher you through the grounds.

Private Tours

For those with limited time or a larger group, private tours offer the flexibility to tailor the experience to your needs with the personal attention of a driver and guide. Many private tours offer roundtrip transport from your accommodations in New Orleans, making these a good option for groups without their own transportation.

Plantation and Swamp Boat Combo Tours

If you want to add some Louisiana wildlife to your trip, swamp boat tours head straight into the bayou—swampland that's home to crocodiles, catfish, and some serious Cajun history. Combining a swamp boat tour with a plantation visit gives two very different perspectives on Louisiana, from plantation culture to bayou backwaters.

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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 12, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans on your high-speed airboat ride. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.00
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$230.00

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this full-day journey, visit Oak Alley Plantation where you'll learn about antebellum life and stroll down its iconic tree-lined esplanade. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and some wildlife spotting. Enjoy guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
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Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

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Delve into the history of slavery and the plantations of Louisiana on this small-group tour from New Orleans. Drive past Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River to the Whitney Plantation’s Louisiana Museum of Slavery. Learn about the lives of the enslaved people who worked there and on plantations throughout the South during a tour of the museum and restored buildings. Next, head to the Creole-style St Joseph Plantation for a tour of the working sugar plantation where the movie ’12 Years A Slave’ was filmed.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00

Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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Steep yourself in American history on this half-day tour of Oak Alley and Laura plantations that comes with convenient transport from downtown New Orleans. Both 19th-century plantations offer fantastic views of the Mississippi River. Snap shots of the famous canopied path of southern oaks that give Oak Alley its name, and gain insight into the women-run Laura plantation, where slave cabins still stand.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a journey through Laura Plantation and St. Joseph Plantation, spying other historic plantations as you travel the Great River Road. View stunning architecture and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating—and somber—histories from expert guides.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Laura Plantation Tour

Laura Plantation Tour

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Discover four generations of Creole history at the Laura Plantation with an informative tour of this well-preserved estate. Located just an hour from New Orleans on the Great River Road, Laura Plantation was founded in 1804 and provides a vivid window into Louisiana's Creole past. Learn about the family and slaves who lived here during a guided tour of the manor house, slave quarters, sugar fields and gardens.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small group, visit Destrehan Plantation, then Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides.  You'll also enjoy a private, unlimited gourmet buffet luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Half-Day Airboat Swamp Adventure & Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Small-Group Half-Day Airboat Swamp Adventure & Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Take a wild ride through the bayous of Cajun Country on this airboat adventure from New Orleans. In a small group, wind through tree‐lined swampland and spot abundant local wildlife, including nutria, alligators, and giant catfish, and stop at Destrehan Plantation to get a taste of the elegant antebellum south.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.00
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Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

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Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens. Houmas House is located one hour from New Orleans and 30 minutes from Baton Rouge. Please allow adequate time for travel. Should you miss your scheduled tour, do not worry. Your ticket is good all day and can be used for any of the remaining tour times on the same day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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