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Top Day Trips from New Orleans

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Top Day Trips from New Orleans
There's plenty to do in the heart of New Orleans, but for repeat visitors or those with extra time, a day trip offers a broader Louisiana perspective. Whether you take a paddle wheel voyage down the Mississippi, an airboat swamp adventure, or visit a historic plantation, here are some top ways to go beyond the Big Easy. 

The Louisiana Swamps
The jazz clubs and cafes of the French Quarter seem a world away in Cajun country, where the only sounds are of birds and insects chirping in the mangroves at the water’s edge. Explore wildlife-rich wetlands including Honey Island Swamp, Manchac Swamp, and Atchafalaya Basin on a swamp tour from New Orleans. Options include eco-cruises led by naturalist guides and high-speed airboat rides that whisk you along snaking estuaries.  

River Road Plantations
The 70-mile stretch of the Great Mississippi River Road, dotted with many of the state’s former sugarcane plantations, offers a look back at Louisiana history. These once-grand estates showcase the contrasts of plantation life, with stately mansions and elaborate gardens standing alongside slave cabins. The best-preserved plantations include Houmas House, Oak Alley, Laura, and Destrehan, while the Whitney Plantation is fully dedicated to the memory of enslaved people. 

Mississippi River Cruises
New Orleans remains a busy port, so get a new perspective on river life with a cruise down the mighty Mississippi. Most cruises depart directly from docks right in the French Quarter and last about two hours, leaving plenty of time for other adventures. Book a jazz brunch or dinner cruise to pair your voyage with Creole cuisine and live music. 

Baton Rouge
Located about 1.5 hours upriver from New Orleans, Louisiana’s capital city offers an urban slice of life in the American South. Get your culture fix at museums such as the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, test your puzzling skills on a scavenger hunt, or take the kids for a day of seasonal splashy fun at the Blue Bayou Water Park.
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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New OrleansDay Trips

Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour 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 8, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura plantations. Upgrade your ticket to include a high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
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New Orleans Airboat RideNature and Wildlife

New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This boat tour winds through the mossy cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, named for the 19th‐century pirate and smuggler. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you admire lush, forested shoreline and spot local wildlife.
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Oak Alley Plantation TourHalf-day Tours

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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Whitney Plantation TourDay Trips

Whitney Plantation Tour

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Travel back in time to the era of the antebellum South on a guided afternoon tour from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you tour the 18th-century Spanish Creole main house and historical slave cabins with a guide.
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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New OrleansNature and Wildlife

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New OrleansDay Trips

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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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New OrleansDay Trips

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with 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 San Francisco Plantation and 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 luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
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