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Whitney Plantation Tour

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit the Whitney Plantation Museum, 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 explore the restored structures and historical slave cabins. Download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
  • Tour of Whitney Plantation Museum from New Orleans
  • Visit Louisiana's only plantation solely dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery
  • Get a unique perspective on the people who lived and worked at the National Historic Landmark estate
  • See the Spanish Creole main house and restored slave cabins
  • Learn about plantation life via recorded slave narratives
  • Round-trip transport provided from central New Orleans

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is highly recommended for those wishing to truly understand life from a slave's perspective.
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3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
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Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departs from the Gray Line Lighthouse at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the meeting point in the French Quarter, and travel outside the city along the Mississippi River to the famous River Road, home to many of Louisiana’s antebellum plantations. After crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, built to absorb river flooding, take in a great vista of Lake Pontchartrain and pass by the historical estates of Evergreen, St. Joseph, and Felicity that once conducted trade in crops like cotton, sugarcane, and indigo.

When arriving at Whitney Plantation, a National Historic Landmark founded more than 260 years ago, feel a sense of stepping back in time. Learn about the harsh realities and legacy of the people who lived and worked at Whitney on a self-guided tour of the estate, including original and restored slave cabins and other outbuildings. See the well-preserved Big House, considered one of the best remaining examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana.

Read about the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people in their own words through first-person narratives recorded by the Federal Writers' Project, and explore museum exhibits that help tell the story of slavery in the American South. After absorbing the poignant and powerful history of the estate and its centuries of human stories, return to New Orleans in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Start the tour at the designated meeting point in New Orleans and journey to the historic Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates located along the Mississippi River.
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
You'll cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a flood outlet for the river, and see a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain on your way to the plantation. Pass by the Evergreen, Felicity and St. Joseph plantations, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to various ports of trade.
Stop At:  
Whitney Plantation
Arrive at the Whitney Plantation, which dates back more than 260 years and is now a working museum dedicated to the understanding of slavery in the American South. Visit museum exhibits and restored buildings including historical slave cabins, some of which remain from the original 22 on-site. See the Big House, which is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana, and learn about the daily life of former slaves at Whitney as recorded by the Federal Writers' Project. Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum. At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:Casual attire is appropriate. Walking portions may be on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes. During warmer months we recommend lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats, umbrellas, and sunscreen are also suggested.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed in some locations you will visit. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual tour at Whitney Plantation?
A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Whitney Plantation.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Whitney Plantation Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please notate any requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that an appropriate vehicle can be arranged. NOTE: Portions of the Plantation are only accessible by stairs.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.

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  • "If your able to rent a car and drive I think that’s the best option." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour for those wishing to truly understand it from a slaves prospective." See review

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star-3
Visit the plantation
Alice_s
, Dec 2021
The “ tour” is basically a bus ride to and from the plantation with the entrance fee included. The plant ion is well worth the trip. There is a self guided tour that is very well documented with signs and a free audio guide
star-5
Transformative experience
Zsuzsanna_K
, Dec 2021
This is something every American should experience. The site makes you feel certain emotions and lets you understand history in a way that you can't understand based on descriptions of slavery alone.
star-5
A Experience that will change your perspective
Quiana_L
, Dec 2021
It’s something to be said about cycles and how history repeats itself. As slaves our ancestors lived in proverty never being able to buy their freedom because the system was set up to keep them their. How is it that you can owe someone money who stole you from your home, changed your name, rapped your wife, child or mother. And you owe them money for buying your basic necessities. Said truth is it kind of looks like the world we live in now. They kidnap our children and sale them into the sex trade, they make rent so high that you owe everyone trying to survive but never really surviving. This your changed my perspective and taught me a few things I had never considered. But what I will say is on a positive note. I learned that we are special a rare bread of people who built this country on our backs, hard work and sacrifice. We are American as any other person on this land. We are amazingly beautiful in every form. Our story maybe hard to hear but it is worth listening to.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well worth the trip. It's time to learn from our past!
Diane_S
, Dec 2021
This was a thought provoking trip. Makes one wonder how the human race can continue to be so flawed and hateful. Will we ever learn from our mistakes?
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The Other Side of North American Her/history !
DrRamona_L
, Dec 2021
This tour provides a very unique narrative relative to the revision of African descended persons' his(her)tories of Louisiana. A superb tour and conduit for race relations and healing in the USA!
star-4
Great Tour, Bad Transportation
Kristen_S
, Dec 2021
The Whitney Plantation was phenomenal. The whole plantation is a memorial to the enslaved people who lived and worked there. It felt like an honorable way to preserve their stories and shed light on the ugly past. I removed a star specifically because of Grayline who transported us to and from the plantation. The description of the tour said we would receive 3 hours at the plantation, but we only received 2 hours—which wasn’t long enough. Also, the description stated that masks would be required in public areas. We were on a packed bus and the federal mask mandate was not enforced. Our driver/tour guide wasn’t wearing a mask either. Additionally, the info said all passengers’ temperatures would be checked. This didn’t happen. As someone who is immunocompromised, I felt extremely uncomfortable being put in this situation.
star-4
November Afternoon at the Whitney Plantation
Linda_S
, Nov 2021
Due to Covid and damage from Hurricane Ida we had to do the self-guided audio tour. I'm disappointed to have missed the the docents' tours as much is learned from them and the group's questions. The Whitney's focus on the life of the slaves is critically important, unique and an eye-opener to this time in our not-so-long-ago past. I am left with appalling pictures of the shacks, the garden of plaques with names of 2,200 children who died there, the rows of gigantic cauldrons for boiling sugarcane,,, and the Faces.
star-5
Very heartfelt
Patrina_R
, Nov 2021
The tour was amazing. I learned so much about the slave trade that I never knew before. Everyone was very helpful and the narration was excellent.
star-3
Glad I went
Tiana_M
, Oct 2021
Enjoyed hearing the history and seeing some of the house, but wished we could have seen more rooms—like the kitchen. For me, too much bus time for the plantation time, but it was an interesting, informative excursion.
star-5
My emotional rollercoaster at the Whitney Plantation
Marlon_L
, Sep 2021
The ride to the plantation was excellent. The driver was super! He gave us so much information about NOLA. The plantation itself was very hard for me personally. It was like i could feel my ancestors. I learned a great deal walking thru the grounds. My spirit was heavy when i left and i was literally choking back tears the whole time i was there. I would recommend this tour absolutely. Especially to people of my race. Also to people of other races so that they may see and feel what my people made it through. WE ARE A STRONG PEOPLE! Great tour. Will visit the others next tome im in NOLA.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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