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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
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3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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.
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
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
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
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
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
How long is the actual tour at Whitney Plantation?
A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Whitney Plantation.
Jun 2021
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
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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
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What is the maximum group size during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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We paid to much money for no experience, very disappointed .
, Jun 2021
My family and I were not happy with the tour, We paid $69.00 for a tour, it was 21 of us total and we did not have a tour guide, everyone was confused and disappointed.
Worth the trip
, Jun 2021
Very moving and educational place. Powerful sculptures and stories from ex-slaves. Definitely worth the trip. Demita was a great guide/driver.
Pain and suffering you would never expect
, Jun 2021
The church with the children the statues or so lifelike. Really touches your heart I think they should do some type of movie about this place
Very insightful
, Jun 2021
The landmarks are remarkable.I enjoyed learning about my ancestors.The only thing that took away from the experience is the lacking of a tour guide person.Downloading an app was okay but I would rather have someone narrate but overall a must visit.
, May 2021
The tour person was very good but alligators was all babies no adult gators on the swamp, I wish it was some big gators
, May 2021
Phenomenal experience. Cheryl (who works as a guide) was positioned in the “big house” and told us some very interesting things about the plantation and her personal experiences there as a child. It would have been better if there were still in person guided tours. Nonetheless it was insightful.
Changes needed
, May 2021
Unfortunately, the drive wasn’t the best. Their was no tour guide on the bus. Also, when we arrived to the plantation, it was self guided. We pay a lot of money to just hear it on a Walkman. The tour gave us 2 hours there, 1 hour would have definitely been enough.
Highly Recommend this Educational Tour
, May 2021
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this educational and informative tour on what actual slaves endured on this plantation. The interactive guide was very helpful and engaging. I highly recommend this tour for those wishing to truly understand it from a slaves prospective. The grounds of this planation allow you to experience first hand how difficult times were for slaves yet allow you to appreciate where people have come from.
Fantastic and sobering tour
, May 2021
Whitney Plantation exclusively focuses of the lives of the enslaved. The tour was very sobering, profound, and impactful. The grounds are amazingly well-kept and I left feeling a mixture of feelings (I also cried during certain parts). The self guided tour was great with the amount of time we had to explore (around 2 hours for a 1 hour tour and time to spare). The pick up and drop off points were great as well. We were dropped off a little earlier than 6pm due to traffic, but that was fine.
Great experience
, May 2021
Very easy check in and simple self guided tour. Everyone was very helpful and the his ride was smooth and comfortable

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