Whitney Plantation Tour - New Orleans

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Overview

Visit the Whitney Plantation and gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked there. Step back in time as you explore this 262-year old plantation museum, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. See museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings. Learn the history as recorded from slave narratives, on this 5-hour guided tour.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Fully narrated tour

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide 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. 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.

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. With your guide, 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. 

At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.

Inclusions for Whitney Plantation Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Guided tour
  • Round-trip transport from central New Orleans

Exclusions for Whitney Plantation Tour

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

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.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • I reviewed the recommendations and comments for the different plantation tours outside of New Orleans, and I chose to visit the Whitney Plantation. The meeting locations is easy to find which is a plus. Our bus driver was like a tour guide and told us about the history of New Orleans. He also provided recommendations. The tour itself was very informative and eye-opening. Our tour guide, Cheryl, grew up within a mile of the plantation. Her family was sharecroppers in the area, and she had a unique perspective of slavery and the plantation. There were many original and historically significant buildings. You can tell the owner of the plantation really wants to tell the story of the slaves who worked and lived at Whitney.

  • Excellent tour, unfortunately it was raining but the wisdom and care that goes into telling this story is extremely moving. I'd advise anyone to go.

  • It was clear that our interpreter loved her job. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the Whitney Plantation, of the family who lived there and the conditions of the slaves who worked at the plantation. On this tour I heard stories regarding the treatment of their slaves that were not only new to me but which are burned into my memory of the atrocities of slavery. I highly recommend this tour.

  • This was a great experience and we had a wonderful tour guide. I highly recommend this.

  • Knowledgeable buss driver, a native New Orleanian, who has been driving for years. The Whitney itself is a revelation, a working plantation that saw 100,000 slaves pass through its gates. Our tour guide was a school teacher, also very knowledgeable, who was able to hold the group in rapt attention. I highly recommend the tour.

  • The plantation was a good experience. Our guide was fine however she did not use appropriate words to explain information using 'grandulated' instead of 'granulated' when speaking about sugar, mis-speaking words to mean one thing when they actually mean something else.
    The tour was stated as a five hour tour, however it really is not that long. I guess they build in time for traffic which should be explained before one purchases tickets. Also, the actual cost of the tour is high, given the fact that if you bought the ticket at the site it would be 22. 00 while the tour ticket price is over 60.00 per person.

  • This is a heart wrenching look at what it meant to be enslaved and the collusion and economics that made it acceptable. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable and able to expand on topics when people asked for more details. It has been 3 months since the tour and I am still processing what we learned that day. I highly recommend this tour.

  • Very informative and thought provoking tour. It was heavy and emotional but definitely worth doing!

  • This tour needs more time.

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