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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
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3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
Food and drinks
Gratuities
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.
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

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.
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
  • 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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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
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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
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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?
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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?
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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

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Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this tour for those wishing to truly understand it from a slaves prospective." See review
  • "I'm a board member of the Slave Dwelling Project and a past board member of Coming to the Table, so have firsthand experience of the value of these kinds of dialogues, difficult conversations, to be sure, but necessary." See review

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star-2
Disappointing
Kathy_J
, Jul 2021
The tour is self guided. While we were able to download an app to learn about each site, almost all of the buildings were closed. We watched a video on the bus, which unfortunately, was the most informative part. We were given approximately two hours for the tour. Because most everything was closed, we finished in an hour. Other guests were also disappointed. There is no food available for purchase other than chips and sodas/water so don't come hungry, especially if you have to wait an hour for the bus to return. I recommend calling ahead to find out if the buildings have reopened, otherwise it was not a good value. I wish we could get a partial refund because of the limited things to view.
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star-5
A experience to share
April_R
, Jul 2021
First let me start by saying I researched extensively before choosing Grayline bus service to transport me to this wonderful experience. Gray line tour company needs to work on customer service so they can deliver a better experience for guests opposed to just packing buses. The day of my tour it was bright and sunny, however in route to the Whitney plantation we experienced downpours of rain. As a result of the rain the seat that I sat in had a rooftop leak and the rain water poured on my head. Thank God there was another seat empty and I transferred seats. When I got back to the grayline tour location in Nola I informed the staff of my experience and they down played it as just the air conditioning unit.... Okay that really irritated me. The ride back from the plantation no rain no water leaking in my seat. Everyone isn’t trying to obtain something for free my point in informing them and suggesting they check the bus is so that the deficiency could be fixed. The Whitney self guided tour was a must experience. Exploring history can be harsh and emotional all at the same time but it has to be done. I walked away feeling so many mixed emotions for an oppressed people. A time in history that is etched in our very fiber. I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone without hesitation! As a Afro American woman I felt I was transported back into time. If your able to rent a car and drive I think that’s the best option.
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star-5
Great trip
Cheryl_L
, Jul 2021
The bus driver was excellent and very punctual. The tour was very interesting. It was nice to be able to go at your own pace and download the app on your phone
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star-1
Wish I was told there would be no guide. This is not a tour.
Erica_W
, Jul 2021
This was a beautiful site and very heart tugging. I believe that if I had a tour guide, I would have given it at 5 star, but this is asking me to rate a tour and there was so tour. Change the name to "Whitney Plantation Visit." I wish that when I booked it, it was written somewhere upfront that there would be NO tour guide, because I would not have paid all that money for the bus trip. I feel like I was totally taken for my money and am very disappointed about that.
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star-4
Great time...Ruined by a soggy ride home
Tamara_S
, Jul 2021
The tour itself was FANTASTIC, even with the self-operated audio tour guide...but our fond time was ruined by our bus ride home. It started raining and apparently there were several leaks on the bus and 5 of us had to endure getting rained on (while sitting in our seats) for about 45 minutes of our ride back. Not to mention the AC could not be adjusted and it was extremely uncomfortable being wet and cold. The water was also pouring out of the vents
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star-5
Our Roots
Felecia_W
, Jul 2021
It was a learning experience. I will come back again and bring my Family. The walk through was a lot of knowledge to see with your own eyes a touch with your hands. I felt the spirits around me.
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star-5
Just Go!!!
Stephanie_B
, Jul 2021
Everyone must experience this tour. I just do not have the verbiage to accurately describe how this tour will enlighten & motivate you to be a better person.
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star-5
A must see plantation
Tracy_B
, Jul 2021
This is a wonderful tour with an very educational and visual display that makes you feel as if you were there during the times of slavery. A very emotional tour.
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star-5
Powerful Experience
Eric_D
, Jul 2021
Great way to spend Independence Day, immersed in true American history. This tour gave a real account of the daily operations of a working plantation from the perspective of the enslaved.
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star-4
An educational experience
Parise_H
, Jul 2021
The tour was a great experience! recommend that the tour bus reconsider its use and no longer show the video while on the ride to the plantation. The video was outdated and did not align with the experience of the plantation. The bus driver was very kind and entertaining. Unfortunately it was raining and the bus was leaking.
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