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Whitney Plantation Tour

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Offered 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.
  • Self-guided 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.

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Mississippi River (Pass By)

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.

Lake Pontchartrain (Pass By)

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.

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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour at Whitney Plantation is Self Guided
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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.

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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 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

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

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If your able to rent a car and drive I think that’s the best option.
I highly recommend this tour for those wishing to truly understand it from a slaves prospective.
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Emotional and Educational
Molly_S, Nov 2022
Such a moving museum. We left feeling devastated but hopeful. VERY educational and a great way to honor those that were victims of slavery. 100% reccommended.
A closer look at slave history
Cheryl_W, Nov 2022
Pleasant tour, the place is well researched and you get a good sense of life as a slave — though many of these are only verbal witnesses, but perhaps that’s all that is left of that time
Great experience
Matthew_W, Nov 2022
Alton was a great driver/guide. Very funny and knowledgable. Glad we saw Whitney Plantation since we learned a lot. However, Oak Alley is on my list for next time. We got to drive by several plantations and Oak Alley was by far the largest with the most beautiful grounds.
Whitney Museum - Amazing Experience
Steve_T, Nov 2022
I really enjoyed this tour! At first, the thought of not having a tour guide was a turn off but turned out that the audio device self guided option was actually a much better experience. This allowed me to enjoy the tour at my own pace. I could spend as much time as I wanted at any of the 14 stops. They went into a lot of detail and had recorded accounts from people who grew up in slavery from the federal writers project back in the 30s. Walking into the slaves quarters or the cages they were held in was an errie experience but informative experience. Definitely recommend Only downside was that we didnt really have a guide on the bus telling us about the areas we drove through. Also the bus didn't play a movie or have any charging outlets (wouldn't have needed the movie or outlets if we had a guide on the bus)
Slavery History
Tracy_J, Nov 2022
None were memorable to me! It was sad for me to see how over 107,000 people and babies were crucified for no reason
Awakening: The life and voice of a slave on the plantation.
Kevin_E, Nov 2022
Awakening! The Whitney Plantation tour does not glorify slavery and showed the actual living conditions and life on the plantation through the lense of the slave. A highlight of the tour were the memorial area where the names of slaves were listed along with slaves accounts of their experiences and life on the plantation, how they survived the brutality of slavery is remarkable. Anyone interested in being educated on a true portrayal of plantation life of a slave should go on this awakening excursion!
Must-see history
Megan_T, Nov 2022
Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans to learn more about the important history of this area. Unlike other plantation tours that mostly focus on architecture or plants and gloss over the brutality of slavery, the lives of enslaved people are the focus of this tour. When we visited there were still covid precautions in place that prevented an in-person tour guide, but I thought the audio tour (available through a free app) was very good.
The best part of my trip
Asher_P, Nov 2022
Humbling experience. Booking and check in - effortless Our driver was fantastic Journey time- about 1hr-1.15 each way Would do this again
Well worth the visit!
Nichole_H, Nov 2022
The Whitney Plantation experience was very insightful , educational, and emotional. I recommend this tour to everyone young and young at heart! Thank you.
A must see!
Arlene_B, Nov 2022
Very powerful story sensitively told from the perspective of the enslaved people at this plantation. I liked that ‘The Big House’ was not the centrepiece.
The true story of southern plantation life.
Joan_T, Nov 2022
Uprising memorial and the stories of the children. It felt wrong to look at the other plantations after the Whitney. Felt like it would if we were viewing concentration camps as things of beauty.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very informative and some...
Melinda_r, Nov 2022
Very informative and some parts quite sad, the wall with the slave stories and names was heartbreaking to read
1 traveler found this review helpful
The audio tour was great,...
Deby_P, Nov 2022
The audio tour was great, because you could take your time doing the tour versus a guided tour. I just wish we could have seen more in the Big House
The bus driver and tour...
Heather_B, Oct 2022
The bus driver and tour guide told us all about the area and gave us a history of all the surrounding plantations. They even slowed down in front of the other plantations so we could take pictures. They also gave us a history lesson about the French Quarter and recommended good places to eat. They went above and beyond. The actual Plantation tour was also very informative.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Sounds like a "locals" experience. Just showing true southern hospitality.
Great tour to see history
Titus_h, Oct 2022
Bus was like a refrigerator so bring a lite jacket for the bus ride. It’s about a hour to the plantation. Driver was great and informative during the ride to and from. The plantation was big and had lots of info to offer.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
So glad you enjoyed your tour.
Never forget!
Thomas_S, Oct 2022
The true terrible story of slavery has been hidden for centuries. Whitney plantation must be preserved for future generations.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Part of history often pushed aside because of the terrible story. But Whitney wants to share it for all to know the residents side of that life.
Good reminder of a terrible past
Sherri_W, Oct 2022
I had taken this tour pre-Covid and it was a guided tour. This time it was an audio tour. Less personal and not at all interactive. The plantation is a great reminder of our racist past and the need to never forget how cruel humans can be in the name of profit and pleasure for a small group at the expense of many.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Without sufficient trained guides, the plantation must offer an audio tour in conjunction with stationed tour assistants.
it’s a very eye opening...
laura_m, Oct 2022
it’s a very eye opening experience! id take this tour any day over learning about just a house, it’s a true look into history
Response from Host, Nov 2022
It is an experience of that life from another perspective.
1 traveler found this review helpful
True history of slavery
Ron_K, Oct 2022
Seeing the terrible conditions that slaves had to live in. The cruelness of the plantation owners toward the slaves was shocking.
Amazing guides, powerful tour
Alexis_W, Oct 2022
This was an extremely powerful and educational tour. Pick up and drop off from the French quarter was amazing and the bus guide, Alton was so knowledgeable about the area. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning more about the history of enslaved people in LA.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Please recommend this tour to all you know.
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