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Whitney Plantation Tour

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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

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
Food and drinks
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.
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.
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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Traveler Tips

  • "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


416 Reviews

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Glad I went
, 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.
My emotional rollercoaster at the Whitney Plantation
, 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
Alot of history
, Aug 2021
Very informative! We learned and saw a lot about what happened on the plantation. Highly recommend..
Beautiful, but I recommend renting a car and doing it on your own time
, Aug 2021
This was beautiful and interesting, but not exactly what we expected. The tour was really only of the grounds. We were able to peek into a few of the houses, but overall the tour was over within an hour. We also took the transportation there, not knowing that half of the bus would be going to the Oak Alley Plantation right down the street. We then had a bit of FOMO when we saw the beautiful grounds over there. If I could do it again, I would rent a car and spend the day going to a few different plantations.
Whitney Plantation Tour
, Aug 2021
Our tour-guide John was outstanding. He even gave an insightful narrative of New Orleans on the hour-long bus trip to the plantation. And the plantation-tour was very moving- it was a self-guided audio-tour which allowed you to go at your own pace. The bus was very nice, too. I highly recommend this tour!
Must go!
, Aug 2021
Really great trip. I teach history & learned a lot! Every American should do this trip at least once. Due to covid, there is no live tour guide- but the app offered an audio tour (which was really good). I’ve taken a bunch of tours with audio (pre covid) on some international trips - and this audio tour was way better. I really liked the focus on resistance - a narrative frequently played down and left out way too often. Was definitely highlighted on the audio tour and at the Whitney plantation itself.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Never had the opportunity to see the plantation.
, Aug 2021
Didn’t go since we didn’t receive my tickets. No email was received to confirm of the tour. However, payment was taken without an issue by the company.
, Aug 2021
My wife and I were in New Orleans and looking for something to do while on vacation. W e purchased Tickets to the Whitney planation and had a great experience. The self paced tour with audio device provided allowed us to listen in real time to stories provided. I strongly recommend the visit to anyone interested in leaning who slaves were treated during slavery.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very Educational
, Aug 2021
It was very educational. I was expecting a tour guide and not going by an app on my phone but still overall it enjoyed it.
, Aug 2021
It was a very moving experience. I highly recommend it. This tells the story and the truth of how the wealth was built for the plantation owners at the expense of the people enslaved to do it.

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