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Whitney Plantation Tour
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Whitney Plantation Tour

By Gray Line
Recommended by 90% of travelers
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A day trip with transportation from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation Museum lets you explore the legacy of antebellum Louisiana on a former sugar plantation. Unique to area plantation museums, this one focuses on slavery. Learn about plantation life from the perspective of slaves through exhibits and narratives, and walk in the footsteps of those who lived and toiled here as you visit preserved slave cabins and see the Spanish Creole Big House. Download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
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$71.00
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$71.00
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Ages 1-99, max of 55 per group
Duration:5h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Visit the historic Whitney Plantation Museum on a day trip from New Orleans
  • Louisiana’s only plantation focused on the history of slavery
  • Learn about plantation life through recorded narratives and exhibits
  • Transport from New Orleans is included, so no need to rent a car

  • 2 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
  • Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
  • Entry/Admission - Whitney Plantation
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Board a coach in the French Quarter and leave New Orleans behind for the swampy shores of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Arrive at Whitney Plantation, a one-time sugar and indigo plantation that dates back more than 260 years. Unique among Louisiana’s historic plantations, Whitney is dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in the American South. Hear firsthand accounts of the hardships of plantation life through narratives recorded by the Federal Writers’ Project, and browse historic artifacts in a series of exhibits. See some of the surviving slaves cabins, which stand in sharp contrast to the stately Big House, considered one of Louisiana’s best surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture. Several memorials and pieces of art dedicated to the memory of enslaved people offer a chance to reflect before the return drive to New Orleans. The tour ends at the original departure point.

Departure details
  • 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780P41

  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour at Whitney Plantation is Self Guided
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

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

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Whitney Plantation Tour?
During this experience, places you will visit include:Discover and book Whitney Plantation Tour on Tripadvisor
How much is Whitney Plantation Tour?
Whitney Plantation Tour price starts from $71.00. Discover and book Whitney Plantation Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Whitney Plantation Tour cancellation policy?
Whitney Plantation Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whitney Plantation Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whitney Plantation Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 5h. Discover and book Whitney Plantation Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780P41

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Mississippi River
    Lake Pontchartrain
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    Whitney Plantation
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    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. Tour at your own pace, and if you choose, download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of the plantation. At the end of your experience, you're returned to central New Orleans.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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RoundBellly
RoundBellly
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Such an amazing experience with tons of history. Beautiful sights throughout the entire tour.
Amazing Plantation and Swamp tour. Rōbi from GrayLine was absolutely terrific and Swamp Tour Captain Bishop was ver
bitsmarter
bitsmarter
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Awesome....definitely would recommend
Gail was an awesome tour guide. As a retired history teacher she provided excellent detailed accounts of the histor
bitsmarter
bitsmarter
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Great...would recommend
Kate was an awesome tour guide. She provided the history of everything and really put things into perspective.
djboi34
djboi34
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Great time!
A great day in the plantation area of New Orleans. About an hour to get there, the driver George, had many interest
Patti2708
Patti2708
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Great Day Trip to the Swamp and Plantation
We went on the tour yesterday, our guide was Jim and the driver was Alton. The tour was super, Jim was very knowled
M F
M F
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Do This Tour!
From beginning to end this trip was fun and educational! Jim was our Gray Iines Tour guide, Alton was our bus driv
CMWanderLust1969
CMWanderLust1969
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Our guide made the trip!
Our guide Kindrell made our tour very enjoyable. Kin gave us so much background and history on the way to the plant
aylexx728
aylexx728
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A great experience
They have 5 stars and hundreds of reviews for a reason…This tour was well worth every dollar! Jim was very knowledg
LaurenO551
LaurenO551
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Definitely recommend!
We had a blast during our cocktail tour with Tom! He was very knowlegeable about the city and drinks- and super fr
kristinbH5550BY
kristinbH5550BY
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Have had more informative plantation tours
The plantation was beautiful. The oaks are majestic and are the highlight of the tour! The big house tour left a l
B5126MVrogera
B5126MVrogera
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Would do it again
Really interesting and fun tour provided by the guide (John). Timed schedule, awesome experience with alligators at
martakA4304QK
martakA4304QK
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This trip is oevrall fantastic
This trip was fantastic. Save yourself the time searching for similar options and go ahead with this one! Jim is an
lesleya137
lesleya137
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So worth it!
We really enjoyed Gail and our driver David on the tour yesterday! It’s so informative and so worth going! Gail is
339laviniad
339laviniad
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Fun day giving us a taste of New Orleans
Wonderful day spent from morning to about 4.30-5 PM. Jim and Ken did an amazing job. I loved Jim’s way of sharing
Daria M
Daria M
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Great Oak Alley Tour
Took the Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp tour. Jim was an excellent tour guide. Carl was a great driver. Jim made th
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Bklyn Olivia
Syracuse, NY38 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
This was the most disappointing tour I’ve ever taken. The whole thing looks staged. Even some of the information stops tell you that some things were in different locations before. We felt it was very inauthentic. Not to mention there is NO GUIDE! Some of the reviews say they had guides…I don’t know which tours they took, but it wasn’t this one. If you read the description, it does not say “audio guides”. It’s worded very carefully so that you won’t notice that part and then they can hide behind it for this absolutely horrible experience. The description said that we’d have 3 hours at the plantation. Once we arrived, the driver said we only had two and that if we were even one minute late back to the bus he would leave us. We thought he was kidding until he told a story of him actually leaving someone. So, not only did we have these audio guides, an hour was chopped off which made us have to rush through this large plantation. Then…there’s the gift shop… Ok…but I don’t get why magnets of slave quarters would be sold?? The whole thing was just an odd and disappointing experience.
Written September 24, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
I researched what appears on our website: "Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of the Whitney Plantation Museum. Tour includes motorcoach transportation. Historical statues at the Whitney Plantation Children of Whitney by W. Nash outdoor barn area at the Whitney Plantation Kitchen Building External quarters at the Whitney Plantation Blacksmith Shop TOUR DETAILS DURATION: 5.25 hours (includes travel time + 2.25 hours site time); times are approximate As an aside, the plantation does post people at various locations to answer questions as well. If a tour company supplies a guide to group bookings then they do bring them along.
Written September 26, 2022
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spotsy
Las Vegas, NV27 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Whitney Plantation Tour was very eye opening. It was what I expected and more. Covered how and what slavery was back then.
Glad I chose this tour . Highly recommend it. Maybe not in September at 1pm though just a little on the warm side to be walking outside. If you do take a early tour if possible.
Written September 16, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Thanks for the recommendation!
Written September 18, 2022
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Karen B
London KY224 contributions
Nothing as we expected. Our fault: should have done more research. A long drive from our hotel in New Qrleans. The tour itself was boring and site personnel not very cordial. The history of the plantation itself or its actual owners was untold. Very disappointed.
Written September 9, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Plantations were farms so they were a distance outside the city. Many families had an additional home in town. This particular plantation was restored to recount the life of the enslaved people - not the owners. It shares the story of those who built them, and lived and died there.
Written September 26, 2022
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Angie L
Syracuse, UT199 contributions
An experience that I’ll never forget. I booked the self guided tour, which gave me & my husband the opportunity to listen to the stories & take in the setting a little longer than the other groups. I learned so much that I’m a forever changed person.
Written September 7, 2022
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Los Mosqueteros Viajantes
Sunrise, FL12 contributions
The Whitney Plantation is the place to be to learn about some of the history of my ancestors. Is was just a wonderful and powerful experience. 10 out of 10! And Ken our driver and guide did such a wonderful job... definitely did the tour more fun!
Written September 6, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Looking back in history is not always entertaining but very necessary. So glad that Kindrell made your experience so nice.
Written September 6, 2022
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Chandni P
14 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
The tour was very moving and eye opening but was self guided so not much more to add however our driver Ken was amazing! The whole journey both ways he was giving us so much information about the city and its rich history!! If it weren't for him I wouldn't have had any background information for my swamp tour the next day where the guide of our airboat told us nothing so thank you Ken!!! He is an asset to your company and made the day even better.
Written August 30, 2022
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Farrercove
Vancouver117 contributions
Jul 2022
we have visited other plantations and found them interesting although some tend to "inadvertently" dwell on antebellum white society.
This plantation is well laid out and gives you an excellent sense of what it was like from the slave perspective.A must for anyone who wants a proper perspective.
Written August 29, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
You are so correct that everyone should understand the life of the enslaved people.
Written September 6, 2022
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jenkemm
Seattle, WA35 contributions
I have done several plantation tours in the past. The Whitney was new since my last visit. Dawn was a new tour guide, 3rd tour, and was full of confidence, gave an well organized tour, with excellent presentation skills. I am a professional tour guide and I found her to be a great and very natural guide.
The tour itself was as uncomfortable, as it should be ,and yet still gentle in its introduction of the subject, they don’t really cover the complete waste of life sugar plantations were and just how many slaves they burned through.
This is a must see, and while self guided tours are an option, if more experienced guides have any of the natural talent Dawn had you really should take a guided tour.
Written August 25, 2022
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Monica G
Brick, NJ3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
My husband & I chose this plantation because it presented a REAL depiction of what plantation life was about and the REAL history of what happened there opposed to showing a rainbows and sunshine view. It was very emotional to hear and see some of what enslaved people experienced in that time. We will come back to this plantation to help teach our young sons what life would have been like for them during those times and how grateful today they should be that their ancestors fought for a better future for them. It was self guided with a hand held audio device complete with headphones.
Written August 9, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
It is a moving experience for all who enter. Thank you for taking the time to visit and understand all they shared.
Written August 14, 2022
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Dan I
2 contributions
Too often, we hear the romantic version of plantation life. The Whitney Plantation pulls no punches, and it forces us into a more appropriately-uncomfortable understanding of history. There are no “two sides” of slavery. It was simply a crime committed over generations, and the Whitney Plantation makes that absolutely clear. Further, the Gray Line makes this easily accessible from New Orleans, and our driver, George, did a really great job of making sure we were comfortable and informed both ways.
Written August 3, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Thanks Dan. We were proud to be a leader in sharing Whitney Plantation when they opened it.
Written August 14, 2022
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