Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie: Hours, Address, Oak Alley Plantation Reviews: 4.5/5

Oak Alley Plantation
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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From its beginnings over 200 years ago, Oak Alley was just a land claim on a map. Today, Oak Alley is a National Historic Landmark, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history its inhabitants left behind. With an emphasis on its time as a sugar plantation, visitors are invited to walk under its iconic alley, explore its exhibits: Slavery at Oak Alley, the ‘Big House’, Sugarcane Theater, People of Oak Alley and the Blacksmith Shop and leave with a better understanding of this plantation’s complex history.
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Jessica
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We went to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the grounds, enslavement quarters, and the Big House. We did this tour on a Sunday afternoon and the crowds weren’t bad at all. It was very interesting and very sobering. I’m glad that the tour guide kept reminding visitors about how different lives were for ALL the people living at Oak Alley. They kept coming bringing us back to that which I appreciated. Our guide and all of the other workers we interacted with, were super knowledgeable and willing to answer any of our questions. They also gave us great recommendations for our time in New Orleans!The alleé is lined by 28 large oak trees and is so stunning and grand and is the namesake for the Plantation. I took lots of pictures of everything! We definitely recommend paying extra for the big house tour as it gives you a lot of information and history behind the things that you’ll see on the historic grounds surrounding the house. Definitely make sure you take time to read all the placards in the enslavement area as there is lots of information. It was very hot so we definitely recommend bringing a bottle of water to stay hydrated. There are quite a few shady spots but it is very sunny in most areas. They also have a full restaurant, grab and go type snacks, and a gift shop where you can cool off and refuel. We would fully recommend Oak Alley Plantation on your next trip to the New Orleans area!
Written August 8, 2022
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Tylerx2
Spokane, WA33 contributions
Oak Alley is an easy drive from the New Orleans' airport (MSY). We rented a cottage to stay for two nights at the beginning of April 2022, and we loved it. The cottage was much nicer than we expected, and we would definitely stay there again. There is quite a crowd during the day; tour buses, school field trips, etc. However, if you stay there, you get full access to the grounds (not the house) after hours when things are super quiet. I can't tell you how nice it is to walk around these magnificent grounds when nobody is around; it is like you own the place. The customer service from the front desk to the housekeepers was outstanding; and I'm not easy to please. Be aware that the restaurant doesn't serve dinner so plan ahead. We did pre-order a dinner and they delivered it to our cottage; it was actually well made and delicious. If you stay the night, they give you a free breakfast in the restaurant (you get to order off of the menu)
The Mississippi River is right at the front gate, and the view from there of the grounds is amazing. Here in April the temperature was just right with more toads in the walkways than mosquitoes. The grounds are well taken care of all the way around.
The house is beautiful from the outside, however, we did not do the tour of the house as the price seemed steep for what you get to see. There is easy parking whether you stay the night or not; you do get to park right outside your cottage. And this location is an easy drive to other plantations; several are right down the road.
We highly recommend Oak Alley to everyone!
Written April 16, 2022
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Denise K
Schuyler, NE42 contributions
Friends
We were the last tour of the day and had a wonderful time hearing about the history of the plantation and residents of the home.

Pictures were not allowed inside the home (the other three plantations we visited did allow pictures inside) but a nice guide book was available for $10.

Hurricane Ida caused some damage to the alley of oaks that brought a breeze into the plantation house from the nearby Mississippi River.

This tour was just the right length - we were allowed to ask questions and learned a ton of history.
Written January 9, 2022
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Barb R
crown point34 contributions
Family
The grounds are beautiful but for the price paid to tour the “big house” I would expect to see more than a few rooms and get a better history overview. Was surprised that more of the house hadn’t been restored as opposed to making it break rooms for the staff.

They seem to be more interested in getting as many people thru as possible than actually providing some interesting stories of the people and time period. Disappointing.
Written April 3, 2022
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Phyllis S
96 contributions
We did not tour the house we just toured the grounds. If you want to tour the house you should buy tickets online in advance as they were very busy when we were here. The grounds are gorgeous. You can walk amongst the out buildings, slave quarters and down the beautiful oak lined walkway. There are restrooms right by where you purchase tickets, they have a restaurant on site. It is absolutely gorgeous here.
Written March 23, 2022
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Shirley B
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Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA is a beautiful place and very interesting to hear about. We did enjoy ourselves when we went to the plantation on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. However, you had better make sure that you have plenty of money when going there. For three tickets it cost $75 and that was with senior citizen discounts on all three tickets. Then it cost over $65 for each one of us to have a cold sandwich, bread pudding and a bottle soda. Except for the fact of spending over $140, we did enjoy ourselves. Would we go back or recommend it for a place to visit??? Probably not!! There are plenty of places in Louisiana to tour/visit that do not cost this much to enjoy.
Written June 4, 2021
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Molly1107
United Kingdom365 contributions
Couples
Perhaps, coming from the UK we are blessed with historical sites and so we found this one to be really poor.
We found this tour expensive. We felt it was a bit of a money making exercise with 2 tours running almost simultaneously every 15 minutes. No leaflets are given and we were told to take a photo of the site map using our phones.
There are no original furnishings in the house, merely reproductions.
The tour guide Anne was lovely but she spoke so fast we missed a lot of her script. You could tell she does the tour frequently as the script was quite robotic.
No photography is permitted and not sure why this is, appears a touch mean spirited. It’s not as though there is any original artwork that could be affected by flash photography.
The tour was very rushed and we did not have time to view all the items in the exhibition room. More time was taken asking all the visitors where they had travelled from.
The best part of this property by far are the trees. They are truly magnificent and great care has been taken to maintain the mighty oaks.
The restaurant was nice, food really good and staff friendly.
The slave huts were informative.
I’m glad we visited but from doing a bit of reading, there are other plantations in the area that offer far more value for money.
The “big house” was a huge disappointment.
Written January 6, 2022
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speedwalkermach10
spokane31 contributions
Friends
Okay.. it sounds cool , but the tour was subpar and lacked substance. The house had multiple rooms but your are limited to only see a few, as others are labeled as “employees only”. Who wants to spend money on seeing a large home and a plantation but limited on only seeing a portion of the property? I don’t recommend. It’s historical but very bland!
Written February 27, 2022
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hammama59
Madison, AL19 contributions
Couples
The grounds of Oak Alley are absolutely lovely. The tour of the Big House was worthless (given the $25 entrance fee). Our tour guide just didn’t know anything. When asked questions, his answers were vague and were obviously pulled out of the air (for example, why is Oak Alley not built on pillars like every other plantation house around it). In addition it was very clear the tour is on a rigid time schedule: the tour guide was frequently looking at his watch and there were other docents in the building making it clear that you couldn’t go back and look at something you might have missed. In short, our group of five felt unwelcome and not wanted once we’d paid our money. Our group’s advice: only visit Oak alley if you have visited all the other plantations in the area.
Written February 14, 2020
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Mike Kowalczyk
Somerset, NJ323 contributions
4-stars but with a caveat. Seeing the oak-lined path that leads up to the "Big House" is worth the price of admission. It's a beautiful location with a fascinating and terrible history. It's great that they focus many of the exhibits and the tour spiel to the enslaved people who were responsible for the construction and maintenance of the property for so many decades. There's also a good restaurant and gift shop, which is convenient if you need food or basic items in the middle of a long day.

The caveat: it's definitely worth the stop if you're on a road trip and passing by. However, from New Orleans it's about an hour and a half drive each way. I took the Gray Line tour–which was excellent–but chewed up over five hours. Unless you really are determined to see a plantation during your trip, the time expense merits second thought.
Written July 16, 2021
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