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Whitney Plantation Tour

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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

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
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
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.
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.
Jun 2021
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
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
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
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.

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  • "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

Reviews

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505 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
Honest and Truthful Experience
Denise_T
, May 2022
Great tour! So sorry the church was closed due to storm damage. Hopefully it will be opening very soon!
star-5
Whitney
Sara_W
, May 2022
Kindrell was an amazing and informative tour guide.. I was so impressed by his knowledge of the area . We have been to New Orleans 3 times and thanksgiving was one of our favorite
star-3
Definitely can be done on your own
JOSHUA_S
, May 2022
Unfortunately I feel that the time was cut down; causing us to not be able to see everything. Honestly this tour can be done on your own at your own pace. This is a self-guided tour.
star-5
Best plantation tour
Mary_P
, May 2022
When you are in New Orleans, this is the tour to take. Our tour guide, Kin, was knowledgable, courteous and funny. This was an excellent experience. Sad and uplifting. 3 hours is AMPLE time to be in the plantation. You can do the tour at your own pace because is a self guided tour with a wealth of information. I gave this a 5 because there are no more stars in the rating but, it deserves a 100!
star-5
Great experience
Cynthia_L
, May 2022
Our driver was very knowledgeable of the area and did a great job keeping us entertained to and from the location. Drivers name is Kin, and he made many great suggestions on other wonderful places to see and places to eat. The Plantation was spectacular to see and was filled with so much history.
star-5
Amazing
Patrice_W
, May 2022
The entire tour was amazing the driver was awesome the tour was emotional and educational to see what our forefathers endured
star-3
Plantation Experience
Victoria_S
, May 2022
The driver was very informative and shared a lot of history about the plantations along the way. The tour itself was very moving. After a hot walk thru the tour it would have been nice to buy some ice cream at the gift shop!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Event
Lawrence_C
, May 2022
None needs a museum or additional information on certain aspects of the tour too many unanswered questions
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
So much history
Duvon_T
, May 2022
I love the history you learn when you come, it’s emotional but to know what people went through is heartbreaking.
star-5
A must see
Cameron_P
, May 2022
Great app, amazing staff. The experience was exceptional. The tour was perfectly put together and timed.
star-5
Must Experience!
Maleika_J
, Apr 2022
This experience is a must-do! Our driver as well as the staff at Whitney we're very knowledgeable! Don't let the fact that it's a self-guided phase you. It allowed for private reflection. The information was great! I high recommend this!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must Do!
Sarah_d
, Apr 2022
Very important exhibition. Great location and interesting displays. Respectful and confronting. Very educational!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Educational
Linton_B
, Apr 2022
Whitney Plantation gives you an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people.It’s a must visit………….
star-5
Sobering and Not to be Missed.
Roxanne_I
, Apr 2022
As a white woman, I think every white person in America should visit this place and know that America’s rise to be a world power was made possible by the brutal, unpaid labor of millions of Africans. Reading the stories as recalled by the children who lived them was an unforgettable experience. I can’t imagine visiting a plantation where the story was not about the enslaved people who made all that wealth possible.
star-3
Audio tour was good, but...
Maria_A
, Apr 2022
Audio tour was good, but would had preferred a tour guide . Overly priced and no your guide. The bus driver was excellent. He made all efforts to provide with information of plantation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An important part of our history.
Paula_P
, Apr 2022
This is such an important exhibit. Everyone needs to see it for the purpose of learning our nation's history from the enslaved African's perspective.
star-3
Good Tour, Not Enough Time!!
Deb_C
, Apr 2022
Excellent, do-not-miss place to visit - but plan WAY MORE than 2 hours there. That is the only disappointment I have with this tour: we were so rushed (even with 2 hours allotted there) that we could not take in the whole experience fully. If you just want to go to say, “been there,” then do this tour. If you really want to gain knowledge and do The Whitney justice, get there on your own and devote at least 3-4 hours there.
star-2
Our bus operator was late...
Mireille_M
, Apr 2022
Our bus operator was late picking us up due to traffic.....then once we git to the location she told to be done in 45min when this tour should have lasted atleast 2hrs....then our driver was 45 min late picking us.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
Poor Customer Service Decisions
Jade_R
, Apr 2022
I purchased my ticket through Viator. The customer service displayed by their operators (they make refund decisions) was very poor. I asked for a partial refund for the reason of our driver being late which in turn caused our experience to be cut short. Firstly, the driver arrived at the starting location 30-40 minutes late so approximately 1:30PM-1:40PM. She was supposed to be there at 1PM. The drive took about 1 hour. We arrived at the Whitney Plantation approximately 2:45PM. We were told by the driver to get back on the bus in 45min from 2:45PM. I did not pay $71 for a 45min plantation tour. I could not take everything in that quickly. There’s so much to see and read. I, along wit others, were very unsatisfied. I know for a fact Viator received many complaints about the tour. The Viator operators gave me a $7.10 Viator credit for the inconveniences. What a joke! If I get the opportunity to visit N.O. again, I’ll drive myself so that I am not on anyone else’s time, and I’ll pay for the tour at the actual location.
star-5
Truly awesome!
Schnae_M
, Apr 2022
It is a tour that everyone in America should take. It was narrated by headphones so you can take time perusing through the grounds and the exhibits. The exhibits are curated with maximum care. It was truly an awesome experience.

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