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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
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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.
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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
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

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star-5
The tour is very...
Katie_M
, Aug 2022
The tour is very informative and it’s hard not to say that it is heavy. Slavery was not a time in our nations history to be light hearted about but I’m so glad that I went.
star-1
Don’t book with Viator…
Cynthia_A
, Jul 2022
…Book directly through the tour company itself. Viator is a third party. They overbook and cancel reservations because they don’t have updated info on available tour spots. Or call Cher at All About New Orleans Tours. She’s got direct contact with the tour companies. She was able to help us after we made it to our pick up spot and found our reservation had been cancelled because Viator overbooked us.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We regret your experience and hope that it can be straightened out.
star-4
Lives of Slaves
Tyronte_L
, Jul 2022
Learning more about black history understanding what slaves day to day live was like. Learning how painful it was for slaves to live the way they had to live.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
It is a well done eye-opener for many
star-5
A SOMBER BUT POWERFUL EXPERIENCE
Nikita_H
, Jul 2022
This tour exceeded my expectations. Ive been on a few Plantation tour before but this was the first one that told the experiences on the Plantation from the Slave's perspective! Very informative and very transparent. The staff were extremely helpful in asking questions that i had when i took this self guided tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you.
star-3
A history lesson
Edna_T
, Jul 2022
Seeing an actual bedroom and room of the slaves. And the homes. It would have been nice to have an actual guide. And they ran out of earphones for the phone guide so that was cumbersome.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Whitney is still rebuilding staff, but we will share this with them.
star-5
Superb!!
Robin_J
, Jul 2022
The tour was very formative and I learned lots of knowledge about slavery. The bus driver was really nice and knowledgeable about all the tour and provided us some good places to eat food from the culture.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for the great review
star-5
So much fun
Jessica_M
, Jul 2022
Very beautiful place and I love the audio you can listen to so you know what your looking at, would differently tell everyone to go visit.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Please tell them about your experience.
star-5
5 Stars
Shawnna_C
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing time. George, our bus driver was informative and explained the drop off and pick up procedures. The tour itself was nothing short of amazing. The history is explained in a way that encompasses culture and truth.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for calling it "amazing".
star-5
The Horrors of Slavery
Melvin_S
, Jul 2022
The most memorable part of our visit was the memorial section devoted to the men whose heads were cut off and put on public display as a deterrent to other slaves who may have been contemplating rebelling against slavery. Those brave men gave their lives in pursuit of freedom.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Whitney wanted to share the reality of those days and times. Its not easy to understand, but important to learn.
star-5
Important New Orleans history
Angela_G
, Jul 2022
Learning about the slave history. Good commentary from Kindrell. He made the tour fun as well as interesting. His knowledge of the different routes to our destination proved invaluable due to the Essence Festival goers clogging the roads.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kindrell will get you anywhere and make the journey very enjoyable.
star-3
Could have been much better
Akram_A
, Jul 2022
Interesting place to visit, definitely deserves more attention and concern . I wish there was a professional guide with the group to tell more history about the plantation. I am sure that there are many stories to tell about Masters and slaves with reference to this particular plantation
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Unfortunately since Hurricane Ida, many of the docents (guides) have not returned to Whitney. They are trying to rebuild and share as much as they can.
star-5
Told from the vantage point of the enslaved.
Briana_B
, Jul 2022
The story of the plantation is told from the perspective of the enslaved and is heart wrenching. To think about the back breaking work from "can't see to can't see" in the Louisiana heat, living in constant fear of your family being broken up and members sold. We now live in a time where many of the descendants of the slave holders want to white wash this part of history because it makes them uncomfortable. Shame on them then and shame on them now!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Many people, including those who restored Whitney, want to share the real story - from that people can grow.
star-1
Horrible experience
Brandon_B
, Jun 2022
Travel guide on bus was excellent but we almost froze to death on the bus and the plantation itself was nothing like what I expected from the description. Will never recommend for go to Whitney plantation again. Could not get into the church as it was blocked off.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
The church was not safe for guests after the damage from hurricane IDA. We don't know what expectations the tour did not meet.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Family trip
Jacquelyn_B
, Jun 2022
It was a learning experience for me and my family we enjoyed the ride as well it was much fun and we will be back
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Never forget
Alyssa_T
, Jun 2022
I learned a lot and had strong feelings at this experience. It’s important that we continue to learn from the past.
star-4
An historical education of the way times were the hardship and the change
Randolph_R
, Jun 2022
The stories bring the experience to life Good experience that would have been complete if bus audio was working on introduction video
star-5
Learning Experience!
Rosalinda_D
, Jun 2022
Everything! The history! Took us back in Time. We left Whitney Plantation appreciating life more! And understanding so much more about slavery. This place is truly beautiful but sad to know what happened at the Whitney plantation! We highly recommend this tour when visiting New Orleans!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
People react the same way when seeing and hearing the full story.
star-5
Best tour EVER!
Raylene_C
, Jun 2022
This was an absolutely amazing tour! There are several plantations side by side that we didn't tour but could see. I am really happy that I chose this plantation to tour to do first because it is dedicated to helping the public understand and visualize the realities of slavery during plantation life. The audio narration was extremely detailed and informative. I purchased items in the gift store and found several books that I want to read for further understanding. For me, touring the plantation itself was very educational and emotional, but our tour guide, Alton, was so informative about New Orleans, its history, and funny stories that he gave me an overall sense of what it was like to have been in New Orleans from its founding, through hurricanes, and life there today. Alton truly made this the best tour that I have ever been on. The Gray Line bus was comfortable and clean. I am definitely going to do more of their tours when I come back to New Orleans next year with family. I'm sure all of their tours will be just as fantastic as Alton made this one.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you
star-1
Tour amazing but not with this company
Renee_S
, May 2022
The tour was incredible! However the tour company was terrible. Bus broke down and we were stranded at the plantation an hour after closing. Waiting for partial refund.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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