Add dates

Whitney Plantation

Whitney Plantation: Our most recommended tours and activities

From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Ticket & Transportation

1. From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Ticket & Transportation

Step back in time as you visit the Whitney Plantation on this bus day trip from New Orleans. Gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. In 2014, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262-year history, as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.  The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as the Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s.  Whitney is also significant because of the number of historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation. The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana.  The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a site of memory and consciousness, this site pays homage to the slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

2. Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

Follow the guide off the beaten path, away from tourist crowds, on this unique pilgrimage for a trip back to the Antebellum South as you drive upriver along the Mississippi River to visit 2 unique Louisiana Plantations. A Scenic crossing of the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, then a short ride upriver brings you to Whitney Plantation: Museum of Slavery. Recently open to the public, it exposes the harsh realities and raw historical facts of this dark side of American history. Get a guided tour of the restored buildings and museum exhibits. The slave narratives and memorial artwork recreate the world of a pre-Civil War sugar plantation and the lives of the slaves there. A short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. Your tour guide will give you a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the many interesting people who have called this plantation 'home'. Many tours are guided by family members themselves. It is a relaxed, intimate visit to tour an ancestral home, grounds and dependencies (including original slave cabins). It is the location where the movie: "12 Years a Slave" was filmed.   * On Tuesdays, the Whitney Plantation is closed and replaced by the Evergreen or Laura Plantation.

New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

3. New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

Visit two plantations and explore their unique landscape and architecture. View informative exhibitions, learn about their history as you tour the historic sites, and benefit from pickup from your accommodation in New Orleans. Start with a visit to the famous Oak Alley Plantation. Witness the quarter-mile avenue of 28 giant live oak trees leading to the house. Pause at the Slavery at Oak Alley exhibition and explore the stories of those who were enslaved at the site. Learn about the daily lives of slaves including their healthcare, punishment, and life after emancipation. Choose between visiting the Laura or Whitney Plantation for the second part of your tour. Select Laura to see a plantation complete with a big house kitchen garden, Jardin, and banana groves. Browse for local arts and crafts in the shop, and visit the plantation's new museum as part of your tour. Alternatively, decide to visit the Whitney Plantation, home to the first slavery museum. View exhibits demonstrating the lives of the slaves who worked on plantations. See the oldest detached kitchen and the best-preserved Creole cottage in Louisiana as part of your visit.

Other Sightseeing Options in Whitney Plantation

Want to discover all there is to do in Whitney Plantation? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Whitney Plantation

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 164 reviews

The bus was very comfortable & our driver, Dwayne, was responsible & friendly. He began by explaining that he had to make a choice between a bus with video or a bus with A/C. He chose the A/C - bravo!!! I wish everyone could take this tour. Grab a headset & go. It is difficult to express how this tour affected my husband & I. I thought I had some knowledge, but I realized that no matter how much I thought I knew about the extreme trials & tribulations slaves went through - being at the Whitney Plantation, seeing how they lived, hearing their voices & seeing the memorials changed my life forever. It is a vital educational experience. I don't think the very young will understand, but maybe 12 years & older. It is very well set up both indoors & out. It is not glamorous or Hollywoodish - it is pure unvarnished reality. I recommend this with all my heart! On our way back, Dwayne rode us by the plantation used for the movie "Django Unchained" - cool!

The trip was very informative! It touched me in so many ways what the slaves had to endured and what they had to go through. They worked from sun up to sun down and that still was not ever enough. They had to take care of other people babies and children while neglecting their own. I understood why they were so tired and rebellious they were in survive Mode all the time.

I recommend the tour of Whitney Plantation to everyone who is visiting Louisiana. It was the most emotional roller coaster ride that humbled me to my core. I love the history of the venue and how it spoke from the enslaved people’s perspectives. THIS TOUR IS A MUST!!!!!

excellent experience! We very much enjoyed the bus ride and the moving self guided tour through the Whitney Plantation.

Very informative and tour guide very knowledgeable