Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour
Enjoy New Orleans tourist activities with the Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour, you'll get one of the best things to do in New Orleans as you visit these historic places. The tour itself includes the combination of both the Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation, offering a unique experience for even the most dedicated history buffs. Lasting approximately 6 hours, the tour encompasses the most intricate of details in both plantations.
Begin your adventure as you head out of New Orleans where you will head along the beautiful shores of Lake Pontchartrain where you will soon arrive in the Antebellum South. The 90-minute ride to the plantation is a narrated ride providing you the local history and stories before reaching the first plantation.
About Oak Alley Plantation
Located along the west bank of Mississippi River, it's named for the alley of southern oak trees that were planted in the early 18th century that leads to the main house, they were planted long before the mansion was ever built. The house was built in 1837 and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The land was purchased by the 'King of Sugar,' French Creole Valcour Aime, he received this nickname for growing sugarcane and was one of the wealthiest southern men around. He exchanged the property in 1836 with Jacques Roman, his brother-in-law, who began building the present mansion which was completed in 1839. In the 1920s the buildings had begun to fall into disrepair and the new owners, Andrew and Josephine Stewart began restoring and modernizing the house which is how it is seen today.
About Laura Plantation
Known for its early 19th-century raised Creole-style big house. In 1804, the American Revolutionary War veteran, Guillaume Duparc was granted land along the Mississippi River where he built his sugarcane plantation house in 1804. He began to acquire additional land surrounding the plantation house where he expanded the plantation to over 12,000 acres. A mile behind the main big house a sugar mill was surrounded by fields of sugarcane. The plantation continued operating into the 20th century and renovation continued. The slave quarters behind the big house that stretched down a dirt road were used up until 1977 where farm workers lived. In 2004 there was an electrical fire that destroyed much of the house and restoration work was finished in 2006.
For an adventure you won't forget, make sure to add the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation tour onto your next New Orleans vacation adventure.
- What is included in the admission price?
Includes transportation and admission to the Oak Alley Plantation and the Laura Plantation.
- What methods of transportation does the Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour use?
14 Passenger tour van
- Is there any walking involved?
There is free time to walk around the grounds of both plantations at your own pace.
- Approximately how long does the Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour last?
Approximately 6 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour?
Both photography and video cameras are permitted.