Activities

Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour


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Overview

Take a ride away from New Orleans out to River Road and Plantation Country to visit Oak Alley and Laura Plantation, two of Southern Louisiana’s most famous antebellum plantations. The elegant setting of these beautiful homes is a step back in time that beckons visitors to discover fascinating moments across three centuries reflected in the colorful cultures and traditions unique to the lower Mississippi.

Learn the rich history of Louisiana’s Spanish and French Creole settlers, explore historic slave quarters and take in the breathtaking architecture and grandeur of the Old South.

Highlights of the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour:

  • Experience a bygone era in one of Louisiana’s most beautiful settings — Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the cypress trees in Louisiana’s swamps bordering the Mississippi River
  • Visit Laura’s colorful manor and the surrounding slave quarters and historic outbuildings

Tour Guides

What to Expect on Your Tour

Greeted at the gate with a mint julep, you’ll begin your tour of the Laura Plantation with a visit to the Big House, guided by historians dressed in period costumes. You’ll follow up with a leisurely stroll through the plantation grounds as you listen to the intimate and compelling stories of more than seven generations of creole owners, women, slaves and children who called this sugar cane plantation home.

At the Oak Alley Plantation, you’ll explore the centuries-old oak trees that line the entrance of this massive estate. As you transverse the grounds and enter the mansion, you’ll be immersed in the grand story of the settlement of St. James Parish, the legacy of the Jacques Joseph Roman family and the history of those who restored this estate to its original glory.

Includes:

  • Narrated scenic drive to River Road Plantation Country
  • Guided tour of Laura Plantation
  • Free time to explore the grounds of Laura Plantation
  • Guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation
  • Deluxe round-trip motorcoach transportation
  • Licensed tour guides onsite