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  • New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

    1. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

    Destrehan Plantation is an antebellum mansion, in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana, near the town of the same name, Destrehan. This plantation is about 45 minutes away from downtown New Orleans.   Welcome to the New Orleans Swamp Tours and Wetlands Adventure. See the Cajuns of the bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From the relaxed comfort of the covered New Orleans Swamp Tour boats, you will drift slowly past a 2000-year-old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery and fishing village. You may see the wildlife that made the Barataria swamps the crown jewel of the Louisiana Purchase. Here, birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals and gators are the king of the swamp and easily spotted in spring, summer and fall. Your captains are natives of the Baratari...

    This combo was great and perfect for a short day trip. With transport is so easy, especially if you're unfamiliar with the town.

  • From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    2. From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. After being picked up, take a short 35-minute drive to the plantation house for a 1-hour guided tour and then take 45 minutes to explore the grounds on your own. The plantation’s history consists of many notable people and events. The plantation served as a home to Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband Jean Noel Destrehan, the most successful sugar producer in St. Charles Parish and one of the driving forces in Louisiana Statehood. The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison, appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.   Destrehan Plantation was the site where...

  • New Orleans Half-Day Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

    3. New Orleans Half-Day Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

    Enjoy our Louisiana tour, which brings you from the historical sites of the Destrehan plantation to the remote swamps in Cajun Country. Narrated short scenic drive out of the city and along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain to Destrehan Plantation on the East bank of the Old River Road: a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South. First you will be brought on a tour of Destrehan Plantation where guides in period costumes will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on and worked this rich land – both owners and slaves. They will share with you every detail of this mansion's history since 1787. Enjoy some free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of live oaks around the mansion and the slave quarters. We then drive down to a remote swamp in Cajun Country for a thrilling high-speed 2-hour ride onboard 6-passenger airboats, comfortably gliding over marshes, deep i...

    Driver was great gave us loads of history about New Orleans and that Beyone's Lemonade was filmed at the plantation we visited. The airboat driver was very funny and named all of the alligators and let all of us feed them. Plantation tour guide was very informative.

  • New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation Tour

    4. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation Tour

    Upon arrival, guests will enter through the Destrehan Plantation store and gift shop, and exit through the back door onto the grounds, where they will meet a personal interpreter to begin the tour. The interpreter will educate guests with stories about the people who lived on the plantation, both free and enslaved. There will also be an opportunity to gaze upon an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and to learn the significance of the document in terms of how it relates to Louisiana History. After the house tour, guests can view a folk-life demonstration and self-explore the dependency buildings, such as a slave cabin with an enslavement registry, an overseer's cabin showcasing the 1811 Slave Revolt and Rost Home Colony exhibits, an outdoor kitchen, a washroom, a trapper's cabin and the Legacy Room displaying original documents and artefacts from the family ...

    It was great lesson. Just wish there was more slave cabins to see and more detail on how they lived. I enjoyed it.

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What people are saying about Destrehan Plantation

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 19 reviews

It was more than we expected

We were pleasantly surprised to find out this was actually 3 trips in 1. The ride to and from the tour was a separate tour all in itself. Our driver, Joseph, was a wealth of information about the history and background of the city and Southern Louisiana Awesome experience.

Great driver, funny boat man, amazing plantation

Driver was great gave us loads of history about New Orleans and that Beyone's Lemonade was filmed at the plantation we visited. The airboat driver was very funny and named all of the alligators and let all of us feed them. Plantation tour guide was very informative.

This combo was great and perfect for a short day trip. With transport is so easy, especially if you're unfamiliar with the town.

It was great lesson. Just wish there was more slave cabins to see and more detail on how they lived. I enjoyed it.

great experience. knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides