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  3. New Orleans
  4. Houmas House

New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation & Gardens Half-Day Tour

Product ID: 243002
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Relax and discover plantation life on this all access tour of the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road.” Enjoy a guided tour of the historic mansion and then relax in the peaceful serenity of 38 acres of lush gardens and stunning waterscapes.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Tour one of the most beautiful plantation homes on the Great River Road and learn its fascinating history spanning 240 years
  • Stroll through a 38-acre panorama of native Louisiana plant life, with seasonal plantings and blooms year-round
  • Discover various architectural styles of the Antebellum and Victorian eras and unique features throughout the estate
  • Relax in the many seating areas thoughtfully placed among stunning waterscapes and lush gardens
  • Purchase a souvenir or enjoy browsing through gifts, high end art, collectibles, books, and jewelry in the large gift shop
Full description
As you enter the iron gates of Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, you can instantly see why it was called the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road” and why it was voted Best Historic Mansion by "USA Today." The striking Greek Revival mansion is softened by a 38-acre panorama of native Louisiana plant life and stunning waterscapes. Pathways wind around the property, through courtyards and around ponds.

On the 1-hour mansion tour, friendly tour guides in period attire will lead you through every room on the first and second floor of the mansion. There are no velvet ropes or off-limits areas. You’ll learn how a succession of owners, the sugar cane business, and the Mississippi River shaped the mansion's fascinating history. There are interesting stories behind much of the original art and rare collectibles, and the guides love to share those tales with guests.

You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a drink or meal at your own cost. The Turtle Bar, located in the 1836 boys’ room, serves as a quaint bar offering 250 bottles of whiskey, rare bourbons, local beers, and Southern favorites such as Mint Juleps. Around the corner is Café Burnside, located in a pavilion built with brick from remnants of an 1883 cotton warehouse owned by the Princess of Monaco. Here you can purchase a Creole buffet lunch or dine a la carte.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from New Orleans in an air-conditioned bus
  • Professional tour guide providing commentary en route to the plantation
  • Admission to the grounds
  • 1-hour guided tour of the mansion by a costumed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (can be purchased on site)
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your tour at the local partner's lighthouse at 400 Toulouse Street at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure to exchange your voucher for a boarding ticket.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• A Creole buffet and a la carte dining are both available at Houmas House Plantation.
• The mansion is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator for guests unable to ascend stairs to second floor. Walkways throughout the grounds are paved. The supplier provides wheelchair access. Vehicle lifts meet all ADA requirements and are equipped for wheelchair storage (based on availability). If wheelchairs can collapse and fold, staff will assist in accommodating the chair in a safe place on the vehicle. Wheelchair reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to secure availability.
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Gray Line New Orleans

Product ID: 243002