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Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation

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380 Reviews
13034 River Rd, Destrehan, LA, 70047

The Basics

See Spanish and French architectural influences, listen to costumed tour guides talk about the daily life of those who ran the plantation, and watch demos of historic trades such as candle making, open-hearth cooking, and indigo dyeing. Destrehan also offers a tour focusing on the region’s marginalized people, including German farmers, Acadians, enslaved Africans, and Native Americans.

Some guided tours from New Orleans combine a visit to the plantation with an airboat swamp ride for a full day of sightseeing.

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Destrehan Plantation Tour

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Destrehan Plantation Tour
$23.57 per adult
Great tour
This was a great tour. They tell the history of the plantation and don't sugar coat it when talking about slavery like some of the others do. You get to do a self guided grounds tour and a tour of the inside of the house. It's a wonderful piece of history and a great experience.
Tamika_S, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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An AWESOME Adventure
THark, May 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
Due to booking, we weren't able to visit the Destrehan plantation but we were to upgrade and visit the Oak Alley plantation. What an AMAZING plantation with an interesting history. The grounds were beautiful. Great restaurant & snack shop available. Gift shop offered great samples.We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Airboat Swamp tour was OUTSTANDING!! Captain was HILARIOUS and very informative of the bayou history, commerce & the wildlife! You will NOT regret this tour!!
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The History makes it a great stop
Rachel_S, Jun 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
Really enjoyed our time there. Very informative. The tour of the house was very interesting. The grounds were absolutely beautiful.
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New Experience
Tonto_A, Jun 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans
I never realized that there was so much history in New Orleans which is not taught in schools. My first time here but definitely not my last
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Great airboat ride
Nicole_R, Jun 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Small Airboat Combo Tour from New Orleans
Airboat tour was awesome. Seen lots of alligators. Biggest was about 10-12 ft. Very knowledgeable about the area, vegetation and animals both. Definitely recommend. The plantation tour was good but felt rushed. Didn’t have time to look around at the other buildings.
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The Greatest Experience!
Brandy_D, Jun 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Susan was a great guide. Her knowledge and presenting style brought life to the tour. Thank you
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Great time
Nancy_C, May 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
Wonderful trip. Nanatte was our guide and had lots of information. We got there early and only two of us on the tour which gave us time to really enjoy the housr.
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Great quick plantation tour
Tommy_V, Dec 2020
Destrehan Plantation Tour
We had a great time visiting the Destrehan Plantation Tour! It was interesting and we learned a lot! The staff was very helpful! It’s a great tour if you are limited on time and can’t do half a day. We were done in a couple hours. Great price to!
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Highly recommend
Linda_O, Apr 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Small Airboat Combo Tour from New Orleans
Airboat ride was excellent - tour guide was exceptional. Plantation guide very good- beautiful setting
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Great for the value!
Haley_S, Apr 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans
We enjoyed the tour very much! The plantation and exhibits were beautiful and the staff were very informative and friendly. The swamp tour was very fun and a great way to see another side of Louisiana!
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OUTSTANDING TOURS BEST NEW ORLEANS
Stephanie_D, Jun 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
We love the plantation the history the knowledge the guides we had Beverly and Jan were great. Their happiness in explaining the items and people of the plantation and suffering they went through was soul stirring all should come and visit this place.
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Beautiful grounds, lots of history!
CAROLYN_H, Mar 2020
New Orleans Destrehan Plantation Experience
Had a great knowledgable, enthusiastic guide. Good tour. Archetechiture and furnishings interesting and authenetic. Old trees with moss picture oerfect.
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Awesome Tours
Erin_D, Apr 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
So fun. Seeing the plantation was awesome. The swamp tour was awesome on the airboat with captain Dewey. Saw tons of alligators!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Destrehan’s gift shop, main house, and education center are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • The tour of the home takes about 45 minutes.

  • Be prepared for heat and high humidity during the summer months; the house, however, is air-conditioned.

  • The plantation hosts various seasonal events.

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How to Get There

About 30 minutes by car from downtown New Orleans, Destrehan Plantation is a convenient stop for visitors traveling to or from the city. Most guided tours provide round-trip transportation from New Orleans. If you’re driving, head west on Interstate 10 toward Baton Rouge, then take Interstate 310 Boutte South.

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When to Get There

Destrehan is open year-round except on major holidays, and tours run throughout the day. Go to New Orleans sometime between February and May for the most pleasant weather and to hit one of the city’s major festivals, such as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest.

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What to Know About Antebellum Architecture

Antebellum mansions are characterized by a symmetrical exterior, large pillars, a balcony that wraps around the house, and a big center entrance, as well as geometric gardens that complement the boxy style of the house. Inside, you’ll find sweeping staircases and a formal ballroom. Some of these homes were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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