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Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan Plantation

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
Destrehan Plantation Tour
$23.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Small but presentation was very well put together. Staff was very sweet and informative would definitely share this place with others.
Elena_H, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
The tour guide in the destrehan plantation was just phenomenal
yanivh123, Jul 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans
The tour guide in the destrehan plantation was just phenomenal, lots of alligators as well so was fun
star-4
A great tour a full day!
Kimberly_Hand, Aug 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour Combo from New Orleans
River boat captain was great! Plantation tour was rushed because our guide was slow! We only had five minutes to go to the next swamp tour! And get back on the bus! No time to look Around! Other than that it a great tour!
star-5
Fantastic tours
Kimberly_J, Aug 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
Absolutely fantastic tours! The plantation tour was super educational with much to look at and ponder. The large airboat was a blast and was not too wild. We had a fantastic tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the alligators. We saw lots of gators! Make sure you bring cash to tip!
star-5
Amazing Plantation Tour
Andrew_C, Jul 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
Staff was knowledgeable and friendly during tour . We learned so much on the Destrehan plantation tour !
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Loved the ride with Capn Ernie
MMarie_D, Jul 2021
Destrehan Plantation and Large Airboat Tour Combo from New Orleans
Captain Ernie is the best. Loved the boat ride. My grandson had a great time. Didnt get to touch an alligator but saw a lot of them in various sizes come up to boat.
star-4
An Experience
Josie_B, Jul 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
Different perspective for us to know about the history of how the slaves lived. Where the lived what it looked like everything. People need to see this because of its original housing.
star-5
Good knowledge of past history.
Samuel_C, Jul 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
It was a good tour and a knowledgeable experience. The tour guide Lady was very helpful with the history of the plantation information. I would recommend the tour to friends and family.
star-5
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.
star-5
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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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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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

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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