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Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

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icon1 to 3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens. Houmas House is located one hour from New Orleans and 30 minutes from Baton Rouge. Please allow adequate time for travel. Should you miss your scheduled tour, do not worry. Your ticket is good all day and can be used for any of the remaining tour times on the same day.
  • Entrance ticket and guided tour at historic Houmas House mansion
  • Explore the extensive gardens on a 38-acre estate on a self-guided tour
  • Every room of the 16-room mansion is accessible and allows photography
  • See the room where Bette Davis stayed in 1963 when she was filming at the plantation
  • Explore the extensive gift shop complete with antiques, local art, large book section, and one-of-a-kind items
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Departure Point

40136 LA-942, Darrow, LA 70725, USA

The Houmas House gift shop is the main entrance. Upon entering, guests can redeem their voucher or purchase tickets. The gift shop attendant will direct all guests to the starting point for the guided mansion tour. Please allow at least 20 minutes to get to starting point of guided tour.

Return Details

40136 LA-942, Darrow, LA 70725, USA

The guided tour starts in the front of the mansion and ends in the rear of the mansion.

Visit the Houmas House Plantation, dubbed ‘The Sugar Palace’ due to its contribution to the sugar boom of the late 1800s, when more than 20 million pounds of sugar were produced here annually. 

Join one of the regularly scheduled House tours, at which point you’ll meet your costumed guide at the mansion’s entrance. On the tour, immerse yourself in the story and splendor of the old South as your guide leads you through lavish and traditionally decorated rooms, speckled with artwork and antiques. Hear the architectural history of the home, a stronghold plantation estate, and see the room where Bette Davis stayed while filming the 1963 movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. 

Spend your time before and after the house tour exploring the magnificent 38‐acre (15‐hectare) estate. Leisurely wind along manicure paths and through the exquisite gardens, find a quaint sitting nook for a rest, or head to one of the estate’s restaurants or café for a locally inspired lunch – and maybe a mint julep.
Itinerary
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Houmas House and Gardens
Guided mansion tours allow guests full access to the Houmas House estate. Dressed in period costumes, interactive tour guides tell the 250 year history of the mansion. Using artifacts, antiques and artwork, guests hear about life on this sugarcane plantation. Restaurants are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at an additional cost. 38 acres of self-guided gardens are open to all guests who purchase a mansion tour ticket. Allow 2-3 hours to see everything Houmas House has to offer.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Houmas House is completely handicap accessible. Walking paths throughout the grounds make it easy for wheelchairs. Golf cart service is available upon request. The mansion is equipped with an elevator for guests not able to navigate stairs.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour.

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Enjoyed the beautiful...
Laurie_P
, Aug 2021
Enjoyed the beautiful grounds and house tour. Guide was very knowledgeable about the history and unique treasures. View from the veranda was gorgeous. Appreciated the wheelchair accessibility .
star-5
Recommend
gail_l
, Aug 2021
What a treasure! Great information on the property and it's history. Lovely grounds and the Dixie cafe was delicious
star-5
Check this place out!
PatrickRivers
, Jul 2021
Loved it! This was such a great experience... Gorgeous place with amazing history... Our tour guide Suzannah was amazing!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
WOW. WOW
Josie_B
, Jul 2021
Amazing amazing amazing. They even had written text for my husband about the plantation. I’d recommend seeing this place. The gardens in itself was worth it.
star-4
Great & informative
Fego
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide knowledgeable, friendly & enjoyed sharing. Great for the money & loved learning about history of Houmas house!
star-5
Great tour, well worth the price
Keith_C
, May 2021
The Houmas House was beautiful; the tour guide had extensive knowledge; the gardens and the grounds were clean and well kept; the live oak trees were massive; enjoyed our tour tremendously.
star-4
Beautiful but best if you go when they are not having a wedding
Jason_M
, May 2021
Walking through the beautiful house learning the history and walking through the beautiful oak grove
star-4
Perfect for the Price
GayeLynn_K
, May 2021
Great experience for the price. Tour guide good. Trees amazing. Do not require me to say more. I am person of few words.
star-5
5 star
Hector_H
, May 2021
Very interesting and informative. We would come again to see this place. Tour guide was also outstanding and answered all our questions.
star-5
Houmas House Plantation
Phoeny
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide Elizabeth was very knowledgeable and informative about the house and grounds. She gave us information on the history of the house and property, which was incredibly interesting. I wish however, that the museum on the grounds didn’t cost another $20 each to see.

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