Whitney Plantation Tour | Gray Line New Orleans

Whitney Plantation Tour

A personal look into the lives of owners and enslaved people in antebellum Louisiana.

In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.

Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here.

The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as The Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s.

Whitney is also significant because of the number of its historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation.

The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana. Although a limited portion of the original tour, the house is undergoing renovations in 2021 and it is not currently open.

The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all enslaved people on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

Travel past Laura, Oak Alley, Evergreen, Felicity & St. Joseph Plantations, ghosts of the past that front the Mississippi River, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to ports of trade. 

This plantation is also offered as a combination with Oak Alley Plantation as part of the Double Plantation Tour.  Click here for further information.

Note: Due to the home's historic nature, when open, access to the second floor is by stairs only. Walking the grounds is an integral part of this experience. 

Your coach will transport you to Whitney and other guests to Oak Alley. 

Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of the Whitney Plantation Museum. Tour includes motorcoach transportation.

Historical statues at the Whitney Plantation
Children of Whitney by W. Nash
outdoor barn area at the Whitney Plantation
Kitchen Building
External quarters at the Whitney Plantation
Blacksmith Shop

Tour Details


5.25 hours (includes travel time + 2.25 hours site time); times are approximate

Departure Time:

Jan 1 - Dec 31
12pm & 1pm Mon, Wed-Sun
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Departs From:

All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.


Adult: $71.00; $79.00 starting January 1, 2023
Child: $35.00 (ages 6-12); $39.00 starting January 1, 2023
Call for group pricing
  • Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults on our regularly scheduled tours.
  • Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance.

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