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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
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$23.57 per adult
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Daniel, is a great tour...
Daniel, is a great tour guide! I really enjoyed how detailed and how great of a storyteller he is. I recommend to anyone to visit the plantation it is such a landmark. I will go again!
Lali_L, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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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
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Highly recommend
Alex_F, Nov 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
Great experience, very informative, our guide was exceptional. Very happy with destrehan plantation.
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One For the Books 📚
Ann_W, Nov 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
This tour was very informative & interesting. Our guides made our tour experience one to remember! I highly recommend this to anyone who may want to learn about their heritage and/or descendants.
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Amaizing experience
Zoila_M, Nov 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
Amazing experience with the guide tour Beverly, She explained everything with detail. She is amazing 🤩 thank you Beverly.
star-4
A great tour a full day!
Kimberly_H, 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!
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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!
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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
Meiling_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.
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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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Fascinating Tour
Asa_K, Oct 2021
Destrehan Plantation Tour
A Beautifully well-kept plantation along with the fascinating history surrounding it. Definitely the highlight of my trip to New Orleans.
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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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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.

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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