Plantaion tours in NOLA

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1. Posted by Nick2000 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi

Any advice about good Airboat and plantaion tours in NOLA ?

Nick

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2216 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

What is NOLA to you?

New Orleans??

3. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 694 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

If you are around New Orleans I would recommend the Whitney Plantation. It is not a typical Plantation tour they don't do the cheesy costume reenactments but overall I found it far more fascinating and informative than the famous Oak Alley Plantation.

4. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 27 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

We had a rental car and drove ourselves to visit both Laura and Oak Alley. I liked Laura much more although the driveway at Oak Alley is certainly very impressive. There are bound to be companies doing tours if you don't have a car or want to rent one for a day.
Another morning I took a river cruise myself (hubs was in a meeting) on the Mississippi River, I think it was the Delta Queen, and enjoyed it a lot, got to see the site of the Battle of New Orleans, kind of cheesy but lots of fun.

5. Posted by Nick2000 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi,
we will have car but I prefer not to used. :)

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 951 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

MY opinion only

Vacherie is located in St. James Parish within the Plantation Country Region west of New Orleans along Highway 18 on the banks of the Mississippi River. Vacherie is part of the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area. There are three major plantations here - Oak Alley, Evergreen and Laura. Each of the plantations markets itself to the tourists. All of them had slaves, and the slavery aspect is pretty well played down.

Laura is a Creole Plantation on The Great River Road kind of next door to Oak Alley, and built earlier (1805).

Usually kitchens in the south were in separate buildings from the main house for two reasons. One was to mitigate the danger of fire from the cooking stoves, and the other was so that the main house would not be heated up by the cooking. Apparently fire is still a danger. On August 9th, 2004 a fire damaged 60-70 percent of the house at Laura. The fa├žade, floors, walls and basement were all that was left. So when we were there in 2004, we couldn't tour the plantation house. The people who run Laura claim that their tour is not and never was about the house - it is the stories about the people that live there that is important.

Consider what you will be seeing before you spend your money. Do you just want hear the story of a Creole plantation and see the grounds and outbuildings - then go to Laura. If the big oak trees attract you, and you don't care about the house authenticity, then go to Oak Alley. There's also Destrehan from the late 1700s which is the oldest plantation in the Mississippi valley, San Francisco which advertises itself as the only authentically restored plantation house in Louisiana (Oak Alley has been furnished with non-original antiques), Belle Alliance, Madewood and Nottoway, the South's largest plantation home. So check to see what you are getting for your money. Personally I would rather see the authentic objects and building that was there at the time, although reconstructions are interesting in their way.

Oak Alley has a tremendous live oak street of trees leading to the house from both directions which were planted some years before the house was built. It is one of the most famous ones in this area and is on the Mississippi. Oak Alley is primarily of interest (in my opinion) for the great live oaks on the grounds. Oak Alley rents out the their trees for both movies and weddings. The house itself was gutted, and none of the interior furniture is original. I think you can see the trees from the road without paying for it. And there are riverboat cruises that go from NOLA up the Mississippi to Vacherie.

We took a greyhound trip from NOLA to Oak Alley and then we did a swamp cruise from Jean Lafitte. We didn't do an airboat but I think they do them from there. This was in 2004 and Whitney plantation was not open then.

If you are renting a car, you should probably turn it in before you visit NOLA as parking is expensive there and you really don't need a car in town. (not that you asked me :))

Personally I liked Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia the best, but that's not really within a day trip of NOLA. Also back in the day we went to Oaklawn which is in Franklin.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Mar-2019, at 09:54 by greatgrandmaR ]