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06/18/2019 ~ 06/24/2019
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Houmas House Plantation Tour - Drive Out Tickets

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Once you've visited Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in person, you'll know why it is called "The Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road." At one time during the 19th century, Houmas House farmed sugarcane on tens of thousands of acres and became the largest producer of sugar in the country. In fact, this grand estate was so lavish that it was described by many as "The Sugar Palace." The mansion and grounds have been thoroughly restored and enhanced to reflect the opulent lifestyle and grandeur of the successful sugar barons who once lived in Houmas House. Guides in period dress offer visitors an entertaining glimpse into the resplendent world of southern plantation life. Inside, guests will find history reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the home's 16 glorious rooms. Outside, visitors can stroll through 38 acres of breathtaking, lush gardens, which are replanted throughout the year to reflect the season.

Activity Highlights
  • Both guided and self-guided tours of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Period-dressed tours guides in antebellum gowns
  • Experience a plantation in the depths of the Old South
  • Learn about the fascinating stories of the home and its history

Duration: Varies

What's Included
  • Guided or self-guided tour of Houmas House Plantation & Gardens
  • Period-dressed tour guides
What to bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Umbrella and poncho in case of rain
Restrictions
  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the plantation home.
Additional information
  • Photography is allowed inside the plantation home and anywhere on the property.
  • Tours are available in both English and French.
  • House is completely handicap accessible and the mansion has an elevator for guests not able to climb stairs.
  • Open rain or shine. Please note that a portion of the tour will take place on the plantation grounds, so if it looks like there is rain in the forecast, please dress appropriately and remember to bring your umbrella.
  • We suggest that guests wear comfortable shoes. High heels are not recommended as the property is quite expansive.
  • There is a gift shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar located on-site.
  • Free parking available on-site.
  • Houmas House is open for tours every day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • There are no taxi or ride-sharing services available in this area to take travelers back to New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Please arrive with your own transportation.
  • Although not required, it is appreciated and encouraged to tip your tour guide.
Cancellation policy

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance. The tour runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the vendor is forced to close, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time or be refunded.
Transportation is not included in this tour. You will have to drive yourself to the plantation.

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Plantation tour
about 2 days ago
Wonder excursion
diane m
Beautiful!
about 8 months ago
Gorgeous gardens and home. A little pricey and they make it very obvious that you are expected to tip the tour guide at the end, but overall worth the money.
Whitney
The grounds are gorgeous and the bread pudding is amazing!
about 9 months ago
When you arrive you will notice there is quite a bit of construction at the front entrance. They are adding a new museum to the property! Check in was easy and inside the gift shop. The tour starting point is a short walk from the gift shop where you check in. The guides are dressed in period costumes which really adds to the ambience of the tour. Our guide, Stephanie was very funny and great at telling the history of the home and grounds. She had tons of information about the furniture, art, family members... Stephanie was really wonderful. This is the only plantation that has an elevator to the second floor of the home. If you have someone in your party that is wheelchair bound, they will be pleasantly surprised to discover they don't have to miss the second part of the tour! The rooms and grounds are just exquisite. It's like being in a botanical garden. Every staff member we encountered was very friendly and helpful. SAVE ROOM FOR THE BUFFET! You can't miss having lunch here. The food was some of the best I have had in Louisiana and the bread pudding is outstanding. I won't mention how many plates I had, it's embarrassing so I def recommend wearing stretchy pants if you eat here. Our server, Lauren was great at suggesting drinks and very attentive. If you visit and have time, you could easily spend 4-5 hours here and enjoy every second!
Picturesque
about 9 months ago
Houmas house is probably my most favorite of all the plantations I have seen so far. Once you pull up, it doesn't look that grand (partly because there's construction for a museum addition) but trust me, it gets better! You walk into the large gift shop and you have the option to watch a short video about how the plantation came about and the owners, etc. As you start the tour, you're instantly looking at a beautiful pond. As you take the pathway to the home, it's like walking through a magical garden with various statues and fountains. You can tell they care a lot about their grounds and keep them very maintained. It's very picturesque with the beautiful oak trees and gardens with the magnificent home in the background. Inside the home is just as beautiful. As soon as you walk in you see the lovely painted walls and ceilings. The tour guide walks you through each room, and is very friendly and informative. The home is filled with some of the most amazing antiques, art, and collectibles. The owner still lives in the house, and supposedly he was there but we never saw him and I think it's very cool he's still letting people come and visit such a beautiful part of Louisiana history. Oh, and the food at the Cafe Burnside was delicious! Some of the best bread pudding I've ever had!