Tour Laura Plantation to learn the difference between Creoles and Cajuns, hear ghost stories, and learn about the family who founded the plantation in 1804. There is also a permanent exhibit that recounts the personal stories of the plantation’s slaves. When it opened to the public in 1994, Laura Plantation became the first historic attraction in Louisiana to feature the stories of enslaved Africans. Guided tours explore the mansion, slave quarters, gardens, and fields.
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Things to Know Before You Go
You must join a guided tour to see the property.
Children 5 and under enter for free, but due to the subject matter, tours are best suited for ages 12 and up.
The plantation holds a limited number of tours in French and offers written translations in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
Strollers are permitted on the property, but there are no elevators or ramps.
Bring bottled water and a fan if visiting during the summer months, as well as a poncho or umbrella if rain is in the forecast.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking around the grounds.
Because of the region’s high humidity, temperatures in the winter months may feel much cooler than you would anticipate, so bring warm clothing.
How to Get There
Located on the Mississippi River, about an hour’s drive from New Orleans, the Laura Plantation is easiest to reach by car or tour bus: Follow Interstate 10 to Highway 641 South to LA-18 West; the plantation is at the corner of LA-18 and and Field Road. There is free parking on site. Since the plantation is located in a rural area, taxis and ride-share services are not recommended. Some guided plantation tours offer round-trip transportation from New Orleans.
When to Get There
The plantation holds guided tours approximately every 40 minutes from mid-morning until late in the afternoon. The plantation is closed on major holidays. February–May is considered the best time to visit the area.
Oak Alley Plantation
The Oak Alley estate is the kind of traditional Southern plantation popularized in movies, with a majestic walkway lined with oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. Aside from its timeless appearance, the plantation also includes exhibits about slavery and Louisiana history, as well as an on-site theater. Many tours combine visits to Oak Alley and the Laura Plantation.
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