Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
From its beginnings over 200 years ago, Oak Alley was just a land claim on a map. Today, Oak Alley is a National Historic Landmark, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history its inhabitants left behind. With an emphasis on its time as a sugar plantation, visitors are invited to walk under its iconic alley, explore its exhibits: Slavery at Oak Alley, the ‘Big House’, Sugarcane Theater, People of Oak Alley and the Blacksmith Shop and leave with a better understanding of this plantation’s complex history.
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  • TravelingDeacon
    Dothan, Alabama723 contributions
    Wonderful Home and grounds
    A beautiful antebellum home with surrounding gardens and slave quarters. Very nice restaurant on site and a really nice gift shop. Particularly like the slave quarter section, since this is something frequently passed over in other tours. Most of these old quarters were not preserved and thus no longer exist, but since they (220 slaves) lived here and built the home, their presence cannot be ignored. Also don't miss the film on sugar cane processing.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Lisa B
    4 contributions
    Beautiful grounds wheelchair friendly but not the house
    The grounds are huge and include some slave quarters and beautiful trees. The gift store has a wheelchair accessible toilet. However if you are unable to walk at all the house yours are up stairs so you won't be able to get in. The house is very old but very interesting. There are some spots to sit in a couple of the rooms if you do climb stairs and need to sit down.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2022
  • Dani S
    11 contributions
    Fantastic Tour
    Oak Alley Plantation is an amazing place to visit. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The home tour was fascinating. After the tour we walked around the grounds. Great information on slave quarters. Our entire family, including our teenage sons, enjoyed it. Thank you for a.wonderful time.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2022
  • hollandhouseNYC
    New York City, New York66 contributions
    Skip lunch
    Beautiful grounds. Reconstructed slave quarters with well represented history. Main house is pretty but would have been better if was brought back to original layout (grandeur) & kitchen/cooking area. Lunch wasn’t great but the snacks were good. The trees & grounds are lovely.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2022
  • Francisco D
    Lubbock, Texas22 contributions
    Highly recommend to visit Oak Alley
    Oak Alley is a historic plantation and one of the best preserved. They have tours of the "Big House" starting every 15 minutes and the tour guides do a great job of describing the history of the building, the plantation and its owners. The tour lasts about 50 minutes, but you'll need another hour to visit the rest of the grounds and take pictures.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 11 January 2023
  • C&I
    Naperville, Illinois13 contributions
    A great experience…
    This was a beautiful experience and we learned so much. The "Big" house was beautiful, the property was stunning and the entire experience taught us so much. Robert, though was only part of the beginning with introductions, he was still fantastic. Mr. Anthony who was our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and had our attention from the very beginning. The shop was nice and we made a few purchases as well.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2023
  • cvon27
    Missouri77 contributions
    Gorgeous
    I was so glad I did this tour! It’s an amazing property and has a lot of history. I really like how the tour focuses on the different life experiences of people at the plantation. Everyone should go learn about this part of American history. Tony was the guide for the big house and he did a great job. He was one of the best tour guides I ever seen and was very knowledgeable and passionate about the house/history.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 January 2023
  • Amanda B.
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania5 contributions
    Educational and Interesting Guided Tour and Visit to Plantation Grounds
    This was a highly educational and interesting experience. I visited as part of an all day bus tour with Gray Line. I learned so much about the history of the plantation, and also got a glimpse into how the locals live in the area today. The plantation is located in a beautiful rural area outside of New Orleans. We received a guided tour of the owners’ historical home. The tour guides were friendly, passionate and informative, and were happy to answer any questions the guests had. We then got to walk around the grounds of the property. They also have a great restaurant and cafe where I had one of the best croissants I have ever experienced! I would recommend this to anyone visiting the New Orleans area.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 January 2023
  • GGUK84
    Derby, United Kingdom54 contributions
    Somewhat Underwhelming
    While I did enjoy my visit to Oak Alley, it fell a bit flat for me compared to other plantations such as Destrehan, Evergreen and Whitney. Considering that Oak Alley seems to be one of the most well known plantations and was previously owned by one of the wealthiest families in the area, I was expecting a little more. The young man (sorry - can’t remember his name, but he had long-ish hair and baseball cap) who did the talk on the work and living conditions of the slaves was fantastic. So knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about history. I really enjoyed his talk.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 February 2023
  • MAGGI H
    Central Florida, Florida393 contributions
    PEACE ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
    I've been to this restored home a dozen times. My first visit in 1963. Anyone reviewing it as less than 5 has no idea the upkeep involved in a historic artifact of this caliber. Just the building if empty is a work if art constructed by a self-taught enslaved African man. The trees 28, over years old and one of the greatest Live Oak avenues anywhere. One of largest restored and peaceful plantations on the mighty Mississippi. I always spend 2 or 3 nights there. Peace descends at 4pm and one is alone with the ghosts along the Mississippi. Don't go with Disney is your favorite vacation.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2023
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Mida H
13 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s a good way out of town. Unfortunately the garden wasn’t in bloom I’m sure it would be beautiful. We loved learning about the sugarcane business. The house was beautiful and the slave quarters were educational.
Written 24 November 2023
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Traveler2AM
Poughkeepsie, NY768 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful and very educational. The house and grounds are beautiful as are the other plantations I have seen, but what sets Oak Alley apart is the reconstructed slave quarters. They are in sharp contrast to the opulence of the slave owners house and gardens.

The tour guide was very good.
Written 17 November 2023
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Ken Rea
Anacortes, WA10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Tour guide for the 11:00, 11/16/23 big house tour was not very likable or tolerant of others who did not understand what was happening.

Young man who gave the lecture on slave life was amazing.
Written 16 November 2023
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bostonrocker51
Boston, MA33 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Impressive mansion with lots or real estate. Sugar cane plantations were big and sometimes were thousands of acres. There is a lot to see just wandering around, Inside the mansion very nice. You have to sign up for a tour, they will not let you just walk in. This bothered me. My partner was not feeling great and we missed the scheduled tour, and didn't have time to wait for the next available one
Written 13 November 2023
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corhiain
England, UK158 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Do not only do Oak Valley!!! That's the most important thing to say. This house and the grounds are beautiful, but the tour was poor to say the least. I am glad we did this house to see its grandeur, but honestly I learnt more about the property on my phone on the bus home. It appears it is just trading off its beauty and the guide was just reading from a script. I would recommend combining this with another location, but don't expect too much knowledge from Oak Valley. On the whole - very very disappointing unless you just want a wander round.
Written 26 October 2023
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ALH57
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK679 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The house and gardens were beautiful but our tour guide was the worst we'd had. She was probably new but she got her dates totally muddled and she said the levee was natural. Unfortunately Whitney Plantation was shut on the day we drove from St Francisville to New Orleans so we weren't able to visit but that was the one I was hoping to see. Unfortunately most of the Plantation tours gloss over the real history and focus purely on architecture, family and furniture. Oak Alley gives a nod to slavery but no where near enough in my opinion. Our guide definitely needed additional training and the cost of the tour was really poor value for money.
Written 20 October 2023
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Carol R
187 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stayed in cottage 8 for two nights as part of our tour of the South & we were delighted with the accommodation. The cottage was very clean, lots of space & a superklng comfy bed. We had the dinner delivered both nights & the food was good- the gratin was very rich & stale bread but tasted good. You must know which cottage you will be in to enable you to order the food before 2pm the day before. We did a tour of the house & the thought provoking & informative slavery exhibit & it was also lovely to walk around the immaculate grounds - very peaceful after full on Nashville & Memphis!
Written 17 October 2023
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Eric H
Minneapolis, MN9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The main house is pretty, but the tour is average at best, very superficial on history, and brief, with a “let’s keep moving “ pace. Laura plantation was a much more educational experience
Written 9 October 2023
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Mir2034
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
It's the most expensive of the 3 plantations in this area and clearly the least interesting, with the worst service!

At Laura Plantation, there are tour times in French, and the family and slave history is packed with information for 1h15.

At Whitney plantation, you can choose an audio guide in French and take the tour on your own.

At Oak Halley plantation, I had a 20-minute tour of the house, (all tours in English only) an apathetic guide and a brochure in French that told nothing.
Written 7 September 2023
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Jolynn H
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This is my second time visiting this plantation. It is very beautiful. We noticed this time that the tour was shorter, the guide was not as friendly and stuck to a script. Tour lasted maybe 15 minutes. The guide we had 5 years ago had so many side stories to tell. I felt like they were rushing us through the tour so they could get to the next group. Was disappointed by the tour. Guide did not seem like he wanted to answer questions/did not encourage questions. We toured the Laura plantation and were told by the guide there that the new guides were given a script to memorize and they were not to go off the script. That's really too bad. The Laura tour was so much better - lasted over an hour and was informative. So if you are going for the tour part you will be disappointed but the beautiful grounds and amazing food at the restaurant did not disappoint.
Written 16 August 2023
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