A Louisiana Legacy

Plan Your Visit

Destrehan Plantation is a historic site located 25 miles from downtown New Orleans. It offers guided tours of the beautifully restored plantation home rich in Louisiana history. Visitors can also explore the enchanting grounds featuring a collection of live oak trees over two hundred years old, see historic exhibits and participate in period demonstrations.

Your entire family can take a step back in time and learn about the social, economic and political changes that helped shape the present-day St. Charles Parish and turned Destrehan Plantation into a Louisiana legacy.

We are open seven days a week, with the exception of major holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our first tour leaves at 9:30 a.m. and our last tour leaves at 4:00 p.m. The grounds close at 5:00 p.m. Our tours leave on the hour and every half hour. The tour through the plantation home takes approximately 45 minutes. After you can view a craft demonstration and self-explore the grounds. 

What our guests are saying about Destrehan Plantation...... Courtesy of Trip Advisor

"It's a very good combination of history, slave life, plantation owner life, good view of the house and other buildings and slave quarters and a lot of great information. And it's one of the closest ones to New Orleans. Some plantations focus more on the slave life and some completely ignore it only focusing on the main house and its people and furnishings. We have visited many and found this one to be the best balance," said Bingitt from Washington State.


Our Historic Site Offers:

  • History rich guided tours
  • Beautiful scenery
  • A relaxing atmosphere
  • Picnic areas
  • A Heritage Education Program for students
  • A gift shop with hand-made items by local artists and craft artisans
  • Senior citizens, AAA motor club, military, children, and large group discounts
  • Our gift shop, the main house, and the education center are handicap accessible

Tours Includes:

  • A guided tour of the plantation home by a historical interpreter
  • Access to the Jefferson Room - featuring an authentic document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
  • Access to the Herbert J Harvey, Jr. Legacy Room - featuring interactive media and original artifacts and documents from the family members
  • Access to the 1811 Slave Revolt Exhibit
  • Self-guided tour of the grounds and dependency buildings
  • A daily folk-life demonstration
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