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Our most recommended Louisiana Museums & Exhibitions

New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

1. New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

Visit two plantations and explore their unique landscape and architecture. View informative exhibitions, learn about their history as you tour the historic sites, and benefit from pickup from your accommodation in New Orleans. Start with a visit to the famous Oak Alley Plantation. Witness the quarter-mile avenue of 28 giant live oak trees leading to the house. Pause at the Slavery at Oak Alley exhibition and explore the stories of those who were enslaved at the site. Learn about the daily lives of slaves including their healthcare, punishment, and life after emancipation. Choose between visiting the Laura or Whitney Plantation for the second part of your tour. Select Laura to see a plantation complete with a big house kitchen garden, Jardin, and banana groves. Browse for local arts and crafts in the shop, and visit the plantation's new museum as part of your tour. Alternatively, decide to visit the Whitney Plantation, home to the first slavery museum. View exhibits demonstrating the lives of the slaves who worked on plantations. See the oldest detached kitchen and the best-preserved Creole cottage in Louisiana as part of your visit.

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

2. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

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What people are saying about Louisiana

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Meeting spot was perfect! Our group was small & our guide, Rene, was awesome! Loves New Orleans & wants everyone he meets to love it too! Cafe du Monde was crazy busy at the end of our tour but quick thinking took us down the street to Cafe Beignet, which was just as enjoyable & allowed our group to sit & enjoy treats together.

Renee was a fabulous tour guide. He was knowledgeable, fun and really knows the city inside and out. The tour was money well spent—-we learned a lot, were shown things we would not have found on our own and enjoyed Renee’s enthusiasm and love of New Orleans1

Jett was knowledgeable

The only thing I wish is we could have stayed in the museum longer and had a tour with guide of the events of Katrina.

I got a great overview & history of the French Quarter, just enough history for my 1st visit to NOLA.

Museums were a highlight. History of New Orleans is always fun.