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From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Ticket & Transportation

1. From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Ticket & Transportation

Step back in time as you visit the Whitney Plantation on this bus day trip from New Orleans. Gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. In 2014, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262-year history, as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.  The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as the Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s.  Whitney is also significant because of the number of historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation. The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana.  The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a site of memory and consciousness, this site pays homage to the slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

New Orleans: Ghost Hunt Exploration Game

2. New Orleans: Ghost Hunt Exploration Game

Discover New Orleans’ famous locations in the French Quarter while playing the role of a ghost trying to reach the afterlife. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. Head to Jackson Square, where the game will start. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore, and finish it at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the famous LaLaurie Mansion. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

3. New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

Explore the history of New Orleans’ French Quarter and see landmarks while playing this engaging phone game. Discover St. Louis Cathedral, Café du Monde, Jackson Square, and more. Start the game at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. Play the role of a security guard on a mission to retrieve a stolen artwork from the thief. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 2-3 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Central Grocery and Deli.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

The bus was very comfortable & our driver, Dwayne, was responsible & friendly. He began by explaining that he had to make a choice between a bus with video or a bus with A/C. He chose the A/C - bravo!!! I wish everyone could take this tour. Grab a headset & go. It is difficult to express how this tour affected my husband & I. I thought I had some knowledge, but I realized that no matter how much I thought I knew about the extreme trials & tribulations slaves went through - being at the Whitney Plantation, seeing how they lived, hearing their voices & seeing the memorials changed my life forever. It is a vital educational experience. I don't think the very young will understand, but maybe 12 years & older. It is very well set up both indoors & out. It is not glamorous or Hollywoodish - it is pure unvarnished reality. I recommend this with all my heart! On our way back, Dwayne rode us by the plantation used for the movie "Django Unchained" - cool!

It was a very emotional and overall great experience. Though I knew some history about plantations in general…it was a whole different feeling actually walking through one. We used the app as our guide which I felt made the experience even more personal because it was just me and my headphones at my pace. We chose this plantation because We wanted to hear from those those that had ancestors who were enslaved. We would recommend this tour to all!!

Very interesting for history, the exhibit at this plantation focuses on slavery. I took the audio guide for the tour since due to the pandemic when I went there was no guided tour.

Powerful, thank you Clint Smith for writing “How the Word is Passed”, which is how we came to visit the Whitney Plantation.

excellent experience! We very much enjoyed the bus ride and the moving self guided tour through the Whitney Plantation.