Oak Alley Plantation

Accommodation:

  • Holiday Inn Express Donaldsonville

Transport:

  • The plantation is located within an hour from New Orleans and Baton Rouge on the Great River Road
  • By car: If driving from New Orleans, take Interstate 10 (West) to Interstate 310 (South) and exit on 220 for Boutte. Continue on Interstate 310 across the Destrehan/Luling Bridge to exit on 10 – for Donaldsonville, Highway 3127. Travel on Highway 3127 to the intersection with Highway 20.
  • After this, turn right on Highway 20, travel three miles to Highway 18, turn left and travel three miles to the plantation
  • If driving from Baton Rouge, take Interstate 10 (East) to the Lutcher/Mississippi River Bridge exit 194 and turn right on Highway 641 (South). Follow Highway 641 (South), which will turn into Highway 3213.
  • Continue on Highway 3213 over the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge (also called Gramercy/Wallace Bridge). Take the exit on the down ramp toward Vacherie. Turn left onto Highway 18 and travel seven and one-half miles to the plantation
  • By bus: The Gray Line bus tour offers a 5-hour tour (including travel time) for $67 per adult. All tours begin at the Gray Line “Lighthouse” Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse St &the Mississippi River – at the Steamboat Natchez Dock
  • The New Orleans Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour has a combined ticket that includes the plantation for $70 per adult
  • Uber availability in the Oak Alley area is currently unavailable

Things to see:

  • 28 Oaks
  • 1920’s formal garden preserving the remains of a 1830’s kitchen hidden under its turf
  • The Slavery Exhibit
  • The Sugarcane Exhibit & Theatre
  • The Blacksmith Shop
  • The Civil War Tent
  • The Big House
  • Stewart Gardens
  • Roman Family Tombstone
  • Stewart Family Graveyard

Tips:

  • Tickets to the plantation can be purchased at the ticket booth upon arrival
  • Admission includes access to the exhibits: “Slavery at Oak Alley”, Civil War Encampment, the “Big House”, the Blacksmith Shop, Sugarcane Theater and additional highlighted points of interest on the 28 historic acres
  • Admission costs $25 (plus tax) per adult
  • The plantation is open 9.00am – 5.00pm. Visitors must arrive by 4.45pm to visit the “Big House” exhibit and recommended to arrive by 3.30pm to explore all other exhibits, as well, before they close
  • Guided visits begin at 9.30am
  • It’s advised to spend around 2 hours at the plantation
  • New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tour offers a Manchac Swamp Kayak Tour from $59
  • If you want to stay around the area, click here for a list of hotels

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