Houmas House

Houmas House: Our most recommended tours and activities

New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation Tour

1. New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation Tour

Visiting the Houmas House Estate is more than just a house tour. It's a fully immersive experience educating guests on the architecture, the culture, and the agriculture of this Louisiana Plantation and how the Mississippi River shaped the southern United States. Here you will get a glimpse into the life on a sugarcane plantation in the 1800s. Located on the lower Mississippi River, just an hour drive from New Orleans, the mansion has been beautifully restored to the antebellum era, reflecting the wealth this sugarcane farm boasted in the 1880s. A guided mansion tour, led by costumed guides, walks you through the 250-year history, showing the architectural evolution of this manor house and how it became a grand estate. Rare and period artwork and artifacts are displayed and used to explain plantation life. You can also take a self-guided tour of the expansive gardens, which is an adventure in itself. Water features, secret gardens, sculptures, and magnificent Live Oak trees are a photographer's dream. Plenty of sitting nooks and shaded area are available to rest and enjoy the scenery. For movie lovers, Houmas House was the location for the 1964 psychological thriller “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte” starring Betty Davis and Olivia de Havilland. It was deemed the scariest movie of its time and was also famous for the fact that Joan Crawford was originally cast opposite Betty Davis, but left the movie, much to the delight of her costar. Also, most recently, it was the setting for a few scenes in the 2019 award-winning movie “The Green Book”. Those are just a few of the many movies and TV shows filmed at Houmas House. For those interested in ghosts, Houmas House and Gardens is the site of two very serious, inexplicable events: one precipitated by nature, the other by the very unnatural.

From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

2. From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will take you on a scenic narrated drive out of New Orleans, preparing you for a pilgrimage back in time.  After crossing over the Mississippi River on a high bridge, you will arrive at a remote swamp to board a small airboat. With your Cajun boat captain, glide comfortably over marshes and deep into secluded bayous. Discover the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora, including alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.  Next, you will drive upriver through sugar cane fields to arrive at Laura Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of this Creole plantation dating back to 1804. Hear the compelling stories of Laura's family saga, as well as stories of the West-African, enslaved people who worked on this sugar plantation. At the end of the tour, visit the museum exhibit dedicated to "Slavery on Laura Plantation" in a restored overseer's cottage. Back on the old River Road, you will pass by Felicity Plantation, where "12 Years A Slave" was filmed, and St Joseph Plantation, where the "Queen Sugar" TV series was filmed. Stop in front of Oak Alley Plantation to admire its parallel rows of centuries-old oak trees. After crossing over the Mississippi River on the Sunshine Bridge, you will arrive at the iconic "Sugar Palace", Houmas House Plantation. Lunch will be served in their elegant dining room, with genuine Cajun cuisine. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the mansion with a guide dressed in Antebellum costume. After the tour, enjoy some free time to stroll around the splendid gardens, before you return to New Orleans. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, iced tea or soft drink, dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

3. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will narrate your scenic drive upriver to two historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the journey, drive by the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and miles of cane fields extending from the Mississippi River to the back swamps. Learn about Louisiana's geography, geology, and incredible history en route.  The first stop is Destrehan Plantation the oldest documented plantation in the Mississippi River valley, constructed in 1787. Learn about the history of the site, see where Charles Deslondes led the 1811 Slave Revolt, and discover its dramatic outcome. Then you are driven further upriver on the old Mississippi River road, passing the ruins of the Tezcuco Plantation and hearing about its history. Soon afterward you will arrive at the "The Sugar Palace", more commonly known as Houmas House. Here, you will enjoy a gourmet Creole lunch in a grand dining hall. There are even refreshing Mint Juleps available for purchase if you wish to really experience the Southern Plantation life. After lunch, you will enjoy a guided visit to the Greek Revival mansion on this very opulent plantation. Your guides, in period dress, will lead you through rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Afterward, you will have time to stroll around the stunning gardens in the shadows of ancient oaks, before visiting the very gift shop. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, an iced tea or soft drink, a dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

New Orleans: Sightseeing Day Passes for 25+ Attractions

4. New Orleans: Sightseeing Day Passes for 25+ Attractions

The Sightseeing Day Pass has over 25 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over New Orleans. Tailor your trip to New Orleans to fit your ideal itinerary with an easy-to-use Day Pass. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, and no fixed start date. With the Sightseeing Pass, take advantage of full admission to attractions, saving you up to 50% of total visitation costs. Parade around and explore the crown jewel of Louisiana. Enjoy the colorful Quarters of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market. Tread carefully on a walking tour of notoriously haunted cemeteries, including the legendary final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Hop aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler river cruise and travel back in time on the Mississippi River, or wade through the infamous Louisiana Bayou’s expansive, wildlife-rich swampland. Savor the opulence of the rich French-Creole blend of flavor, then party on with NOLA’s classic ‘laissez faire’ jazzy nightlife. Mardi Gras never stops, and Sightseeing Pass is a perfect choice for first-time visitors with an open itinerary and active travelers looking to explore all of NOLA. Attractions and Tours included: • National World War II Museum • Mardi Gras World • French Quarter walking tour • Garden District walking tour • Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour by CitySightseeing — 1 Day Ticket • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Historical Cruise • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Jazz Cruise • New Orleans Jazz Museum • Jazz Walking Tour • Degas House • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens • Le Musée de F.P.C. — Docent guided tour • New Orleans Botanical Garden • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Transportation • African and Afro-Creole Tour • Big Easy — New Orleans city tour • Giants of African American Achievement • Jazz Walking Tour • The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art — Docent-guided tour • The Presbytere • The Cabildo • The 1850 House • Escape Game Peters St • Beauregard-Keyes Historic House Tour • Ogden Museum of Southern Art • Cemetery Walking Tour St. Louis #1 • Scavenger Hunts Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/new-orleans/day-pass/attraction-list/ota

New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

5. New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

The Sightseeing Day Pass has over 25 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over New Orleans. Tailor your trip to New Orleans to fit your ideal itinerary with an easy-to-use Day Pass. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date for total flexibility. Parade around and explore the crown jewel of Louisiana. Enjoy the colorful Quarters of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market. Tread carefully on a walking tour of notoriously haunted cemeteries, including the legendary final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Hop aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler river cruise and travel back in time on the Mississippi River, or wade through the infamous Louisiana Bayou’s expansive, wildlife-rich swampland. Savor the opulence of the rich French-Creole blend of flavor, then party on with NOLA’s classic ‘laissez faire’ jazzy nightlife. Mardi Gras never stops, and Sightseeing Pass is a perfect choice for first-time visitors with an open itinerary and active travelers looking to explore all of NOLA. Attractions and Tours included: • National World War II Museum • Mardi Gras World • French Quarter walking tour • Garden District walking tour • Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour by CitySightseeing — 1 Day Ticket • Escape Game Peters St • Beauregard-Keyes Historic House Tour • Ogden Museum of Southern Art • Cemetery Walking Tour St. Louis #1 • Scavenger Hunts • Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/new-orleans/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Historical Cruise • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Jazz Cruise • New Orleans Jazz Museum • Jazz Walking Tour • Degas House • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens • Le Musée de F.P.C. — Docent guided tour • New Orleans Botanical Garden • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Transportation • African and Afro-Creole Tour • Big Easy — New Orleans city tour • Giants of African American Achievement • Jazz Walking Tour • The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art — Docent-guided tour • The Presbytere • The Cabildo • The 1850 House

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What people are saying about Houmas House

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 45 reviews

By far the most outstanding thing we have done yet! Professional, funny and informative. Giselle was AMAZING! Learned so much on our to each place and on the way home! Personalized service by Isabelle and Giselle. The airboat and out guide rocked too and the plantations so informative and a glimpse into the past. Highly recommend for fun and history- it may not all be good history but all the more important. Lunch was delicious too!!! Do it. You will not be disappointed

Hands-down best tour experience! Rene was a wonderful kind guide and we had a great time. Only tour on our vacation that was all three timely, informative, and professional. Isabelle and her team show genuine care and respect for you and your experience unlike other tour companies that make you feel more like cattle. You will not be disappointed!!

Absolutely loved our guide Renee. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining. He went out of his way to make sure everyone in the group was well taken care of.

Absolutely loved the tour. The house is amazing and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The grounds are so vast and gorgeous

Great tour with guide Rene. Loaded with information and the mansions are beautiful. Food was surprisingly good!