Oak Alley Plantation, New Orleans Best Kept Secret

 

New Orleans is well-known for it’s culture and legendary traditions most notably, Mardi Gras.  The nightly strolls up and back down Bourbon Street for cheap alcoholic beverages.  The morning demands for beignets at Cafe du Monde.  The search for the best and local seafood that the Gulf Coast has to offer.  Yes, those are all the frequently visited tourist locations through-out the city.  What about the best kept secrets about New Orleans worth visiting?

1-hour West of New Orleans on the West bank of the Mississippi River, history combines culture and natural beauty at the legendary Oak Alley Plantation.  Completed in 1839 by owner Jacques Roman, the US Historical Landmark has undergone multiple chapters and owners as a sugar plantation in its early years to an abandoned investment property.

300-year old oak tree alley

Long before the big house was built on the site, an alley created by a double row of 28 southern live oak trees over 800-feet tall planted in the 1800’s only feet from the man-made levee protecting the plantation from the Mississippi River.

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(The Alley from the 2nd floor balcony of the Big House)

Gray Line Tours offer guided tours of Big House and a narrated motor coach transportation departing daily from the Lighthouse ticket office in the French Quarter at Toulouse and the Mississippi at Steamboat Natchez Dock.  The 40-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival architecture Big House takes guest through-out the spacious mansion’s two stories.  The well versed tour guides provide their guests with a vast knowledge of the plantations early beginnings with the Roman family that nearly bankrupt the plantation and it’s final owners, the Stewart family who were the last to live in residence.

Tours depart daily at 12:00 noon for the 5-hour tour (travel time included) to and from Oak Alley Plantation.  Due to its growing popularity, tickets are recommended to be purchased in advance.

Ticket Prices:

Adult: $63.00
Child: $31.00 (ages 6-12)
Group: $56.75

Gray Line Website:

http://www.graylineneworleans.com/all/tours/oak-alley-plantation

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