Houmas House Plantation Tour - Drive Out Tickets

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Once you've visited Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in person, you'll know why it is called "The Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road." At one time during the 19th century, Houmas House farmed sugarcane on tens of thousands of acres and became the largest producer of sugar in the country. In fact, this grand estate was so lavish that it was described by many as "The Sugar Palace." The mansion and grounds have been thoroughly restored and enhanced to reflect the opulent lifestyle and grandeur of the successful sugar barons who once lived in Houmas House. Guides in period dress offer visitors an entertaining glimpse into the resplendent world of southern plantation life. Inside, guests will find history reflected in the many antique furnishings and works of art that grace the home's 16 glorious rooms. Outside, visitors can stroll through 38 acres of breathtaking, lush gardens, which are replanted throughout the year to reflect the season.

Activity Highlights

  • Both guided and self-guided tours of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Period-dressed tours guides in antebellum gowns
  • Experience a plantation in the depths of the Old South
  • Learn about the fascinating stories of the home and its history

What's Included

  • Guided or self-guided tour of Houmas House Plantation & Gardens
  • Period-dressed tour guides

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Umbrella and poncho in case of rain


  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the plantation home.

Additional information

  • Photography is allowed inside the plantation home and anywhere on the property.
  • Tours are available in both English and French.
  • House is completely handicap accessible and the mansion has an elevator for guests not able to climb stairs.
  • Open rain or shine. Please note that a portion of the tour will take place on the plantation grounds, so if it looks like there is rain in the forecast, please dress appropriately and remember to bring your umbrella.
  • We suggest that guests wear comfortable shoes. High heels are not recommended as the property is quite expansive.
  • There is a gift shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar located on-site.
  • Free parking available on-site.
  • Houmas House is open for tours every day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • There are no taxi or ride-sharing services available in this area to take travelers back to New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Please arrive with your own transportation.
  • Although not required, it is appreciated and encouraged to tip your tour guide.

Cancellation policy

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance. The tour runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the vendor is forced to close, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time or be refunded.
Transportation is not included in this tour. You will have to drive yourself to the plantation.

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  • Heather Engledowl USA about 21 days ago

    Houmas House Tour

    Very interesting place. Very beautiful house and gardens.

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  • Julia Gimesky USA about 23 days ago

    Sugar Palace

    This Tour was amazing! The house was beautiful! Our guide was very knowledgeable. The grounds were glorious. I

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  • Chris Jennings USA about 1 month ago


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  • diane montes USA about 1 month ago

    Plantation tour

    Wonder excursion

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  • Dennis Turney USA about 2 months ago


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  • Michelle Oleary Louisville, Kentucky, USA about 9 months ago


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  • Whitney USA about 10 months ago


    Gorgeous gardens and home. A little pricey and they make it very obvious that you are expected to tip the tour guide at the end, but overall worth the money.

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  • Ft Walton Beach, FL about 10 months ago

    The grounds are gorgeous and the bread pudding is amazing!

    When you arrive you will notice there is quite a bit of construction at the front entrance. They are adding a new museum to the property! Check in was easy and inside the gift shop. The tour starting point is a short walk from the gift shop where you check in. The guides are dressed in period costumes which really adds to the ambience of the tour. Our guide, Stephanie was very funny and great at telling the history of the home and grounds. She had tons of information about the furniture, art, family members... Stephanie was really wonderful. This is the only plantation that has an elevator to the second floor of the home. If you have someone in your party that is wheelchair bound, they will be pleasantly surprised to discover they don't have to miss the second part of the tour! The rooms... read more

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  • United States about 10 months ago


    Houmas house is probably my most favorite of all the plantations I have seen so far. Once you pull up, it doesn't look that grand (partly because there's construction for a museum addition) but trust me, it gets better! You walk into the large gift shop and you have the option to watch a short video about how the plantation came about and the owners, etc. As you start the tour, you're instantly looking at a beautiful pond. As you take the pathway to the home, it's like walking through a magical garden with various statues and fountains. You can tell they care a lot about their grounds and keep them very maintained. It's very picturesque with the beautiful oak trees and gardens with the magnificent home in the background. Inside the home is just as beautiful. As soon as you walk in you see... read more

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  • United States about 10 months ago

    Absolutely Beautiful

    This plantation is absolutely beautiful starting at the entrance to the parking lot all the way through the entire grounds. Our tour guide Susan was wonderful. She really knew the history of the house and was easy to follow. I learned a lot and really enjoyed my tour with her. The owner even allows his personal rooms to be toured and are just as rich with history as every other corner of the house. They also actually let you touch and sit which is very unique. Susan invited anyone who could play piano to take a seat and play! Afterwards we ate lunch at their on site restaurant which was hands down the best food I think I've ever had. I had the bisque and the bourbon shrimp. The others I was with had different options and no one had a single bad thing to say!! The grounds were absolutely... read more

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