Explore a bygone era of antebellum splendor on a tour of Oak Alley, a magnificent Louisiana plantation that faithfully represents the life and times of the Old South. Your tour begins with a scenic drive amid the verdant Mississippi Valley, leading to one of the most photographed mansions in the region. With its majestic canopy of oak trees stretching a quarter of a mile from the Greek Revival–style “Big House” to the Mississippi River, you’ll notice right away how Oak Alley got its name. Join your guide for a stroll around the mansion, admiring its grand design, a combination of several elegant architectural styles. Learn about the people who called this beautiful place home. Marvel at the 28 classic columns surrounding the house and the sprawling veranda, designed to protect its residents from the fierce summer temperatures. Inside, the house has been restored to its 19th-century glory, a noble tribute to those who left their indelible mark on Mississippi Valley. Then enjoy some time on a self-guided tour of the grounds, including a formal garden. Step inside reconstructed slave cabins, which give insight to what life was like for Oak Alley’s enslaved men, women and children. Visit the blacksmith shop and the family graveyard as well as the Sugarcane Theater for videos and exhibits chronicling the history of sugarcane cultivation in the region.
• Antebellum grandeur: Tour the inside of one of the most beautiful mansions in the region, lovingly restored throughout; outside, admire the regal columns adorning the immense veranda.
• Stroll the grounds: See the canopy of oak trees leading from the mansion to the Mississippi River; step inside faithfully reconstructed slave cabins.
• Movie star mansion: Oak Alley has been depicted in numerous Hollywood films, including The Long Hot Summer and Interview with a Vampire.
What To Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
What To Wear:
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Layered clothing
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 45 minutes over gravel and stone pathways, with steps on and off the coach, steps leading to the entrance of the plantation house and extended periods of standing.