Destrehan Plantation Tour & Large Airboat Swamp Tour (16 passengers)
Destrehan Plantation Tour – House tour about 1 Hour, Hotel pick-up and Transportation included.
The Destrehan Plantation is one of the oldest standing plantation in the Mississippi Valley surrounded by majestic, 300 year old oak trees. The house has been beautifully restored to its original glory and has a lot of history to see and to learn.
History of Destrehan Plantation
The History begins with a muddy river called the Mississippi River and dense swamp lands. Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de Salle traveled the beginning of the river to its end. He claimed the territory for France anticipating it to be a source of great wealth for the country. A young son of a Paris financial family, which was part of the court of Louis XV, packed his trunks and sailed to the new world. Destined to find a family that would have a profound impact on Louisiana and the entire United States, he helped set standards by which new territories would be included into the union and shaped the laws of the State of Louisiana. Little did this young man suspect that his son’s family home would still be standing in the 21st century. We now refer to this home as Destrehan Plantation.
Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. Located on the historic River Road, this antebellum home with its lush green grounds and moss draped Live Oaks watches over the banks of the Mississippi River just minutes away from New Orleans. In 2010 the site received a travel and tourism Louey Award naming it the 2010 Louisiana Attraction of the year. The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.
Large Airboat Swamp Tour (16 passengers)
On this tour, you will experience the best of both: a swamp tour and an airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds on the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Your Captain will give you a tour of a life time explaining the culture, animals, and the swamps. You may even experience a close encounter with some of the local swamp life. Gators will get close……. real close!!! So close that you will be able to look into those reptilian eyes. You will return to your hotel around 2:45pm depending on traffic.