Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site in Vacherie, LA

2247 Hwy 18Vacherie, LA 70090
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Centered around the lives of the family and slaves that once lived there, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site was named the best history tour in the United States! Hidden from the road behind branches of large oak trees stands the beautiful main house. Around the property, you will find several outbuildings, slave cabins, gardens, and a museum. See what the hype is about and snag your tickets today!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Vacherie Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 75-80 minutes.
  • Family-friendly.
  • No height or weight restrictions.
  • Transportation not included.
  • Tour goes rain or shine.

Description

from Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Go beyond the myths of the American South at Laura Plantation, where intimate, firsthand accounts explore the lives of four generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Laura’s new, permanent exhibit examines in biographical detail the lives of Africans on the plantation, from enslavement into the 20th century.

In the heart of Plantation Country only 50 minutes from New Orleans, the fully guided experience includes the Big House, gardens & original 1840s slave cabins.

Laura is open daily from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4:00 PM.

Tours en français tous les jours à 11h, 13h et 15h. (Tours in French everyday at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.)

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michelevillafanas
Corona, California
"Very Informative - Tour Guide Was Great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
I didn't know anything about the Creole way of life. This tour taught us a lot about their history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She was able to answer all our questions. There is a museum you can visit after the tour that has a lot of additional information. I highly suggest taking this tour.
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Maril C
Kansas City
"A Living History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2019 NEW
we spent a fascinating 2 hours at the Laura Plantation. The tour itself was more than an hour. Since we know French, we opted for the tour given in French, a real bonus. What we liked best about this was - given the inevitable commercialism of these preserved plantation sites along the river - this was one of the least "commercial." Well worth the price of admission to get a taste of how much difference there was between plantation living and slave living.
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geezergal55
hobe sound florida
"Best of the lot historically"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019 NEW
Great tour, no gardens, but do visit their museum. This was our favorite tour for the history, not just of the family but the region in general.
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Theron O
"LATE @ LAURA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2019 NEW
LAURA'S Candlelight Confession Tour is the ultimate HIGHLIGHT amongst the River Road plantations. A confession session you must attend- Tasty Louisiana wines to quench your thirst, healthy horderves, sweet treats, and secrets to fill your hearts.
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Maria B
Gatineau, Canada
"Laura Plantation"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2019 NEW
It was so so. Tour guide was not a very good story teller. He lacked enthusiasm. . Not worth the 1.5hr tour. Nice to hear about old life and slavery. We didn't get opportunity to walk the grounds on our own but grounds are very clean and proper and beautiful.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

What are the hours of operation?
Laura is open daily from 9:30am - 4:00 pm except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10am with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4:00pm.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee? 
The parking is free.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour? 
The main house was built in 1805 in the raised Creole style. Therefore, the basement is ground level; however, the main floor of the house requires 15 steps up/down to enter/exit. The slave cabin is 3 steps up/down. There are no elevators or ramps. If a guest can manage the stairs and have their companions carry their wheelchair or walker up the stairs that is feasible. Laura Plantation does not provide wheelchairs. The gift shop and restroom buildings are accessible by wheelchair and ramps. Pathways are either bricked or graveled.

What should I wear? 
On rainy days be equipped with a poncho or umbrella or purchase them in the gift shop. On hot days, wear comfortable/breathable clothes (shorts and a t-shirt)

Where is it located?
2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090.

Is the tour appropriate for children? 
The Laura Plantation tour is family friendly. Other than school-coordinated field trips, the material presented during the 75-80 minute tour is best suited for those ages 12 and up.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot or how do I arrange it?
No, transportation is not included. Laura Plantation is located in a rural, agricultural area one hour from the city center and beyond the TAXI, UBER or LYFT service areas. We are also located outside of the public transit system (RTA). You cannot take a streetcar, train or public bus to the plantations. Do not take a TAXI, UBER or LYFT to Laura Plantation unless you have pre-arranged for the driver to stay in the parking lot and to return you to the city after your tour is complete. Click here for transportation services: https://www.lauraplantation.com/discover/transportation.

Are stroller/wheelchair/locker/etc. rentals available? If so, what is the fee? 
No, stroller, wheelchair, and locker rentals are not available.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The main house was built in 1805 in the raised Creole style. Therefore, the basement is ground level; however, the main floor of the house requires 15 steps up/down to enter/exit. The slave cabin is 3 steps up/down. There are no elevators or ramps. If a guest can manage the stairs and have their companions carry their wheelchair or walker up the stairs that is feasible. Laura Plantation does not provide wheelchairs. The gift shop and restroom buildings are accessible by wheelchair and ramps. Pathways are either bricked or graveled.

Can I leave and re-enter on the same day?
No, you may not leave and re-enter on the same day.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, still photography for personal use is allowed during the tour. All photographs must be taken during the tour and guests are not allowed to go back onto the property for any photos. While still photography is allowed, video and or recording of any kind, using any electronic devices is PROHIBITED. Tripods and Selfie Sticks are also PROHIBITED.

How long is the tour? 
Approximately 75-80 minutes long.

What’s included in my ticket/experience? 
Go beyond the myths of the American South at Laura Plantation, where intimate, firsthand accounts explore the lives of four generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Laura’s new, permanent exhibit examines in biographical detail the lives of Africans on the plantation, from enslavement into the 20th century.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Bottled drinks are permitted on the tour as long as the bottle cap remains screwed tight inside of the house and slave quarters. Other food, gum and drinks in open cups or cups with lids/straws are PROHIBITED.  During summer months we recommend bringing bottled water and a fan with you.

Can I bring my pet?
Small pets may accompany the tour as long as they are carried in small carrying bag or if they are in a pet stroller. With the exception of service animals, no pets shall be allowed to walk on the tour by leash. Any animal that barks or makes noises that distracts the tour will be asked to leave immediately. If another customer has a severe animal allergy we will ask that you wait until the next tour. If you have a larger animal, we urge extreme caution if you leave your pet in a vehicle or RV. This is NOT recommended in South Louisiana heat.

What safety precautions are in place for the activity (if any)? 
For the protection of our historic house, museum site and our collections, handbags and backpacks should not exceed 11 x 14 x 5 inches (28 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm). This includes camera bags, diaper bags, etc. Tripods and Selfie sticks are PROHIBITED. Larger bags and motorcycle helmets may be checked in at the front desk. Ask for a claim ticket.