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Oak Alley Plantation
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Tour of Oak Alley Plantation
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Combo Tour: Oak Alley Plantation and Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans
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New Orleans Super Saver: Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing plus Oak Alley Plantation...
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Vacherie
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A powerful testimony to the rich history of the antebellum south, Oak Alley invites visitors to explore all facets of her plantation past. The Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit, Civil War exhibit, Sugarcane Theater and Big House offer an experience as compelling as the plantation’s 25 historic acres and 300 year old allee of oaks.
Reviewed 8 February 2012

I am a transplanted Texan living in Louisiana, and have lots of out of town company. When people come to visit for the first time, this is the most likely plantation trip that I plan. Oak Alley is that plantation you picture in your mind....probably because you have seen it in some movie. There are interesting stories at Nottoway, incredible landscape at Houmas House, and beautiful gardens at Rosedown. But nothing rivals this view from the front of Oak Alley with the majestic oaks lining the walk and the view of the Mississippi River from the upstairs porch.
I had an excellent male tour guide once who had presented a step back in time with his knowledge of the house and the original owners; and i have also had one young woman who was mediocre in her presentation.
There is a list of slaves and their values....based on their abilities that is unique to Oak Alley. There is a garage with old cars as well. If you have ever wondered what a mint julep tastes like, it is available. (the lemonade is much better)
Another reason I lean toward choosing this plantation is the fun lunch afterward in Donaldsonville at a very unique restaurant called The Grapevine, which has white chocolate bread pudding that is worth the drive from Baton Rouge.

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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Tip: While there is an on site restaurant, there is a much better
local family run cajun style cafe located about 3 miles away.
The B & C Seafood Cafe, is located at 2155 Highway 18,
Great RIver Road. If you want the real deal, this is the place
to have lunch. They also have considerably more
reasonable prices.

This is the classic "Gone With the Wind" style plantation house.
Your tour guides are dressed in period style costumes, and lead an informative 40 minute tour of the "Big House". MInt Jeulips are even offered for the tourists.

This is not a Plantation, it is just a Plantation House. Serious history buff need to know that this has not been the site of a functioning plantation for over a hundred years. It is more of a grand country home than a functioning plantation.

Aside from the Big House, there is little else to see. Authentic buuildings have been replaced by the onsite restaurant, gift shop complex, and the tourist hotel.

If you are a tourist seeking to reinforce every old stereotype about Southern Plantations, then this is the place for you to go.

Thank Kelly B
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The home is interesting but the grounds steal the show with the long alley of 200+ year old live oaks leading from the Mississippi to the home. Other homes have more original material.

Thank dsj5777
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

If you only have time to see one plantation it has to be Oak Alley. If you can see two, then see Laura Plantation which is just minutes away. Both are totally different and both are incredible!

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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I love these homes so I may be a little partial than some people, my kids find it interesting for about 15 to 20 minutes tops... its beautiful if you like things like this but a bit boring for kids as it is full of history!

1  Thank Tapestrys30
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