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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow

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#5 of 67 in Parks in Louisiana
Garden Historic Site
Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens for a glimpse into the history of the sugar trade and plantation life. Explore the home's 16 rooms, which are filled with artwork and period antiques from the estate's more than 200-year history. With 15.4 hectares (38 acres) filled with indigenous and exotic plants outside, the gardens make a good retreat amidst ponds and tree-lined avenues. From here, visit one of the restaurants and dine on traditional Louisiana dishes, such as rabbit and andouille gumbo. You may recognize the property, which has been used as a location in several films. To visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens on your trip to Darrow, use our Darrow tour planner.
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  • Kevin, the new owner of Houmas House, has done such a wonderful job revitalizing this hostoric home and creating such luxurious gardens. Our tour guide, Ms. Debbie, was so personable, even at the end ...  more »
  • Our guide was Susan and she brought the history of the plantation alive. Full of knowledge of the plantation. Very interactive with all the 'tourists'. One young girl was even allowed to demonstrate t...  more »
  • Crazy and over the top - this place is a must see. Our tour guide was amazing and really charming. She really made sure we had a good time while showing us the magnificent rooms, the vampire slayer ki...  more »
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  • This by all means was the best plantation we saw on this trip. The staff was so friendly. Our tour guide Elizabeth rocked!!! And our lunch was amazing. I had the steak and it melted in my mouth. Plan on a few hours here. The garden's are a must see.
  • Beautiful plantation. Well kept. The tour of the house and grounds was fun and informative. My friend and I spent the day exploring all the nooks and hide aways. Found the secret bar =)
  • Be good to yourself and skip the abuse. Don't go here. Firstly, when our tour guide found out that my friend was from Ohio, we felt like he singled her out as a northerner and took advantage of the opportunity to tout the virtues of slavery. Several times he claimed that the situation of the black individual under slavery was far superior. We were too polite to interrupt the tour for others by objecting, but we found his slant outrageous. He "went there" 4-5 times, so it was obvious to us, that he was scolding the northerner for being ignorant to the wonderful world that had existed in the south prior to emancipation, including for slaves (LOL). After our 'eye-opening' tour, we went to the Turtle Bar. The bartender, John, making small talk, asked where we were from. When we told him that we were originally from WV, he promptly insulted us 2-3 times; including the statement: "try not to steal anything." I was honor bound to suggest that coming from a Cajun, it was rich. But I didn't want to be put in this position. It didn't seem to be in jest, even if it was intended to be. I'd think that people who work in the hospitality industry could, at the very least, try not to be offensive. The whole experience left me 'less than impressed' with southern hospitality.
  • Not the plantation you want to go to for history about the plantation or slavery. That said it is gorgeous. The gardens are phenomenal, the restaurants fantastic. The house is impressive as well. The owner lives there and has quite a nice museum worthy collection which you here more about than the house and the history of the plantation as a whole. It's definitely worth the visit.
  • I went in February and it was beautiful! I can't even imagine how it looks in the spring time! Our tour guide was also very friendly and enjoyable. I would love to go again!!

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