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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow

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Garden Landmark
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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  • I wanted to treated my visiting Mississippi friend to a bit of Louisiana culture and decided to book a tour at Houmas House, which is literally 10 minutes from my newly purchased home. I easily booked...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our tour of Houmas House! The garden and surroundings are unbelievable! Lunch was great also!  more »
  • OK, I am a northerner who abhors slavery and racism. I have read other reviews from people who were insulted by historic artifacts that help tell the whole story or distasteful comments from guides. T...  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 =)
  • 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!!
  • The bar alone is worth the drive from NOLA or Baton Rouge, but you can also tour this opulent and beautiful plantation. My husband and I were the only ones on the tour it was like getting a private showing of the house and grounds. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour focused mainly on the history of the mansion itself and didn't get too in depth on the slave history which was unfortunate. If you don't want to do the tour, you can bypass the gift shop and just head to the Turtle Bar where you can get a craft cocktail made to perfection. My husband visited about four years ago and has talked about the amazing cocktails there ever since and was not disappointed on our return visit. We had a sazerac, mint julep, and tried a bit of their house whiskey. All were delicious. Wished we could have stayed for another round, but it's about an hour back to the city. If you are looking for history maybe do the tour at Laura, but certainly make your way to Houmas if you want to see an even wealthier example of plantation life.