The Wildlife Enthusiasts. The Solo Travelers. The Group Travelers. The History Buffs. Or, the Spicy Foodies. Avery Island, Louisiana is the great for a day trip.
Avery Island was named after the Avery Family that settled there in the 1830s. The family started a salt mining operation before becoming a sugar plantation. Currently, business and home of the Tabasco pepper sauce factory. Advise to tour the museum first for history of the site and residents.
On Avery Island, there several options to keep you occupied. There are guided Tabasco factory and museum tours for a nominal fee. For Cajun and Louisiana food staples with a Tabasco sauce twist, try the Tabasco Restaurant 1868 on-site. The Country Store sells Tabasco products, apparels, and gifts. Many items you can’t get from other retail stores. Last but not least, tour the Jungle Gardens and Bird City for a nominal fee and visit their separated gift shop. Recommend buying the self-guided Tabasco/Jungle Garden tour combo ticket. It is a greater value and stand in one ticket line.
Tour of TABASCO® Pepper Sauce site includes museum, Green House, Mash Warehouses, Blending and Production, Avery Island Conservation, Salt Mine diorama and TABASCO® Country Store.
Tip: The tour is indoor and outdoor. Please bring water to stay hydrated and bug spray. Most Important, don’t forgot your camera for the breathtaking scenery of the island.
Note: Avery Island is one of five raised salt dome islands in the Louisiana Gulf coast.
Tip: Just for paying for a Tabasco tour, you get free Tabasco products to take home from the gift shop. Some are full sizes. Ask a staff member for more details.
Tip: Don’t forget to tour the inside of the gift shop. There is no drinking water or restroom access on the tour route. Try all their Tabasco samples including ice cream and beverage of the day.
Jungle Gardens and Bird City Wildfowl Refuge
It is 170-arce botanical garden and bird sanctuary. Choose to walk or drive the gravel roads lines with Spanish moss, live oak trees, and historical structures. Visitors may view consist of some azaleas, bamboo, Japanese camellias, Louisiana irises, and other plants. The bird sanctuary gets snowy egrets and other wild fowls through migration. You don’t know what you expect to see until you get there.
The island resides American alligators, Louisiana black bears, and white-tailed deer, North American river otters, snakes, and other wild animals. In other words, enjoy the beauty of the site but watch your step.
For more information, visit the website https://www.tabasco.com or call (337) 369-6243. The hours of operation are 9:00AM-5:00PM.