Avery Island Things to Do

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    A red-hot time, only one dollar!

    by Bunsch Updated May 24, 2011

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    Even the Queen of England likes Tabasco
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    On my way east on a scenic route from Lafayette to New Orleans, I stumbled onto signs for Avery Island, which is where Tabasco is made. It was only a short detour. You literally have to cross a toll bridge to the island itself, which is actually a salt dome that the proprietors believe may be the size of Mt. Everest. No motorcycles are permitted, but you can walk to the factory from the toll bridge.

    A visit includes the factory where the assorted Tabasco sauces are made, a brief film, and historical artifacts -- altogether about an hour's worth -- after which you can adjourn to the Company Store where you can sample some of their products, including Tabasco soda pop and jalapeno ice cream! Mr. McIlhenny also created a preserve for snowy egrets which was definitely worth the admission charge. And it did my Michigan heart good to see someone wearing a shirt which read, "Geaux Bleu."

    Guided factory tours are offered daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free.

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    Learn about Tabasco

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 3, 2008

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    Diorama of harvest of chili peppers
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    The museum itself was very interesting. We saw how the TABASCO® peppers were picked and handled, and learned about the history of the company. You can even do some of this tour on-line now.

    The seed peppers are still grown on Avery Island, but the production peppers are now grown in South America because there is no longer enough space on the island.

    Young peppers are green, then turn yellow, orange, and, finally, deep red as they age. Pickers can gauge the color by comparing it to a small wooden dowel, “le petit bâton rouge,” painted the correct shade of TABASCO® red.

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    Tour the Factory

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 3, 2008

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    The website says When you’re ready to see how TABASCO® Sauce is made, you can take the factory tour. There's a short film on TABASCO® history and a guided tour of our bottling and packaging operations.

    TABASCO® Pepper Sauce Factory Tour Information
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, 9am–4pm
    Closed major holidays

    We went to the factory first, which was free. They have a tour every 20 minutes, and show a video tape about the McIllheny family and the production of Tabasco sauce. Then we get to go through the factory (which wasn't in operation because it was Saturday - also photos 3 and 4). At the end they gave each of us a tiny bottle of Tabasco.

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    Jungle Gardens

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 3, 2008

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    After we walked through the factory and museum, we drove over to the "Jungle Gardens" and Bird Island part. This is supposed to be a fantastic garden with all kinds of wildlife and a very old Buddha. Photos of the information about the Jungle Gardens is at photo 2, and the scale terrain map in the museum is photo 5.

    When we asked the girls in the store/visitor's center what it would cost, they said, "It's $6.50 per person, and there are no birds or alligators" in a very dismissive tone. They obviously thought it was not worth the money, although it is given a "Must See" kind of recommendation in the AAA book.

    So we took their word for it (I knew it had been too cold for the alligators to be out, and I figured I'd see them in the Everglades), and left without going.

    Their website says: Jungle Gardens has a five-mile drive through live oak groves, along manmade lagoons teeming with plant and wild life, through an arch of old wisterias, inside an extraordinary row of hollies and a garden grove of camellias. There are other pleasures to be had when taking the short walks Jungle Gardens has to offer. There is the 800-year-old Buddha who sits on his lotus in a tiled pavilion, the ancient Cleveland Oak, the bird observatory platform and bamboos in Bird City to be discovered.

    Open 9AM to 5PM Daily.

    Admission: Adults, $6.25, $4.50 for children 12 and under.

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    Bird City

    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Rookery

    Located at the southeast edge of the Jungle Gardens is the largest egret colony in the United States.
    During the 1800's Avery Island was the last haven for these birds, which were prized for their showy feathers, by plume hunters.
    In 1892 E.A. McIlhrnny built a nesting area of bamboo out over a man made lake in hopes that they woul come there to mate.
    Now there are over 20,000 egrets and herons that nest there each summer.
    They begin nesting in Feb. and March and their young remain there until winter arrives and they head farther south.

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    Beautiful flowers

    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Garden

    The Jungle Garden is full of flowerinfg scrubs, bushes, lagoons, fern gardens, and shrines. A 14 acre live oak grove provides shade and is a perfect place to have a picnic.
    There are thousands of types of camelias and hundreds of azaleas, flowers are the main attraction with something always in bloom..

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    Tobasco factory

    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Gift shop

    Tobasco may be the top Cajun Country product. It is hot, it is the red color of boiled crawfish, and it is made with Avery Island salt and peppers.
    The peppers are taken to the factory, mashed with Avery Island salt, and fermented for three years in oak barrels capped with salt.
    Finally the pepper mash is mixed with vinegar, stirred for a month, then strained for bottling.
    There is a planned tour and visitors center that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The tour ends in the gift shop, of course.

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    The Jungle Island

    by SeaBreezeUSA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Paradise Unleased!

    Beside the 200 acre park, there is a gift shop where you can find fascinating books to read, treasures to bring home and information on the park.

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