Avery Island Travel Guide

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    Photo of old lab
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  • Some of the Tabasco merchandise on offer
    Some of the Tabasco merchandise on offer
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Avery Island Things to Do

  • A red-hot time, only one dollar!

    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,...

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  • Learn about Tabasco

    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...

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  • Tour the Factory

    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 InformationHours: Monday–Sunday, 9am–4pmClosed major holidaysWe went to the factory first, which was free. They...

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  • Jungle Gardens

    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...

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  • Bird City

    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...

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  • Beautiful flowers

    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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Avery Island Shopping

  • Hot Hot HOT

    We walked over to the store.They had a fish sculpture outside painted in flames swallowing a hot pepper bait. His name was Ta Bass Co. Apparently the local sculpture here is a fish (like the pandas in DC). I picked up a catalog so I could order stuff and not have to carry it. My daughter and her husband have decorated their kitchen in TX with a hot...

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  • Tabasco, What Else!

    From shirts, to ties, aprons, sauces, magnets, to cookbooks, souvenirs; anything and everything with the Tabasco logo on it. Be sure to take the time to shop and bring a gift home to your friends! I would suggest you buy a cookbook and some sauces for your trip home. You will get a sample bottle, which is cute. The prices are reasonable.

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Avery Island Local Customs

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    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Ask where you can buy bags of pepper mash, which is left after the pepper is strained.
    The pepper mash is sold in bulk for use in red hots, Dentine gum, and as a seasoning for bolied seafood.
    The mash coasts 50 cents a pound and a little bit goes a long way.

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Avery Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    There are alligators in some areas of the Jungle Gardens.
    These alligators are wild animals and should be treated with caution.
    Under no circumstances should alligators be fed or approached.

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Avery Island Favorites

  • Salt and Natural Gas

    under constructionThere is a toll booth to the island - Bob was surprised to have to pay 50 cents toll although I had told him about that. It's called an environmental fee. When we were there, you could take tours of the salt mines, but they no longer give those tours. It is now leased to Cargill.

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  • Birds

    The trees are full of birds on Avery Island.We were very lucky to see a Pileated Woodpecker when we visited.

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