Located about 45 minutes outside of Lafayette on Avery Island (next to Jungle Gardens), this self-guided factory tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how tabasco is made. From pepper seed to sauce, it takes about five years to create a bottle of Tabasco, so imagine the process! The 10-stop walking tour takes visitors through exhibits, a pepper greenhouse, barrel warehouse and bottling center. Families will learn about the McIlhenny family and company and about Avery Island itself and how the salt island became the home of Tabasco. Be sure to stop at the Country Store, where all things Tabasco can be purchased. Every possible sauce and seasoning can be found here. Once you have finished the spicy tour, take a drive over to the Jungle Gardens to enjoy the tranquility.
Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$5.50 per person. Combine Jungle Gardens with the Tabasco Factory tour and costs are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for children.
The onsite restaurant 1868 is ideal for satisfying those cajun tastebuds. The casual, cafeteria-style restaurant offers authentic Cajun and Louisiana foods, seasoned with Tabasco, of course.
A large, free parking lot is available.