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McIlhenny Company (TABASCO )
Avery Island, LA 70513
Latitude: 29.908387 Longitude: -91.906709
Email Address: [email protected]
Ever wonder what it would be like to visit the home of TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce? Well, Avery Island, Louisiana is a place where doin' things slowly ensures doing them right. From the unique feel of the South Louisiana marshes and bayous to the nature preserve inhabited by indigenous plants and animals, Avery Island is TABASCO® homegrown goodness at its finest.
Touring the visitor center and the pepper sauce factory is just one part of the Avery Island experience. In addition to seeing how we age TABASCO® in white oak barrels and ship it all over the world, you can visit Avery Island's 200-acre Jungle Gardens and see, in season, a variety of azaleas, camellias and bamboo. You might even spy some alligators, deer, nutria, raccoons and black bears that live in the hills and marshes around the gardens. And then there's always the thousands of snowy egrets (saved from extinction with the help of E.A. "Mr. Ned" McIlhenny) who nest on the island each year on specially-built, pier-like structures in a pond nicknamed "Bird City". You can stroll the gardens along a path covered by gnarled oaks laced with Spanish moss, and stand at the shrine that houses a centuries old Buddha - a gift to E.A. McIlhenny in 1937.
When you are ready for the hot stuff, you can see the factory where TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce is made. There's a short film on TABASCO® history and a guided tour of our bottling and packaging operations. Then spend time in the original TABASCO® Country Store and check out a wide array of products and souvenirs for sale.
We sure hope to see you soon!
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-4pm, closed major holidays.
Admission: 50¢ toll fee to enter Avery Island.