Avery Island is home to the McIlhenny family’s TABASCO.
TABASCO – This sauce can be found on the table of almost every restaurant in the United States. Produced by the McIlhenny family and located on Avery Island, south of Lafayette Louisiana.
Open 7 days a week, 9AM-4PM.
Begin your Avery Island adventure at the Visitors Center. The self-guided, 10-stop tour will take you through the museum, the greenhouse, the barrel warehouse and the factory building. Save your appetite and be ready to shop and taste your way through the last two stops on the tour, the country store and restaurant.
TABASCO Museum – Learn everything you ever wanted to know about McIlhenny Company, the McIlhenny family and their beloved Pepper Sauce. Fascinating exhibits, artifacts, videos & more.
Greenhouse Peppers – See the pepper plants in different stages of growth, from seedlings to maturing plants with peppers.
Barrel Warehouse – See where the pepper mash is aged and learn about the process.
Blending – See the vats where the pepper mash becomes a sauce. Push a button to smell the intense pepper aromas.
Avery Island Experience – See the beauty of our island home and learn about its history.
Salt Mine Experience – Walk through a re-creation of an underground Avery Island salt mine cavern.
Bottling Line – View the bottling process in action. See how many bottles are produced that day and where in the world they are shipping to (Mon–Thurs only).
Country Store – Sample delicious snacks and foods seasoned with TABASCO® Sauce. Shop for everything TABASCO®, from kitchenware to sportswear!
Restaurant 1868 – Casual, cafeteria-style eatery serving spicy, authentic Cajun favorites and other South Louisiana foods – all seasoned with TABASCO® Sauce.
Jungle Gardens – The wildest part of an Avery Island adventure is Jungle Gardens, a 170-acre semi-tropical preserve prized by naturalists, birdwatchers and everyday nature lovers. Take a guided Bird Tour or the self-guided tour through a breathtaking landscape of ancient oaks, showy seasonal blossoms, towering bamboo and mysterious waterways – all teeming with indigenous wildlife.
That wraps up the tour of the process, now go explore the island. The island is amazing and a perfect place for some scenic pictures.
If you are looking to get more of an experience, be sure to try one of the activities listed below.
Culinary Tour – Sample Cajun cuisine & explore the rich culinary history & culture of Acadiana on a TABASCO® Culinary Tour. Tours leave the Country Store on Avery Island at 1:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday and typically last 3-3.5 hours. Advance reservations required.
TABASCO® Tour (Guided Version) – Want to be regaled with fascinating anecdotes, in-depth historical details and lots of “inside” information when you take the Visitors Center’s 10-stop TABASCO® Tour? Then let historian Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D., author of five books on South Louisiana history and culture, take you on the guided version of the tour. The guided tour takes 1-1.5 hours.
Cooking Class with Lunch – To really bring South Louisiana cuisine to the table, sign up for a TABASCO® Culinary Cooking Class! Chef Lionel Robin introduces a variety of cooking techniques, from making Southern-style sauces to cooking seafood perfectly to crafting delicious homemade ice cream. Classes start every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Advance reservations required.