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Jungle Gardens Review

This 170-acre garden has trails through stands of wisteria, palms, lilies, irises, and ferns and offers a lovely perspective on southern Louisiana wilderness. Birdlife includes ducks and geese, and there's also a 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha. These gardens belonged to Edward Avery McIlhenny, the son of the Tabasco company's founder, who brought back plants from his travels: lotus and papyrus from Egypt, bamboo from China. You can park your car at the beginning of the trails and strike out on foot, or drive through the gardens and stop at will.

Bird City. The bird sanctuary on the southeast edge of Jungle Gardens is sometimes so thick with egrets that it appears to be blanketed with snow. The largest egret colony in the world (20,000) begins nesting here in February or March, and offspring remain until the following winter. Herons and other birds find refuge here as well. Rte. 329.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Rte. 329, Avery Island, LA 70503
  • Phone: 337/369–6243
  • Cost: $8 Jungle Gardens and Bird City; $1 toll to enter Avery Island
  • Hours: Daily 8–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Avery Island
Updated: 05-07-2013

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