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.
Hwy. 329, Avery Island, Louisiana, 70503, USA