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Side Trips from New Orleans Sights

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

  • 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd. Map It
  • Jefferson Island
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 04/10/2014

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The highlight of a visit here is the magnificent 20-acre garden filled with semitropical vegetation and the sort of vistas that only a salt dome can offer in southern Louisiana. A café looks over Lake Peigneur and provides a restful and picturesque spot for refreshments after exploring the gardens. Be on the lookout for the peacocks—if you're lucky, one of the males will open his feathers for you. Also on the grounds is the Joseph Jefferson Home, a highly idiosyncratic mansion that combines Steamboat Gothic, Moorish, and French-plantation styles. It was built as a country home for stage actor Joseph Jefferson in the mid-19th century and is open for 40-minute tours. There is also a bed-and-breakfast on the grounds should you like it so much you want to stay.

Sight Information


5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., Jefferson Island, Louisiana, 70560, United States

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Sight Details:

  • House tour and garden $10; garden only $5
  • Daily 9–4

Updated 04/10/2014


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Jun 6, 2013

if you go to acadiana, this is a must AWESOME

Last month, we decided that after 16 years having a B&B in New Orleans/French Quarter, we needed to explore our State. We were 'wowed' by the tour, home, history, + amazed with the audio/visual presentation about salt dome collapse. The gardens, which are a bird sanctuary are awesome. We were there on a day when a bride was taking pre-wedding photo's. The peacocks were in full display glory for the photo shoot. Being from New Orleans,

and are 'jaded' eaters. Never expected the AwESOME food at the cafe. NOw, We reccomend that every guest who stays with us, visit Rip Van Winkle Gardens if they have a car +eat at cafe. We just added them to our proprietary online guide. We stayed in one of their cottages 1 night. What a splendid retreat. No way we can recommend them enough! Bye from the banana lady

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