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Tabasco Visitor Center and Pepper Sauce Factory

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Address: Avery Island, LA 70513
Phone Number: 337-365-8173
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visit the Tabasco factory, where the best known hot sauce is fermented.

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Short Tour but Worth the Trip

After paying the $1.00 toll to get onto the island, the drive to the Tabasco Factory is not very long. Head straight to the visitor's center (a new one is being built) and read... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Hummelstown, PA
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Topeka, Kansas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

$ 1 bridge fee to cross over to the island. Visitors are given a large amount of information of the Tabasco history back to Civil War days. Informative factory tour of growing peppers, harvesting, packaging and marketing their products. Wide range of Tabasco products for purchase in the gift shop.

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Hummelstown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

After paying the $1.00 toll to get onto the island, the drive to the Tabasco Factory is not very long. Head straight to the visitor's center (a new one is being built) and read the information on the white board telling you the start time of the next tour. Everything is quite causal so linger and the tour guide will... More 

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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Tabasco factory tour is well worth the visit, if you are interested in learning about how Tabasco sauces are made.The tour is a bit dated, but they are currently building a much more advanced, comprehensive, and interactive tour facility. The current tour starts with a brief introduction by a life guy, followed by a 1980s era video explaining the... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We found out this was near our hotel so we had to try it. The tour is in their bottling plant and you get to see actual production. Very informative and they have a nice visitors center that is being updated. Lots of choices in sauces.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

I had always looked forward to taking this tour. Maybe I had exaggerated expectations....but really..there was just a short film..more of a commercial...really...and then a quick walk through the bottling plant. No tour of where they age and store the barrels, no fields where the peppers are grown. Nothing. Oh yes..a gift shop. I was totally unimpressed. Definately not worth... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were shown a short film about tabasco, given samples, and shown the bottling facility through a glass wall. The whole thing took about 15 minutes. They have a store with a lot of samples, including tabasco ice cream, and very overpriced merchandise. We were told that they were expanding the tour, and in a year or two there would... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The tour of the factory was nice; not amazing in and of itself as far as the process is concerned; but the facts about the product were amazing. This is the only place it's made and it is distributed world wide in some 22 languages on labels. They process around 700,000 bottles a DAY. The store offered many items with... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This tour is family friendly and short, yet interesting to get the history of Tabasco. It was nice to see how the peppers are grown and turned into the famous Tabasco sauce as well as learning about the salt mound of New Iberia. It was great to go to the country store afterward and see all of the very unique... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This visit was much better than expected with a short film of the history of Tabasco and a view of the making and bottling plus a visit to the gift shop which included tasting the different products. Most gift shops of this type are full of tat but this was different in that the design and quality of the goods... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visitor centre hours: Monday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Live pepper sauce bottling on Monday–Thursday only. Admission free. The Baton Rouge (red stick) was and is used to check the ripeness of the Tabasco peppers before they are mixed with salt, grounded and fermented for three years. You can buy the Baton Rouge in the very well stocked gift shop, as well... More 

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