Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Rip Van Winkle Gardens, New Iberia: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Rip Van Winkle Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Historic Sites • Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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396 reviews
Very good

Clermont, FL28,054 contributions
Our second tourist trap today
Sep 2021 • Couples
First Avery Island and now a B&B with garden that need a lot of work. The gift shop was the height of the grounds. The home is beautiful and treed peacocks cool.
Written September 27, 2021
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julia c
Pensacola74 contributions
Well worth the stop, but plan to stay 2 nights instead of just one
Jul 2021
Stay in either the Cook’s Cottage or the Servant’s Quarters (both include a tour of the Jefferson House and the RVW Gardens). It is so relaxing and serene, and the pristinely kept gardens are absolutely beautiful. Can’t say enough about the serenity of this place! Peacocks, and other beautiful birds roam the property. The difference between the cook’s cottage & the servant’s quarters, so I was told: The cook’s cottage has a living room but no kitchen. The 2 Servants qrtrs have a kitchen (non-working) but no living room. The servants qtrs are adjacent to the Jefferson House, whereas the cottage is beside the gift shop. The cont'l bkfst includes juices, fruit, and packaged stuff such as danish, grits, oatmeal that cd be heated in the m/w in room. Use the 2nd day to do the Tabasco Plant tour on Avery Island.
Written August 16, 2021
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Thomas M
1 contribution
Nice Gardens Terrible People
Jun 2021
WARNNING! potential visitors of Rip Van Winkle Gardens. These people are unprofessional, rude, and paranoid.

Today my wife and I woke up about 7:30 AM. and decided to take the short trip to Rip Van Wrinkle Gardens. We have visited Rip Van Wrinkle Gardens on several occasions.

We arrived around 8:30 AM. But, the gardens does not open until 9:00 AM. So we decided to take a walk from the visitor center to the stop sign at the highway that turns onto the long oak tree covered drive and back before getting tickets to the garden.

We each grabbed an orange and started our walk. I saw a woman sitting on the porch of the visitor center and asked her if she worked there. When she said yes, I asked if there was a trash can near by. She pointed to a trash can on the porch. As I was walking up the porch stairs the woman asked why we parked in the lower parking lot. I told her because there is a large oak tree that we usually park under for the shade to keep our car from getting too hot. (Our car was one of four other cars parked in the lower parking lot under the same oak tree limbs.) I put the orange peels in the trash can. As I was leaving the porch the woman said that tickets are sold inside. I responded by telling her we are going to walk a little bit first.

She said that you might not want to walk to far because we might get rained on. I said we will dry off. As we walked away from the visitor center the woman walked across the porch and asked us not to go into the Gardens. I responded that we would not do that without purchasing a ticket.

We walked down the half mile road that ends at the highway. We stop and talked to a mother and daughter who were also walking the long road. And we turned around and walked back to the visitor center. We walked to our car to get water and my credit card to pay for tickets to the garden.

As soon as we sat in our car to cool off and drink water the woman rushed to our car and started to take pictures or video. My wife and I just looked at each other and said what is this lady doing. I got out of the car and asked her why was she taking pictures of our car? She said just taking pictures. I pressed her further and she said that she did not see us until we came back to the visiting center and accused us of entering the gardens. I assured her we did not enter the gardens and explained where we had walk. She still accused us of entering the gardens. I told her to go talk to the mother and daughter that we met on the long road and they can confirm where we walked. This woman stated that she did not see where we walked yet accused us of entering the gardens.

I asked her what she was going to do with the pictures and she replied we need pictures in case we come back. I told her we are not thieves and would never do what she accused us of doing. She just shrugged she shoulders and waked away.

If this woman did not want us to walk she had amble opportunity to politely tell me when I told her we were going to walk that walking was not allowed. We would have just waited in the car until 9:00 AM when they opened. Her unprofessional and paranoid behavior was disgusting. I am 62 years old and never have stole or cheat anyone out of their money. This woman was very upsetting to myself and especially my wife. I have always recommended to people who visit Louisiana to make sure they see Rip Van Wrinkle Gardens. That won't happen again. I believe the owners are Michael (Mike) and Louise Richard. The woman might have been Louise. I don't really know.

Any persons who might be planning to visit the gardens or stay at one of their bed and breakfast should think twice unless you don't mind a strange, aggressive “KAREN” following every move you make so you don't ”STEAL” from them. You know how us senior citizens steal and rob and vandalize property! This is not a place that is welcoming or friendly!
Written June 27, 2021
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Jamie M
25 contributions
Worth seeing!
May 2021 • Couples
Went to the garden and the house tour. Madeline the tour guide was funny and very informative. The grounds are beautiful and the house has be well taken care of. Loved it!
Written May 15, 2021
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Lucile H
6 contributions
Admission cost competitive
Jan 2021 • Family
The admission cost was competitive. May be, that is why there is not enough maintenance at all sites here. Increase price, get better upkeep!
Written January 31, 2021
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Shorewood, IL154 contributions
Second time here
Oct 2020 • Couples
This garden and structures are so lovely. We were here and august and came back on 10/30. I was so glad to see there wasn’t too much damage from the hurricanes. The peacocks are amazing and everywhere. We also toured the Jefferson home. I am so glad the current family had opened it up to the public. I can’t wait to stay a night some time in a cottage.
Written October 30, 2020
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Monroe146 contributions
Love the Gardens!
Aug 2020
We are trying to do outdoor activities during Covid, and Rip Van Winkle Gardens did not disappoint. Although the weather was hot and we wished for more shade, the gardens are beautifully landscaped. Near the entrance is a 12-minute film that run constinuously on background/histor. The structures, fountains, and statues were interesting to look at from outside, although currently the mansion is not available for an inside tour, merely a ramble on the porch. The story of the disaster (explosion, sinkhole) that took in some of the garden and a resident's house during late 20th century was mindboggling. All that was left of the house is a chimney in the lake. There is a cafe on the grounds which is now open, but it closed before we finished our tour, and we weren't hungry anyway. I really don't have all of the right words to describe how beautifully kept the gardens are, but our photos were remarkable. I would love to return again once the mansion is reopened. I learned so much--Jefferson Island is not really an island (a salt dome), the Gardens are not actually inside New Iberia, and the they are named Rip Van Winkle after a film actor who often portrayed this literary character, the original owner of the mansion and gardens.
Written August 18, 2020
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Chino, Japan196 contributions
Beautiful gardens
Mar 2020
The gardens are lovely in spring. The admission also includes a tour of the historic house on the grounds.
Written August 7, 2020
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Rick S
Tyler, TX17 contributions
Beautiful!!! Historic
Mar 2020 • Couples
An absolutely gorgeous estate, and garden. Lots of beautiful specimen plants, on 15 acres. Also the old mansion to tour. Lots of history of how the origional salt mine was accidentally flooded from an oil well operation. Pea fowl all over the place showing off. Absolutely MUST eat at the cafe. "Seafood Heaven" is the absolute BOMB.
Written April 15, 2020
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Jean S
Jena, LA8 contributions
Limited visit
Mar 2020
The house was closed when we visited but the gardens were lovely and the peacocks roaming the grounds were a plus. The cost was only $8 each due to the house being closed. I peeked through the windows and what I could see was impressive.
Written April 13, 2020
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