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Tabasco Visitor Center and Pepper Sauce Factory
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: With the expansion of current facilities, guests are now able to view artifacts from TABASCO® Sauce's founding family; witness the growing process of the pepper plants from seedlings to full-grown plants; visit the mash warehouse for a peek at the TABASCO® aging process; view and smell the aromas of the stirring vats; and learn about the company's bottling and shipping process around the world. Everything from our branded merchandise to a full TABASCO® Brand product sample bar is available at the TABASCO Country Store® here on Avery Island. 10-Stop Self-Guided Walking Tour Stop 1- Museum Stop 2- Greenhouse Stop 3- Barrel Warehouse Stop 4- Blending Stop 5- Avery Island Stop 6- Salt Mine Stop 7- Bottling Line Stop 8- TABASCO® Today Stop 9- TABASCO® Country Store Stop 10- TABASCO® Restaurant 1868!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Schulenburg, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you are in the area or touring Jungle Gardens it's worth it to take the tour. You will see a short video, hear the guide explain about the peppers used to make the tabasco and see how it is bottled and packaged. There is no admission charge (though you will pay $1 per car to the guard to pass over the little bridge within the property). You will view the bottles being filled thru a glass in a hallway that is raised above the bottling plant, same with the packaging. And that is it! The guide gave us a small sample bottle of every one of their tabasco sauces and you are free to leave or go on to the company store. There is no pressure to purchase anything in the store, but you probably will. The store is a pretty good size and there are all kinds of tabascos, mixes, trinkets, tshirts and dishware of good quality. There is food availabe for purchase for lunch or snack but don't expect a fast food or dining type of experience. Their red beans and rice, and gumbo, is made ahead of time and kept hot in large crockpots behind the counter. It's fun.

Visited February 2013
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L4r4k3
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187 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Avery Island and Tabasco Pepper sauce”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is worth a visit if you want to see all the things related to Tabasco sauce. If you like gardens the Jungle Gardens and aviary apparently are worth a visit as well.

Visited February 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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462 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Spicy place to visit”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Tobasco factory on Avery Island, LA is a great place to visit if you are into hot spicy sauces. You can tour the factory that produces 750 thousand bottles everyday. You can smell the peppers and vinegar that they use to make their sauces in the air. After the tour you can shop in the company store and purchase everything to do with their products from ice cream to their wide range of sauces and other merchandise with the Tobasco logo on it.

Visited February 2013
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Nanaimo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Forget the tour just order the catalogue!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We came all the way from Canada to New Orleans and this was one of our must sees. It seemed the tour was simply a way to get us to spend money in the store. The video is years out of date and the viewing hallway is so narrow and cramped you can't easily stop to watch the processing area without holding up the rest of the tour. The guide is by now way up at the end of the hall so you are unable to ask questions. You never get to see any of the pepper mash barrels or the warehouse except in the outdated video. It wasn't worth the bother just order the catalogue and forget the tour.

Visited January 2013
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Medford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Home of the Hot Sauce”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Visited on a Sunday, and although the factory was closed, enjoyed a nice tour, well worth the effort if in the area...nostalgic display of Tabasco products, short film and guided tour...Great in combination with visiting Jungle Gardens next door

Visited December 2012
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