Swamp tours and guided fishing freshwater trips.
The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the country. Referred to as "America's Foreign Country," the area is culturally rich with an ecologically varied region of rivers, bayous and swamps.
Sun-Thurs 7AM-9PM; Fri-Sat 7AM-10PM. Admission. Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico on the shores of Vermillion Bay. Great spot for sail boating, swimming, picnicking, fishing and birding. Beach and boat launch. Six cabins available by reservation.
Explore the Iberia Parish Birding Trail in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, America's largest river swamp. Birding areas of interest include Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, Jungle Gardens/Avery Island, New Iberia City Park, Jefferson Island Rip's Rookery and Spanish Lake. Birding guides available at Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Daily 9AM-5PM. Admission. Jungle Gardens, home of "Bird City", founded by E. A. McIlhenny, is a three mile driving tour around the remains of an unusual nursery. It's 170 acres of extraordinary, beautiful, strange, and useful plants, as well as a refuge for many animal species of special concern. Customized bird tours for individuals and groups.
7 days a week by reservation. Admission. Customized bird tours for individuals and groups. Whether you are a devoted birder or a casual observer you can join resident tour guide, Elias Landry, in a search for migrating songbirds, shorebirds, and birds of prey. Each tour is designed to give guests an unforgettable birding experience while enjoying the most beautiful and remote areas of the gardens. With a vast array of amazing landscapes, great infrastructure and a sense of adventure, its no surprise Jungle Gardens is a great destination for bird watching.
Daily 6AM-9PM. Admission. Beautiful park located adjacent to America's largest river swamp, the Atchafalaya Basin. Offers rental cabins, camping, canoe sites, hiking trails, splash park, boat launch, picnic areas and public pavilions.
Daily 6AM-10:30PM. Walking and biking trails, playground, fishing pond, pool, picnic areas, recreation center and BMX skateboard park.
Always open free to the public. Man-made wetland hosting thousands of wading birds on islands designed to protect them from predators. Located to your left on Rip Van Winkle Road right after the intersection with Jefferson Island Road (Highway 675) before you get to the gates of Rip Van Winkle Gardens.
Open sunrise to sunset. Admission. Beautiful lake offers fishing, boating, bird watching, picnicking and walking trail. Bait shop on site. Five handicap-accessible fishing piers. Approximately 240 species of birds recorded. Birding check list available.