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Avery-Island is actually a huge dome of rock salt located in Iberia Parish, about three miles inland from Vermilion Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. There is a small population on the island and access to the island is via a toll road. Avery Island is surrounded on all sides by bayous, salt marsh and swampland. Avery Island is three miles long and two and a half miles wide. It covers 2,200 acres and is approximately 2.5 miles across at its widest point. It was created by the upwelling of ancient salt deposits that exist beneath the Mississippi River Delta region and is one of five salt dome islands along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Salt has been extracted from the island for at least several hundred years by the American Indians. Today, it is the site of one of the world's largest salt mines, and a well known brand pepper sauce has also been manufactured on the island since 1868. Avery Island is also a bird sanctuary, inhabited by exotic birds and rare plants from around the world. Edward Avery McIlhenny, affectionately known as "Mr. Ned," founded the bird colony, called Bird City, in 1895.

Surrounding areas: New Iberia, Louisiana (8.8 mi), Lafayette, Louisiana (22.6 mi), Breaux Bridge, Louisiana (25.8 mi)

Avery Island Vacation Rentals

Avery Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn & Suites2714 Hwy 14New Iberia, LA8.8 mi.(800) 840-7147
Comfort Suites2817 Hwy 14New Iberia, LA8.8 mi.(337) 367-0855
Days Inn & Suites611 Queen City DrNew Iberia, LA8.8 mi.(337) 560-9500
Days Inn603 Queen City DrNew Iberia, LA8.8 mi.(337) 560-9500
Holiday Inn2915 Hwy 14New Iberia, LA8.8 mi.(337) 367-1201
Heritage Inn2115 CharityAbbeville, LA13.1 mi.(337) 893-6420
Sunbelt Lodge1903 Veterans Memorial DrAbberville, LA13.4 mi.(337) 898-1453
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3903 Ambassador Caffery PkwyLafayette, LA20.3 mi.(337) 981-0600
Hampton Inn & Suites1910 S CollegeLafayette, LA20.6 mi.(337) 266-5858
Hampton Inn & Suites-Lafayette1910 S College RdLafayette, LA20.6 mi.(337) 266-5858
Best Suites Of America125 E Kaliste Saloom RdLafayette, LA20.7 mi.(337) 235-1367
Ramada Executive Plaza120 E Kaliste Saloom RdLafayette, LA20.7 mi.(337) 235-0858
Best Western Hotel Acadiana1801 W Pinhook RdLafayette, LA20.8 mi.(337) 233-8120
Courtyard By Marriott Lafayette214 E Kaliste Saloom RdLafayette, LA20.9 mi.(337) 232-5005
Fairfield Inn & Suites1606 W Pinhook RdLafayette, LA21.1 mi.(337) 233-5558
Extended Stay America807 S Hugh Wallis RdLafayette, LA21.2 mi.(337) 232-8313
Hilton Lafayette1521 W Pinhook RdLafayette, LA21.3 mi.(337) 235-6111
Travelodge1101 W Pinhook RdLafayette, LA21.6 mi.(337) 234-7402
La Quinta Inn & Suites Lafayette Oil Center1015 W Pinhook RdLafayette, LA21.7 mi.(337) 291-1088
Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome2350 W Congress StLafayette, LA23.1 mi.(337) 291-1977
Howard Johnson Express Inn103 Nibor LnLafayette, LA23.1 mi.(337) 593-0849
Motel 6 #4612724 Ne Evangelina ThruwayLafayette, LA23.1 mi.(337) 233-2055
Lafayette Inn2615 Cameron StLafayette, LA24.2 mi.(337) 235-9442
Best Value Inn1605 N University AveLafayette, LA25.0 mi.(337) 269-9779
Days Inn1620 North University AveLafayette, LA25.0 mi.(337) 237-8880
Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette120 Alcide DominiqueLafayette, LA25.1 mi.(337) 262-0202
Red Roof Inn Lafayette #1401718 N University AveLafayette, LA25.2 mi.(337) 233-3339
Hampton Inn Lafayette2144 W Willow StScott, LA25.2 mi.(337) 236-6161
Sleep Inn2140 West Willow StScott, LA25.2 mi.(318) 264-0408
Holiday Inn Express Scott736 I-10 S Frontage RdScott, LA25.5 mi.(337) 232-6845
Howard Johnson Express Inn103 Nibor LnScott, LA25.5 mi.(337) 593-0849
Microtel Inn & Suites Lafayette301 Ambassador Caffery PkwyScott, LA25.5 mi.(337) 235-9010
Holiday Inn Exprss-breaux Bridge2942 H Grand Point HwyBreaux Bridge, LA25.6 mi.(337) 667-8914
Super 82088 Rees St #BBreaux Bridge, LA25.6 mi.(337) 332-1114
Comfort Inn Lafayette1421 SE Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 232-9000
Econo Lodge & Suites2111 NW Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 261-5111
Holiday Inn Express2503 Se Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 234-2000
Lafayette Fairfield Inn2225 NW Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 235-9898
Ramada Inn2716 Ne Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 233-0003
Comfort Suites2300 NE Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA28.0 mi.(337) 291-6008
Bed & Breakfast
Tante Da's Bed And Breakfast2631 Se Evangeline ThruwayLafayette, LA27.9 mi.(337) 264-1191

Avery Island Weather & Climate

Southern Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico, has a moist, semi-tropical climate. Warm winds from the Gulf of Mexico keep the temperature fairly even year round. The average January temperature is 55 degrees F and July temperatures average 82 degrees. Those parts of the state that are in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico tend to be very humid with lots of rainfall. Southern Louisiana is hot and humid for the majority of the year, with well over 180 days of sunshine annually. Some snowfall can occur in the state in winter, but very rarely. Louisiana is prone to hurricanes, with June being the start of hurricane season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 41°F 5.15 in. -
February 64°F 44°F 4.03 in. -
March 71°F 51°F 4.29 in. -
April 77°F 57°F 4.56 in. -
May 84°F 66°F 5.08 in. -
June 89°F 71°F 6.02 in. -
July 91°F 73°F 6.66 in. -
August 90°F 73°F 6.05 in. -
September 87°F 69°F 5.67 in. -
October 80°F 58°F 4.06 in. -
November 71°F 49°F 4.48 in. -
December 64°F 43°F 4.84 in. -

Avery Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Acadiana Regional airport (ARA) located about 9 miles north of Avery Island in New Iberia, Louisiana, the Lafayette Regional airport (LFT) located approximately 21 miles north of Avery Island in Lafayette, Louisiana, St Landry Parish Ahart Field (OPL) located roughly 46 miles north of Avery Island in Opelousas, Louisiana, and finally Baton Rouge Metro Ryan Field (BTR) located around 62 miles northeast of Avery Island in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Avery Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Celebration StationBaton RougeLA58.9 mi.
Dixie Landin'Baton RougeLA58.9 mi.
Water Parks
Blue Bayou Water ParkBaton RougeLA58.9 mi.
Waterland U.S.A.HoumaLA74.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Squirrel Run Golf ClubNew IberiaLA9.0 mi.
Sugar Oaks Golf & Country ClubNew IberiaLA9.0 mi.
Spanish Trail Golf ClubCadeLA12.2 mi.
Les Vieux Chenes Golf CourseYoungsvilleLA13.8 mi.
Abbeville Country ClubAbbevilleLA13.9 mi.
Jay & Lionel Herbert Municipal Golf CourseLafayetteLA22.7 mi.
Links of LafayetteLafayetteLA22.7 mi.
Broken Pine Golf & Country ClubFranklinLA25.8 mi.
Farm Golf ClubCarencroLA29.1 mi.
State Parks
Cypremort Point State ParkLA12.5 mi. 
Louisiana Museum of Military HistoryLafayetteLA23.1 mi.(History)
Lafayette Natural History Museum & PlanetariumLafayetteLA23.1 mi.(Science)
LSU Museum of Natural ScienceBaton RougeLA58.9 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Greater Baton Rouge ZooBaton RougeLA58.9 mi.
Alexandria Zoological ParkAlexandriaLA102.3 mi.
Aquarium of the AmericasNew OrleansLA110.0 mi.
Audubon Park and Zoological GardenNew OrleansLA110.0 mi.

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