Rip Van Winkle Gardens at Jefferson Island

Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Balinese Gateway hand carved and brought in 2008
Balinese Gateway hand carved and brought in 2008
Joeseph Jefferson Mansion
Joeseph Jefferson Mansion
Bell with Tea House in Background
Bell with Tea House in Background
Sunset on the lake at Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Sunset on the lake at Rip Van Winkle Gardens


5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd.
New Iberia LA 70560

Experience a guided tour of the Joseph Jefferson Home (ca. 1870), a grand architectural masterpiece built as a hunting lodge and painting studio for the famous 19th century actor, Joseph Jefferson, who portrayed Rip Van Winkle on the stage. On display are several of his paintings in a setting that revives the atmosphere of the South after the Civil War.

Stay in one of the Acadian cottages and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine while watching the sun set over the 1,300 acre Lake Peigneur. Sleep like Rip Van Winkle on handcrafted king size tester beds, surrounded by 20 acres of luxuriant semi-tropical gardens. Continental breakfast includes a stocked refrigerator to enjoy a private moment.

Visit Rip's Rookery and a semi-tropical garden, then enjoy delicious gumbo, salads, sandwiches, étouffée and much more at Café Jefferson. Find one of a kind items and souvenirs at the gift shop.


  • Natural Wildlife Viewing
Cuisine Served
  • American
  • Cajun/Creole
  • National Register of Historic Places
Dining Type
  • Cafe
  • Group Discount
  • Military Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
Facility Amenities
  • Concessions
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Restaurant
General Information
  • Family Friendly
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Open Year-Round
  • Pets on Leash Allowed
  • Tours Available
Meals Served
  • Lunch
  • Bus Parking
  • Free Parking
Parks & Trails
  • Hiking/Nature Trail
  • Lakes, Bayous & Rivers
Restaurant Features
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take Out Available
Room Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Limited Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Sleeper Sofa
Room Type
  • 1-Bedroom Units
  • Guest Rooms
  • Honeymoon Suites
Tour Information
  • Guided Tours
  • Self-guided Tours