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Review of Wildlife Gardens Bed and Breakfast and Swamp Tours

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Wildlife Gardens Bed and Breakfast and Swamp Tours
Ranked #1 of 1 Gibson B&B and Inns
Silver Spring, MD
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“wonderful environment & hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2010

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wildlife Gardens. Our cabin, #4, had a winding trail with little bridges to it--part of the enjoyment. Even in late October, we needed the extra-strength ("active") Off! bug repellent, but what do you expect, it's a swamp. We loved wandering the grounds and then reading out on the screened porch. (Our Off! and the candle on the porch kept mosquitoes away nicely, too.) The cabin was semi-rustic, clean, and comfortable. A major highlight was enjoying delicious breakfast and talking with Betty and Vernon, lovely people. I also got a kick out of seeing their turtles (adopted after a pet store shut down) munching happily on a treat of exquisite flowers.

We stayed Saturday evening and went to Bayou Delight restaurant for some homestyle local food. A good band was playing, people were really friendly, and I wished we could dance like so many couples with several decades on us!

Please note that Wildlife Gardens doesn't offer swamp tours anymore. We made reservations for a nearby one (Bayou Black Airboat Tours), though, and had a great time. Gators are less active now than in warmer weather, but we still saw several, along with other swamp and marsh creatures.

All in all, we felt we got a genuine flavor and appreciation for this special region of Louisiana.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Gray, Maine
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2010

It was absolutely perfect for my husband and I. The cabin was a real cabin, even smelled like my family's camp. You could not see the other cabins. From the screened in porch we saw 4 snakes, a bunch of frogs and birds, 3 BIG turtles and 1 alligator (3 feet). The cardinals landed right on the bush in front of the screen. Breakfast was great and Betty had such "joie d'vie" (not sure spelling), a lot of great stories and an infectious laugh. Do not go if you want luxury or are afraid of wildlife!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kat&Sherpa
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Baltimore, Maryland
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366 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2009

My friend and I spent one night at the Swamp Cabin/Wildlife Gardens. Betty and her husband are sweet as can be and made me the most delicious hash browns I've ever tasted. The grounds are beautiful in the day time, a little scary at night (we stayed on Friday the 13th which didn't help). If going in Winter months, pack for warmth at night as space heater doesn't always work too well. Very comfortable bed, great porch. Would take my young boys back in a heartbeat. We got so much more culture and fun from staying here than we ever would have at a hotel. You must go to the dance at the Jolly Time Inn on a friday night. And, go on Annie Miller's son (Jimmy's) swamp tour ride. Lunch at Bayou Delight was delicious. A once in a lifetime experience, got to know the Bayou in an intimate way!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joeybagz312
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Herts
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2009

This is a lovely place to spend a few days. We wanted to get a feel for the nature and landscape of southern Louisiana, and hopefully also for Cajun culture too. Wildlife Gardens exceeded our expectations.
Betty is the most delightful, welcoming and friendly person. To be honest the highlight of our 3 days in Gibson was spending an hour or two talking to Betty and Vernon at breakfast each morning; they are lovely people.
They can also offer no end of advice about what to see and do in the local area, and give you an insight into Cajun history and the way of life.
This is not luxury accommodation- but doean't pretend to be - it is clean and quiet. This place is for lovers of nature who want to be surrounded by the sights and souns of the amazingh nature of this region, and a more simple approach to life. It is great value.
If you are staying on a Friday, do go to the dance at the Jolly Inn. Everyone we met there was delightful; they made us so welcome.
We wish we had stayed for good!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank saddlers88
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spring, texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2008

My husband and I just returned from a "second honeymoon" at Wildlife Gardens B & B in Gibson, La. What a wonderful time we had. I hesistate to write too glowing a review because I want to be assured of an availability when we book a reservation in the future. This is the place for nature lovers. Some of the creatures that shared our space included peacocks, alligators, turtles, a bobcat and "Forest", the french toast eating deer. Even at this chilly time of the year, there were still some beautiful tropical blooms and lots of greenery. The hurricane did some damage, but not as much as you'd expect. Betty and Vernon have done a lot of work to restore the place and are well on their way to putting it back in order. Also, the porches are now screened so there is no feeding of the alligators from your front door. However, there is a nature trail that allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Betty and Vernon have a wealth of information about the flora, fauna and geology of the area. They can also help you book a swamp tour (highly recommended). My only regret is that we didn't go dancing Friday night with Betty, Vernon and their guests from Boston and the Netherlands (repeat visitors). That's something we'll look forward to next year. The accomodations were basic and there were not the kind of amenities that one usually expects at a typical B&B. But it was clean and comfortable and beautiful in a primitive kind of way

  • Liked — beautiful scenery and wildlife
  • Disliked — hard to navigate roads at night
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank scrabbleSpring
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Seattle
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2008

Wildlife Gardens was more than a B&B night in the swamplands, it was a memorable and educational experience. This unique B&B was quite the pleasant stay and experience. My cabin was clean and had a great porch over the swamp. From the screened in porch, I loved listening to the sounds of the swamplife and approaching thunderstorm accompanied by a tropical deluge.

If you have the time, go walk through the nature trails surrounding the area. the goats are friendly too. Also, beautiful peacocks are hanging around the grounds.

Betty and her husband provided a delicious cajun breakfast the following morning. At Wildlife Gardens, the emphasis is environmental conservation in the surrounding swamps and natural area. Upon leaving, I was ever more aware that Cajun Country is truly unique, fragile and worth protecting!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarathonTravels
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New York, NY
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2008

We were just a bit apprehensive about staying in a cabin over a swamp, and I have to confess we started having second thoughts when we arrived and saw how rustic and isolated the place is, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and stay. We couldn't be happier that we did.

The cabins are indeed rustic, but they are very clean and come with heat/AC and bathroom with shower. There are also screened-in porches which are wonderful at night, with the sounds of frogs and screech owls in the distance. I have to say I found the sounds of the bayou just as exotic and thrilling as the jungle near Tikal, Guatemala, and Kruger Park in South Africa.

And Betty and her husband Vernon are absolutely charming. They prepare a very hearty homemade breakfast every morning, with goodies each day like homemade biscuits, fresh cinnamon rolls, eggs, sausage, etc. (It's different every day.) Sharing breakfast with them in the morning was a great way to start the day, and Vernon's Cajun accent was so wonderful to listen to that I was wishing that I could bottle it and take it home.

The grounds are very interesting to visit, especially since they breed alligators there. In addition to the alligators of various ages and sizes, there are a couple of bobcats, a few wild piglets and quite a few free-roaming peacocks that are absolutely stunning.

It's a beautiful and very special part of the country. There are no more tours offered by Wildlife Gardens since Betty's first husband passed away a number of years ago, but there are several options nearby. Betty sent us to Munson's who are nearby, and we had a very nice tour with only two other couples, and we saw more than our share of gators, raccoons, turtles, egrets, herons and buzzards.

If you're looking for a special bayou experience and you think this sounds enjoyable, don't hesitate. You'll love Wildlife Gardens.

  • Liked — Unique location and wildlife
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JeromeMarinhoHadley
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Property: Wildlife Gardens Bed and Breakfast and Swamp Tours
Address: 5306 N Bayou Black Dr, Gibson, LA 70356-3128
Region: United States > Louisiana > Gibson
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gibson
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Number of rooms: 4
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