If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana, make time to see the Audubon Zoo.
In true New Orleans fashion, the Audubon Zoo is anything but your run-of-the-mill animal attraction. Not only is it home to fascinating exhibits like the Jaguar Jungle, Louisiana Swamp, and a new wetlands section, but you’ll also find endangered and rare species here (whooping cranes and white alligators are just a couple).
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Visit the World of Primates to say hello to the brand new Western lowland gorilla troop, another group of endangered animals, who joined the Audubon Zoo family at the beginning of March. The Audubon Aviary features more than 30 species of birds, while the Bambu Village is a twisting, turning path full of animals just begging to be petted. In 2019, visitors can look forward to a brand new lion exhibit as well.
Ready to be entertained? The zoo’s Outdoor Theater hosts numerous presentations and shows, like Wildlife on Stage. It’s is all about one-on-one animal interaction and promises tons of fun for adults and kids alike.
On hot days, head to Cool Zoo, Audubon’s very own water park. There’s a massive water slide, a 750-foot long lazy river called Gator Run which is flanked by two sand beaches, plus jumping water spouts and more.
When it’s time to take a break for lunch, numerous options cater to all types of food and budgets. They have everything from snacks at the Carousel Concessions to old-fashioned NOLA cuisine at the Cypress Knee Cafe.
Or, enjoy lunch with a view of everyone’s favorite feathered pink friends at the Flamingo Cafe.
Pick up a souvenir at one of three gift shops at the zoo. There’s the Audubon Marketplace, which is all about animal-themed paraphernalia, the Swamp Gift Shop, chock-full of Louisiana keepsakes, and the Cool Shop, where you’ll find plenty of summer supplies.
Located in uptown New Orleans on Magazine Street, the Audubon Zoo is easily accessible and makes for the perfect stop during your vacation in New Orleans. The zoo is open 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is currently $22.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and $19.95 for seniors 65+.