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Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

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Home to more than 2,000 animals, Audubon Zoo is named after famed artist and naturalist John James Audubon. The zoo created a name for itself by providing a home for a white tiger and two blue-eyed alligators. During Hurricane Katrina, zoo staff took refuge in the reptile house, which is designed to withstand storms. Despite financial setbacks after the storm, the zoo reopened and added a swamp exhibit with a themed Hurricane Katrina house and a collection of local species. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Audubon Zoo by using our New Orleans tour planner.
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  • 4 exhibits were closed and the staff in the gift shop was unhelpful and sarcastic. I will not be back.  more »
  • I am from Houston, TX and heard about this awesome place and just had to visit. The Cool Zoo is an attraction within the Audubon Zoo. The staff was excellent and it was very kid-friendly for children ...  more »
  • The zoo, is the zoo, is the zoo, but we enjoyed the variety of animals and exhibits here. The landscape and statues contribute to the overall feel of the zoo. The water play area is a cool treat for k...  more »
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  • Always an awesome experience. Be prepared to be on your own though, the staff sees hundreds and hundreds of people and you will just be looked through. It is A LOT of walking. You must have a plan for those children that can't walk long distances. It also can be steaming hot with good distances between relief stations. This organization has dedicated many many years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to research and protect animals. The facility is top notch. They have expanded the zoo experience with the insect museum and aquarium. Really great for kids.
  • Staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and wiling to talk/share about the zoo's residents. The food in Alligator Swamp is amazing! Fantastic red beans & rice and awesome fried catfish! Staff is constantly cleaning and there are plenty of opportunities to get out if the sun and cool off. Overall we really enjoyed our visit and have some wonderful encounters/memories to go back to Mississippi with!
  • Great family space! Lots of interesting animals to see, good space for them. There are often shows with animals interacting with the keeper. They often bring out animals to be pet and interact with. The reptile building is awesome, good view of a lot of snakes and lizards. Several food spots around. The space itself is beautiful.
  • The Audubon Zoo is our favorite place in New Orleans. Plan on spending all day here and wear comfortable shoes. Also, wear clothes you don't mind getting wet. At "monkey hill" there is a waterfall and areas to splash around and cool off. There is also a small water park with a splash pad and lazy river (it cost extra). If you have kids under 8yrs old or you have heavy bags, I'd suggest renting a stroller. It's $13 with a $5 deposit, but it's worth it! There are several places to eat there; a food court type place is at the beginning, a Cajun restaurant at the back, and several food carts throughout. When we first arrive my kiddo is always too excited to eat and wants to start seeing the animals. It works out best if we stop and eat at the Cajun place. At that point, we're getting tired and it gives us a chance to stop, eat, relax and regroup before finishing. There are also bathrooms, a gift shop and a photo booth there. There is another gift shop at the exit. Each gift shop has items not found at the other. The butterfly garden, zoo, and aquarium are all part of the Audubon. If you plan on going to more than one of these it is cheaper to buy the Audubon membership. That way you can go to all three as much as you like for a whole year. You also get to bypass the long ticket line and get a discount in the gift shops.
  • Nice place to get out to. I enjoy seeing different animals such as flamingos, monkeys, snakes, lions, and more. There's even a small water park and a dinosaur exhibit. It's been a while since I've been there, I would like to go back one day. I would suggest going on a cooler day because your outside most of the time, but if you do go out on a warm or hot day bring plenty of cold water.

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