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Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

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#1 of 10 in Zoos & Aquariums in Louisiana
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. Plan to visit Audubon Zoo during your New Orleans vacation using our convenient New Orleans trip itinerary maker app .
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  • September 30, 2017
    More beautiful than anyone could have ever imagined. It was such a peaceful + magical place in the middle of a city known for being a bit crazy. Would highly recommend this place for any off beat brid...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    We're frequent visitors to the various structures of the Audubon Institute, and we're admittedly devotees. There's just something about going to the zoo, followed by a picnic with our kids on The Fly,...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    fantastic experience...all staff from the front door and throughout the aquarium friendly and knowledgeable...5 stars for everyone !!!!  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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!
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 24, 2017
    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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