Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans: Hours, Address, Audubon Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Audubon Zoo
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits—such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle—showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don't miss the daily animal presentations, chats and feeds; our highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards and orangutans; our white tiger; and our mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Uptown / Carrollton
Very much their own self sufficient unit within the greater metro area, Uptown and Carrollton tone down the urban edge with a friendly attitude and collegiate feel. Home to Tulane and Loyola Universities, all the students living in the area ensure that Uptown and Carrollton stay youthful, cosmopolitan and vibrantly fun. Two of the liveliest thoroughfares for nightlife and socializing (and yes of course more of the city’s outstandingly good food and live music) are Oak Street and Maple Street. For a truly wild time, the expansive acreage of Audubon Park, with its zoo, golf course, and actual patches of swampy wetlands, means peace and quiet are never too far away.
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R G
Prairieville, LA62 contributions
Cool Zoo
Jul 2021
Always loved this zoo. Staff was very friendly. Petting zoo not open yet but thats understandable. Lots of shade but its still hot during the summer. Bring water or pay a few dollars for ice cold water. Very clean
Written July 11, 2021
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Written July 14, 2021
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA558 contributions
Audubon Zoo+Cool Zoo=Happiness!!!
Jul 2021 • Family
I didn’t realize how much I missed Audubon Zoo since our last visit in August 2020 until I arrived at the front gates on today.  It has been such a long year with this pandemic so I was excited as a child would be when I returned to the Audubon Zoo for our first visit in such a long time. Audubon Zoo has embedded in my mind such fond lifelong memories for me as a child growing up in New Orleans. Now all of my new memories revolve around my son who has visited the zoo with me since he was a toddler.  Today, our visit was wonderful and once we entered the zoo it was like old times.  Our second stop was at the fountain with the elephants to take a photo.  It is the second stop for most visitors to the zoo. It is only second to the cute flamingos who are always my first stop. Next, we saw the orangutans and even had a glimpse of the new baby orangutan (such cuteness). We also visited the elephant den; however, we only saw one elephant today. The zoo volunteer had a nice presentation regarding the elephants and the kids enjoyed receiving this information.  Our favorite place to visit was the new lion exhibit.  This exhibit is really nice and the lions are both beautiful and amazing to see.  The kids absolutely loved Monkey Hill.  It is a favorite of most kids because it was originally built in the 1930s to give kids an idea of what a hill looks like in a city that is below sea level and flat. Kids truly enjoy rolling down one of the high points in New Orleans.  I think the best part for kids is playing in the water. Once we completed Monkey Hill it was time to visit the Cool Zoo.  The cost of Cool Zoo is $10.00 for nonmembers and $8.00 for members. The Cool Zoo has a lazy river which kids love,  a variety of sprinklers, and the famous Alligator that releases bunches of water to the anxious kids waiting below. This alligator is a dream come true for children. In addition, there are cabanas that can be rented for nonmembers at a cost of $75.00 and members for $50.00 I believe. Patrons can find tables and umbrellas to sit and enjoy a snack or just a place to watch the kids.  I must admit we had a fun day at the Audubon Zoo.  We even had a great time in the gift shop. It was great to find our way back to one of our happy places in NOLA. Thanks Audubon Institute for being one of the best places in New Orleans for kids to build lifelong memories. I continue to cherish my memories so many years later.
Written July 4, 2021
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Written July 7, 2021
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monticellotraveler
Cedar Rapids, IA59 contributions
Great zoo, bring your own food/water
Jun 2021 • Family
This is an absolutely beautiful park with lots of shade which is really helpful on hot summer days. There were plenty of exhibits to see, and our family enjoyed all of that. The only downside, due to Covid, was the food operations were disappointing. The one food stand open had slow service, with limited options (ie no salads on the day we were there, just a few entree options). We paid $4 for a styrofoam cup of canned tropical fruit. Given that it was hot, we had to refill our water bottles in the restroom sinks because no drinking fountains were on. The one employee I asked didn’t know if/where any water bottle filler stations were. I would suggest if you are going to bring your own food/water.
Once restrictions are lifted and things can operate more normally, it would greatly improve the experience.
Written June 22, 2021
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Written June 23, 2021
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P567
Crockett, TX36 contributions
Avoid the Audubon Zoo this summer!
Jun 2021 • Family
The Zoo is not really ready to reopen. There were many attractions not open and there was terrible service at the concessions. The place did not appear to take any special sanitation precautions, nor manage the crowding. The exhibits were very poorly maintained.
Written June 21, 2021
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Written June 23, 2021
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Johnnie H
Seabrook, TX49 contributions
Disappointing
Jun 2021
We drove in from Houston and went straight to the Zoo for our 1:30 tickets. We were notified by a loud speaker announcement at about 3;10 that the zoo was closed and to make our way to the exit. I asked an employee nearby why it was closing and was told that they had a "member event" that evening they needed to get the zoo ready. There was no notice on the website when I bought the tickets and no one told us as we entered at 1:30. This was a very expensive ticket for 1.5 hours.

The route/pathways in the zoo are not well marked and they don't give you a map. I thought maybe we missed the map, but no one had one. I don't know what I missed, but what I saw was very small. The habitats look okay, but not great. I tried to give the zoo the benefit of the doubt on the habitats, thinking they may still be recovering from the storms they have had to endure. Still it was very disappointing.
Written June 12, 2021
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Written June 18, 2021
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pjvthatsme
Newark2 contributions
Never again
Apr 2021 • Solo
Horrible place. Literally hates police officers. If you even remotely say you support police officers, you are vilified
Written May 10, 2021
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sorenk7
Baton Rouge, LA7 contributions
Was just ok...would like to go back after ALL Covid restrictions are lifted.
May 2021
My husband and I went with out 3-year old son and our 10-month old son in early May and it was just ok. We had been before, but just wanted a nice day outside with the two kids. Thankfully, the weather was great when we went, so we mostly got out of it what we wanted. However, if you have older children, it may not be as enjoyable for them. As stated in other reviews, several things that would have been most enjoyable for young children were closed, such as the train, petting zoo, carousel, and Cool Zoo. The mask mandate, however, was ridiculous. Despite the governor of Louisiana lifting the state-wide mask mandate just days before our visit, the were signs ALL over the zoo reminding everyone to keep their masks on. After passing through the entrance plaza, there weren't too many zoo employees seen, so many people just took them off or pulled them down, which is entirely understandable (a mask...outside...in Louisiana heat and 100% humidity??? Are you crazy?) Lots of people, long lines for concessions and gift shops, it was a little difficult for us to help our 3-year-old see some of the animals, since there were quite a bit of people in the way. In several exhibits, it was difficult to find the animals. I would highly recommend a trip on the New Orleans streetcar, though. The St. Charles line is not far at all from the zoo and is very scenic.
Written May 2, 2021
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Written May 4, 2021
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Lnsigns
Dayton, OH51 contributions
Was glad we stopped in
Mar 2021
Nice zoo. No discount for other zoo membership. Plenty of shade and laid out pretty flat. I would recommend to stop and see. On the small size.
Written April 27, 2021
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Written May 4, 2021
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Frankie Flan
Atlanta, GA22 contributions
Good
Apr 2021 • Family
Overall, the zoo was good. It was clean, and the animals didn’t seem depressed. The exhibits were nice. We live in Atlanta, and I thought this zoo was better than Zoo Atlanta. The Mask policy is ridiculous, but I’m not a fan of masks anyhow.
Written April 9, 2021
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Written April 14, 2021
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Diana N
Castle Rock, CO31 contributions
A nice zoo
Mar 2021 • Couples
It was a nice zoo but certainly was limited size and numbers. We always visit zoos when we travel and this was ok. I do think it was great for little ones and of course that’s who it really is for.
Written March 30, 2021
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Hi Diana N - Thank you for your feedback and we apologize for any inconvenience during your visit to Audubon Zoo.
Written March 31, 2021
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