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“Good place to take kids”

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
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Ranked #24 of 360 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted A top museum for you and your kids by CNN, 2009.
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Tampa, FL
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good place to take kids”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We got the combination ticket from the Audubon Aquarium and took our 13 month old grandson. I think this is best for kids old enough to read, but he had a great time, He loved looking at the bugs, enjoyed the cookie class where they cooked bugs and made cookies with bugs and especially the butterfly room where butterflies light on you and where there is a lovely koi pond, We were there for hours and he had a good time, but a child old enough to read would get a lot more out of it. I found the exhibits to be very interesting and educational

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We just popped in here when passing as we had an inclusive ticket from visiting the aquarium..we were not disappointed. Despite us both being 30(ish) we had great fun. It was fairly quiet so we were able to sit alone for some time in the butterfly garden with the butterflies all around us-truly lovely experience and one I will never forget!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Ugly Bug Ball”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Now, I am about to tell you about one of the most interesting museums I have ever visited. Like creepy crawlies? Awww… come on. You know you do!

The Insectarium is so amazing! Imagine what it would be like to instantly shrink to “bug size”. Whoah… pretty cool, huh? Wander through 13 gallery rooms, containing over 70 live animal enclosures, 30 specimen cases, and a multisensory theater. Walk through a Louisiana swamp, or visit a beautiful Japanese butterfly garden. Wonders await you!

Audubon Insectarium
423 Canal Street

Visited September 2012
Thank Angela A
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Great for adults and families. Reasonably priced - under $20 nad filled with information and hands on experiences. Ask the volunteers and scientists all you want - they happily will indulge you. Butterfly garden - super! Bug cooking classes will have you screaming for moreor just screaming - worth it either way! Amazing facts and great way to spend several hours! CLOSED MONDAYS.

Visited November 2012
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Easton, PA
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“Bugs, glorious bugs and a butterfly exhibit”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a great museum. Do note that you have to go through "airport" type security to get in so leave your swiss army knife at home. You can see all kinds of bugs and touch african cocroaches Wonderfully eeeewww!!! :-) They also hiss if you wake them up. If you pet the bugs, wash your hands after because it was near the bathroom. Once you go through the end of the exhibit, I didn't see a bathroom. The exhibit is all on the ground level floor. There are live exhibits like leaf aunts doing their thing, meal works, and other bugs. There is a walk through, go underground, portion that would be great for little ones. You can go to a 4d experience theater to see an 8 minute show. If you have allergies, you may want to skip that one. The end of the exhibit walks you through a butterfly room/garden. Way cool. I would wear layers of clothes to peel off because it is hot in there. You can take pictures in the exhibit. This would be great for small kids.

Visited November 2012
Thank Sue H
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