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Things To Do in New Orleans at Audubon Nature Institute
Fun Things To Do in New Orleans
Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans consists of 10 fascinating parks and museums dedicated to nature and the environment. It's an educational resource, a leader in community development, and a collection of event venues for corporate gatherings, weddings, and reunions. The different facilities are tourist attractions that can educate and entertain entire families. Audubon Park has vast green spaces, athletic and recreational fields, world-class tennis courts, a golf course, a swimming pool, and a 1.8-mile jogging path with sweeping views of the Mississippi River.
Consider beginning your visit with Hop-On to Audubon Tour, in which a red double-decker bus whisks you between Audubon's downtown attractions and the uptown Zoo. At Audubon Zoo, you'll find more than 20 exhibits and activities featuring wild animals, rare birds, Cool Zoo with Gator Run, its new 750-foot lazy river, and more! Among Audubon Zoo's highlights are Watoto Walk, African Savanna Exhibit, Asian Domain, Audubon Aviary, Jaguar Jungle, Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, Monkey Hill, Reptile Encounter, and the whooping cranes.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has a wide variety of aquatic animals, and you can make sure to catch an exhibit at feeding time. If you want a more immersive experience, underwater adventures can include a scuba dive amid cow-nosed rays and swirls of tropical fish or a snorkel dive in the Great Maya Reef. Certified divers are welcome to cruise among these wonders behind the glass.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Located on Canal Street in the U.S. Custom House, this museum invites you to tour the largest and most comprehensive museum of butterflies and insects in North America. Visitors learn the roles of insects in the development of the Earth and also experience being shrunk to the size of a bug wandering through an eerie swamp in Louisiana. Join an awards show for bugs, and be enchanted by thousands of butterflies in an Asian-inspired butterfly garden.
Entergy IMAX® Theatre
Located near the Aquarium, this theater projects 3D features on a five-and-a-half story screen! The huge screen, engulfing surround sound, and vivid nature films enthrall visitors of all ages. A combination ticket admits you to the theatre and aquarium. Enjoy the comfortable seats, soft drinks, and snacks while enjoying the film.
Calendar of Events
Whenever you plan to visit any of the attractions at Audubon Nature Institute, be sure to check our calendar of events. You can check the times for your favorite animal feedings and make sure to arrive in time for the newest IMAX® film.
Whether you're visiting or a resident, Audubon Park has tons of things to do in New Orleans. Picnic on the grounds, and bring a Frisbee. Host of the World Fair in 1884, Audubon Park has seen many stages of development and renovation throughout its long history. All these recreational facilities are also available:
Audubon Park Golf Course is the preferred site for tournament players and organizers in New Orleans. Designed by Denis Griffiths, it earns 4.5 of 5 stars on "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest magazine. The course offers more than 4,000 yards of gorgeous trees, lush greens, beautiful landscaping, and four lagoons filled with duck and geese.
Audubon Park is home to the finest tennis courts in New Orleans. All 10 of these courts feature premier clay surfaces, and the facilities operate like a world-class tennis center. Join us at your convenience. Whether you're seeking individual lessons or want to join a clinic led by a certified professional, our friendly staff is here to help you. Telephone reservations are accepted.
The Whitney M. Young Memorial Pool is open to the public. When heat and humidity arrive in New Orleans, the pool is a delightfully wet, cool, and refreshing escape for children and adults alike. Operated by the New Orleans Recreational Department, hours are subject to change without notice.
Enjoy the 1.8-mile paved jogging path meandering through the sweeping expanse of Audubon Park while majestic trees form canopies over large swaths of your journey. You're also invited to enjoy walking, running, rollerblading, and cycling during the Park’s operating hours of 5 a.m.–10 p.m. Dogs are welcome to participate on a leash.
Clubhouse Café houses a gorgeous club room and veranda with huge oak trees overlooking the backyard and a giant porch embracing the back of the restaurant. The food is top-notch and the service impeccable. Clubhouse Cafe and the stunning environs make the ideal setting for any seasonal gathering, wedding shower, and family celebration. This magnificent setting can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Over the decades, millions of visitors have found Audubon Nature Institute to be a treasure of learning, discovery, and fun. There's just too much to see and do in a day or two. We look forward to seeing you again!