Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Wolden- berg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation.
Cool Zoo will be open weekends only beginning September 12. Cool Zoo closes for the season on September 27, 2015.
This year Gator Run, a new lazy river, opened as part of Cool Zoo. Gator Run is destined to be a summer favorite as it features a 750 foot lazy river with two sand beaches, lounge chairs, four water cannons, two water curtains and jumping jets. The lazy river is three feet deep and takes approximately seven minutes to make a round trip. Gator Run also offers a food cart concession area, outdoor seating, additional showers and restrooms. Rafts are free for all floaters and kids under 48 inches will need a life jacket (supplied by Audubon Zoo). Bring your own towel or purchase a new one in The Cool Shop!
Cool Zoo, a wild and wet splash park, is one of the top water parks in New Orleans and a hot spot for kids to cool down at Audubon Zoo. Highlights include Gator Run, a new lazy river, jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and more. There is also shaded seating, family restrooms, an expanded stroller area inside the splash park, a Snack N' Splash concession stand and The Cool Shop carrying a variety of summertime necessities.
Need a place to stow your items? Lockers are available for a fee.
Admission: $12/non-members, $10/members Cool Zoo admission is an additional purchase to your Zoo ticket and includes Gator Run. Everyone entering Cool Zoo, 2 years and older, must have a wristband including adults supervising children.
POP Wristband: $12/non-members, $10/members Our best deal! Enjoy all-day, unlimited admission to Cool Zoo, Gator Run, Train rides and Carousel rides with the purchase of the Pay One Price (POP) attractions wristband.
Purchase Cool Zoo wristbands at the front gate or at the Carousel ticket booth.
Come make your next party a splash at Cool Zoo! Read more »
Cool Zoo/Gator Run is subject to close temporarily during inclement weather.
Cool Zoo/Gator Run Rules:
Cool Zoo wristbands must be worn at all times while in the facility.
Children 12 years and under must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Families with strollers must park stroller in the stroller area or near the stroller parking located outside of Cool Zoo.
Wagons, lounge chairs, swim toys and inflatable devices are not permitted.
No ice chests are allowed.
“Family Appropriate” swimwear and attire is required and subject to splash park approval. Not allowed: visible undergarments, jeans, thongs, denim, long pants, belts, cut-off shorts, speedos, etc.
Swim diapers required for children who are not potty trained.
Swimwear must be covered before exiting Cool Zoo.
Walk, do not run.
No climbing up slides.
Food and drink must be kept outside of splash zones.
Maximum capacity: 2,000
Gator Run River Rules:
No food allowed in the river.
Children under 48 inches tall must wear a life vest.
No stopping and standing in place while in the river.
Do not leave tubes in the river.
No street shoes allowed in the river.
Maximum capacity: 350
By attending Cool Zoo/Gator Run you consent to Audubon Nature Institute's photography policy.
Zoo Visitor Info
Audubon Zoo Hours
Open (Through Sept. 7, 2015) Mon - Fri | 10am - 5pm Sat & Sun | 10am - 6pm
Open (Beginning Sept. 8, 2015) Tue - Fri | 10am - 4pm Sat & Sun | 10am - 5pm
Tips for Your Zoo Trip - Our giraffes are off exhibit due to yard conditions. - Our elephants are off exhibit today, September 4, 2015. - Visit our Asian elephants in Asian Domain across from the White Tiger exhibit daily (except for Wednesday) from 10 am to noon. Subject to change as weather permits. - The orangutans are off exhibit adjusting to their new home at the Zoo! - Audubon’s Dinosaur Adventure is closed while we renovate the experience. - Sea Lions are off exhibit while construction continues on their pool. - Due to the extreme heat, many of the animals in our collection have indoor/outdoor access.
- Please view construction updates before you arrive. - At the Zoo, check the video monitors at the front gate for the latest updates. Some animal areas might close during the day due to inclement weather or exhibit maintenance.
Our best value! Visit Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium for one low price. The Audubon Experience package includes one visit to each facility. Audubon Experience packages are valid for 30 consecutive days starting with your first visit. The IMAX® ticket is valid for one movie on first-come, first-served availability. Tickets may be purchased in advance and used the day of your visit. Our attractions are open Tuesday through Sunday.
Audubon Zoo General Admission
$18.95 Adult Admission
$13.95 Child (2 -12) Admission
$14.95 Senior (65+) Admission Free for Audubon Members
Discounted admission for youth groups of 10 or more and group lunches for 20 or more. Exciting, educational and entertaining trips at economical rates are available with advance reservations at the Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and IMAX®. To make your reservations or for more information please read more online, or call us at (504) 581-4629 or 1-800-774-7394, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.
Visit often with a full year of free admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium! Plus, Audubon Members save with $5 admission tickets to Entergy IMAX® Theatre, while enjoying many other valuable perks. We encourage you to do the math, and compare single ticket prices to Membership. Depending on how often you plan to visit, Audubon Membership is the best entertainment value in town!