Audubon Zoo

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Home to some ofnature's rarest creatures, this landmark attraction is packed with history,Cajun flavor and Louisiana charm.

A busy city centerisn’t the obvious location for collections of exotic animals andalligator-filled swamps, but that’s where you’ll find Audubon Zoo. It’s uptownon the banks of the Mississippi River, at the southern end of Audubon Park.

The zoo is namedafter the naturalist and artist John James Audubon. It began as an exhibit forthe 1884 World Exposition. Over the years more exhibits were added and todaythe zoo is one the country’s finest, housing more than 2,000 animals innaturalistic enclosures over 58 acres (23 hectares).

This is not a zoo tobe rushed through. The 100-year-old oak trees, sculptures and historic artnouveau buildings lend the zoo a stately, relaxed atmosphere. Constructed in1928, the Sea Lion Pool, with its graceful Neoclassical columns, is one of NewOrleans’ prettiest spots. Lookout for Monkey Hill. Built during the Great Depression, the 28-foot (8.5-meter)high hill was intended to show the children of flat New Orleans what a hilllooks like.

Sayhello to the stars of the zoo, elephants Jean and Panya, and the rare whitetiger brothers Rex and Zulu. Explore the African Savanna and Asian Domain, but don’t miss theLouisiana Swamp. Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the steamyambience of this alligator-filled lagoon, complete with Cajun houseboat, or tryout the four story ropes course.

Visitthe rattlesnakes, gila monsters and Komodo dragon in the Reptile House. Andthen meet their ancestors in Dinosaur Adventure, where full-sized dinosaurreplicas move and roar.

Don’t forget yourswimsuit in the often sizzling New Orleans summer. The Cool Zoo playground withits water jets and slides is the perfect place to cool off. When hunger calls,the Flamingo and Zoofari cafés provide plenty of feed-time options.

Audubon Zoo formspart of the larger Audubon Nature Institute, which also includes the Aquariumand the Insectarium just a short drive away. Buy tickets individually or as apackage, which can include entrance to the IMAX Theatre next to theAquarium.

AudubonZoo is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s free parking,and it’s accessible by city transportation.

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Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
New Orleans, LA
Located in Uptown Historic District, this golf apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Audubon Park and Magazine Street. Audubon Zoo and Tulane University ...
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Great location
"My stay was well appointed with amenities. I was there to work, arrived in the darkness and the host was very accommodating. Beautiful location, 10 minutes from wherever I needed to be."

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Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
Located in Uptown Historic District, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Audubon Park and Magazine Street. Audubon Zoo and Tulane University are ...
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College drop off
"We loved this little house. It was perfect for our needs. Wish we could have stayed longer!"

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Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
New Orleans, LA
Located in Uptown Historic District, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Audubon Park and Magazine Street. Audubon Zoo and Tulane University are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (51 reviews)
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"Great location close to park and magazine street."

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UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
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Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
New Orleans, LA
Artistic Loft directly on Audubon Park
Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
Charming New Orleans Cottage Steps from Audubon Park and Magazine St
UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
New Orleans, LA
UPTOWN GEM WITH POOL
Magnificent Double on Magazine
Magnificent Double on Magazine
New Orleans, LA
Magnificent Double on Magazine
beautiful guest cottage ,  comfortable and convenient
beautiful guest cottage , comfortable and convenient
New Orleans, LA
beautiful guest cottage , comfortable and convenient
1BR 2adults/2kids, GREAT UPTOWN LOCATION! Must have proof of vaccinations!
1BR 2adults/2kids, GREAT UPTOWN LOCATION! Must have proof of vaccinations!
New Orleans, LA
1BR 2adults/2kids, GREAT UPTOWN LOCATION! Must have proof of vaccinations!
Large Family Getaway Walk to Magazine + StreetCar!
Large Family Getaway Walk to Magazine + StreetCar!
New Orleans, LA
Large Family Getaway Walk to Magazine + StreetCar!
⚜️Convenient Walk, 5 blocks from StreetCar, Tulane and Magazine Street⚜️
⚜️Convenient Walk, 5 blocks from StreetCar, Tulane and Magazine Street⚜️
New Orleans, LA
⚜️Convenient Walk, 5 blocks from StreetCar, Tulane and Magazine Street⚜️
Uptown Luxurious Modern Condo in the Best Neighborhood!
Uptown Luxurious Modern Condo in the Best Neighborhood!
New Orleans, LA
Uptown Luxurious Modern Condo in the Best Neighborhood!
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