In an earlier post, we covered New Orleans’ Audubon Aquarium of the Americas as a great activity to consider during your stay at our bed and breakfast. However, if that post didn’t make it clear enough, Audubon has a huge presence here in The Big Easy. The Aquarium is just one of a number of Audubon attractions. Today we’d like to recommend the Audubon-named properties at 6500 Magazine Street: the Audubon Zoo, and the Audubon Park.
Explore the native habitats that are home to animals from around the world at the Audubon Zoo. From African Grasslands, to the jungles of South America, to the swamps that are so prevalent here in Louisiana, the zoo gives visitors a look into these natural environments and the lives of the animals within. Enjoy the sea lion and elephant presentations, hands-on exhibits (check out the Embraceable Zoo), educational programs, and beautiful gardens. Rare and endangered animals who call the zoo their home include white tigers, whooping cranes, Amur leopards and more.
This world-class zoo also features the Cool Zoo splash park, and the Dinosaur Adventure, available for additional fees. The Cool Zoo is a fantastic water cool-down area that is one of the best kids’ water parks in the city. Te dinosaur exhibit features life-sized replicas of some of your favorite dinosaurs, and a kids’ activity area featuring an an ‘excavation site.’
General Zoo tickets are $16 for Adults, $11 for children/youth ages 2-12, and $13 for seniors. Hours are 10am – 5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am – 6pm on weekends.
For the full zoo experience, Pay One Price (POP) Wristbands are available for just $12 for non-members and $9 for members which allow all-day admission to both the Cool Zoo and Dinosaurs, plus unlimited rides on the on-site train and carousel.
Free to the public, the Audubon park was named in 1886 in honor of then NOLA resident John James Audubon and features 340 acres of peace and tranquility. Fountains, lagoons, gazebos, giant oaks, golf, tennis, a 1.8 mile paved walking/jogging/biking trail, and a 2.2 mile dirt running/walking path grace the grounds. Nearby are the gorgeous architecture of Loyola and Tulane Universities, and local mansions. The park’s long lagoon on the east side contains Ochsner Island (Bird Island), a rookery with many species of wading birds (at least 3 species of egrets, 4 species of herons, and others), diving birds, and ducks. This is a prime location for bird-lovers of all kinds to witness these magnificent animals.
If you get hungry during your visit to the park, make a visit to the Audubon Clubhouse Cafe for a bite to eat.
Park hours are 5am – 10pm. There is no admission to the park!
So why not make a day of it? After a restful night in your cozy guestroom and a great continental breakfast here at the inn, there is a free shuttle bus that runs from the streetcar on St Charles around the park to the Zoo entrance. Guests can ask the Innkeeper for the operating times of this not well known transportation feature. Enjoy the park for a few hours and visit one of the two Audubon Clubhouse Cafe locations for some lunch, then head to the Audubon Zoo on the south end of the park to enjoy a great afternoon with the animals and the water! Bring your swimsuits, and get ready for a great day!