Rental policies, rules and hours of operation.
Audubon Park Shelters are available for rental from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Events may not start after 5:00 p.m.
*Please note there is no lighting in Audubon Park after sundown*
There is a $75 permit fee for any gathering in Audubon Park or the Riverview for parties (with any form of structure to be set up (i.e. chairs, table, arch, tent, inflatable, etc) of 25 or more guests.
There is a $150 permit fee for any gathering at the Tree of Life (with any form of structure to be set up (i.e. chairs, table, arch, tent, inflatable, etc) of 25 or more guests.
* It is strongly suggested that reservations be submitted at least one month prior to the event date. Please call 504-212-5420.
Park and Riverview Rules:
- Parking or driving on the grass, paved or unpaved jogging or bike paths is prohibited. Parking is available in Audubon Zoo parking lot, on Magazine Street, on St. Charles Avenue and adjacent streets to the park. You are responsible for making sure your guests do not park in Clubhouse/Golf Course parking lot. NOPD/Security officer must be utilized for this purpose. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.
- Amplified music, live bands and DJ’s are Not Allowed at Audubon Park, Shelter 11, Shelter 12 or the Riverview. Amplified music is only allowed at Newman Bandstand and must follow the City of New Orleans Noise Ordinance. Music is NOT to be played at a volume that could disturb other park guests. Music with profanity will NOT be tolerated.
- Water slides, dunking booths, and swimming pools are not allowed in the park or on park grounds. In addition, kayaking, canoeing, and sport boating are not allowed in the lagoons, ponds or bodies of water in Audubon Park.
- Horses or live animal rides (ponies, etc.) are prohibited.
- Carnival rides such as carousels, trains, and miniature ferris wheels are prohibited.
- Tents must be less than 10ft by 10ft.
- Restrooms are available to the general public at each shelter.
Water and electricity are provided with a shelter rental for food preparation and small appliances.
- Groups using shelters are responsible for bagging and disposing of all trash. Please do not leave trash or food, including crawfish shells, on the ground. Hot coals or boil water can NOT be dumped on grass or in garbage cans.
- Solicitation is prohibited. No individuals or groups will be permitted to sell any food, drinks, novelties, newspapers or general merchandise within the confines of Audubon Park, or charge admission to any event.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, by law, for any person under the age of 21. Glass containers are prohibited.
- Groups are required to bring a copy of their signed and dated permit form to the Park on the day of their event.
- Refunds will NOT be issued for cancellations unless the Audubon Zoo is closed on the day of the event due to hurricane conditions, flooding, or acts of war.
- Audubon will not be responsible for payment of equipment or services to outside vendors which a group has scheduled for an event.
- All groups are responsible for their own equipment and property. Audubon does not assume responsibility for any group's property.
- Each group renting a shelter and/or the Park must sign a waiver worded as follows.
- A refundable security deposit of $300.00 must be submitted for use of Port-O-Lets. The deposit will be forfeited if the Port-O-Lets remain on park grounds (1) one hour after your event and may arrive no earlier than (3) three hours prior to your event (Port-O-Lets cannot be placed day/night prior to event).
- Candles/open flames, flowers (real or artificial), confetti/glitter, and balloons are prohibited. The ONLY item that may be dropped on the ground, i.e. via a “flower girl”, is natural birdseed. The birdseed may not contain rice.
- Inflatable(s): Audubon Park will NOT provide electricity for any inflatables. Please make arrangements to obtain a generator when using this type of equipment. Also, please have the inflatable vendor send an insurance certificate of liability listing Audubon Nature Institute as an additional insured for the day of the event. Vendors must use sandbags to secure inflatables.
- Stakes are not allowed to be placed in the ground.
- Chairs or temporary structures may not be set up/ broken down prior to or after approved permit time being requested.
- Audubon may terminate a group’s permit and event if the group does not comply with any of the above rules, or any City of New Orleans laws or ordinances, or the group deviates from the use for which the permit was assigned. If Audubon terminates a group’s permit or event, Audubon will retain all rental fees.
- Groups will indemnify and hold harmless Audubon Commission, Audubon Nature Institute and the City of New Orleans from and against:
- All damage to the property of Audubon Commission, Audubon Nature Institute, or the City of New Orleans physically located in the Park that is caused during the holding of the activity by a group, or by his or its officers, directors, agency, employees, members, partners, or by any other person who attends the activity.
- All expenses incurred by Audubon Commission and Audubon Nature Institute in paying its own personnel in excess of 40 man-hours, as a direct and immediate result of the activity of repair, clean up or replacement of Park property in the area where the activity was held.
- All damage, destruction, littering, and defacement of the natural state of the property of the Audubon Commission, Audubon Nature Institute, or the City of New Orleans physically located in the Park that is caused during the holding of the activity by a group, or by his or its officers, directors, agency, employees, members, partners, or by any other person who attends the activity can result in a fine up to $500.00.