Cool off at Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park at Audubon Zoo!

Cool Zoo/Gator Run is subject to close temporarily during inclement weather.
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2019 Open Dates:

  • May 4 - May 26 (Open Weekends Only)
  • May 27 - August 4 (Open 7 Days a Week)
  • August 10 - September 2 (Open Weekends Only)
  • September 3 (Closed for the Season)

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, jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, spider monkey soakers and water-spitting snakes. 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. The splash park offers three different splash zones with one area specifically for toddlers and younger kids. Need a place to stow your items? Lockers are available for a fee.

Gator Run, the lazy river, is part of Cool Zoo and has quickly become a choice spot to beat the summer heat. Visitor favorites include the 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/Gator Run is located beside the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel.

Make your next party a splash at Cool Zoo!

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$12 non-members / $10 members (includes tax)
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.
Purchase Cool Zoo wristbands at the front gate or at the Carousel ticket booth.

POP Wristband:
$14 non-members/ $12 members (includes tax)
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 POP wristbands at the front gate or at the Carousel ticket booth.

Zoo/Cool Zoo Combo Ticket:
Adult: $29.95 (plus sales tax)
Child: $24.95 (plus sales tax)
Senior: $26.95 (plus sales tax)
Purchase Zoo/Cool Zoo Combo tickets at the Zoo front gate.

Due to unforeseen impacts of COVID-19 and subsequent restrictions, bookings are unavailable until further notice.

Daily Cabana Rentals include all-day or half-day access to a semi-private bungalow with two lounge chairs, an ottoman, and four complimentary bottles of water.

  • Cabanas are available for rental on the Splash Pad, Lazy River, and near the Elephant Exhibit.
  • Monday-Friday
    Full Day Rental: $100.00 Non-Member/$75.00 Member
    Half Day Rental: $65.00 Non-Member/$50.00 Member
  • Saturday-Sunday
    Full Day Rental: $100.00 Non-Member/$75.00 Member
  • Please note that Zoo and Cool Zoo admissions are purchased separately from Cabana Rentals.

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 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.
  • Suitcases, backpacks or coolers (with or without wheels) must not be larger than 28-quart size. One per family. Alcohol is not permitted. Glass containers, disposable straws and lids are not permitted for the safety of our animals. Audubon reserves the right to search coolers and backpacks.
  • No smoking.
  • “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.
  • No diving.
  • 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.

Cool Zoo “Cub Check” Policy:
To ensure the safety of families with small children, every guest under the age of 13 years of age and their associated parent/guardian will receive a unique number mark on their wristband. This unique number will be verified upon their exit of Cool Zoo.

Raincheck Policy:
Safety is our top concern at Cool Zoo. We know the value of your experience is important. If severe weather occurs, Cool Zoo may close temporarily until the weather conditions improve. There are no refunds due to inclement weather. If Cool Zoo closes for two (2) consecutive hours due to weather delay, rainchecks will be available. Guest must turn in their wristbands for that day to obtain a raincheck. Rainchecks are valid for Cool Zoo admission only. Not valid for Zoo, Aquarium, or Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission.

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