Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don't miss the daily animal presentations, chats and feeds; our highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards, and orangutans; our tiger; and our mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country's best for innovation and entertainment value!

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Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of the Great Maya Reef come alive in our walk-through tunnel, while our penguins and Southern sea otters are visitor favorites. Touch a stingray, feed a parakeet, and marvel at our gigantic sharks and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Watch for sea turtles throughout the Aquarium as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, we prepare many of them for release to the wild.

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted "A top museum for you and your kids” by, 2009.

Tues - Sun | 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Please note: the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located in a Federal building and visitors must pass through security to enter. Read more.

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Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is a cherished community resource. Located adjacent to Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East on 86 acres of hardwood bottomland forest, its creation was a project of the Junior League of Greater New Orleans, opening March 23, 1980.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the Nature Center grounds, essentially destroying the facility but Audubon moved forward with the rebuilding process. Now the next chapter begins for the Nature Center, and we are excited to announce that it has reopened with modern buildings, beautiful nature trails and new programs celebrating the wonders of nature.

Walking Trails:
Open Daily | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Interpretive Center: Wed - Sun | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Planetarium: Wed, Thurs, Fri - 2:30 PM
     Sat & Sun - 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, & 3:30 PM or by group reservation
Ranger Chats: Mon & Tues - 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM

No admission or tickets required for Nature Trails and Interpretive Center. Group reservations required for education programs and planetarium shows.

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