Plan Ahead Pricing

The earlier you book your tickets online, the more you can save!

Audubon Nature Institute is also proud to offer Plan Ahead Pricing at Audubon Zoo, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a visit on a day that best accommodates both their budgets and schedules. 


Ticket prices may increase daily. Please be advised the price will never be lower for a particular day than is currently listed, so don't wait! Ticket sales end at 4:00 p.m. each day and last pre-paid entry is 4:30 p.m.

Audubon Members – you no longer need an advanced reservation to visit!
Visit the Zoo and Aquarium using your Digital Membership Card.



Your Audubon Nature Institute Membership is your pass to adventure, value, and FUN! Join today for a year of unlimited visits, valuable discounts, and special members-only perks – plus the benefit of knowing your generosity supports the animals in our care and those you help protect in the wild.


6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Thur - Mon | 10 AM - 5 PM


How does Plan Ahead Pricing work?

Each day’s prices are determined based on a number of factors developed through extensive research and collaboration with a team of expert economists, including attendance patterns, popular holidays/events, and weather.

In general, for busier periods with higher estimated attendance, prices will reflect high demand. For quieter attendance days, prices will be lower.

When does the new pricing begin?
Audubon Nature Institute now offers Plan-Ahead Pricing at Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

How much can you save?
It varies—but the prices listed for each date will always be the most affordable option for that particular date. They’ll never decrease, but they may increase, so purchasing earlier is always the best option!

How far ahead do I need to purchase tickets in order to save?
It is recommended to buy tickets online at least 24 hours in advance. An advance purchase online ticket offers the lowest price for the date of a visit. To view a calendar of current ticket prices, visit the Tickets page on our website.

Are these final prices or is it possible for the price to go down tomorrow?
The current price listed online will always be the most affordable option. It is possible the price may increase over time, so it is best to buy your tickets in advance. Ticket prices will be higher at front gate.

How long is my ticket valid?
The ticket is valid for entry on the printed ticket date only.

What if I purchased my ticket and cannot go?
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, however, if you need to exchange your ticket, please call Guest Services at 504-861-2537. Guests will be required to pay the difference in price depending on the date of visit.

How do I receive a refund for my ticket?
Tickets are non-refundable are non-transferable, however, we are happy to re-issue a ticket for another day if necessary. Guests will be required to pay the difference in price depending on the date of visit.

Do young children need to have a ticket?
Yes, all guests ages 2 and up need to have a ticket to enter the Zoo and Aquarium.

Does Plan Ahead Pricing affect Membership rates?
No, the cost of Membership is not affected by Plan-Ahead Pricing.

How are groups affected?
School groups are separately priced along with groups over 50. We will offer Plan Your Own Price for Non-Youth Groups on our website here.


Be inspired to become a future conservationist by seeing the wonders of nature! Group Visits are for groups of 10 or more guests (not including those under the age of two)!



Orleans Parish Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants with a government-issued ID that matches their SNAP card enjoy complimentary admission for up to five to Audubon.



Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to Audubon facilities for themselves and up to four guests when they present a valid government-issued photo ID on certain days each month.