Message from Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans:
‘Everyone is talking about it – Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is the hot spot for cooling down!
Cool Zoo, a new wild and wet splash park, is open at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Features include jumping water spouts, a huge 28 foot alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, bubbling fountains, water-spitting snakes and more, adding exciting fun to a warm-weather Audubon Zoo adventure.
‘The highly-anticipated attraction includes three different splash zones, with one area set aside especially for toddlers and younger kids. Cool Zoo is located between the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel and Embraceable Zoo.
‘There is shaded seating, family restrooms, lockers, a Snack N’ Splash concession stand and The Cool Shop, carrying all kinds of summertime essentials.
“Cool Zoo is a dream come true for us at Audubon Zoo,” said Audubon Zoo Managing Director Larry Rivarde. “We always want people to spend more time with us outdoors, but the heat of a New Orleans summer can be daunting. Cool Zoo gives everyone a chance to chill while they’re visiting our animals and learning about nature.”
‘The “Big Splash” on April 15, 2011, marked the official opening of Cool Zoo.
‘Admission is $4.00 for Audubon members and $5.00 for non-members in addition to regular Zoo admission, which is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 2 -12, and $11.95 for seniors 65 and older. Audubon members are always admitted to the Zoo free of charge. Cool Zoo wristbands are purchased at the front gate or at the entrance to Cool Zoo. Everyone entering Cool Zoo must have a wristband.
‘Once summer really gets going, Audubon Zoo stays open until 7pm so everyone can cool down at the end of a busy day. Extended hours are Memorial Day through Labor Day.
‘Audubon Zoo is part of Audubon Nature Institute, a New Orleans-based not-for-profit which also operates Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park, Audubon Insectarium, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (currently closed) and Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species.’