The final of the Audubon locations that I visited in my hometown New Orleans to share with you! Previously we went to the Audubon Aquarium now we`re headed to the Audubon Zoo! This is another non-sponsored post which all expenses came out of pocket on my end.
To start off, the zoo has a large parking lot. Plenty of spaces to park for everyone! If for some reason you can`t find a spot because an event or something is going on, there`s a parking lot across the street which is huge as well! They also have a back parking lot area that can be used also. So don`t worry about find a place to park, may not be in the very front, but there IS somewhere to put your vehicle (and it`s free!)
The entrance is divided into sections where you make your ticket purchase. They have a window for those who are members then other windows for those who are non-members.Â As you enter to the left is a spot if you need to start off for a bite to eat or drink and next to that are the flamingos.Â If you were to go straight you walk along the main path way. Met at the end of the pathway is a medium sized fountain featuring some elephant statues. To the right takes you to one part of the zoo and the left will take to you to another part.
If you go right you will go through animals such as elephants, camels, ant eaters, jaguars, bears, etc. Jungle/wild like animals if you will. You walk along the path to each exhibit. If you go to the left there`s a small play area, an area where they hold event such as Earth Fest, sea lions, monkeys, etc. If you chose to just go straight past the center fountain you will go into another section where they have what they call Monkey Hill where it`s basically a big hill play area for kids. You will also find more animals such as giraffes, kangaroos, emus, birds, swamp life, etc.
One part of the zoo you may not want to miss is the petting area. They have goats and sheep that you can brush and pet which roam freely. Of course watch out for stepping in any doo doo! The staff does try to keep that clear and free for you the best they can, but just a word of warning! You can also see chickens, pigs and a donkey in that area. This part is found on the discovery walk which has staff members showing animals that you can pet with their supervision. These animals change from visit to visit but you may see a snake, ferret, hedge hog, turtle, etc. Small sized animals.
The paths are safe and even wheelchair friendly through most if not all parts. So if you have any handicapped family or friends with you, they can still enjoy their visit. Each exhibit is very well made up to suit each of the animals needs. I find they have a nice sized area to roam about and live happily, unlike other zoos I have seen which seem to cage the animals in small spaces rather than having them move freely. All the animals always seem quite happy and sometimes even like to put on a show for people when they`re being viewed. Of course that`s a rare occassion.
There`s a TON of animals at the zoo to see, too many for me to even list on here. The scenery is beautiful and it is kept clean. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the animals they are presenting. They have a couple of gift shops throughout to make any purchase of gifts, toys, clothing or souvenirs from your visit. They also have quite a few places to get lunch, snacks, drinks, snowballs, etc so you don`t have to worry about getting too hungry while you`re out.
I love going to the zoo and actually have the family membership pass which is good for the zoo, aquarium and discount for insectarium. The pass lets you go into the zoo and aquarium unlimited times for 2 adults and the children in your household for free all year long (well I guess not free, the pass is $135 for the family one that I have) and you pay just $5/person for the Insectarium rather than $15/person. So it has it`s benefits for the locals!
Be sure to see if any events are going on before coming, those are always more exciting, but beware, these are also pretty crowded as well.