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Cool Zoo and Lazy River Open April 14 for Spring Break

New for 2017: Zoo + Cool Zoo combo discount


Cool Zoo and the Gator Run lazy river, Audubon Zoo's popular water attractions, will open for the 2017 season on Friday, April 14

Visitors can take advantage of a discount when Cool Zoo and the Gator Run lazy river open for the 2017 season on Friday, April 14 at Audubon Zoo.

The new Zoo + Cool Zoo Combo ticket is $29.95 for adults (13-64), $24.95 for children (2-12) and $26.95 for seniors (65+).

Just in time for spring break, the Zoo’s popular water attractions will be open daily from April 14 through April 23 before switching to a weekends-only schedule from April 29 to May 26.

Cool Zoo and Gator Run will open daily for the 2017 summer season beginning May 27 and continuing through August 11, before returning to weekends only from August 12 through Labor Day, September 4, when the water park will close for the 2017 season.

Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman
“When the temperature goes up, it’s a perfect time to cool down at Audubon Zoo. And this year, Audubon is offering families a savings opportunity with the new Zoo + Cool Zoo combo discount.’’
Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman

Gator Run includes showers, restrooms, lockers, outdoor seating, a private area for nursing mothers and "Gator Bites,'' serving a menu of pizza and other food and beverage items Just like Cool Zoo, the water in the lazy river can be heated when necessary.

Back for its third year, the lazy river offers Zoo visitors the option to cool down by floating atop an inner tube along a course that measures 750 linear feet in length. Three feet deep and 10 feet wide, the lazy river features two sand beaches and water cannons that can shower visitors as they float by.

Rafts are included in the admission price for Gator Run. Anyone under 48 inches will need a life jacket supplied by Audubon Zoo.No outside food or beverage is allowed in Cool Zoo or Gator Run. Visitors can bring their own towels or purchase them at the Cool Shop

Cool Zoo returns with all it favorite features: the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and shady spots for grown ups.

Regular admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo admission.

For details, click here.

Audubon Zoo, located at 6500 Magazine St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

2017 Cool Zoo/Gator Run Operating Schedule:

April 14 - April 23 (Open daily for Spring Break)

April 29- May 26 (Open weekends only)

May 27 - August 11 (Open daily)

August 12 - September 4 (Open weekends only)

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Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute