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Cool Zoo and Lazy River Open Daily Beginning Saturday, May 26 for 2018 Summer Season

Daily schedule continues through Sunday, August 12; weekends only from August 18 to Labor Day

Cool Zoo and the Gator Run lazy river, Audubon Zoo's popular water attractions, will open daily for the 2018 summer season on Saturday, May 26.

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

The water park’s daily schedule will continue through Sunday, August 12 before returning to weekends only from Saturday, August 18 through Labor Day, September 4, when the water park will close for the 2018 season.

Cool Zoo and Gator Run lazy river also will be open on Friday evenings prior to the Dinner and ZOOvie showings beginning June 1. ZOOvies continue at the Capitol One Stage on June 22 and 29, July 13 and 27 and August 3. Click here for more information.

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.

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

Non-members can take advantage of a discount. The Zoo + Cool Zoo Combo ticket is $29.95 for adults (13-64), $24.95 for children (2-12) and $26.95 for seniors (65+).

2018 Cool Zoo/Gator Run Operating Schedule:

May 26 - August 12 (Open daily)

August 18 - September 3 (Open weekends only)

Open Labor Day, September 4 (Final day of summer 2018 season)

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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 Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.