The Audubon Nature Institute

Who says you have to go to the Antarctica just to slide on the ice with penguins, or risk getting lost in the wild to feed a parakeet? The Audubon Nature Institute is just the right place for all the wildlife you could ever imagine!

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Located on the Mississippi River in New Orleans and a few blocks down the street from the Louisiana Children’s Museum, this cool spot has a zoo with exotic animals such as leopards, orangutans, tigers, and the “mysterious white alligators.” There are many educational programs and hands on experiences for all ages.

It also contains a butterfly garden and insectarium which the website says was voted as “a top museum for you and your kids” by, (2009).” These two particular places have been dubbed as “North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives.” (The Aububon Institute)

If you aren’t up for animals and would like to relax and take a break, visitors are also welcome to the park’s golf course, clubhouse cafe, and the Woldenberg Riverfront Park.

This non-profit organization focuses on serving their “visitors, our community, and our world as an educational resource, an environmental guardian, a leader in economic development and a venue for family entertainment.”

This ten park and museum attraction is very fun and affordable for all ages! Each person will save $3 on tickets are purchased online. Purchasing tickets on site is an option as well. Membership is free. Benefits and discounts would include free admissions to festivals, camps, birthday parties, and even family overnights!

Donations are accepted and annual funds are directed towards saving endangered wildlife.

The Institute’s hours will vary according to days and locations. All hours can be found on the the website.

For more information, visit and their social media! Call 1-800-774-7394 for any remaining questions.


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