Enjoy a Summer Escape Staycation in New Orleans at Audubon Zoo


Within New Orleans’ historic oak-shaded Garden District lives Audubon Zoo. Since the 1800s, Audubon Zoo has drawn in visitors of all ages to experience its award-winning exhibits and unfamiliar animals. Whether planning a family-friendly summer escape or a relaxed New Orleans staycation, the zoo is the best place for family fun.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute came to life to educate the public and conserve nature’s eccentric creatures. The institute encompasses numerous recreational parks and three attractions, including Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium, and Audubon Insectarium.

According to the organization’s website, “We believe in leaving things better than we found them. Our goal is to educate, empower, and inspire everyone to do good by taking action to protect nature and wildlife.”

As a leader in animal conservation, Audubon Nature Institute has enacted programs to restore the Louisiana coast and advance regional fisheries. Audubon Nature Institute invites curious minds to learn and take action. Through the institute’s educational programs, attractions, and group activities, participants can make a difference.

Encounter Wildlife from All Around the World

Bright pink Caribbean flamingos are the first to greet visitors as they walk through the front entrance. While wandering through the zoo’s 56 acres, nature lovers can meet California sea lions, Asian elephants, Amur leopards, orangutans, and other species from around the globe.

Get an up-close look at New Orleans’ natural world at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit.
Explorers will find native species in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit, such as the American alligator and blue crab. The exhibit even hosts a rare albino alligator with bright blue eyes.

Discover majestic animals at the zoo’s exotic Asia exhibit. The elephant habitat is one of the Zoo’s most famous spots, but many other residents can be found there. Sun bears, Malayan tigers, and Indonesian babirusas are a few of the species that share the spotlight with the elephants.

Escape the Heat at Audubon Zoo’s Water Attractions

Although visitors can hydrate at concession stands throughout the park, sometimes beverages aren’t enough to evade the Louisiana humidity. Adventurous families will enjoy splashing at the Cool Zoo waterpark within the Audubon Zoo. Gator Run, the 750-foot lazy river, will help visitors relax and cool off. Even the zoo’s climbing attraction, Monkey Hill, has splashing pools and sprinklers to calm the heat.

Learn and Explore at Audubon Zoo Camp

For an extended interactive experience, Audubon Zoo offers animal encounters, hands-on science explorations, and animal-themed activities through its zoo camps. Little ones can learn about the natural world safely with others their age. Audubon Zoo offers summer camps, classroom programs, and teaching resources to engage children year-round.

Have a Staycation at the Jung Hotel & Residences

The best way to enjoy a staycation in New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. The Jung Hotel & Residences is ideally situated near the Canal Streetcar line, allowing easy accessibility. Make a reservation at the Jung Hotel today and experience adventure, fun, and leisure.