New Orleans Audubon Zoo’s New Gator Run Lazy River: SNEAK PEEK!

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It’s time to plan your Summer vacation?  Do you know where you will be taking the kids this year? While New Orleans is not traditionally known as a kid friendly destination, I beg you to reconsider.  Between the Aquarium, Insectarium, Children’s Museum, kid centric walking tours, beignets and City Park’s Carousel Gardens, there is no shortage of entertainment for your little ones.  And now, the Audubon Zoo is making a New Orleans vacation even “cooler.”

The Cool Zoo already offers jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, and water-spitting snakes and will expand in 2015 by an acre and a half with the Gator Run lazy river, sand beach and additional refreshment stand with more seating.  The Gator Run addition is slated to open in April of 2015 to cool off zoo guests in the crazy New Orleans heat.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to get a sneak peek of the addition right after water was added to the park.  Who’s ready to dive in?



The Cool Zoo Admission will be $10 for Members and $12 for Non-Members.  It WILL include the Gator Run lazy river.


  1. How much will it cost to use the lazy river?

  2. They need a water park and a zip line!!

  3. Connie Peltier says:

    can wate to bring my grandkids

  4. Angie Naquin says:

    So glad that we will have something like this close to home!!!! Looking forward to it opening!!

  5. Wow this year going to be great fun can’t wait to go. One more place to add to New Orleans places to see and enjoy.

  6. Wow this year going to be great fun can’t wait to go. One more place to add to New Orleans places to see and enjoy.

  7. Nancy Mueller says:

    Pretty Cool !!!

  8. My grandchildren live in Baton Rouge and visit with me during the Summer. They will be so excited when I tell them about the Zoo’s new Gator Run Lazy River. Thanks so much Audubon Zoo for such an awesome addition to our Beautiful Zoo!!!

  9. Sandra Porter says:

    How much will it cost and so happy that they will have more things to do than just walking around and seeing animals!

  10. Is it a ride? Tubing? Or do you just splash around in it?

  11. Melissa says:

    so excited can’t wait to see what it’s all about

  12. Can’t wait! !!

  13. Bridgette Duplantis says:

    They provide tubes and you float around the river.

  14. My mom received a package where she could pay for a year visits and events for the family for around 300 or so might want to check into it if you plan on going a lot

  15. NancyYsaguire says:

    Do you allow grown ups to go in tube river with their grandkids?+

  16. Kenyada says:

    Do u still have to pay the zoo fee? When u only want to visit cool zoo.

  17. Bridgette Duplantis says:

    Yes, I believe you still have to pay the Zoo Admission fee before heading to Cool Zoo.

  18. Bridgette Duplantis says:

    Grown-ups are allowed in the lazy river but have to pay the admittance fee as well.

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