New Orleans is a favorite destination for tourists, for a variety of reasons. When asked about the allure of the Crescent City, many people will tell you Mardi Gras or Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are the places to go. While those are definitely things New Orleans is famous for, there are so many other gems in and around the city. You won’t want to miss any of them!
Today we’ll take a quick visit to the New Orleans Zoo, officially one part of the Audubon Nature Institute. The zoo, along with the aquarium, insectarium and the nature center gives visitors a wondrous experience in nature in all its forms.
The Zoo is located on Magazine Street, in the Garden District of New Orleans. Once you enter, it’s difficult to believe you’re in the middle a large southeastern city. The magnificent oak trees, with Spanish Moss hanging from their branches and drifting in the breeze, makes it reminiscent of the plantations of the old South. Inside, you will find animals in their unique natural habitats as you stroll through the paths of the zoo. Black bears, alligators, tigers, and leopards are a mere handful of the remarkable animals you will see. Peacocks wander the ground unrestricted – you never know when one will approach you and offer a magnificent photo opportunity.
Spend a day or a few hours, whatever your plans allow. Get a combination ticket and visit all the areas of Audubon Nature Institute. I can tell you, it’s not just for the kids. I have been there many times, with kids and without, and I always find something new and exciting that I had not seen in the past.
So, if you’re visiting New Orleans, be sure to include a stop here. I can assure, you won’t be disappointed!
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