Aquariums & Zoos in New Orleans Louisiana

Whether you are five years old or 55, world-class zoos, nature exhibits and wildlife experiences are easily found around Louisiana and they are worth your time. The experience of seeing unusual and exotic animals up-close is one a person never forgets.

In the New Orleans area, pay a visit to any of the properties of the Audubon Institute, including the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, or the fascinating Audubon Insectarium.

Take a jaunt across Lake Pontchartrain to the NorthShore area discover the wonders of a safari-style tour at the Global Wildlife Center. Visit the beautiful, high-quality zoo in Baton Rouge or, in north Louisiana, spend some time at Shreveport's exciting Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo. You might even consider looking in at Chimp Haven, a national chimpanzee sanctuary, or Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary.

No city in North America can compete with New Orleans when it comes to culture, food, historic architecture, joie de vivre and tourism options.

The Crescent City has suffered plagues, wars, imperial regime changes and devastating floods. Yet, it always wakes up with a smile on its face. This may be because its inhabitants step to an easy beat first laid down three centuries ago. Moving at this relaxed pace, visitors are delighted by the French Creole elegance of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) or the opulence discovered in a streetcar ride through the Garden District and Uptown.

Anytime of year find live music, amazing Creole and Cajun cuisine, fresh seafood, farmers markets, shopping, nightlife and more.  During Mardi Gras season, the city becomes the world’s center. Downtown transforms into an adult playground, while parades in residential areas provide children thrilling entertainment. Each spring, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival moves the focus to the charming Gentilly area and the Fair Grounds Race Course. But no matter the time of year, New Orleans' calendar overflows in celebration.