July 19, 2016
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Buy One, Get One Half Off
Cool Zoo Offers
Back to School Admission Special
Begins Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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(New Orleans, La.) - Looking for a refreshing bargain during the dog days of summer right before school starts?

The Cool Zoo, a wild and wet splash park, and Gator Run, a lazy river at Audubon Zoo, has a deal for you - a buy one, get one half off admission for the remainder of the 2016 season. The offer begins Wednesday July 20, and continues through Sunday, October 2, the last day of the 2016 schedule.

Admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo membership. The special offer admits two Audubon members for $15 and two non-members for $18.

Cool Zoo and Gator Run are open daily through August 14. The water park will begin a weekends-only schedule on August 15 through October 2, when Cool Zoo will close for the season.

This year, Cool Zoo debuted several changes designed to enhance the visitor experience, including multiple vantage points to view Audubon's new elephant habitat right next door to the water park. Other changes include the opening of the Gator Bites concession area, new lockers, new inner tubes with bottoms and a private room for nursing mothers.

Rafts are included in the admission price for Gator Run, a lazy river that's three feet deep and 10 feet wide. Visitors can bring their own towels or purchase them and other souvenirs at the Cool Shop.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Labor Day. For details, click here.

2016 Cool Zoo/Gator Run Operating Schedule
Through August 14 (Open daily)
August 15-October 2 (Open weekends only)
September 5 (Special Labor Day open Monday)


Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.