Audubon Nature Institute
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Families on vacation should make some time to visit the Audubon Nature Institute. This massive facility is home to a zoo, an aquarium, and an insectarium, not to mention an IMAX Theater and a golf course. Special kid-friendly exhibits feed curious minds while allowing little ones to get up close and personal with their favorite furry (or scaly or slimy) friends. You can also watch daily feedings or sit in on numerous lectures and films about the environment.
Located on the southern edge of Audubon Park west of Uptown, the aquarium, IMAX, and insectarium are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The zoo is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recent visitors recommend purchasing the Audubon Experience Package (approximately $35 for adults and $19 for children and seniors) which offers one-time admission to all four major attractions and is good for 45 days. Another way to save is to purchase a combo ticket for the three attractions that interest you the most. Individual prices and upcoming events are listed on the Audubon Nature Institute website.