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Having started out as the nation's first sugar plantation, then an urban park, and finally renamed in 1886 as Audubon Park in tribute to John James Audubon who painted many of his famed "Birds of America" in Louisiana, the 340-acre Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo is a place one can truly and peacefully enjoy New Orleans's old-world charm: fountains, statues, gazebos, lagoons, giant oak trees, and the occasional horse-back riders and carriages. There are also a golf course, tennis courts, and a extremely popular 1.8-mile-long paved jogging track. Do walk along the outskirts of the park and be wowed by the historic buildings of Loyola and Tulane universities, as well as many elegant mansions.
The Audubon Nature Institute has a zoo, aquarium, insectarium and a theater and organizes educational and enjoyable events for children. All museums are available for hire for personal events. A great place not only for children, but also for adults to learn about nature, the Audubon Nature Institute is fun for the whole family.
Aquarium of the Americas is a world-class aquarium with state-of-the-art exhibits, allowing visitors young and old to experience underwater nature first hand. Visitors immerse themselves in the major marine and submarine habitats of North and South America, including the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon Rainforest. The aquarium also features thousands of fish, reptiles and birds native to these habitats.
The Northlake Nature Center (NNC) was founded in 1982 with the aim of collecting, preserving and exhibiting the region's rich natural resources to the public. It is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year and bears no entrance fees except for certain activities and guided walks. Educational programs such as lectures, discussions, bird-watching, kayaking, group fun activities, nature trails etc are organized for corporates, families and kids. Check website for further details.
A tour at Insta-Gator Ranch will give you great insights of alligators and alligator industry. Right from witnessing a fully grown alligators in crystal clear water to touching the baby alligators in the temperature-controlled pool, this place educates visitors on this amazing specie. Insta-Gator Ranch serves as an event venue for private events like birthday parties, and houses an alligator shop showcasing alligator products.
Kliebert's Turtle and Alligator Farm offers visitors a unique chance to explore the natural habitat of turtles and alligators in a safe, fun way. The farm is home to over 47,000 turtles and 300 alligators, reptiles and amphibians like the Nile Croc Gumbo, Marie Laveau the python measuring 15 feet and the massive 15 foot alligator, Crush. A unique experience for the entire family.
About 50 miles from the bright lights and wild nightlife of Bourbon Street lies one of the best kept secrets in Southeast Louisiana. The Global Wildlife Center is this country's largest completely free-roaming wildlife preserve. It's an African safari in New Orleans' backyard. Visitors can take a short trip across Lake Pontchartrain for a guided wagon tour that gets up close and personal with some of the most exotic animals in the world, more than 900 of which call this preserve home. Kids and kids at heart can feed giraffes, bison, zebras, and camels in an experience of a lifetime.