July 20, 2011

Families Find Plenty of Fun at Audubon Attractions in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- If New Orleans isn't exactly top of mind when it comes to places for great family vacations, it's time to think again!

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There is so much fun for families in the Big Easy, and some of these activities are new this summer.

For example, guests this summer are loving Audubon Aquarium's Parakeet Point - set against the backdrop of the Mississippi River right at the foot of world-famous Canal Street, where hundreds of parakeets flock and fly and interact with guests. Visitors are invited to purchase a feed stick for a dollar and feed these personable birds. There are 800 birds in the exhibit, which opened to rave reviews this past spring.

At Audubon Zoo, just a streetcar ride away through the gorgeous Garden District and Uptown, Cool Zoo is a new splash park giving visitors a wet and refreshing way to experience one of the nation's most beautiful zoos while still beating the New Orleans summer heat. Guests climb a two-story white alligator water slide or skip around dancing fountains. Those preferring to stay dry sit on the sidelines with a cool drink and a snack. A special toddler area keeps the little ones entertained with gentle water play. Once guests have had enough of the splash park, they are invited to explore the rest of this world-class zoo. And then go right back into Cool Zoo if they wish!

Audubon Insectarium on Canal Street is a lively new museum in town, and includes a dazzling butterfly garden showcased in one of the city's most historic buildings. With super-size graphics and a friendly staff specializing in entertaining visitor interaction, the Insectarium is a unique experience that everyone will be talking about for a long time.

It's definitely not Bourbon Street, and these new attractions make New Orleans a top spot for an active and exciting family vacation for both parents and kids.


SOURCE Audubon Nature Institute New Orleans