Audubon Zoo

Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don’t miss the daily animal presentations, chats and feeds; our highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards and orangutans; our tiger; and our mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!

For a more unconventional and relaxed event, our Cajun Ballroom nestled at the heart of the Louisiana swamp exhibit, offers a Rootsy but elegant dance hall. The Louisiana Swamp Exhibit at Audubon Zoo transports you down the bayou and introduces you to the creatures and rich history of this region. Invite your guests to a Cajun Fais do-do, crawfish boil, or other Southern-themed party at the Cajun Ballroom. This venue is perfect for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions, and offers free parking.

Cajun Chic
Authentic swamp in an urban setting
Live animals are part of every party
Indoor ballroom and private decks
Elegant rustic atmosphere
Non-traditional party venue
Free parking

The Odenheimer area offers several locations for a beautiful outdoor event including the historic Sea Lion Pool, the elegant Hygeia Fountain or the Odenheimer arbor.

The historic Odenheimer Sea Lion Pool was built in 1928 and stands as an iconic Audubon Zoo landmark. It’s circular colonnade rising within ancient oaks sets the stage for a perfect place to exchange your vows.
Graceful and elegant the Hygeia Fountain offers an element of water and reflection. Surrounded by giant oak trees a canopy of leaves creates subtle patterns of light and movement in this enchanted area.
The Odenheimer Arbor with the Popp Fountain features a wide patio area with slate steps leading down to an historic fountain. From the fountain—which was Audubon Zoo’s original front entrance—guests can see Audubon Park’s Oak Alleé which ends at Newman Bandstand.

Historic buildings and fountain setting
Surrounded by majestic moss-draped live oak trees
Sea Lion exhibit with colonnades
Outdoor, natural setting
Sunset ceremonies

Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo
Looking for a great way to host a summer birthday party? Make a splash at Cool Zoo for a wild and wet party full of fun. Party guests can playing in the spray of the snake soaker, find adventure in the alligator water slide and float in Gator Run’s lazy river. It’s officially the hottest way to cool down!

Birthday parties at Audubon Zoo
Private birthday party rooms near the Swamp Train Depot and the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel offer charming spaces to celebrate your little one and their special moments.

Inquire about other great Audubon venues such as: The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, The Labyrinth, Tree of Life, St. Charles Avenue Entrance, Cecile’s Crepe Myrtle Grove, Audubon Park Shelters.


  • Address

    6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

  • Hours
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat, Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Room Capacities

Name Reception CapacitySit Down Capacity
Audubon Tea Room and Veranda Reception Capacity: 500 Sit Down Capacity: 500
Audubon Tea Room Private Gardens Reception Capacity: 250 Sit Down Capacity: 300
Cajun Ballroom Reception Capacity: 800 Sit Down Capacity: 200
Dominion Learning Center Reception Capacity: 300 Sit Down Capacity:
Audubon Clubhouse Reception Capacity: 200 Sit Down Capacity: 150
Audubon Clubhouse Dining Room Reception Capacity: 125 Sit Down Capacity: 90
Audubon Clubhouse Veranda Reception Capacity: Sit Down Capacity: 60
Cool Zoo Reception Capacity: 1500 Sit Down Capacity:
Zoo Picnic Pavilion Reception Capacity: 3000 Sit Down Capacity:
Nim's Community Center Reception Capacity: Sit Down Capacity: 40
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Reception Capacity: 800 Sit Down Capacity: 400
Oak Grove Reception Capacity: Sit Down Capacity:
Odenheimer Area Reception Capacity: Sit Down Capacity:
Newman Band Stand Reception Capacity: Sit Down Capacity: