All About the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans

A great American alligator resting on a patch of grass in a marsh near New Orleans' Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter.

HAVE A DAY OF EDUCATION AND FUN AT ONE OF THE MANY ATTRACTIONS OPERATED BY THE AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE IN NEW ORLEANS

The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans is the perfect destination for nature lovers or guests interested in learning more about the animal kingdom. The non-profit organization’s mission is to “celebrate the wonders of nature.”

History and Mission

The Audubon Nature Institute is named after John James Audubon, a famous naturalist and painter. The institute’s primary goal is to inspire people to protect and conserve the natural world by providing educational programs, exhibits, and activities for visitors of all ages.

Facilities

The Audubon Nature Institute has four main facilities: the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Audubon Park. Each of these facilities provides visitors with different insights into nature.

The Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo is home to animals from all over the world, including elephants, gorillas, lions, and tigers. The zoo also has various endangered species, including the Whooping Crane, the Amur Leopard, and the Sumatran Orangutan.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas allows visitors to explore exhibits showcasing the diversity of marine life, including sharks, sea turtles, and penguins. Main attractions include the Gulf of Mexico Exhibit and the Caribean Reef Tunnel.

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the largest free-standing insectarium in North America. Visitors can explore exhibits that showcase the fascinating world of insects and butterflies. The insectarium also features a bug buffet, where visitors can sample insect-made foods.

Audubon Park

Audubon Park is a beautiful green space that spans over 350 acres. Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities, including jogging, biking, and golfing. The park is also home to a lagoon, a bird sanctuary, and the Audubon Tea Room.

Education and Conservation

The Audubon Nature Institute also conducts research and conservation programs to protect and preserve endangered species and their habitats. The Audubon Nature Institute is particularly committed to protecting Louisiana’s wetlands, a crucial habitat for various plant and animal species.

Have a Staycation at Hotel Mazarin

One of the best ways to experience a New Orleans staycation is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Hotel Mazarin idyllically resides in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Hotel Mazarin today and rediscover New Orleans.

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ROOMS

The Hotel Mazarin’s rooms and suites offer New Orleans style and comfort in the French Quarter during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras Season. All guest rooms include personal amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and deluxe pillow-top mattresses. Crystal chandeliers and porcelain tiles decorate every room, and most come with stunning French Quarter views perfect for the Mardi Gras season.

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The Hotel Mazarin has all the accommodations business travelers need or want during their New Orleans stay in the French Quarter. Situated in the heart of New Orleans, the Hotel Mazarin is a hub for business travelers wishing to experience Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The hotel offers corporate guests peaceful stays just close enough to the excitement of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

WEDDING

The Hotel Mazarin is a New Orleans bride’s dream come true. Our boutique Mardi Gras hotel hosts traditional and intimate New Orleans weddings and ceremonies in the French Quarter with stunning and sophisticated venues for a truly memorable wedding experience. Our treasured wedding venues are the Queen Anne Courtyard, La Louisiane, and Fleur de Lis Suite.

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The Hotel Mazarin has all the accommodations business travelers need or want during their New Orleans stay in the French Quarter. Situated in the heart of New Orleans, the Hotel Mazarin is a hub for business travelers wishing to experience Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The hotel offers corporate guests peaceful stays just close enough to the excitement of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

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