Tips for Taking the Family to Zoo Lights at Audubon Zoo

Last weekend, I took the family to Zoo Lights, the new Christmas Attraction at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.  It runs on several dates thru the end of December.  It is definitely worth packing the family up to make this trip. Here are some tips to make your visit fun and enjoyable. 

Buy Your Tickets in Advance

It was nice to have purchased tickets online and avoid the line to purchase them at the zoo.  Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members. 

Parking, Parking, Parking

The only con to this whole trip was the amount of time that it took us to park.  We got to the zoo for 6:15 p.m., and it took us 45 minutes to park.  I talked to other families that went at other times and your best times to go are 5:15 pm right before it opens or after 7 pm.  The four-year-old in our group did not take too kindly to the parking situation.  


There is a place called Polar Pics at the beginning of the zoo where the frogs are usually housed.  It was pretty crowded when we first got there.  I would recommend doing it on your way out as the lines had gone done by then.

Selfie Stations

There are lots of Selfie Stations throughout the park to take some really cute pics. They are marked with a sign!   The kids enjoyed being a snowman and gingerbread man.

Things You Need To Know About Zoo Lights 

The lights are centrally located where they do several events at the zoo.  You will not see any animals.  You may want to let your littles know in advance.

The playground and carousel are open, so depending on what you would like to do with your family, you can either avoid or partake in those areas.  Gift shops are open.  There are two food areas and a coffee truck selling hot cocoa.

Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non members and tickets can be purchased online. Zoo lights runs now through December 23rd and December 26th through December 30th from 5:30-9:30pm.

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I really do feel that this is a new must do on the Christmas checklist.  The lights are worth seeing for sure. Just make sure to  plan out your trip to make it the most enjoyable for everyone in your party.

About the Author

Lisa is a mother to an awesome son and daughter. She has been married for 22 years to her lobster. She attended UNO more years ago than she would like to admit and has a full time job in the CBD. She grew up in Jefferson Parish and now lives on the Northshore. She loves spending her weekends gallivanting the area from Nola to Biloxi with her family and vacationing as much as her pocketbook and vacation time will allow. She loves Disney. She has a scrapbook habit that connects her with friends. She is a Christian that tries to walk the right path but stumbles a lot.

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