Teller the Western Hognose Snake Visits from the Audubon Zoo

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Scales & Ales

Soak up the sights and sounds at the 7th annual Scales & Ales event with wine and beer from open bars and delicious cuisine from more than 40 local restaurants. Live entertainment and a unique aquatic atmosphere are highlights of the event as it flows throughout the Aquarium and onto the plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.  All proceeds benefit the Aquarium’s valuable work in education and conservation.

  •  Friday, September 30, 2016 (Rain or Shine!)
  • 7:00pm - VIP Early Access
  • 8:00pm-11:00pm - General Admittance

For VIP Tickets, click HERE.

For General Admittance tickets, click HERE.

Click here for more information about Scales & Ales, click HERE.


Dinner and a ZOOvie

The popular "Dinner and a ZOOvie" series at Audubon Zoo is returning for a fourth season with an expanded lineup of ten crowd-pleasing films, beginning with the Academy Award-winning computer-animated feature "Inside Out'' on Friday, June 10.  Also back this year is an invitation to beat the heat before each film by visiting the Cool Zoo/Gator Run attraction.

  • Every Friday from June 10, 2016 to August 19, 2016
  • Admission
    • $6 per person
    • Children under the age of 2 get in for free
  •  Gates open for 6pm (for both the movie and Cool Zoo)
  • Cool Zoo and Gator Run Lazy River
    • Will be open from 6pm - 8pm
  • Movie
    • Starts shortly after 8pm

Visitors can bring their own towels or purchase them and other souvenirs at the Cool Shop.  Rafts are included in the admission price for Cool Zoo/Gator Run.  Anyone under 48 inches will need a life jacket supplied by Audubon Zoo.  Gator Run includes showers, restrooms and plenty of shaded, outdoor seating.

Moviegoers are welcome to bring a picnic dinner, chairs and blankets to watch the ZOOvie.  No glass containers, open candles or pets will be permitted.  Food trucks will be onsite and some Zoo concessions will available for purchase.  No outside food or beverage can be brought into Cool Zoo or Gator Run.

ZOOvie tickets are available for purchase online, at the Zoo, at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and will be on sale at the Zoo on the night of each showing.  Buying tickets ahead of time is recommended to ensure speedier entry.  Online ticket sales will be available up to 5:30 p.m. on the day of each ZOOvie.  After 5:30 p.m., tickets can be purchased at the Zoo.

Anyone purchasing $12 Cool Zoo/movie combo tickets online or in person must pick up wrist bands at the Zoo entrance.  Admission to Cool Zoo and Gator Run is available only as part of a ZOOvie combo ticket.

This is a special event and all guests, including Audubon members, must purchase tickets to ZOOvies. There are no discounts and complimentary passes are not valid.

Animal exhibits will not be open during the screenings.

2016 "Dinner And a ZOOvie''  Schedule:
July 29 - "The SpongeBob Movie - Sponge Out of Water'' (2015)
August 5 - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier'' (2014)
August 12 - "Zootopia'' (2016)
August 19 - "Hotel Transylvania 2'' (2015)

For more information and "Dinner and a ZOOvie," please visit their website.


Cool Zoo (Special Rate)

Looking for a refreshing bargain during the dog days of summer right before school starts?

The Cool Zoo, a wild and wet splash park, and Gator Run, a lazy river at Audubon Zoo, has a deal for you - a buy one, get one half off admission for the remainder of the 2016 season. The offer begins Wednesday July 20, and continues through Sunday, October 2, the last day of the 2016 schedule.

Admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo membership. The special offer admits two Audubon members for $15 and two non-members for $18.

Cool Zoo and Gator Run are open daily through August 14. The water park will begin a weekends-only schedule on August 15 through October 2, when Cool Zoo will close for the season.

Click HERE for more information about Cool Zoo.



The ECCO program provides youth entering 8th-11th grades with a year long opportunity to experience Audubon Zoo, focusing on leadership, animal husbandry and conservation, as well as local and global environmental issues.  They also have time for conducting school-based work with access to all Zoo Education resources during ECCO hours.  Participants attend two interactive workshops per week after school, September through May.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  Applications sent out in early June.  Deadline to apply is August 12, 2016.

Click HERE to request an application. For more information about the ECCO program, please email Stephanie Smith.


Teacher Workshop Overnight Retreat

Adventure through Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to learn more about all the educational programs and resources we have to offer.  You’ll visit the resource library, tour the zoo while learning more about our classes and hands-on activities, take a van to the Aquarium for information on our Aqua Schools and spend the night in front of the Shark tank.  Enjoy all the fun and excitement Audubon can provide for you and your students.  Dinner and breakfast are provided.  Drop off and pick up at Audubon Zoo.

  • Saturday, August 20th @ 1:00pm - Sunday, August 21st @ 10:30am
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration is required.

Click HERE for more information about the Teacher Workshop Overnight Retreat.


For more information about the Audubon Zoo, please visit their website.



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