Audubon’s Cool Zoo and lazy river opens for 2018 season

Gator Run and Cool Zoo, Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Zoo’s water attractions, Cool Zoo and Gator Run lazy river, open on Saturday, April 7 for the 2018 season. The attractions will run on a weekends-only schedule through Sunday, May 20.

The water park will open daily for the 2018 summer season beginning Saturday, May 26 and continuing through Sunday, August 12, before returning to weekends only from August 18 through Labor Day, September 4, when the water park will close for the 2018 season.

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Cool Zoo returns with all its favorite features: the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and shady spots for grown-ups. Back for its fourth year, the lazy river offers Zoo visitors the option to cool down by floating atop an inner tube along a course that measures 750 linear feet in length. Three feet deep and 10 feet wide, the lazy river features two sand beaches and water cannons that can shower visitors as they float by.

Gator Run includes showers, restrooms, lockers, outdoor seating, a private area for nursing mothers and “Gator Bites,” serving a menu of pizza and other food and beverage items.

Rafts are included in the admission price for Gator Run. Anyone under 48 inches will need a life jacket supplied by Audubon Zoo.

Outside food and drinks are welcomed in Cool Zoo and Gator Run, but the size of coolers and ice chests cannot exceed 28 quarts. Glass containers, disposable straws and lids are not permitted for the safety of our animals. Audubon reserves the right to search coolers.

Regular admission to Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $10 for Audubon Nature Institute members and $12 for non-members, plus Audubon Zoo admission.

Non-members can take advantage of a discount. The Zoo + Cool Zoo Combo ticket is $29.95 for adults — anyone ages 13 to 64, $24.95 for children ages 2 to 12 and $26.95 for seniors age 65 and older.

Visitors can bring their own towels or purchase them at the Cool Shop.

For more information, visit Audubon’s website.


Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute, Gator Run and Cool Zoo

2018 Open Dates:


April 7 – May 20 (Open Weekends Only)
May 26 – August 12 (Open 7 Days a Week)
August 18 – September 3 (Open Weekends Only)
Open Monday, September 3 for Labor Day
Cool Zoo closes for the season on September 4, 2018


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