Audubon’s Cool Zoo and lazy river open for 2019 season

Audubon Zoo’s water attractions, Cool Zoo and Gator Run lazy river, open on Saturday, May 4 for the 2019 season. The attractions will run on a weekends-only schedule until opening daily starting Saturday, May 25, Audubon Nature Institute announced via a release.

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

The water park will open daily for the 2019 summer season beginning Saturday, May 25. Starting August 10, the water park will returning to weekends-only through Labor Day, September 2, when the water park will close for the 2019 season.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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Cool Zoo returns with all its visitor-favorite features: the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and shady spots for grown-ups.

Back for its fifth 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.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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

2019 Cool Zoo/Gator Run Operating Schedule:

May 4 – May 19 (Open weekends only)

May 25 – August 4 (Open daily)

August 10 – September 2 (Open weekends only)

 

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