Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

When I planned our visit to New Orleans I thought it would be a good idea to do the Aquarium of Americas one day and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium the next day.

Even though I spent some time getting suggestions and advice from Sarah from New Orleans CVB it never even crossed my mind to ask how long each one was. So after our time in the aquarium we still had more than enough time to head over to the Insectarium in the same day. This meant we got a great little bonus, a full, extra new day to explore New Orleans at the end of our trip.

The aquarium can take up to two hours to explore. This may of course vary depending on your kids. From there you can take a 15 minute stroll to the Insectarium and spend about two more hours at enjoying all things bugs.

It is a perfect kid day.

TMOM disclosure graphicTour of Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Recommendation – One thing I like to do before visiting any animal park or attraction is to take a look at their schedule of the different shows or cool things that are unique to the place. This allows you to decide the time of the day you will go.

For the Insectarium my boys were interested in Bug Appetit. This is an activity where you get to try different bug dishes. Because we hadn’t planned to go there that day we made it just in time before they shut down.

Crazy statistic – Almost 50% of the world has bugs as part of their diet.

It truly shocked me to see that my kids couldn’t get enough of those bug dishes. As I have mentioned many times before, my kids are picky eaters. It is really hard for me to make them eat almost anything at home. But here they ate Chocolate covered crickets, cookies with meal worms and egg nog with a wax worm.

Their museum is one of the most innovative that I have seen in a while. You don’t just get to see bugs but you also get to do a lot of interactive stuff. You can even touch some unusual looking bugs.

There is even an exhibit that allows you to see how life is for bugs under the ground.

Love Bug show – This was one of my personal favorites. I barely knew anything about Love Bugs and the show is done in a really informative and fun way.

Some other things we were able to do were: Exploring different eco systems and the bugs that live in them, Build-your-own bug and visit the butterfly Garden.

My boys wanted to be able to touch a butterfly that they stood still for like five minutes, without movement. This is unheard of.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Info About the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans

• The museum encourages you to use all of your senses.
• It was voted voted “A top museum for you and your kids” by CNN.com, 2009.

What is the Audubon Society About
• Audubon’s Mission: “To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”
• Audubon had no role in the organization that bears his name. The connection is in George Bird Grinnell, one of the founders of the early Audubon Society in the late 1800s. He was tutored by Lucy Audubon, John James’s widow.
• It works through mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature.

Some Projects the Audubon Society Does

• Protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other fragile habitats
• The ongoing recovery of the imperiled California condor and brown pelican
• Adoption of innovative policies that balance habitat protection with green energy development
• Restoration of the Everglades and Long Island Sound
• Nearly 500 local Chapters nationwide that engage members in grassroots conservation action
• More than 2,500 Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas identify, prioritize and protect bird habitats from coast to coast.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Who Was John James Audubon

Although he wasn’t the first person to try to paint all the birds of American, John James Audubon is remembered for being America’s most popular wildlife artist. Most people interested in art or wildlife know Audubon’s seminal work, Birds In Americabut there are lots of interesting little known facts about the man as well. For example, did you know:

  • Audubon was born in Haiti.
  • He was the illegitimate son of a French sea captain and his French mistress.
  • He moved to America at the age of 18 in part to escape being brought into to Napoleon’s army.

For more interesting facts about John James Audubon and his work, visit the official site of the Audubon Society.

Information for Visiting The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Address: 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 800-774-7394
Hours: Tue – Sun | 10am – 5pm
Price:
– $16.50 Adult Admission
– $12.00 Child (2 -12) Admission
– $13.00 Senior (65+) Admission
– Free for Audubon Members