Steeped in more than 100 years of history, the Audubon Park Golf Course in New Orleans was recently ranked among the country’s best municipal courses.

Golfweek Magazine placed the course on its “best” list for the first time ever, ranking it 40th out of the 50 top courses.

Although historic, the course has the latest in golf course design from Dennis Griffiths, with contoured Bermuda fairways, manicured Tif-Eagle greens, four lagoons and attractive landscaping. The 18-hole course is a par 62, 4,220-yard layout situated among massive oaks. The course includes 12 par 3s, four par 4s and two par 5s.

Golf Digest has also named Audubon one of the top public courses in Louisiana and first in the category of “Courses Over 100 Years Old.”

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All fathers will be admitted free of charge to the Audubon Insectarium on Sunday, June 19, Father’s Day.

No coupons or special tickets needed.

The Insectarium is located at 423 Canal St. downtown in the U.S. Customs House.

Call (504) 581-4629 for more information.


The New Orleans section of the Rails & Trails program is up and running for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

The nationwide program offers onboard education for Amtrak passengers about the region in which they’re traveling. The restored program’s first run was on Memorial Day weekend aboard the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Beaumont, Texas.

The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, managed by the National Park Service, helped re-establish the program. Trails & Rails is a partnership between the NPS, Amtrak and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., is open until 7 p.m. now through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Admission from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays will be $8, members; and $10, general public. Visitors will have access to the Endangered Species Carousel, the Swamp Train, Audubon’s dinosaur Adventure, Discovery Walk animal presentations, Embraceable Zoo, the elephant exhibit, the Cool Zoo and more.

Visitors arriving before 4:30 p.m. can stay through to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (800) 774-7394.


Tickets are on sale for the ninth Tales of the Cocktail.

Tales, which runs July 20-24, offers more than 150 events including seminars, competitions, tastings, dining pairings and workshops.

Individual tickets and ticket packages are available.


Fifty-seven locally-owned restaurants will participate in this year’s EatLafayette, an annual marketing campaign to raise awareness of the special cuisine the Acadiana eateries have to offer.

The campaign runs Monday, June 20, through Aug. 15.

The New Fly Lafayette Club has signed on as a partner in the campaign with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.

For more information, call (337) 232-3737.


Louisiana Travels is a weekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.