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Mother’s Day in New Orleans
May 11, 2014

Having some trouble coming up with that unique gift for the most important lady in you life? Bring mom to New Orleans for good food, swinging music, and a little bit of T.L.C. She'll feel like a Queen with all the attention you shower on her in New Orleans.

New Orleans has a myriad of world-class restaurants, with food ranging from down home to grand cuisine. Most of these venues feature memorable menus for this special day. Do keep in mind that this is a busy day at most restaurants, so you may want to call ahead for reservations at her favorite place.

If you want a more serene setting, City Park's majestic live oak trees make a great backdrop for an unforgettable picnic. Pack a basket full of Mom's culinary favorites and enjoy the day in one of the loveliest urban settings in the country.

New Orleans has plenty of day spas; your mom has spent her whole life taking care of you, so why not take care of her for a change? Treat mom to a facial, a massage, or even a pedicure. While most spas are closed on Sundays and Mondays, there’s no reason that she shouldn’t extend the celebration with a little premature pampering on Friday or Saturday. Some spas even offer special package deals tailored to your mother's own desires.

Mother's Day at Audubon Zoo

Irma Thomas
New Orleans Queen of Soul Irma Thomas makes each Mother's Day memorable at Audubon Zoo.

Take her to the Audubon Zoo on Sunday, May 11, where admission is free for all Moms and you can all enjoy a day of food, crafts and fun. Don’t forget to also check out the New Orleans music headlined by Grammy Award winner Irma Thomas.

For nearly 30 years, Irma Thomas - a Mom herself - has been helping the world-renowned zoo celebrate Mother's Day with her unforgettable soulful music. Backed by her group, The Professionals, she will be performing some of her greatest hits from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

While listening to the music or waiting for it to come on, be sure to shop at the craft tents and pick out something special for Mom. Treats and eats are available for purchase so she won’t have to cook on her special day.

For the kids (or grandkids), Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park, is open for the season. It is the hot spot for kids to cool down at Audubon Zoo. Highlights include jumping waterspouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and more. There is also shaded seating, family restrooms, a Snack N' Splash concession stand and The Cool Shop carrying a variety of summertime necessities.

This year’s celebration is presented by Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, makers of Popeye’s famous fried chicken and biscuits.

Zoo hours are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Audubon Zoo is located in Audubon Park at 6500 Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans. For more details, visit

Whether it's Mother's Day or just any day, you can treat mom like the queen she is in New Orleans!

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