The Aquarium of the Americas, located on the banks of the Mississippi, is a great place to while away a few hours in New Orleans.
You can touch a stingray, watch sea otters and penguins, and see an incredible variety of fish. It's a serene place, too - I found it calming to watch the big fish and sharks swim around. There are habitats and experiential exhibits. It's very educational for the whole family.
From the Amazon to the swamps of Mississippi, this aquarium has excellent exhibits of sea life from around the world! This is a great destination if you are travelling with children. There are interactive exhibits, seahorses, penguins, jellyfish, sharks, and stingrays. There are touchpools also, but be prepared to wait in line!
9:30 am - 7:00 pm EVERY DAY
Adults - $15
Child 2-12 - $8
Seniors - $11
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is one of the top-ranked aquariums in the U.S. Wander through a 30-foot-long aquatic tunnel into the Caribbean Reef. Throughout the Aquarium, you will see seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, otters, and albino alligators. They are open 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission prices for the Aquarium only are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and $11 for seniors; the Aquarium + the IMAX Theatre prices are $19 for adults, $12 for children, and $16 for seniors; the Aquarium + the Zoo prices are $20 for adults, $11 for children, and $15 for seniors. SHOES AND SHIRTS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES.
Rated one of the top 5 aquariums in the country, it features diverse exhibits from the S. American rain forest to jellyfish to serveral varieties of frogs. Upon entering there is a breathtaking exhibit of a Carribbean coral reef that you can walk through via an enormous plastic tube. The best thing about this exhibit is the large number of skates and mini hammer head sharks.
A food court upstairs features a Burger King and a Haagen Daaz ice cream shop. A great activity for people traveling with kids.
My visit to the Aquariums happened to coincide with several class field trips. I initally thought what bad timing as I figured that the kids would run amuck and disturb the rest of the tourists. This turned out to be refreshing in the sense that the questions fielded by the children were answered by the tour leaders and as I tagged along non-chalantly, I learned a lot more than just reading the boards. I also got to touch a nurse shark, a star fish and other sea creatures too amny to mention. You can obtain a coupon for $2.00 off the admission price from the tour centre booklets. It was well worth the price. I was informed that the tour would take 90 minutes but I did mine in 2.5 hours as there was so much to take in.
Even if you are not an aquarium fanatic like I am, you will really enjoy a visit to New Orleans’ aquarium. The exhibits are phenomenal and informational. They have a white alligator, a giant tank with giant sharks, an Amazon rainforest area with flora and fauna from the region, jellyfish, penguins and of course, colorful reef fish. Of all the aquariums I’ve visited, this is probably my favorite.
The Aquarium of the America's is in Woldenberg Riverfront Park, right on the Mississippi River bank. The Aquarium has many areas of major aquatic habitats of North and South America, the Caribbean Sea, the Amazon Rainforest, the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.
Their collection includes thousands of fish, reptiles and birds, including many creatures which are native to Louisiana waters, from rare paddlefish and swamp-dwelling alligators, to Gulf sea turtles which are the most endangered animals.
We went to the Zoo, the Aquarium/IMAX and a boat ride back. It was so much fun. It was the kids first time on the Mississippi River in a big boat and they were fascinated. This was an all day event costing $113.00 for all 4 of us. I think it was a bargain, considering all we saw and did. I wish we could have take 2 days to really enjoy and slowly go through all the exhibits. We will have to do it again sometime soon.
The acclaimed animal collection includes thousands of fish, reptiles and birds, including many creatures native to Louisiana waters, from rare paddlefish and swamp-dwelling alligators, to Gulf sea turtles that are among the world's most critically endangered animals.
IF YOU HAVE TIME GO TO THE AQUARIUM. IT'S LOCATED BY THE RIVER AND YOU CAN HAVE LUNCH ON THE PATIO OVERLOOKING THE WATER. IT'S PRETTY AMAZING TO SEE ANIMALS THAT MOST OF US HAVE ONLY SEEN IN BOOKS. THE MOST INTERESTING WAS THE SHARK TANK. YOU STAND OVER A WINDOW IN THE FLOOR AND WATCH IT SWIM UNDER YOUR FEET.
HE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME DARTING UP AND SURPRISING PEOPLE.
THE BIRD SANCTUARY WAS AWESOME. THEY HAVE SEVERAL TROPICAL SPECIES THAT FLY AROUND FREELY SO WATCH YOUR HEAD OR YOU'LL GET A HAIR TREATMENT YOU DON'T WANT!
The exhibits here are divided into various aquatic environments like "the Mississippi River," "the Gulf of Mexico," "the Amazon River," etc.
Much cooler than the web site would leave you to believe, fun for kids if you have alot of time in New Orleans check it out.
A nice aquarium, neither the best nor the worst. A nice diversion if you are in New Orleans. It is located close to the river.
The Amazon Rainforest is quite lovely with parrots flying around freely and a lovely waterfall. The forest laid out in two tiers with pools, tanks, flora and fauna at each level.