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
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.
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.
As we enjoyed pretty Woldenberg Riverfront Park, we passed Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the IMAX theatre located on the fringe of this public green space.
Although we didn't visit this large complex which includes the Audubon Zoo (at 6500 Magazine Street) and the Insectarium (Canal Street at the Customs House), you might want to take the kids to see these fun venues!
For a day of family play you'll pay:
Zoo--adult $12.50; child age 2-12 $7.50; Sr. Citizen 65+ $9.50
Aquarium--adult $17.50; child age 2-12 $10.50: Sr. Citizen 65+ $13.50
Insectarium--adult $15.00; child age 2-12 $10.00; Sr. Citizen 65+ $12.00
IMAX--adult $8.50; child 2-12 $5.50; Sr. Citizen 65+ $7.50
Imax Double feature--adult $14.00; child 2-12 $8.50; Sr. Citizen 65+ $12.00
For times and combination package prices please see website below.
The New Orleans Audubon Aquarium is amazing. I lived in Boston for two years and visited the New England Aquarium often, however, the best aquarium expereince I've had so far has been in New Orleans.
The most visually impressive sight is the "tunnel of ocean" (pictured here) that you can walk through as you see all manner of wildlife swimming over, and beside you.
There are rotating exhibits as well as a glass top amazon rain forrest replica. Children of all ages will learn something here at the Audubon Aquarium all while being entertained at the highest level.
Yes, yes, I know about the people falling into the shark tank here. As a matter of fact that happened only one day after I visited the exhibit. No one was hurt though, and as I understand it, the sharks were more scared of the people then vice versa. :-)
Aquarium Website NOTE: -reopened May 26 after an 8-month shutdown forced by.. Katrina Visit old favorites, "including our beloved penguins and sea otters Buck and Emma. They flew home from CA on May 22 courtesy of FedEx. We are open but we still desperately need your support. Help us Bring Back Our Fish"
On December 14th, it was so cold that we had to go indoors to the Aquarium. There was a large metal sculpture at the entrance with water running down it - I'm sure it was meant to represent fish scales, but it looked more like breasts to me because there was a kind of round bolt type thing at the bottom of each one. We went through the Caribbean sea kind of tunnel to get to the elevator rather than walk up the stairs.
On the upper level in the penguin exhibit (pictured), I saw a penguin repeatedly try to swim out the side of the tank. He just kept butting his head into the glass. The penguins were one of the few animals which survived the hurricane.
There was a place you could touch a shark skin (live nurse shark), sea otters, and a pacific coast area. There was also a Mississippi delta area with their famous white alligator (not an albino - cream colored with blue eyes). He survived Katrina as did the tarpon. More pictures are in the travelogue
The Amazon Rainforest area was hot here and they had a lot of steam/mist machines making it very humid and I don't know why because the only birds I saw were a seagull, a great horned owl, and a couple of macaws - two scarlet macaws and some blue ones.
Sept. 11, 2006 to Feb. 28, 2007
Wednesday through Sunday
(closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.
Aquarium only Aquarium + IMAX®
Adult: $16 $20
Child (2-12): $9 $12
Senior (65+): $13 $17
It was too cold to even consider the combination tickets with the zoo.
First a great story that made national headlines, but you might not have paid attention to if you aren't a New Orleanian. Headline: "Tourists fall into shark tank after temporary plank collapses!" Yes, only in New Orleans would the people decide it would be best to put a flimsy, temporary walkway OVER a shark tank! (Normally the walkway is along side a glass viewing area) Gotta love NOLA!
The Aquarium of the Americas is located across from Harah's casino and is really worth the trip and expense. It has in it an IMAX theater, and offers a riverboat ride to Audubon Zoo. For Adults the price for just the Aquarium is $14, add the IMAX to that for $4 more, add to those the zoo for a total of $25. Kids are considerably cheaper (those little punks!)
Some of the great big sharks can be found here at the Aquarium. There are also penguins, jellyfish and other sea creatures that would amaze you. The fast-food joint is on the upper floor. The Aquarium is packed on weekends as it is ideal for family outings.
Right at the Algiers Point Ferry landing, this is a huge Aquarium complex with all the fishies you could want! Gorgeous plaza outside (Riverwalk) for the kids to run around and expend energy...
tues-sun from 10-5 $14 to $21 for entrance (there are packages that include the Insectarium)
There is a really cool parakeet room with lots of flying birds all around you.....
During my visit to this place, I was highly impressed. Katrina, and the subsequent power loss, severely decimated the animal populations here. But the Aquarium is making a steady comeback; I hope that within a few years it will be as it was.
The Aquarium is now OPEN!
The most visited attraction in all of Louisiana has been restored, overcoming the effects of hurricane, and is welcoming guests to visit once again.
One of the great places to escape the heat of the day, the Aquarium and Theatre offer wonderful sights for all ages. I skipped the theatre on this trip and spent my time in the Aquarium, which is home to a wonderful collection of sea life. If pressed, I'd have to say that the jellyfish exhibit and the tunnel under the big tank would probably be my favorites. And sure, who doesn't love penguins?
I've been to a lot of Aquariums in North America and I think this Aquarium is one of the best ....although all the other ones are good too. They have a tunnel called the Carribean Tunnel which you walk through and are surrounded by tons of colourful tropical fish and sting rays. Saw a white alligator, an amazing jellyfish exhibit, as well as a seahorse exhibit. Lots of big sharks too! Got to pet a baby shark, a corn snake, and some starfish.
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.
We make a tour in to a boat sailing in Mississippi River, that included a Vist to Americas Acquarium and Audoboon Zoo. We do it with James Audubon River boat.
Was so great. We saw a White Cocodrile ..fews in the world.
The Acquarium its so nice and very weel conservated.
They used to have four round trips daily.
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.