The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is considered one of the leading aquariums in America. It was the last of the major attractions in New Orleans that I visited. Maybe because I was a little tired or maybe because I am a little jaded with regards to aquariums (I have visited many recently) but I was only marginally impressed the Audubon Aquarium. Regardless for my own personal feelings, this aquarium should be on your things to do list for New Orleans provided you have the time. It's location on the Mississippi is grand. There are some excellent exhibits hear worth seeing. The include the Amazon exhibit which is like a small botanical garden, the penguin exhibit and the petting manta ray exhibit. What turned me off was the exhibit of marine creatures floating around the legs of oil derricks. It is sponsored by the local big oil companies which just shows you that in America "money talks".
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is opened from 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. An adult ticket is $20.
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.....
This mid-size, old-school aquarium is a good place to kill an afternoon. With a pretty extensive collection of marine life. Check out the white (albino) alligator, and an array of sharks and rays.
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:30a- 6p, Fri-Sat 9:30a - 7p
Tickets: Combination of the Aquarium + Audubon Zoo, Aquarium + Insectarium, Aquarium + IMAX, and Aquarium only (check the website for prices)
Special Shows: Penguin / Stingray feeding, Shark & Stingray Touchpools, Sea Otter training
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.
You can feed the stingrays!They only allow you to feed them twice a day and they only sell 15 tokens per feeding. The tokens are available in the nearest souvenir shop and cost $2.00 a piece. Buy your tokens early as they sell out very quickly. They give you a tray of fish and you hold one in your hand under the water. The rays will come on top of your hand and suck the fish out of your hand! They don't have teeth so it is safe for even small kids. It really is an amazing experience.
Hit the "Top Of The Mart...at the foot of Canal Street and go up to the top floor resturant and disco on a turning floor that will show you all of the city and the river as you sip cocktails..(call them for times)..Also there is a great aquarium along the riverwalk and riverboats that can take you up river to the Park, and back.
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.
Nice Aquarium, as other aquariums. It's a good one I think if you like Aquariums, but I won't say it is THE thing to visit...
But one interesting thing is the albinos Alligator ! (you can see another one in the zoo)
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?
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.
The aquarium, is a must see especially if you have children, it was relatively inexpensive compared to other activities we indulged in. My suggestion is to buy tickets for the aquarium at the IMAX entrance, the line is considerably shorter, and it is right around the other side of the building from the aquarium, I also suggest you buy a combined package for the aquarium and IMAX, it is a bit cheaper that way. And if you check a travel book you can find coupons to combine them with a ferry ride, swampboat ride or zoo tour. (and then you are saving more- and seeing more)
The aquarium was impressive- and I got to pet a shark (not the one pictured here, or I probably wouldnt be able to type this) The aquarium was a *bit * smaller than I expected.