Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has four major habitats. The freshwater Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico habitats house local species while the others showcase exotic fish and water species from around the world. You'll discover smaller exhibits inside these major habitats, such as the hands-on Paraket Pointe, where guests are encouraged to handle the birds. The penguin exhibit is the attraction's most popular spot, and many visitor gather to watch the penguins play. Consider booking a Backstage Penguin Pass to get a tour behind the scenes and an opportunity to pet the penguins. Another immersive experience is the Maya Dive Experience, which allows you to dive into the Mayan reef exhibit to explore the life there firsthand. Find out how to plan New Orleans trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Another aquarium in another city, nothing to set it apart from any other I have visited. Suitable for children  more »
  • Acquarium is great. Even better, buy the joint ticket with the insectarium which is fabulous. You can skip the IMAX cinema film on the Arctic, which is sponsored by a mining company, and rather underw...  more »
  • Very interesting lesson on the fish that inhabit the Mississippi and surrounding areas. There is even a display of an underwater oil rig and how it helps the environment  more »
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  • Great variety of animals, well kept tanks. Good amount of information provided about the animals. A lot about local varieties of aquatic life. You can pet the stingrays! The food is good, expensive but that is to be expected. Good space for eating. You can bring your own food as they don't check bags.
  • I have been to many aquariums, in compare to those this wasn't that much attractive still saw some of unique fish for first time. Planning of place was also good. Some tanks were empty or I don't know I couldn't see fishes. Also has good food and souvenir shop from where we bought shake puppet for my younger brother. Hurricane simulator was fun for toddlers. Over all good experience.
  • It was a very enjoyable experience. All of the exhibits were sound and pretty. The sting ray petting exhibit is in the children's section so it was a little loud, but should be expected. Loved that a theater ticket was included and the video was cool. Overall loved my experience and would totally come back.
  • At first we didn't go in because tickets were $30 a piece, but one of the days we were in NOLA it started down pouring. We ended up going for it and it was worth every penny. Very nice and clean exhibit. It can easily take a couple hours to meander through.
  • This place is much smaller than I expected. We were done in 2 hours and that includes a 24-minute IMAX movie. I didn't feel the price of admission was justified. However, it was a nice place overall. There is a rain forest-type area, stingray touch tank, and a large tank with various fish and sharks that you can sit and watch for a while. Beware that parking closest to the aquarium falls under the same astronomical rates as the rest of the French Quarter. Two hours of parking was $28. Taking a street car is much more economical and there is a stop right in front of the aquarium.

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