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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  • We have visited numerous aquariums from Monterey to Baltimore and I will rate it as a must see for the region. This one is very interesting because of the focus on the local environment of bayou's and...  more »
  • Hard to find good places to take kids to in New Orleans but this place is great. Lots of different exhibits and information for kids of all ages.  more »
  • A freezing cold day = fining fun inside. I love aquariums and recognize how much it costs to keep critters happy, so I didn't balk at the cost (which is less than other aquariums). The sting rays were...  more »
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  • Very large and diverse aquarium. Small food court but good pizza. The tree top loop was a nice little walking tour. Beware the birds, they bite. The penguins were adorable and one name Elmer was very photogenic. If you like the water life I’d recommend going here.
  • This is a very cool place to go. It is a little pricey to get in. I got tickets half off from our local radio station website. Your ticket does include one free movie in their theatre. They have a few different movies and times to choose from. They have different exhibits such as parokeet point, Mississippi river, gulf coast and more. You can watch them feed the penguins. You can also pay a little bit to get some food to feed the sting rays. They have a section where you can touch sting rays. There is a food court where you can grab a quick bite to eat. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again at some point in the future. They do not have parking but you can park in a public parking lot close by and they will validate $5 off of your parking fee.
  • It's a good place of all ages and the entry fee is similar to any other aquarium. $29 per adult and $20 per child. It takes around 1.5 hours average for the whole tour. Nice family fast food eateries are available inside. 3D film is also included in the ticket and have very good films of nature and earth.
  • This place is amazing for young children. If your family is in NOLA, definitely give this place a round. It was worth every penny to see the excitement in my daughter. There is a zoo. Right on the river. The other reviews that were down on this place seemed to feel the price was too much. Considering that a po'boy costs $15, an entire day at this aquarium is well worth $29.
  • Pretty disappointing, especially after spending $75 for two adults, one 5-year old, and a 1-year old who was (fortunately) free. This included a military discount. When we got to the end, after only an hour, we were blown away it was already over. A large part of this aquarium is about the Mississippi River (who cares). If it helps at all, the aquariums of Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, & even New Bern, NC, blow the New Orleans aquarium away. At best this experience was worth $10/person. I'd recommend saving your money for something else your kids will appreciate.

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