Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • This is a cute little aquarium near the river and river walk. It is a nice visit if you are with young kids. We spent about 45 minutes in the Aquarium. Some really nice exhibits but just a bit...  more »
  • It is a must do. Do the theater too. We saw a great movie about New Orleans before and after Katrina. Never saw the story of NOLA and Katrina from this perspective before - very informative. Lots....  more »
  • I enjoy every part of it. they gave you a free movie ticket. we picked Katrina, was like a documentary, amazing brought me to tears. in front is a plaza where you can sit and enjoy the afternoon with....  more »
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  • We have been twice now, and had a wonderful experience both times. The animals are amazing to see, especially the penguins! We enjoyed the movie on the big screen, and all the staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were clean and well-maintained, and you could tell the exhibits are well kept. Short wait at the ticket counter, not as bad as I expected. The gift shop is well organized and clean, with a wide selection of souvenirs and great stuff for kids. I would recommend making this one of your must-sees on a trip to NOLA!
  • Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. I had heard a lot of great things about this aquarium, and it did not, in my opinion, quite live up to the hype. The exhibits they had were very good. The facility was well maintained. The gift shop was quite good for an attraction like this. We really enjoyed the movie about Hurricane Katrina. However, it was really expensive for us to visit (1 adult plus kids 7yr, 6yr, 3yr, and 7mo). We went through the first floor twice, the second once, spent 30 minutes in the gift shop, watched the 40min movie, and we still ran out of things to do in about 2 hrs. By way of comparison, we spent about the same amount of money total for two full days at the WWII museum (9:45 to 3pm the first day, and 10:15 to 4:30pm the second). If you love fish and/or are in the area and want something to do, it’s fine, but there are better options.
  • Active improvements going on. You get a free movie with your admission if you buy a general ticket. Offers student, AAA, and military discounts. One particular spot near the seahorses smelled particularly fishy and i had to move on. The gulf of Mexico area was phenomenal with a huge tank set up similar to an underwater oil rig. Otters were adorable.
  • I love the fact they have an area where you can interact with the sting Ray's. They literally will jump out of the water to let you touch them. Their body feels like sand paper and kind of slick too. I think that is so amazing!!
  • I love aquariums. Especially this one was very interesting and beautiful. Just watching these many different species of fish is so fascinating and relaxing. I could stay there a whole day. Definetly worth a visit.

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