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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

(4.1/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to see Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and other attractions that appeal to you using our New Orleans trip builder.
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  • Wonderful water wildlife in excellent displays. We often go through local aquariums on vacation and found this one to be very visitor friendly. Great location at the end of Canal Street.  more »
  • Right on the bank of the Mississippi River and only about a 15 minute walk from The French Quarter; you could spend the day enjoying both local and exotic sea life of all types. A really well designed...  more »
  • Entertaining, activity for all ages, interesting exhibits of fish you'd find in Louisiana and in rainforests. Great penguins exhibit, sits on bank of the mighty Mississippi river  more »
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  • The Backstage Penguin Pass is worth every penny! After a quick intro lesson, the aquarium team brings your small group into a room where they choose an exceptionally social penguin to play with you. Our group met Mariana the penguin who created "finger paint" art with her feet for us to take home. Next aquarium keepers show you how the penguins food is made, and then they take you inside the exhibit to feed the penguins yourself! Most of the penguins are so excited to eat a snack (read: a small uncooked fish... yes, you have to touch it) that they immediately swarm you to get your attention. You spend a good bit of time inside the animals' living space, so be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty! It's about two hours of real interaction with adorable penguins.
  • I always love going to the Aquarium! Very nice displays! Check out the Otters!! Emma and Clara love when they have visitors!! There is a NEW Otter encounter that has opened to the public for only $75! What a great experience! Chrissy, one of the trainers, was amazing! Very knowledgeable and friendly! She has a clear passion and skill for this industry!
  • Good aquarium as aquariums go. Lots of interaction with the exhibits and daily events scheduled to make the animals and fish more accessible and real for kids and adults alike. Would have 5 stars but for two reasons: Price: quite expensive unless you are willing to do the season pass (which i have for me and my family of 5) which can also be used for the insecterium and zoo. Size: the price makes it seem that it would be much larger when in fact it seems a bit small for the price. Overall a great place with some exquisite exhibits.
  • Part of the zoo membership, we took our little 1.5-year-old and he had a blast. It gets a little crowded and the food isn't much to write home about but the variety of aquatic beasts are good. There's a nice jungle setting in there too but the tree house was off limits!?
  • Nice aquarium, beautiful fish. Seemed to be well taken care of. They have a nice rainforest and have an area that focuses on local fish. They also have a free sting ray touch area. If you want to pay more they offer feedings of a few of the animals throughout the day including the penguins and I believe the sea otters.