Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, USA
Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans Reviews
Great Aquarium - Check It Out! Apr 23, 2011
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located right on the riverfront at Canal & Poydras Streets, where the steamboats & ferry dock. There's also a streetcar stop right out front. It's a very large building and impossible to miss.
Entrance fee was just under $20 for adults. There's a gift shop in the lobby and visitors walk almost immediately thru a glass walkway in a massive tank with stingrays, sharks and all kinds of other sea-life. Exhibits are set up on 2 different floors and have lots of varieties of ocean and swamp species.
There is an entire section set up like a jungle with a glass ceiling and big trees. There are piranhas, electric eels, an 18' anaconda(!), frogs and different kinds of freshwater fishies on display. For me, the highlight of the whole aquarium was the big, white gator. There are also parrots and jungle birds and even some rescued birds of prey. Don't miss the frolicking penguins and sea otters!
Walking along, there are more massive saltwater tanks with giant sea turtles, more rays & sharks and other huge fish, along with seahorses, small tropical fish and jellyfish too.
The aquarium was one of the high points of New Orleans for me and I'd recommend it highly to anyone visiting the city, with around 2 hours to spend. Really good overall and the air conditioned environment was a pleasant escape from the heat and humidity outside.
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Enjoyable, especially during rain or high humidity Jul 03, 2008
On a hot/humid day in New Orleans I recommend going to the Aquarium of the Americas. It's located at the Mississippi Waterfront, right where the ferry landing is. The IMAX theater is located in the same building and there are great deals if you want to visit both.
Tickets are $17.50 per adult. It's not the cheapest but there is plenty to see inside and hey! They need to feed those animals from something right? I was surprised to see a stingray touch tank and an albino alligator! The aquarium itself is on 2 levels. The exhibits are very pretty. The lush rain forest exhibit, where you can find a couple of parrots, was my favorite. It was complete with indoor waterfall and a tree house trail.
We had a good time and it was great to get out of the heat for a while.
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