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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, Louisiana

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In Brief:

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is part of New Orleans' Audubon Institute, which also includes a zoo, IMAX® theatre, insectarium, park and golf course. Children and adults alike will enjoy the exhibits, touch pool, Parakeet Pointe and, of course, the fish, frogs, alligators, snakes, sea otters, penguins and other creatures who make their home at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The sharks, stingrays, sea otters and penguins are extremely popular, as is Spots, the aquarium's white alligator. Special exhibits, animal feedings and behind the scenes tours (admission extra) make the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas a fascinating place to learn about the seas, oceans, Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River and their animal inhabitants.

Getting There:

If you are staying in New Orleans' French Quarter, you can walk to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas by heading toward the river on Canal Street. Go all the way to the end and carefully cross the train tracks. The aquarium is to the left of the Riverwalk Market Place complex, on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Parking is available at several parking lots and garages; the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas can validate your parking ticket, thus entitling you to a discount, at the JAX Brewery Parking Lot, Sugar Parking Lot, Badine Parking Lot and Canal Place Parking Garage. You can also park at the Hilton Whale Wall Lot or World Trade Center for up to six hours and receive a discount with your validated ticket.

You can also take public transportation (bus, ferry or streetcar) to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Admission and Hours:

Admission is $21 for adults, $17 for high school and college students, $14 for ages 2 – 12 and free for children under 2. A senior discount ($4 off the adult admission price) is offered to visitors age 65 and older. Military and AAA discounts are also available. Some discounts, including the student discount, are not available online; you will need to buy your tickets at the ticket office to take advantage of these offers.

Separate admission is charged for Entergy IMAX® Theatre shows.

Various combination tickets, which include admission to other Audubon Institute attractions, are available online and at the ticket office.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is open daily 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m., during the rest of the year.

The aquarium is closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Address and Telephone Number:

1 Canal Street at the River

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 581-4629

Website

Things to Know About the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas:

  • Wheelchairs are available for visitor use, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the Amazon Rain Forest's "tree-top loop."

  • Bring a stroller if you are visiting with small children. There is plenty of room to maneuver a stroller in the exhibit spaces. Elevators are available.

  • Pick up a copy of the daily schedule; regular events include penguin feeding, stingray feeding (you can feed them, too, for $2) and the Mississippi River Creature Feature. You can also buy feed sticks for the parakeets at Parakeet Pointe for $1.

  • Be sure to stop at the Gulf of Mexico exhibit, which includes a replica of an off-shore oil drilling platform, and the Mississippi River exhibit, home of Spots, the white alligator. Allow plenty of time to watch the playful Southern sea otters, Buck and Emma, and the ever-entertaining penguins.

  • On-site dining options include the Aqua Grill and Papa John's Pizza. You can find many restaurants within walking distance of the aquarium.

  • The gift shop is located near the aquarium exit.

  • Weekday afternoons are the best times to visit if you hope to avoid crowds.
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