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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Central Business District
Features Animals
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Address: 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
Phone Number:
+1 800-774-7394
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter Audubon...

Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in our walk-through tunnel, while our penguins and Southern sea otter enchant you with their antics. Touch a sting ray, feed a parakeet, and marvel at our gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays in the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Watch for sea turtles throughout the Aquarium-as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, we prepare many of them for release to the wild.

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Small but fun!

This aquarium is small but it's still pretty fun! My fiance and I had fun, the staff was super nice! The facility is clean, & the animals are well taken care of. Deff worth... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
chris g
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a well laid out aquarium with species of all kinds, both fresh water and salt water. There were lots of places for everyone to see what was going on in the tanks. There was even a park-like area for children to enjoy and for parents to take great photo ops. Speaking of the children, I highly recommend those... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came to New Orleans for a couples week for Christmas Vacation. We found the aquarium while exploring and set aside an afternoon to visit while we were there. Even with a hude field trip of elementary school students it was a great place to visit and explore.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This aquarium is small but it's still pretty fun! My fiance and I had fun, the staff was super nice! The facility is clean, & the animals are well taken care of. Deff worth checking out if you got time.

Thank chris g
Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My two kids and I visited the aquarium because they had never been. It was almost just like I remember it with a few upgrades. They enjoyed touching the sting rays and seeing all of the animals. There are a few touch screens which gives you more information on the species or type of animal/mammal it is. Very informative. They... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an okay aquarium. I feel a little spoiled by the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Monterey Aquarium. This was still a pleasant way to get out of the heat for a while. There were many children there having a great time. A good attraction for families.

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had no kids but went anyway. $30 pp. Exhibits are sponsored by the oil industry. While I understand the economy there needs to be a greater emphasis on the scientific and ecological.

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Ludlow, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have time in NOLA and are planning on visiting the Aquarium, Zoo and Insectarium definitely do the bundle package which is much cheaper than purchasing tickets for each place seperately. All three are fantastic jewels of the city and offer something for everyone. You don't need to visit each on the same day either if you purchase the... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a small aquarium and there's a lot of people so you don't get to see the animals, it would be a great activity for small kids no for older ones. And I think it's expensive for what it is we payed 39 per adult.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love aquariums but we chose the wrong day to go. It was just too crowded with too many small children clamoring all over everything. They made it not worth the time and effort. We could tell that it was a good aquarium, but the crowd just about ruined the trip there.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

very fun spot for kids and adults. great way to escape the new Orleans heat for a few hours. huge variety of sea life!

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