I love Marine life. Growing up I was always interested in sea turtles, marine mammals, fish, sharks and other sea creatures. Living close to water, the rehabilitation, research and rescue of these animals is something we are quite familiar with. So, when the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas opened, I was ecstatic. Visiting the Aquarium made me feel at home. It gave me visual and tangible ways of connecting with the animals I have always loved and researched. I think you will love this beloved New Orleans attraction too.
This post is sponsored by the Audubon Nature Institute.
About the Audubon Aquarium of Americas
Built in 1990, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas sits on the Mississippi Riverfront just steps away from the French Quarter. This expansion of the Audubon Nature Institute gives gueststhe ability to travel from the Amazon Rainforest to the Great Maya Reef in a single visit. in 1995 the Entergy IMAX Theater was added to give state of the art, real life experiences through the big screen.
The Aquarium, in conjunction with the Audubon Aquatic Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, is home to thousands of species. It also aids in the research, rescue and conservation of many from the Gulf, including U.S. fisheries. The Aquarium also facilitates in releasing sea turtles into the wild as a coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue.
Things You Need to Know When Visiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Prepare to be wowed by the vastly mesmerizing 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. It is home to sharks, sea turtles. fish, rays and beautiful sea life. The Aquarium is highly interactive, Sensory Inclusive, and wheelchair and stroller accessible. There are team members around every exhibit with engagement stations. They will pump your brain full of interesting facts and have tactiles to enlighten touch.
Become a part of a submerged Mayan city as you stroll through the 30 foot tunnel showcasing mysterious and enamoring creatures of the sea in the Great Maya Reef. Jellyfish, clown fish, lion fish, Moray eels and seahorses will keep you busy in awe as you float through the Aquarium into the Mississippi River Exhibit where you will see and learn about local wildlife.
Aquatic animals aren’t the only class homed here, watch for birds in flight in the Amazon Rainforest and Parakeet Pointe( bird feed sticks available for $1.50, buy 3 get 1 free). Take a photo with the African Penguins. Share a laugh with the Southern Sea Otters. And leap into the habitats of frogs varying in all shapes, sizes and colors. Our favorite of the Exhibits has to be the Stingray Touchpool. Two fingers out for petting the spirited swimmers and you can participate in feedings when it’s snack time.
The Aquarium also has food for sale at 4 locations and a couple gift shops to snag a souvenir. There is also a Guest Courtesy Room for nursing mothers and quiet family time. They also offer separate, cool behind the scenes adventures and experiences for purchase (discounted rates for Members).
Aquarium of the Americas Admission Costs
Admission to the Aquarium includes entrance into the Entergy IMAX Theater. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. The cost for tickets are $29.95(+tax) for adults, $21.95(+tax) for children 2-12 and $24.95(+tax) for 65.
Be sure to get your tickets for additional adventures like the Reef Rescue interactive virtual reality experience for just $6.
Keep in mind, an Audubon Nature Institute Membership is a great way to save money. Memberships include entrance to all of the Audubon Nature institute facilities for an entire year including the Audubon Zoo and Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
Aquarium of the Americas Hours Of Operation
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday;10am-5pm.
- Best Time to Visit: Afternoons, Monday-Friday
- Entergy IMAX Theater Showings: start at 10am
- Reef Rescue Hours: Wednesday – Sunday; 11am-5pm
- Penguin Feeding Times: 10:30am & 3pm daily
- Sea Otter Snack Time: 2pm daily
Aquarium of the Americas Location
The Audubon Aquarium of the America’s is located at:
#1 Canal St,
New Orleans, LA 70130
Aquarium of the Americas Parking
There no parking available at the Aquarium. However, there are numerous parking lots and garages surrounding the facility as well as metered parking. Several nearby Parking areas(Canal Place Parking Garage/Badine Parking Lot/Hilton Whale Wall Lot) participate in a discounted parking program with ticket validation.
Due to its central and convenient location, the Aquarium is also accessible by streetcar, RTA Busses, Public Transportation and both the Algiers and Gretna Ferry Boats.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is always a great time, full of family friendly fun that will keep you coming back. You’re going to love it just as much as we do. While you are there you can also visit the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium which is just blocks away!