Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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

(504) 565-3033

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! 

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About the Author

Brandi Cortez
Brandi is a Native New Orleanian & Italian who has lived everywhere from Mid-City to Kenna-bruh. She now resides in Hahnville with her children, and husband she met on a blind date and married in Vegas, and states “It’s seriously only 20 minutes from NOLA guys, although when I first got here I was all like ‘where the hell am I’ (in the worst Anthony Michael Hall voice from that scene in Sixteen Candles)”. She has spent the majority of her adult life Marketing for as well as Managing local restaurants and businesses as well as running her own small businesses. Currently she has found a happy place with Pint-Sized NOLA providing meaningful connections between businesses and the community. You can also find her sippin’ on some aloe juice in the kiddie pool listening to The Beatles & 90’s grunge or driving kids to t-ball, art class, soccer, basketball, gymnastics or cheerleading in her minibus.

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