Bordering on the Mississippi River and the famous French Quarter in historic New Orleans, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas features various exhibits for and about aquatic life in North, South and Central America. The highly-acclaimed Gulf of Mexico Exhibit features sharks, stingrays, tarpon, and other creatures indigenous to the Gulf itself. Attractions based around the Amazon and Caribbean are equally immersive, especially in the latter's centerpiece: an underwater tunnel that guests walk through.
The Mississippi River gallery features catfish, owls, and a rare white alligator. The Gulf of Mexico exhibit is anchored by a 400,000-gallon, 17-foot-tall tank containing stingrays, sharks, and sea turtles from the region. An on-site IMAX Theatre presents spectacular nature films.
General Admission for Children (age 2-12) is $16; General Admission for Adults (age 13-64) is $22.50; General Admission for Seniors (65 and over) is $17.
Best time to visit
The Aquarium is least busy during weekday afternoons.
Near by POI
The oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, the French Quarter, is within walking distance of the aquarium.