I took my kids to the aquarium expecting the typical fish tanks, penguins, and other animals. This aquarium does have all that, but the real treat is the parakeet exhibit. There are hundreds of parakeets in a closed in former lunch patio. You can buy feed sticks for $1, but you don't need them to interact with the parakeets. If you stand still long enough, they will land on you and try to climb in your purse, pockets, hoods. My little ones freaked out a little, but my older kids absolutely loved it!
The otters were so cute and all of the children loved them! Overall, the aquarium was smaller than I expected, but very kid friendly! We loved the gift shop as well, and there were plenty of places to take cute family pictures. We didn't eat there, but the food court just looked like your every day food court.
Our family was in heaven! We loved spending time picking out all of the great sea creatures that we had only WISHED to see before! From sharks, sting rays, and turtles! The sea horse exhibit is fantastic and being able to touch sting rays was an awesome experience!
We decided to splurge for the "Audubon Experience" tickets, which gave us entrance to the aquarium, insectarium and zoo, as well as tickets to the IMAX.
The aquarium was a huge hit with the girls. It was practically empty, so the girls had front row seats to whatever tank they wanted to observe. They loved the "rainforest" area, the otters and the penguins. We paid a little extra to buy food in order to feed the rays in "Adventure Island", the little indoor play area. What a blast! Both girls loved feeding, petting and getting splashed by the rays.
My husband and I took our two little girls (now ages 3 and 4) to the Audubon Aquarium last summer and we had a fantastic day. It was worth every penny (by the way...check with your hotel about purchasing tickets at a discount). The highlights of our visit to the Audubon were feeding the stingrays, the Gulf of Mexico exhibit (A HUGE TANK) and watching the adorable sea otters.
My son ADORED this aquarium. He got to see penguins, which apparently made his life complete. He also got to pet sharks and stingrays which he also thought was completely cool. It's very large, and a lot of walking. We visited the 3D theater next door, which was also worth it. Be sure to purchase the package, it's a lot cheaper if you plan to visit the Zoo, 3d Theater and insectarium.
Very nice place to vist. My favorite part is actually petting a baby shark and a sting ray. I wasn't if this was worth it or not at first, but it is definitely worth it. They let you feed it too. My kids almost missed this opportunity, but I am so glad they didn't. The clear tunnel is magnificient and you see fish all around you, but it wasn't as wonderful as I thought it would be. The entire place wasn't a big as I thought it would be either. However, it was definitely worth it and I am so very glad we went!
The Aquarium is a wonderful activity for all ages. It's definitely one of the best I've been to. There are some wonderful exhibits, the IMAX is right next door, and the insectarium is just down the street. Plan to do this and the insectarium the same day because they're each 1/2 day activities. They're both located on a street car line right in the heart of the city.
This aquarium is fun for the entire family! The aquarium is located on the river with lots of boats passing by, also a favorite of the little ones! Once inside, you can walk through a large tunnel-aquarium and see sting rays up close as they swim around. The aquarium houses a variety of water creatures, from white albino alligators to penguins and schools of exotic fish. There is also a fun play area for toddlers and young children to play in and vendors that sell food/beverage for refreshment. Be sure to visit the guest services desk and ask them to stamp your parking ticket for $5 off parking.
We have been to many aquariums, and I kind of figured there wouldn't be anything too special about this one, but I was wrong! We really loved the Gulf of Mexico tank, it was unbelievably huge, and so neat to see a huge school of fish swimming around the tank. We also enjoyed the big exhibit that showcased the animals native to Louisiana waters, the albino alligator, sea turtles (rescued from the BP oil spill), and even birds. There is a nice playground too if you need a change from viewing animals. The food court was clean and offered a good variety of food. It was definitely nice to go during the hot summer and get out of the heat. The aquarium is right on the Mississippi River, so you can also go out and see neat boats.
This place is amazing. Every turn of the corner holds new surprises. There are many different types of creatures exhibited, all of which are fascinating to children of all ages. They have sharks, turtles, eels, puffer fish - you name it. Highly recommended!
This was a really neat experience. This aquarium has lots of fresh water fish you would never believe existed. There is even a albino alligator! Pretty cool exhibits your kids will surely love. The fish tank when you first enter is really huge! I would recommend this aquarium to families of all ages.
While the aquarium does house some interesting exhibits and has an IMAX studio attached, its not the most interesting place to visit. Even with our toddler in tow, we viewed most of the exhibits in less than an hour. There are not many interactive displays, and though the theatre room where you can watch sharks swim right by you is interesting, there wasn't much to hold my son's interest except for the playground equpiment. Combined with its location right in the heart of the French Quarter where parking is a nightmare, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit again.
We had a great time with our extended family at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Our group ranged in age from 9 months to 60+ and we all had a great time. The littlest among us especially loved the play area, where they climbed all over the oversized sea creatures made of kid-friendly climbing materials. We loved the watching the sea otters Buck and Emma play and enjoyed exploring the Mississippi River exhibit, which was unlike anything we'd seen at another aquarium. We'll definitely go back next time we're in town!
My family and I get yearly memberships to the aquarium. My boys (3 and 6) love going. There is a cafeteria, so please be encouraged to bring your own food, it is a bit pricey. You can pet nurse sharks as well as baby sting rays. There is a play area for the kids to play in. There are benches throughout if you have to sit and rest or nurse a baby. There are lots of photo props, so please bring a camera. There are 2 levels of fun. Please don't forget to bring your parking ticket in to get validated from the approved parking areas.
We have been to aquariums all over the world, and this is one of our favorites! Get out of the NO humidity and cool off with the fish! The penguin colony gets fed twice a day and we love to watch them eat their breakfast! The children can touch the sting rays and can even feed them if they would like, though feeding does cost extra. The white alligator, Spots, has bright blue eyes that you must see. Attached to the aquarium is the IMAX theater where you can watch the famous Hurricanes on the Bayou movie or the Underwater movie (my kid’s favorite!).
There's so much to do and see. They have the requisite sea creatures for the kids to touch. They have an activity area for the kids to get some energy out. There's my favorite - the white alligator. And they recreate the environment of some of our reptilian friends via vegetation and humidity. It's a great place to spend a chunk of time for not a lot of money. And since it's right on Canal Street, you can head to the French Quarter afterwards for a bite to eat.