Another exciting site to see in my hometown of New Orleans is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. My previous post I did was on the Audubon Insectarium which is a great site to accompany your trip to the aquarium! This is yet another non-sponsored review which I chose to do on my own free will without any compensation.
Located along the Mississippi River is the Audubon Aquarium. While it may not be the largest aquarium around, it sure isn`t the smallest either. The biggest attraction there would probably have to be the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit.Â Of course, there is tons to see!
To start off the outside of the building has a unique look to it. It`s just different, but a good different. We purchased our tickets and made our way through the tunnel at the start of the museum. The tunnel is basically a HUGE aquarium that you walk through is the best way to describe it. You can the string rays and various other under water life as you walk on through. It`s a beauty to see and experience!
Once you exit the tunnel, there are other various fish tanks set up to view. Then you go through some glass opening doors to the next level. On the next level you will find penguins, frogs,Â sea horses and lots of other under water life. My favorite is always the penguins. They are just so cute!
There is also an exhibit where it`s like a jungle. They have a tree house like structure you can actually walk through just to give you the feel that you are in the jungle! It`s more like a path made of wood, but when you see the pics you`ll understand what I`m trying to say! It`s a small space, but it was a favorite as a kid. So definitely stop there if you have youngsters who enjoy tree houses and such.
As we moved on we decided to stop off in the mini food court to get a bite to eat. We went ahead with some pizza. There`s not a lot to choose from, but if you`re hungry then food and drink is available as well as some ice cream. Then we went to check out the frog habitat area, sea horse area as well as the sea otters.
From there we went on to the kids area as I like to call it where kids can climb on a small play slide set up as well as other statues. You can tell it`s a kid friendly area. Also, in the same area is displayed a baby white alligator! This little guy is just too cute to resist!
Next up was the Mississippi Swamp section where they had more water life displayed such as turtles and other white alligators. There`s also a live owl in there if you look closely! As we finished in that area we took the elevator back down to the bottom level and passed by the huge tank which held LARGE sting rays and sharks and other water life. There were also some jelly fish tanks set up right past that area.
As we finished up they have a gift shop to the left which is large and has tons of gifts to choose from. Although a bit pricy, they`re also not too bad either. I guess what do you expect when it comes to New Orleans?
The complete experience was nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. The aquarium itself was clean. The tanks were large so all could see and the animals all looked like they had enough space to be comfortable in their living environment. If you`re in the New Orleans area, make sure you add this to a must-see list!