The New Orleans Aquarium is a world-class aquarium with state-of-the-art exhibits that allows for hands-on underwater experience. If you visit the aquarium, you get a chance to see the marine and sub-marine habitats of the US continent, including specimens from the Amazon Rain forest and the Caribbean Sea. It also has many species of fish and reptiles and birds. The activities conducted in New Orleans Aquarium are excellent and, people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the walks beneath the Caribbean Reef or feeding the stingrays! If you are more of an adventurer, then you can enjoy the Adventure Island and the journey on the Mississippi River.
The New Orleans Aquarium is located just adjacent to the French Quarter,at 6500 Magazine Street. making it a lovely place to spend the afternoon. The aquarium is open from 10 am til 5 pm seven days a week. . You can also make arrangements for the Summer Camps and it is advised to plan and book the trips before Friday 1:00 pm. The tickets are priced at $22.50 for adults and $16 for kids aged between 2 to 12 years. Seniors 65 and older are $17. They can be purchased in advance at 1-800-774-7394.
One of the major attractions of the New Orleans Aquarium is the white alligator called Spots. Another is the Sea Horses, which have now become an endangered species. Spots, the alligator, is a result of genetic mutation resulting in white skin and blue eyes. The giant turtle, which weighs more than 300 pounds, is named King. Then you have the Penguins and the Sea Otters which are extremely friendly. The Sea Otters Buck and Buck are a great crowd pullers. The stingray petting zoo on the second floor always has the kids screaming for more. Another interesting must-see is the Caribbean Reef through the 30-foot long water filled tunnel, you get an excellent view of the underwater with all the tropical fish, and all this immersed in 132,000 gallons of water! Moreover, be sure not to miss the sharks, which come up really close to you. Also the under the oil rig exhibit has been redone post Katrina and offers a quite, darkened area to relax and enjoy
The Macaws and Parrots can be found at Parrot’s Point, and the Rainforest exhibit has the humidity and plants to make you feel like you’ve stepped right into the Amazon, thank goodness all the giant pythons are behind glass. While the Mississippi River exhibit has catfish so big, you’ll wish you’d brought the rod and reel.
The New Orleans Aquarium also has a food court where you can grab a quick bite after taking a look at these exhibits. You have the option to take some sweet memories home from the souvenir gift shop and cherish the moments that you have spent here in the years to come.