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Audubon Aquarium

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    French Quarter
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    Tues - Sun 10am. Closing times vary.

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About Audubon Aquarium 
Looming large against the Mississippi River is the world-renowned Audubon Aquarium. Home to more than 3,600 animals and 250 species, the Aquarium lets visitors get up close and eye-to-eye with some of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean. Get a first-hand look at the African penguins, a giant sea turtle, and even a Louisiana white leucistic alligator on your visit. Audubon Aquarium is an AZA-accredited facility and ranked #5 as a USA Today Readers’ Choice 10Best aquarium.

2023 Renovations 
Renovations to the modern-style building have further elevated the Audubon Aquarium experience and include a new 2,500-square-foot atrium lobby with stunning views of the Mississippi River. Audubon Insectarium is now located in the same building and includes a 264 square-foot motion reactive dispay wall that uses the latest technology to bring images of butterflies and lightning bugs to “life” and react to guests presence and movement. Hundreds of butterflies representing a variety of species fly freely in the Butterfly Garden where guests also enjoy breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Mighty Mississippi. At the Insectarium, guests experience the amazing animals that pollinate our crops add beauty and diversity to our world and make up the largest group of animals on the planet.

What to expect during your visit  
Guests can experience special animal encounters with penguins and a 60-foot-long, hands-on touch pool with sharks and stingrays, daily animal presentations, and the highly anticipated behind-the-scenes access to the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the 450,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit.

In the Amazon gallery, visitors can walk among lush greenery and 60 free-flying colorful birds representing 15 different species before venturing into the Amazon Encounter. Here, visitors will find even more animal species, including an armadillo, tortoise, and a Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth.

Wild Encounters  
Go Behind the Scenes with Audubon Nature Institute’s Wild Encounters! These add-on experiences to your visit are unique, fun, and meaningful ways to meet some amazing animals and learn about our extraordinary conservation work. Wild Encounters at the Aquarium include the Maya Snorkel Adventure and the Penguin Party. Availability is limited and based on species breeding seasons; reservations are recommended.

Aquarium Tickets 
Audubon Nature Institute offers several different ticketing options for visiting the Aquarium and sister attractions, Audubon Insectarium and Audubon Zoo. Single admission tickets for the Aquarium are $35 for adults and $30 for youths aged 2-12. Visit the Aquarium plus the Insectarium or Zoo for $50/adult or $45/youth. Visit all three attractions for $60/adult and $55/youth. Children under two can visit for free. Senior discounts are available. 

Venue Specs
  • Facility Buyout: Yes
  • Max Banquet: 475
  • Max Classroom: 475
  • Max Facility Banquet: 475
  • Max Facility Reception: 1800
  • Max Reception: 1800
  • Number of Private Rooms: 3
  • Private Rooms: Yes
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