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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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Note – The Audubon Aquarium is currently closed for renovations and will re-open for World Ocean’s Day on June 8, 2023. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

About the Audubon Aquarium 

Looming large against the Mississippi River is the world-renown Audubon Aquarium. Home to more than 3,600 animals and 250 species, visitors can 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, moon jellyfish, potbellied seahorses, and even a Louisiana alligator on your visit.

2023 Renovations 

Renovations to the decades-old building are guaranteed to enhance the Audubon Aquarium experience. The changes include a new 2,500-square-foot lobby enclosed with a bird-safe, glass curtain wall. The former IMAX Theater has been transformed into the Audubon Insectarium. Separate entrances to the Aquarium and the Insectarium are located on the second floor.

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 with even more animal species including armadillo, tortoise, several species of birds, and the newest member of the Audubon Aquarium family, a Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth. 

Aquarium Tickets 

The Audubon Institute offers several different ticketing options for visiting the Aquarium and sister attractions. Single admission tickets for the Aquarium are $35 for adults and $30 for youth ages 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 visit 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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