New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

by:  George Payne 

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New Orleans' Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a world class facility that is a must see for anyone visiting the city.  Located at the foot of Canal Street next to the historic French Quarter, the aquarium provides unprecedented views of various local and international aquatic wildlife.  With over 10,000 animals representing 530 species, the aquarium has exhibits designed to delight the senses.  Their Gulf of Mexico Exhibit (photo on left) gives you a look at many local species, such as nurse sharks, red fish, tarpon as they slowly drift by the feet of a massive oil platform.

Their jellyfish exhibit and Caribbean Reef undersea tube is breath taking.  When I take my son (4 years old) he never wants to leave.  Regardless of if you live here or are just visiting for the day, do yourself a favor and take a half a day for a complete tour.  If you have time catch a movie at the IMAX theater.  For more information, be sure to go to their website at www.auduboninstitute.org/aoa/index.htm