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The Audubon Aquarium

As if the Audubon Zoo wasn’t amazing enough, we also received passes to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The building is air conditioned and a great escape from the heat of New Orleans.

There are more than just fish in the Audubon Aquarium including hawks and owls! I would have never known this building fell victim to Hurricane Katrina. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

I just love Stingray’s and couldn’t resist sharing this photo since he was smiling for the camera.

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There are, of course, tons of fish in the Aquarium. Fish from all around the world!

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They even have a large Jellyfish display with information on these magnificent creatures. I think they are incredibly beautiful even though the sting like the dickens if you get too close.

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I couldn’t imagine being this close to a shark without that glass in between us, could you?! They are fascinating creatures but still scary. Just look at those teeth!!

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Then you have cuties like this big sea turtle. It kind of reminds me of Finding Nemo, what do you think?

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The Audubon Aquarium has an abundance of aquatic creatures, including starfish.

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… and Seahorsies!

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And then you have my favorite creatures – the African Penguins! I was sad that the inside of the glass was so foggy. I couldn’t get really good shots so you should go see them in person (wink, wink). Totally worth it.

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Especially if you happen to be there around feeding time (10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.). You can even get backstage Penguin Passes to be up close and personal with these little cuties.

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There is a huge catfish that swims up to the glass if you sit down. Total photo opp you wont want to miss. Sadly we couldn’t get the camera to focus and we were running out of time – the Aquarium closes at 5 p.m. It is open 7 days a week though, so that’s a huge bonus.

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I just had to circle back around to find more stingray’s. I don’t know what it is about them but I am fascinated.

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I even got to touch some!!! They feel like wet leather, but so soft and squishy. Don’t worry though – stingray’s don’t have teeth and these guys have their barbs trimmed so they aren’t stinging anyone.

Audubon Aquarium Petting Stingrays

There are lots of neat displays all around the Aquarium. I really liked this diver’s suit. Speaking of diving, did you know you can go snorkeling or scuba diving at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas?!

Yup – you can get up close and personal with the creatures of the Great Maya Reef with the Maya Dive Experience.

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The Aquarium has so many interactive exhibits and educational tools all around. It’s definitely a wonderful place to bring the entire family. When you’re hungry there’s plenty of options to choose from including Papa Johns, Haagen Dazs and the Aqua Grill.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

 

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a must see for anyone visiting New Orleans!

I am a zoo fanatic; whenever I visit a new city I try to make it a point to visit their zoo as well. I received passes to visit the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and, just, WOW! I was blown away by the Audubon Zoo and its gorgeous architecture peppering the paths to the exhibits.

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The first animals we saw were the flamingos which were stunning but a little smelly. I just loved how vibrant they were!

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There are covered strollers readily available for those with young kids in tow. They even have cubbies that are perfect for holding your water bottles – staying hydrated is important.

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I got a good laugh at the Sun Bear laying on his back with his leg in the air. He’s such a cutie!

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The white tiger was sprawled out too. It was a super hot and humid day.

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Definitely a great day to enjoy the water park located right in the Audubon Zoo!!!

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There is also a carousal featuring oil paintings of the zoo animals and 60 menagerie animals!
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The jaguars were stunning but obviously hot.

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Making eye contact with this gal gave me goosebumps. Jaguars are truly beautiful creatures.

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I’ve never seen a dancing bird in person, but I was told this Scarlet Macaw really can boogie!

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The Louisiana Swamp Exhibit gives an inside look at world that is the Louisiana Swamp. There are gator feedings, up-close encounters and even a floating house!

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There is a very comfortable sitting area that allows you to observe the giraffes as they eat and frolic. This was Tess’s absolute favorite exhibit at the zoo!

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The Sea Lions were my favorite! They were so active and after about an hour of walking around I was ready to join them in their pool. They have daily training sessions that visitors can sit in on, but sadly we missed this.

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Oh! There is an adorable train that takes you on a scenic tour of the zoo (for an additional fee.) It makes stops at the Carousal and the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit and departs every half hour. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. This gives you an all access pass to the train and the narrated tour.

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There are tons of places to grab drinks and food within the Audubon Zoo. We got lunch at the Cypress Knee Cafe – Jambalaya & Gumbo, yum.
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There are carts located all around the zoo selling drinks, snacks and banana pops!!! The gift shop is also a great place to stop for fun souvenirs. They have tons of great items like apparel, stuffed animals and the cute Voodoo string dolls found around New Orleans. When you check out you’re given the option of donating to help feed the animals.

Audubon Zoo Gift Shop

When you are done at the zoo there is even a free shuttle that will take you to St. Charles Ave. where you can catch the street car.

Audubon Zoo free shuttle

 Have you been to the Audubon Zoo?

Between the beautiful and diverse array of animals, the stunning statues and decor as well as the plant life the Audubon Zoo is my all time favorite zoo to date. It’s worth the trip to New Orleans just to check it out!