Visiting the New Orleans Aquarium is just one of the many wonderful things to do after walking around in the heat of the French Quarter. In fact, this aquarium, is a destination vacation spot on its own. Especially if you have children traveling with you, do not miss a visit to the Aquarium of the Americas at the foot of Canal Street.
New Orleans Aquarium
Many come to this New Orleans Aquarium just to see the famous white alligator. This is also home to the Energy IMAX Theatre. These places are great to cool off after strolling in New Orleans’ humid weather.
There is a stingray touch tank and a nurse shark touch tank. The kids will love this part of the aquarium – a moment to actually feel the underwater creatures they have seen behind glass and in picture books. And how many people can claim to have actually touched a live shark? This modern New Orleans aquarium is home to more than 15,000 creatures from the sea, some exotic, rare and fascinating.
The aquarium is not limited to life in the Mississippi or the Bayou. Here you can walk through a thirty-foot long Caribbean Reef tunnel and see reef creatures that are normally seen only by divers. If you’ve ever been fascinated by seahorses, there is a Seahorses Gallery where you can watch them swim between the grasses of the water. Visit the Amazon Rainforest exhibit to take a look at anaconda snakes, poisonous frogs and gorgeous exotic birds.
The famous white alligator is an endangered species that you can see at this one-of-a-kind New Orleans aquarium. There were only eighteen of these alligators found in a Louisiana swamp. They are not albino alligators; they have blue eyes that contrast amazingly with their white skin. They are a sight to see. Cajun culture tells us that seeing a white alligator is a good omen. That should be enough incentive to get most people to the aquarium and they will be more than glad they came. Another rare sight to see there are the neon colored frogs! Talk about glowing faces!
You can literally spend all day at this aquarium. One of the best things about it, other than its inhabitants, is its location on the Mississippi river. Any good New Orleans vacation package will include tickets to the Aquarium of the Americas along with all of the other attractions. Just blocks from Jackson Square and the French Quarter, the Aquarium can take up your day or round it out with the other sights and sounds of the city.
If insects do not make your skin crawl, make sure you travel across the street to the Audubon Insectarium located in the historic Custom House. One of the city’s newly added tourist attractions, it is not only a favorite of visitors, but also locals alike.