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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas © Gary J. Wood
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas © Gary J. Wood

New Orleans' state-of-the-art Audubon Aquarium, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, is regarded as one of the best in America, boasting highly entertaining exhibits. Underwater tunnels allow visitors to marvel at a Caribbean Reef and a re-creation of the Gulf of Mexico, complete with sharks. There is also a walk-through Amazon rainforest and an exhibit displaying the inside story of swamp life. The Aquarium features almost every type of aquatic creature imaginable, from jellyfish and sea horses to otters and penguins.

The Aquarium's 'sister' attractions, also run by the Audubon Institute, are the excellent New Orleans City Zoo, situated in Audubon Park farther uptown, and the Audubon Insectarium, situated in the historic Custom House on Canal Street. The zoo is a fun diversion for kids, and the insectarium, a more unusual attraction, is one of the largest freestanding insectariums in the US, housing more than 900,000 species.

Address: 1 Canal Street

Website: www.auduboninstitute.org

Admission: Aquarium: $24.95 (adults), $18.95 (children aged 2-12).