Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

New Orleans' state-of-the-art Audubon Aquarium, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, is regarded as the best in America with 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 every type of aquatic creature from jellyfish and sea horses to sea otters and penguins. The Aquarium's 'sister' attraction, also run by the Audubon Institute, is the excellent New Orleans city zoo, situated in Audubon Park further uptown.

Address: 1 Canal Street

E-mail: air@auduboninstitute.org

Website: www.auduboninstitute.org

Telephone: (504) 581 4629

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.

Admission: Aquarium: $22.50 adults, $16 children 2-12, $17 seniors 65+