Located on the edge of the French Quarter (a short walk from the famous Cafe du Monde), on the beautiful downtown waterfront, lies the New Orleans Aquarium. Maybe you’ve even passed it, not realizing that it’s RIGHT THERE! I don’t blame you, as you’re probably too busy focusing on the gorgeous views of the Mississippi, watching the riverboats, and admiring the Crescent City Connection Bridge.
While the aquarium is on the small side, don’t let that fool you – there are plenty of things to see and do! Although we spent less than half a day here, we saw a lot and could have even done more had we arrived earlier. I guess we’ll know for next time! Admission costs $45 for two adults, and for small adds ons at around $1.50-$2.00, visitors can partake in some really fun extras, such as feeding the birds and stingrays!
Any place that has penguins is high on my list! These little guys are adorable and full of pep! Visitors can enjoy watching feedings and enjoy play times!
Feeding the birds is a semi-new attraction, and definitely pulls in the crowds! And why wouldn’t it? These birds are a riot! For a small fee, visitors can buy feeding sticks and pet the birds as they come right up to you and eat!
I can’t forget to mention the stingrays. Who knew you didn’t have to visit some exotic island and book some overly expensive excursion to feed them? For another small fee, guests can purchase fish and feed the stingrays right along with the aquarium’s staff! This activity is limited to a only few people per feeding time, so be sure to sign up in advance! It was so wonderful, not to mention a little terrifying, and they even take your picture for you!
This place gets a huge thumbs up! Be sure to spend some time here during your visit to this amazing city!
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