Friday, November 05, 2010

New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas

The New Orleans Aquarium offers a fun filled and educational experience. It's only a short drive of about an hour from Baton Rouge. If you're looking for something to do then a trip to the New Orleans Aquarium may be just the thing for you and your friends or family to have a fun day. In April of 2007 my son Tyler's first grade class had a big field trip down to the aquarium. The kids had been studying recently about ocean life. This trip was a logical tie-in with what they had been studying a good way for the students to end up their year with an exciting trip. It was my turn this year to go in the big field trip as my wife had gone last year. I took off a day off work and had a memorable day with my son.

There was another first grade boy on the trip that had been on the basketball team that I coached for my son. He was also on the same coaches pitch baseball team (which I did not coach). Anyway, I had told the boy's dad at a ball game that he could hang out with Tyler and I some on the trip which he did.

Above is a picture of Tyler posed in front of a diver that was feeding fish as we first went in. It was sort of like a tunnel with water on top and on both sides. It's an impressive way to start the tour of the facility.

The boys later saw the penguin exhibit and got a big kick out of that. They didn't dance lie they do in the Happy Feet movie but they were still cute little birds. It was a beautiful day to be spending time with my son.

Below is a nice picture of the boys at the top of the stairs in the jungle like exhibit part of the aquarium. Later, after everyone finally cleared out of the aquarium, we all gathered in a spot along the river not far from the aquarium for a nice late lunch and a bus ride back to the school. Tyler had a great first grade year with straight A's of which I'm quite proud of him for. All in all, it was a really nice trip to the New Orleans aquarium and if you're looking for something to do then you might go check it out yourself.

Aquarium Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 4327, New Orleans, LA 70178Street Address: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130Phone: (504) 581-4629 OR 1-800-774-7394 (Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)