New Orleans' Aquarium of the Americas celebrates 10th anniversary

NEW ORLEANS -- Celebrations of the Aquarium of the Americas' 10th year will be held throughout 2000.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the historical French Quarter, the facility's focus spans the river and the Gulf of Mexico, the underwater world of the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon rain forest.

It has drawn more than 12 million visitors since it opened on Labor Day 1990 on the 17-acre Woldenberg Riverfront Park, replacing acres of run-down warehouses.

In 1995, its Freeport-McMoRan Wing was completed, which offers the Changing Exhibits Gallery and an Entergy Imax Theater.

Jellyfish, which predated dinosaurs on earth, were added in 1996.

The first marine mammals were added in 1999 when two playful Southern Sea Otters arrived.

This year has been proclaimed the year of the horse, with a Seahorse Gallery that provides exhibits and high-definition monitors of the species.

A birthday celebration will be held on Labor Day that will include music, arts and crafts, food, face painters and puppeteers.

Admission to the Aquarium of the Americas is $13 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 2 to 12 and $10 for seniors; it is free to members.

Aquarium of the Americas
Phone: (800) 774-7394 or (504) 581-4629
Web: www.auduboninstitute.org

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