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New England Aquarium, Boston

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Zoo / Aquarium
New England Aquarium is home to a 760,000 liter (200,000 gallon) tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. A spiral walkway takes you around the tank, where you can spot sharks, stingrays, eels, barracuda, sea turtles, and more through its 52 windows. Once you reach the bottom, you will be met by the aquarium’s penguin exhibit, though you will most likely hear the noise of the cheerful birds before you see them. The temperate gallery features ancient fish, rare sea dragons, and thousands of schooling fish, while the freshwater gallery hosts piranhas, anacondas, and electric eels. Outside the aquarium, you can enjoy a free viewing of the harbor seal exhibit. They have daily training sessions open to the public. There's an on-site IMAX theater. Use our Boston itinerary planner to visit New England Aquarium on your trip to Boston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is an amazing Aquarium showing some of the rarest creatures in the world. It is captivating, interesting and educational all rolled up in one magical experience. Old or young you will appreciate ...  more »
  • How to jump into the sea while remaining dry! Particular Central aquarium with hundreds of different species that swim in a spiral. Exciting the giant turtle, incredible Octopus, fantastic seals, funny penguins ... recommended for adults and children
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  • Loved the penguin exhibits the most. Could watch them for hours. The huge central aquarium with the winding ramp to the top is a must see. The educational top of the tank presentation was great. If yo...  more »
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  • Awesome aquarium! Great set up as it's an upward spiral and a huge collection of animals and sea life. Everything is wheelchair/stroller accessible. I would definitely come back to this aquarium. They do a turtle feeding which is SO CUTE! All of the workers are very informative. Pro tip: don't wait on the line (which can get quite long), buy tickets on your phone and present via mobile.
  • With the newly rebuilt big ocean tank, the many smaller exhibits, and the ray touch tank, this is a great 'smaller aquarium' (as opposed to, for example, Mystic, with a much larger footprint but no single thing as special as the big ocean tank). NEA also has a clear conservation mission, putting it above other animal exhibits in the area where the conservation mission may be less clear. The facility is also well kept, and the staff are generally friendly and knowledgeable. It would be great if the aquarium were open an hour later on weekdays, as trying to get from school to downtown and actually have time to see anything is a challenge and makes the annual membership somewhat less worth while.
  • I love the aquarium. The big tank has some amazing different fish and along the walls has some educational areas that is great. When it is busy it is hard to move around and see everything. They should try to suggest a people all go in the same direction for better flow.
  • We really hope the sharks get well soon. It would be nice to see the octopus in a bigger tank of his own (but not the big tank in the middle shared by a good majority of the aquarium animals... He deserves a bigger screening area where he is the center of attention, and more people can enjoy him, as well as more area for him to live in), he was a very popular animal and we barely were able to see him after waiting a very long time for a small viewing area. The sting ray petting area was amazing. The old turtle was so much fun, so playful. The staff were mostly very friendly. They closed at 6pm, but locked the doors at 530pm, and started pushing for people to leave. The whale bones were extraordinary. All around a good trip, would recommend, hopefully they make a few improvements in the future.
  • I LOVE that they finally got on board with offering a discount to EBT card holders. It makes this great place accessible to lower income families that couldn't otherwise afford to take their children to. They gave a large variety of exhibits and animals. We love the seals!