New England Aquarium, Boston

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#1 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Massachusetts
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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 planning tool to add New England Aquarium and other attractions to your Boston vacation plans.
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  • There is a garage next door that is pricey( I was parked a little over 2hrs & paid $39). Tickets to the aquarium are also pricey however, there’s a lot to see and learn about the sea world and it’s am...  more »
  • Just Outstanding! One of the best aquariums I have ever seen. If you have an opportunity try playing with the penguins with the light. It's enrichment for the animals and just plain fun for the humans...  more »
  • It is a very cool place to visit with a huge assortment of sea creatures. My favorite was the top of the fish tank. There are a lot of people. I went on Saturday during the day and it was packed. Ther...  more »
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  • We visited with our whole school today. It was an easy visit considering. The school had organized a schedule for the cafeteria for lunch time so we would not take the whole place. It worked fine. We had to wait outside around 10 minutes before entering the Aquarium while a guide told us what to expect, how to approach the exhibits (mainly the touch tank) and how to proceed in the case of a lost student. It was cold, some students left their jackets in the bus so they would not carry them all the time. We were lucky it was not freezing and the sun was out. The kids had a great time.
  • I love going to the aquarium here. Through the library program, you can book passes for a day visit for free. It's great when family or friends come to visit. The main attraction is obviously the large central tank. You can slowly work your way up while stopping off at each level to see all the other tanks. Also, the stingray area is really fun. You can easily spend an hour there and not even realize it. It's going to be busy, especially during tourist season and even weekends during the colder months. There are certain times where it's not that bad though. They also offer a boat ride whale watching trip, if that's something that interests you. I'd definitely recommend this as a place to go. There really is something that everyone can enjoy, while learning along the way.
  • Some advice: buy your tickets online and get there early. The crowds here are crazy, however, you can't blame anyone. This place is awesome. It was cool when I was a kid, but know that I'm an adult and more aware of how vital conservation is, I'm floored by the work this place is involved in. Also penguin feeding time; a must see! The information given at the top of the tank is fascinating too. Everything in the aquarium is just so neat. And you can touch animals in certain exhibits.
  • It is a little small, but a very nice aquarium. The animals and tanks are well kept. They have a lot of demonstrations and educational sessions. I particularly liked watching feeding of the penguins. The training session with the seals was good also. There's a shark exhibit on the map, but it was not fully open when I went. All in all I spent about 2 hours in the aquarium.
  • It was an awesome place to be as a new tourist in Boston, the animals were both exotic and interesting and the staff was great, answering all my questions about the exhibitions. It's fun as you can get to watch shows, be and touch some animals such as sharks and rays. The gift shop it's great as their products have a reasonable price and often have sales. The restaurant although it's for my taste a little overpriced, has great and tasty food.

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