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New England Aquarium, Boston

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.7/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • We entered the aquarium due to our whale watching excursion being cancelled due to poor weather. The aquarium has a good, central location, but unfortunately does not have much else going for it. The ...  read more »
  • This is a very nice aquarium with a wide variety of exhibits and events. When you enter you'll receive a schedule of feedings and shows for the day. Divers feed the fish 4 times a day and you're able ...  read more »
  • Very nicely done, but not very large and not a ton of diversity. We had a great time, but it is not a world-class aquarium. 
  • This is a great place to visit. It comprehends three floors with a big aquarium that goes from the bottom one to the top floor. There are areas were you can actually touch the animals, like jelly fish, starfish, rays, coral and sharks. The variety of species that can be seen it's also very good, with interesting facts about each of them being displayed. At last, in the gift shop you can found something for everybody, child or adult.
  • - Aquarium feels very small. It is also too crowded on a Saturday afternoon. - Touching the stingrays is a nice activity. - Nice penguin exhibit that you can basically see from any point in the museum by looking down. - The floor-to-ceiling exhibit is touted as the main attraction, but it is a little underwhelming when you actually see it. - Overall, price should be more like $15 for the quality.
  • I love this place. The staff are knowledgeable and for the most part seem to love their job (how couldn't they?). My mild nitpick is that I wish some of the exhibits were better-maintained. Some seemed rather dirty and I'd assume it's not very good for their health.
  • Pretty decent size aquarium with lots of interesting things to discover. My baby daughter really enjoyed it. So did I. Almost 60 bucks for 2 adults is a bit on the pricey side though. Also, don't go there by car. Parking at the Aquarium is insanely expensive. 38 bucks once you hit 80 minutes, seriously?
  • One word: penguins. Yes, it's a decent aquarium. The main giant tank is definitely a mesmerizing scene, though sadly, not entertaining enough for a one year old human toddler. I loved the area where I could "pet" the stingrays, and the outdoor seal exhibit is definitely a favorite.
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