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New England Aquarium, Boston
(3.7/5 based on 3,600+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Not the most impressive aquarium, but they do good with what they have, especially making an interactive environment for kids. They have a nice big fish tank that you can walk around as well as manta ...  more »
  • Although the aquarium is interesting in parts (mainly the small tanks), I felt that for a major city on the ocean, it could do far better. I come from Cape Town, South Africa, and our Waterfront Aquar...  more »
  • Great Aquarium. Many levels with a Very large aquarium in the middle you walk around to see the many varieties of animals within. Great view from the top down to look down into the water. Many other t...  more »
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  • I'll admit, this aquarium was smaller than I expected, but what they managed to cram into that space was rad. There is a cylindrical tank in the center, viewable from all floors. They have a really cool whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling when you first enter. For kids, there were some interactive areas with the staff and your typical "touch a starfish" section. The fish variety was astounding, and if you ever find yourself unable to recognize a species, they have intuitive touchscreen stands that let you identify all the animals in the building. I highly recommend this place if you're at all interested in animals or ocean life.
  • I enjoyed my visit, I found the price more reasonable than other aquariums. All the animals appear healthy and taken care of. The best part would be the large cylindrical tank dominating the entire aquarium. There are lots of exhibits with different species and very informative. Best time to go appears to be the morning or getting a timed ticket to avoid huge crowds. This place is very popular, even while I was there on a weekday. There are also lockers available to hold some items though they are pay lockers. I would absolutely go again and recommend if visiting multiple sites to check out the city pass option to reduce costs in visiting multiple tourist sites.
  • Very nice aquarium. Had 4 types of penguins and a huge salt water reef in the middle that you can walk around from top to bottom. Fun afternoon activity to take the family.
  • Fun and informative place. Penguins were the best. The parking garage outside of it is almost 40 bucks if you're there over 80 minutes
  • Ocean tank was really cool. Turtles, sting rays and fishes are awesome. I haven't been to lot of aquariums, but this is good