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New England Aquarium

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-973-5200
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium,...

The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.

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Fun morning! Penguins Rule!

We visited as a family (2 adults, 2 boys age 9 and 11). While not a large aquarium, it does have some interesting exhibits and displays. Centre to it all are the penguins on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
St. John's, Canada
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Miramar Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool aquarium! I have been to larger and nicer ones, but I fell in love with the penguin and otter exhibits! It got a bit crowded as you went up the different levels. I still would recommend it!

Thank Sarah B
St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited as a family (2 adults, 2 boys age 9 and 11). While not a large aquarium, it does have some interesting exhibits and displays. Centre to it all are the penguins on the first floor and the large cylindrical fish tank in the middle covering several floors. There is a touch tank for several species that was big... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Aquarium in the last couple of years underwent a renovation; but quite honestly I think at $25.00 is overpriced. The Imax next door would be a more value taking for the buck. One good feature, it is on the Blue Line Subway.

Thank Anthony D
Sterling, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always fun walking around here. So many wondrous things to see. I also love people watching. Seeing a child's expressions are always priceless.

Thank Cheryl M
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

- animals seem lively, intuitive and well cared for. - great focus on the 'bigger picture' i.e. the wild ocean - beautiful creatures throughout and stunning central tank - great educational value for kids

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Monroe, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was great, all the staff well picked highly engaging and accustomed to providing a fun, family experience. The design afforded an overall excellent flow with minimum stairs and a circular rotation upwards to the big tank with exhibits throughout the journey up and down. For the children, there are numerous options for "hands on" experience in a variety... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This aquarium is unique because of its ingenious design! 4 levels with different eco systems spiral around a giant cylindrical tank that has everything from Tarpon to Turtles, swimming in absolute harmony! They also have a petting zoo with Rays and small sharks! See electric eels, cuttlefish, octopus, sea horses and so many other amazing animals!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming to this aquarium for almost 40 years and I must say this place has gotten overpriced,I guess the price to feed and maintain an aquarium has gone up. The layout is still the same(small) with a few added features like the shark and ray touch tank and seal exhibit.Kids like the touch tank more then anything else.... More 

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Rocky River, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite the fairly costly tickets, this was worth it. The hands on opportunities and the massive circular aquarium kept our 8 and 3 year old boys entertained. We went during the week thinking we would avoid the crowds, but it was still quite busy. The cafeteria had some healthy kid options so all around it was easy to spend a... More 

Thank Cococarr B
Shipley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium today on our Boston City Pass. The aquarium has a large amount of exhibits and a very wide variety. We spent over 2 hours here taking in the exhibits and watched an interesting talk on Sea Turtles which was most enlightening. We would definitely recommend here even if not on the City Pass.

Thank Phil C

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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