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New England Aquarium

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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+1 617-973-5200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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US$26.95*
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
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Nice Little get away at Aquarium

Aquarium needs little more especially cause price we felt was a bit high thought more to it but was nice and it closes early 5pm and we did arrive close 4 not knowing but seals... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow this aquarium blew me away. The penguins, the fish and the divers in the big tank was just spectacular. A must see. Oh and they have an area to touch the baby sting rays. Super cools. The kids really love that.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went expecting big things and were quickly let down. The place is pretty small and you could walk around it in 30 mins if you wanted to. I think the cost ($35US) was a bit steep or I suppose I could look at it as a donation which would be better! I think better place for kids!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Aquarium needs little more especially cause price we felt was a bit high thought more to it but was nice and it closes early 5pm and we did arrive close 4 not knowing but seals and penguins were adorable. Also be aware the parking is so expensive, but we realized all over Boston parking so expensive no place park so... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been the aquarium prior to the renovations, during the renovations, and after the renovations. I enjoyed the pre-renovation aquarium. I love the penguins and enjoy walking around the aquarium. It is a nice place to visit and better than some of the aquariums I have visited in my travels.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The aquarium was one of our Boston stops that we were most excited for, but it ultimately disappointed. This aquarium lacks some of the big-ticket creatures that I've seen in other aquariums. It definitely has potential though!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice visit at the aquarium. Loved all the different varieties of marine life and the touch pools. Great place to take children.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great little aquarium and fun way to spend the afternoon, especially when the weather is not-so-great. The penguin exhibit is the best and it's a large exhibit that stretches through the aquarium with a big swimming area and several 'rocky' land areas for the penguins, so even when it's crowded (which it was), you can walk around... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd really recommend going if you've got kids along - not so much if you're a couple of adults into marine biology (depending on your noise tolerance and need for personal space).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live very close to two much newer aquariums in Chattanooga and Atlanta, but this aquarium did not disappoint! We visited on New Year's Eve, so it was crowded, but we all had a great time. The curator who was up at the top of the tank shared some interesting information, and he even took the time to answer our... More 

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Ronks, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best part about this aquarium is the layout. You can walk through and always see a tank on every step as they have a large circular tank in the center. Each exhibit is well displayed and you can find many unique species. They had divers in the open ocean tank so the fish were highly active looking for food.... More 

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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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