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New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (North End)
617 973 5200
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As featured in Boston for young kids
Ranked #57 of 212 Attractions in Boston
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Whale watching
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Halifax, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Nice variety of creatures but over-priced in my opinion. And the day we went it we waited in line for 30 minutes to get in, paid $90 for 2 adults and 2 kids, and it was so overcrowded that it was difficult to enjoy any of it. I am not sure how they were permitted to have that many people... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You pay a lot of money ($100 for a family of 4) and you can cover it all in an hour but we enjoyed it. The penguins are interesting as are most of the displays but it's really really busy, noisy and cramped so be prepared as it's not restful.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

First, I'd like to echo the other reviewers comments on cost. This is by far the most expensive zoo or aquarium my family has visited. The crowds are insane for a smaller facility, lots of kids running around. However, we really enjoyed the aquarium, it's a very unique and interactive experience, and it allows your children to get lost (literally... More

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San Francisco, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It isn't cheap especially for a whole family, and the lines are even larger then the price during the summer time, but its a great place. Lots of stuff for kids to do and huge tank for larger fish and create whale fossil which is several stories high. The IMAX movies are nice too

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit with my two year old and 3.5 year old. It's a very stroller friendly facility. Given the somewhat high price, I was expecting more exhibits/animals, with the penguins and large center tank really the main feature. Note there is a senior citizen discount available, though it is not very well advertised!

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Nesconset, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We took our 7 yr old son . He enjoyed the aquarium, but we only needed about 1 hour to see everything. We did see the penguin feeding at 9 am and that was interesting. Also saw seal training. If your kid or you are really interested in aquariums that you might get more out of it. We are glad... More

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Newport Beach, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We paid $50 for 2 to go here and it was a joke. There was basically a few seals inside and outside, penguins inside and a big fish tank that goes 3 floors. The sharks were tiny and you could pet them. No big turtles, sharks, no dolphins at all-very small and not worth $$.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Boston Aquarium is located right on the harbor at Central Wharf and is easy to find. It is at Stop 1 if you are using the Upper-Deck Trolley Bus service. The aquarium does get very busy and there is normally a long queue to get in, although you do get through it quite quickly. When you first go in... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited the Aquarium in April. We were not very impressed. It is clean and the upkeep is good; however, it was very small and did not have many exhibits to see. We enjoyed the penguins the most. Other than that, there was not very much to look at, and I felt like we spent a lot... More

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the aquarium, it is almost an exact replica of the national aquarium in Baltimore Harbor. The sea lion enclosure is great. The only downside was the area parking fees. Found out later that if you park at the Wharf parking lot the aquarium can discount the parking fees. P.S.: add the Imax show for six bucks well... More

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