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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 #61 of 209 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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Jackson, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

As aquariums go, this one is pretty nice. We prefer the Newport Aquarium just north of Cincinnati, but this one is not far behind. We were in the area and the weather turned on us a bit, so we elected for this because it was indoors. The staff were friendly, and the overall appearance was nice and clean. It is... More

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Sydney, Australia
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307 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was a well-thought out aquarium. I met the star of the main tank, Myrtle, an 80 year old, 500lb (226kg) green sea turtle. She was quite frisky. Nice to see penguins from down under.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This aquarium is dated and does not compare to some that I have seen (Georgia or South Carolina aquarium). It is very expensive (3 tickets cost about $70). If you go add on the IMAX which pays for itself and makes you feel like you at least got something for your money. I would not really recommend it if you... More

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St. John's, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We paid an extra $5 on admission to see an IMAX film before visiting the aquarium. Before entering we had to have our picture taken and were given a ticket to redeem our photo on the way out. The film was nice, took about 40min but nothing spectacular. The aquarium was impressive, we enjoyed the tanks. We expected it to... More

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Upper state, NY, USA
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed to Monterrey and petting shark tank. Way cool. My teenager even loved it. They were feeding the animals and it was neat seeing the divers in the tank with the huge fish and turtles. Everyone must see when going to Boston area.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Visited on a hot, sticky day in July, a welcome break from the heat. Stayed much longer than planned, very enjoyable attraction. Highlights were Myrtle the Turtle (c. 90 years old), feeding the penguins and watching the seals. Looking at the wide selection of colourful jellyfish and being able to stroke the rays and sharks were also cool activities.

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We came up in June. It was a great time! Plenty to see- lots of exhibits from penguins to Mrytle the Turtle! It was fun to climb to the top and see all that it had to offer. Nice gift shop and close to other attractions as well.

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Miami, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I loved this place as a child. I was excited to bring my kids here. Although the majority of the exhibits only provide a "look-and-see" experience, it is still a wonder for young kids to see these sea creatures up close and in person. You don't get much closer, unless you're diving. The location is relatively easy to get to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place the kids will love. Kept my two elementary aged kids entertained for about 3 hours. Beware, parking garage across the street is very expensive. Leave your car here for the day and that will cost you $36.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Very good aquarium. Was very crowded when we got in, but it was also feeding time. We had the Go Card so we didn't have to wait in the long line to get tickets. This made the experience more enjoyable. Take the time to look at all of the attractions along the walls. They are not as crowded as the... More

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