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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 208 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Izmir, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It must be visited just because of the giant tube aquarium which takes place in the middle of the building. You can watch penguins and seals playing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to the New England Aquarium several times. It is a bit expensive, but something fun to do. They have a great seal exhibit that has a show. I missed the show, but still enjoyed watching the seals swim around and play. During the time I went the trainers were feeding the penguins, which was exciting to watch.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went on a Saturday and it was really busy! Before entering we had to have our picture taken and were given a ticket to redeem our photo on the way out. When we left we bought the package of photos for $35. The aquarium was impressive with many different fish. It took us about 2 hours inside the aquarium... More

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Halifax, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was our kids first aquarium visit and we had a great time. I visited the aquarium in Atlanta a few years back and this one is not in the same caliber but still enjoyed this my visit. It was very pricey for it's size, family of 4 was $85 and parking next door was very expensive at $36. There... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My favorite animals were the Leafy Sea Dragons and comb jellies just because they were the two animals that looked the most awesome (personally I thought they were the must see). It was also cool to see the baby sharks moving inside their embryos. A bit too pricy for a quick trip, but my friend and I spent most of... More

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 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
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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