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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 #58 of 213 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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Willowick, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is a nifty aquarium with a cool tank in the middle. You walk up and as you go up you see different fish and other wildlife. the penguins were awesome. The exhibits they are in are pretty big and you can interact with the penguins. There is a penguin call box that makes a penguin noise and sometimes... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is the best aquarium I've ever been into. It's huge with tons of animals and sea life. When you go in, you basically walk around in a circle as you make your way up the maze of animals. They also have animal shows/presentations that they do throughout the day. There's a gift shop and cafe at the aquarium, along... More

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Nebraska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Spent a few hours wandering through the exhibits and watching the feeding of the penguins. This was a great learning experience and very interesting seeing most of live animals as close as you will ever see them (in some cases you are even allowed to touch them).

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Warrenton, Virginia, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The unique shape keeps you interested and the five level sea tanks gives you views of all that abounds. Sea lion tank was a bit small but excellent view of the harbor. Do your research as parking is expensive

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I went last autum. It was a great place to visit and learn! If you are in Boston you must visit the Aquarium. We had a wonderful time.

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Hudson, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Nice to see all of the species but it is small. I wouldn't plan on more than an hour or two, especially with no kids. Go early to avoid all the kids too.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Have been to the aquarium twice and the three things I like about it are the layout, the variety of creatures and the seal presentations. The way the aquarium is designed is you move from the bottom level up the edge of the building, seeing a range of environments from deep ocean to amazonian rivers. Then, when you reach the... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We arrived in time to go to the top floor and see them feed the fish and turtles. They answered many questions and talked about the kinds of food that they eat. Myrtle the turtle is over 40 years old and weighs a lot. She is so neat to watch. They were also feeding each penguin and writing down if... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Once you get done with parking and tickets doesn't seem to worth it. The place was packed as it was a rainy afternoon. Most if the exhibits where hard to view and people weren't moving. Seemed overly priced for what it was. Highly suggest going on a nicer day to try and avoid the crazy crowds.

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Seacoast NH
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We recently took our young children here. They had fun looking at all the fish and other sea animals. Parking and admission were very expensive though. Don't think we'll ever be going back unless we're given free passes.

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