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New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (North End)
617 973 5200
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Ranked #64 of 219 Attractions in Boston
Activities: Whale watching
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The New England Aquarium has recently had a make over. A brand new reef was installed and what a magical difference. As a diver I enjoy sea life immensely, and although this is not a natural domain it is certainly a very very enjoyable one. Take your time with this visit , there is plenty to learn here. The penguins... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

I only visited the aquarium itself and didn't buy tickets for any other add on activities like Imax. Compared to other aquariums I have visited around the world I thought the variety of exhibits was limited. The internal major "tank" was not bad. Maybe I need to have some wide eyed kids in tow with me to jazz up the... More

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Whitman, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

We have been taking our kids to the Aquarium since they could walk...if you want a place to go that they can learn and have memories for a life time go to the New England (Boston) Aquarium!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I go to the Aquarium in every site that i travel too. This one is one of the best that i have been too! The tank in the center is amazing. My only complaint is it is kind of hard to follow because there isn't a direct path to follow so if you not paying attention you might miss something.

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This aquarium is well worth a visit. There is a huge cylindrical tank in the building. They also do whale watching cruises on a catamaran with refreshments on board and a helpful crew who give a running commentary on the whales seen. We didn't go in the aquarium on this visit but went on a whale watching trip.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

As both of us love sea-life we were glad to see that the Aquarium was part of the CityPass for Boston. We weren't disappointed either. The Aquarium itself is based around a large tank in the centre, with three penguin pools around the base, the mammals (sealions and seals) outside and other tanks and pools on the different levels as... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I grew up near Baltimore so I have a lot of experience with a great aquarium near home. While smaller than the National Aquarium in Baltimore I really enjoyed my visit and definitely thought it was worthwhile! I learned a lot and saw many sea creatures that were new to me! I really enjoyed the penguin and sea lion exhibits,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Who doesn't love a penguin? We recently went to fulfill a siblings long desire to recapture childhood wonder with the penguins. This was certainly accomplished and she had a very positive experience. This must be tempered with my own experience of wondering if every person with a baby stroller in Boston received a call to show up. It was virtually... More

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We loved being able to touch the stingrays and starfish! The workers there were all super nice and eager to share their knowledge of the animals.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Admission to the aquarium is definitely over priced. With that said, it is worth seeing. There is a sting ray touch tank, penguins, seals, and a wide variety of fish- jelly fish, tropical fish, eels, piranhas, etc. We did not go with children but its an activity they would enjoy.

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