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New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (North End)
617 973 5200
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Ranked #58 of 211 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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Kahnawake, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were in Boston for one day and decided on visiting the aquarium (amongst other places). My 10 year old was so glad we did. She loves sea animals. We arrived 2 hours before closing and we were told that we can return the following day to complete our visit if we didn't get to see everything. Our ticket was... More

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Provo, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were at the Aquarium first thing on a Saturday morning in August. There were only about ten people in front of us in the line and yet we had to wait for almost 20 minutes. The ticket office was poorly managed--no one seemed in charge and no one seemed to be too on top of things. Once we got... More

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London, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited during our recent vacation to Boston. Purchase as part of City Pass of Go Boston Go for the best value. Large salt water tank at the center of the building with a spiral ramp wrapping around it was most impressive. can be a bit crowded but good for all ages

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Its been a few years now. I just got back from the New England Aquarium and there has been very few changes, but not much. For the most part, I enjoy my visit there but as I first went in, it was confusing. They had this very long roped area. I first thought it was for one of the other... More

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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Took my 15 year old son here on a Friday morning. We followed some good advice and got here early in the day, just when they opened. There was no line and we were able to enjoy the exhibits quietly before the crowds gathered. Most of the visitors were parents with little children and many were running amok! My son... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Boston is a great place to visit and I always fit in the NEA unless I don't have the time. BUY THE WHALE WATCHING COMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plan your day the right way and you will have a blast!!!!! Make the time to start with the 3 hour tour around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary- it is amazing and you'll love... More

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

On my last trip to Boston, MA I happened to visit this place. I did not have much time as I had to attend a seminar at Cambridge But I wanted to spend the little time ( 3 hours ) the best I could. My cab driver, from Boston Airport Express, suggested I visit the New England Aquarium. I followed... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Is there only one aquarium designer in the world? A couple of outdoor exhibits, a large central tank with a spiral walkway, various exhibits in the alcoves, and too many people crowding through it all. The exhibits other than the central tank are small, too small for either easy viewing or the comfort of the fish they contain. If the... More

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

As part of the CityPASS package, this aquarium is well worth a visit. It has a great flow of displays that kept my wife and I entertained for the two hours that we were there. All of the creatures appeared to be healthy and active. The penguins were especially fun to watch.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It took a while to get out to the spot the whales where, but once we did it was fantastic!!! If you are interested in marine life, I would highly recommend it.

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