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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 #63 of 207 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We were eager to see the new renovations and bought our timed tickets on-line which saved a lot of time since the lines can get really long on busy days. We have been here before and have also been to the Baltimore Aquarium in Maryland and the Monterey Aquarium in California and know this is smaller than the other two.... More

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Peekskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The NE Aquarium was definitely a very enjoyable experience. The main feature is the enormous cylindrical tank in the middle of the building that has a spiraling walkway around it. This is what you use to get to the different "mini-floors" where there are smaller typical biome tanks. The main tank is cool to check out because you can see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We went there on Saturday. Yes, the place was crowded and it took almost whole day to explore it. Price is ok, all aquariums are expensive to maintain.... The central tank is awesome, you can walk around it and watch inhabitants from the top. The sea turtles were the best for me in the central tank. The penguins exhibition is... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The New England Aquarium was recently renovated and they did a fantastic job! We recently visited and loved all of the new displays and exhibits. We particularly loved the New Balance Seal encounter and show. The touch tank of rays and sharks is also a favborite. You certainly will not be disappointed -- its a smaller aquarium but its filled... More

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Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

As others have noted this is a small aquarium. What they lack is size they make up for in quality of displays, care and educational signs. The is a great experience. The penguins are so fun to watch and you could spend a very long time walking round and round the central aquarium before you found all the inhabitants! Try... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I went just by myself and enjoyed so much even though most of the visitors were families. There is really a lot to see to be astonished about, from sharks to frogs and seals to sea dragons. They have four different species of penguins (!) and a possibility to streak rays. All around this is definitely worth a visit and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The title is already telling. Although, I had the opportunity to see an awesome dragonfish as well as beautiful jellies. If you can, try to avoid Sundays. The noise is terrible (my mistake, I know, going on a Sunday).

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

i visited 20 years ago and HAD to return on a recent Boston trip. This place is excellent, from the great interactive displays (play with a penguin by shining a spotlight in the water!) to the ample educational info surrounding enclosures, to the easy-going but authoritative delivery of the penguin keeper. The constant conservation plea at nearly every exhibit was... More

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New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I listened to all the hype about how awesome the New England Aquarium was/is. Well, I'm not sure what everyone was talking about. Don't get me wrong, I did hate the trip to the aquarium, but I was certainly expecting much more. The penguin exhibits, the jellyfish exhibit, and the touch tank are great. But I thought the pools that... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visited from out of town April 2014, It is a fairly small aquarium but was fun. We enjoyed the penguins, the seals (though a fairly unimaginative tank for the seals), and the large central tank that goes through the center of the aquarium. The small touch areas are nice for small children, and we also liked the jelly fish... More

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