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New England Aquarium

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Neighborhood: North End
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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Whale watching
Description: The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium...
The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
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This is a world class aquarium

The New England Aquarium is in a great location, right on the waterfront. It has a huge round center tank where you can see all kinds of sea animals. On the first floor is a shark... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The New England Aquarium is in a great location, right on the waterfront. It has a huge round center tank where you can see all kinds of sea animals. On the first floor is a shark and ray touch tank that is lots of fun. And there are penguins! Make sure you go outside to see the sea lions. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the big tank in the center that you can actually go clear to the top and look in from there. The penguin habitat is cool, you can get real close and watch.Enjoyed the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The New England Aquarium is our favorite thing to do in Boston. This is a walking event, or quite possible in a wheelchair because of the broad walkways. You walk up a broad walkway, which surrounds the central, building height circular tank filled with various sea creatures and fish. Various other tanks line the walkway. A new area is dedicated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great family trip for kids of all ages. It is a bit expensive for a larger family, but well worth it. And teachers get in for free! You can also get a free pass from libraries in Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Our family goes about once a year. We love how relaxing a place it is. I've a fondness for all the critters, they are very well taken care of. The exhibits are wonderful. My son and I also watched a 3D movie on the great white shark. Wow! Go and enjoy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Large viewing windows, clean exhibits, active and healthy marine life. Nice upstairs restaurant. Large gift shop selections.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We visited the aquarium this past winter. It only became crowded in the afternoon. The exhibits were fantastic and very well maintained. It took us a little over 2 hours to go through all of it plus we went to one of the IMAX shows. It was well worth the price. The staff is friendly and the facility is very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We went to the Aquarium (my husband, 2 teenage daughters and I) during a March Break visit to Boston. We had the City Pass ticket. The Aquarium was not very busy which was a bit of a shock. There were great exhibits and the people working there were very knowledgeable and easy to speak to. My daughters loved the penguins... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The New England Aquarium is a great place to visit for all ages. It's educational exhibits and programs are top notch. A must see are the penguins, dolphins and my favorite the extraordinary seahorse exhibit. There is a hands on tidal pool and elevators for those unable to climb stairs. Parking in the area is quite expensive and admission is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

While this aquarium had a fair range of type of sea animals on display, there are many other aquariums that are better. It is very dark, and feels like concrete monolith inside. I feel sad for the penguins who spend their lives surround by people, with very sterile looking concrete pools and 'rocks' and artificial lighting. The large central fish... More 

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