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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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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77 reviews 77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

The aquarium is good. Kind of small but that's okay. The center tank that spans the entire height of the building is pretty cool and the walkway around the center tank is convenient. They have lots of smaller tanks on the sides as you walk up. It was a good visit and I am glad that we did it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

i just came back from the Aquarium and i must say that there is not alot that this place has to offer they even got rid of the sharks... walking around Boston was way better than the 25.00 tickets and the 36.00 parking not to metion the whole thing last about an hr I dont feel it was worth the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The aquarium itself is pretty small, the side exhibits are kind of small. But yet again I'm used to the shedd aquarium in chicago.. But is definitely worth a trip. Only took about 3 hours to cruise the whole place including one of the IMAX 3d shows which was pretty cool... Though small, they have large penguin exhibits, and a... More

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Noida, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Its majorly a large glass container with many kinds of species ... you walk around as you climb up ... a very different and good style .. has a lot of activities for children as well as adults... the best part is touching of various species ...

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I wish there were more large and crazy animals. Some of the sites were great but i wish there were more sharks and fish that you don't see regularly.

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