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New England Aquarium

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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

The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium...

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Average aquarium

Decent aquarium. For the cost of entrance, not as nice as other aquariums in other cities. Very dark and not as "exciting" of exhibits.

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
New Hampshire

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Decent aquarium. For the cost of entrance, not as nice as other aquariums in other cities. Very dark and not as "exciting" of exhibits.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed seeing the aquarium and was surprised to see seals as well!! Lots of amazing fish, penguins, seals, to see. My son loved looking at every part!

Thank Tarale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family has been going to the aquarium for years. Even though our kids are in their twenties we still go regularly and have a family membership. They loved watching the penguins and watching the fish swimming in the tank. Also touching the stingrays. It amazing me at their ages we stay there for hours.

Thank MaSam
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

at first glance I thought the aquarium was WAY too overpriced. but there's plenty of options for discounted tickets through your local library or Boston Public Library etc. The aquarium is really unique in that it has an enormous fish tank in the center of the entire building where you can view all different kinds of sea life- it's definitely... More 

Thank ADoucy1211
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This aquarium was super crowded for our taste. We expected a lot but were underwhelmed. There is a cool exhibit in the middle but other than that, it is nothing special.

Thank Megan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It has a very easy to follow layout and the IMax movie is a great addition to a fun day. We were able to see everything in 2.5 hours before going to the movie, so it was nice that it didn't take up our whole day.

Thank Agata L
Manchester, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am disappointed with this aquarium especially after visiting some truly amazing ones in other parts of the country. This was our first visit after the renovation but things looked pretty much the same to me. I didn't get a sense of growth or of how our environment is changing -not sure, just felt like something was missing. It was... More 

Thank Karen M
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited the aquarium and the imax theater after strolling along the waterfront. It's easy to find on foot and a delightful area. Inside the aquarium were several demonstrations and feeding shows. The displays are wonderful and the instructors were very informative. The layout of the displays is a bit confusing, but we used the backtracking and overlapping pathways to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely a must visit place when in Boston. Although it might be a little pricey, it is totally worth it for all age groups. Kids will have a gala time exploring the aquarium for sure. The penguins at the entrance opening itself might be worth coming for. The 4 storey giant water tank is the center of attraction. And with... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before you go check out their website to see what they gave going on especially the behind the scenes experiences.We booked the Seal Experience and it was AWESOME!!! I got a kiss!!Getting up close & personal with these beautiful animals!! The whole aquarium is just fun. Something for everyone!! Great restaurant and gift shop too!!

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