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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
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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Great place on a hot day

Seeing all the different unique species of mammals. Go later in the day closer to closing, less people & kids so you could see the exhibits. Place is small so you could always go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Edison, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Seeing all the different unique species of mammals. Go later in the day closer to closing, less people & kids so you could see the exhibits. Place is small so you could always go back to exhibits you did not get to see or want to see again. Penguins are the first thing you will see & you could spend... More 

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Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We went to this location with our entire family. Entrance fee for a family was not too bad. It was quiet crowded, but you could see everything. Walking up, we looked at the smaller aquariums, which had incredulous beautiful sea creatures and a lot of other species. Once at the top we started circling down the big aquarium, which was... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Go early. We had to wait in line. Kids enjoyed it but I thought it was expensive for what it was. YOu go in and walk around a circular fish tank. There's lots of fish, turtles, sharks. We even witnessed a diver having a stare off with one of the divers. It was cool inside but there were a lot... More 

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turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Even though not big as many other aquariums it is worth to see if you have kids. Different fishes and other sea animals are interesting together. There was a long line and needed to wait before entrence.

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oxford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place. We bought a ticket as part of the New England aquarium whale watching crusie. I was feeling dreadful as the cruise is not good for those who are bad sailors but this place cheered me up. It is an old fashioned place but perfect. There is a huge tank going up about five floors with a. Spiral slope... More 

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

my kids (ages 9 and 14) both enjoyed the aquarium. we were there on a Tuesday afternoon in July. Although it was crowded, they were able to get up close to all of the attractions. the skate and ray tank was great. the animals came right up to them so they could touch them. very cool! the seals were fun... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The aquarium looks fairly large on the outside, but it actually isn't that big. Also, going on a Saturday is a bad idea if you don't like kids, as there are kids everywhere. The main attraction is the huge center tank that has sharks and other various fish. The penguins were also interesting. My tip to other visitors would be... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Had a fun morning with our 2 daughters aged 6 and 8 at the aquarium. Loved the huge central tank and sea turtles as well as the seals. Beautiful location. Spent about 2 hours total at the aquarium. Recommend taking advantage of buying tickets online for timed entry for easy planning and no waiting.

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Batavia, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We visited on a Sunday ( maybe a different day would be better) and it was so crowded. I'd say the aquarium was average, although we did enjoy the large tank in the middle. But it was so crowded and the dim lighting was not helpful. I was glad I didn't have toddlers because of that!

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Sagamore, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It is expensive to get in. My granddaughter went for her birthday to see the jellyfish and only members were allowed to go downstairs to where the jellyfish are

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5200
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End

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