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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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Smaller than expected but exciting enough

With 4 floors, an Imax theatre, and a massive building from the outside i was quite surprised when my girlfriend and I made through the entirety of the place in a mere hour and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Rudolph, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The coral reef display is beautiful - I could not believe the variety of fish and other sea creatures in the tank. I also loved the jellies - they were so pretty. They also have a ray tank which is really cool.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was crowded but the exhibits were large and well lit. The center tank was unbelievable, so well stocked with colorful and playful sea creatures. The top of the tank was both informative and fun. I would advise you to but you tickets online , it is a slow checkin but a lot shorter and quicker then buying the tickets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

With 4 floors, an Imax theatre, and a massive building from the outside i was quite surprised when my girlfriend and I made through the entirety of the place in a mere hour and a half. Obviously geared towards children but all in all it was a memory made that we will not soon forget.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I expected this museum to be a bit larger. The penguin exhibit was neat because it was all open and easy to watch and see the Penguins. I was expecting to walk through multiple exhibits, but everything revolves around the main middle tank. Which is a few stories tall. It was cool to walk to the top and see down... More 

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New Brunswick, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have been to the NEAQ several times over the years, and I love it! The seals, sea lions and sea otter shows are awesome, but have been shortened dramatically over the years. I wish they had a bigger space to view as the old building fit so many without over crowding. It is fun to pet the sand sharks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I'm a little biased--I LOVE sea creatures. I hadn't been to an aquarium in 13 years before my visit, and that is way too long! I had an absolute BLAST at the New England Aquarium--way better than I imagined. I will definitely be back. When I was at the aquarium, going around the big tank in the middle, I had... More 

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Houlton, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I went to the aquarium around 1 pm on a Friday. We had so much fun at the aquarium. There was plenty of information available about all the fish/penguins/etc. The areas where you could touch the sea creatures were great! We went through the entire aquarium in about an hour and a half. We waited outside for... More 

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A wonderful family friendly way to spend several hours, going through an informative aquarium, with a large variety of animals and sea life. Close to the North End and Fanuiel Hall Marketplace. ENJOY!

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is by far the best aquarium I have ever seen. Don't forget to checkout the electric eel and the penguins.

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Johnston, Rhode Island, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's really small and can be a bit crowded. The parking garage robs you to park and the imax offers only 2 showtimes for some movies so check the times and plan ahead. Check out Castle Island after to unwind from the crowd its only a few minutes away.

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