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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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Aquarium in Summer

A little crowded but overall a nice enough place. Not the best aquarium I have been to but still quite good.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I went to the New England Aquarium with 2 foreigns and we were all shocking disappointed. The only thing we all enjoyed was the sea turtle, but other than that it was not worth $26. We would not recommend this aquarium.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A little crowded but overall a nice enough place. Not the best aquarium I have been to but still quite good.

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Greenfield Center, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This aquarium is overpriced for what it has. It takes less than an hour to see everything. It is very small and crowded as well. The best part is the large tank in the center with the ramp that goes around it. Many different levels and types of creatures can be viewed both in the tank and in smaller tanks... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I visited the New England Aquarium during a weekday afternoon and was surprised with how small and crowded it was. The aquarium consists of a penguin pool on the first floor, a giant fish tank that spans 3 levels, and a few small tanks on levels 1 to 3. Unlike most aquariums, there weren't any aquatic shows. Even with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

An excellent place to visit. A visit to the aquarium is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. Filled with interesting animals and very informative write ups on each of the displays. The staff are very attentive and informative. If you go with small children at least 3 hours is needed to see it all. I went on a Friday,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We came on Sunday so it was very crowded, but we enjoyed it anyway. Take at least 3 hours with kids. Don't miss petting the Manta fish near the entrance on your way out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Kids thought it was nirvana post a day doing freedom trail. It was okay. Nothing terribly exciting. Was excited to see a turtle rescue exhibit but when we arrived we discovered there were no turtles. It was okay. Just okay. Very expensive for just okay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Went on trip organised by the Aquarium, called Boston harbour cruises, our trip was Whale watch, with a guide from the Aquarium. It was utter Brilliant, one of the best things I have seen in my, my familys life. Saw Humpback Whales, lots off..... A seal & a Dolphin. We were on the boat for 3half hours,it was well organised,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My twin 11 year olds were begging to leave after a half an hour. Almost the entire aquarium is made up of the giant aquarium through the center so every floor is just a different view of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Place was busy but manageable. Displays and exhibits are very good. Appropriate for kids and adults.

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