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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

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Wasn't sure what to expect but really pleased we went. Very interesting and a great aquarium but not sure about the penguins and seal enclosure. They looked a bit dated.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Brighton, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Seals and Penguins are always fun to watch and a highlight of the Aquarium adventure! I have to admit I expected the facility to be larger, but the educated staff was eager to point out the interesting facts about what makes this Aquarium unique. Thank you Brenda for sharing the Rare Leafy Sea Dragon story with us and for... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect but really pleased we went. Very interesting and a great aquarium but not sure about the penguins and seal enclosure. They looked a bit dated.

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been going to the aquarium since I can remember. Most recently I came here on a quick date night and loved it. It's always so nice to walk around the giant fish tank and see all the beautiful fish! Definately a great spot with kids!

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Cornelius, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Boston with (or without) kids, you must go the aquarium. The usual attractions with views of Boston Harbor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great aquarium very well played out didn't feel rushed. Lots of hands on experience for kids but adults have fun to

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Miramichi, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The pengiuns, the fur seal, and the green turtles in the giant center tank were my favourite. We even caught a glimpse of the moray eel and followed him all the way down the ramp. We had a great time. The only thing you really had to watch for was toddlers and strollers. The place was packed, and kids like... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

For how expensive it is to get into the New England Aquarium there really is not an awful lot that they offer . there's a giant fish tank with random fish and smaller shark, and the two best exhibits are the Penguins and the sea otters who perform tricks there's really no parking for the frustration the expense and for... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an attraction that withstands the test of time. My partner and I had been as children and it was just as fascinating and wonderful as we remembered it to be. It is a beautiful, well maintained space. Wildlife seems greatly cared for and thriving. The facts and information listed at each exhibit is great - easy to read,... More 

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Greenport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although this aquarium is quite small, there was enough for us to spend part of the day here before we left Boston. Nice IMAX theater but wish there were more activities based at the site. If there was a way to capture the area's history with the aquarium, it would be a nice addition.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The aquarium is so fun for all ages. They have added some new things like the sting ray tank where you can pet a sting ray. The staff is very knowledgeable and nice. One of the staff members Jasmine was so nice and guided us around the place and showed us where we could see some of the seals.


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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.