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New England Aquarium

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Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
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The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions” (196 reviews)
“huge tank” (95 reviews)
“touch tank” (197 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Downtown
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+1 617-973-5200
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"sea lions"
in 196 reviews
"huge tank"
in 95 reviews
"touch tank"
in 197 reviews
"penguin exhibit"
in 163 reviews
"marine life"
in 106 reviews
"center tank"
in 84 reviews
"smaller tanks"
in 54 reviews
"spiral ramp"
in 53 reviews
"fish tank"
in 52 reviews
"sting ray"
in 47 reviews
"different species"
in 49 reviews
"imax movie"
in 58 reviews
"rainy day"
in 117 reviews
"all ages"
in 144 reviews
"whale watch"
in 63 reviews
"great for kids"
in 61 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 79 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Very fun to watch the penguin feedings. So any types so interesting. The sea turtles are amazing and the seal are outside of the front doors for every one to enjoy. Loved it

Thank Annick B
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a really lovely aquarium, though a bit overpriced. The central tank has great views of a lot of diverse sea life. The touch tanks are fun and (literally) very cool. The outdoor marine mammal space seemed to have been recently redone, and when...More

Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The New England Aquarium is really a great place, made only better by visiting during off hours. I brought family in just as the aquarium opened, and we enjoyed the place throughly before the crowds descended. The timing couldn't have been better - we were...More

Thank taralaf
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited the aquarium in a bit day in Boston with my family of two daughters (8 and 10) and husband. We had been walking around Boston and the air conditioned building was a welcome relief. Going to the aquarium was well worththe time and money...More

Thank robineb2016
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The New England Aquarium is a great place! My children love visiting here, it’s well kept and staff is friendly and informative.

Thank santamonica1234
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great aquarium in Boston and wish I were a kid again. Fascinating place to visit again and again. It’s a must whenever you’re in Boston.

Thank Jung112
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth going, any age will enjoy it. The line moved fast. Had some hands on activities. Very nice gift shop

Thank antoinettaperry24
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This aquarium is laid out in a giant corkscrew around a massive tank with all kinds of creatures in it. My kids enjoyed seeing how the view changed as we ascended. There are also outside exhibits of seals and otters that we could have watched...More

Thank marshaka23
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I used a library pass for admission. I wouldn’t go without; prices are outrageous and everything cool is ‘extra’. We waited outside for a portion of the time in line. It was very cold and very busy (school vacation week) but the kids didn’t seem...More

Thank Erin S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the NEA. I have been visiting it for 6 years because I am always around Boston. Everything is easy about it. Easy to get there by T (Aquarium blue line station), easy to park (3 floor garage by it). The variety of fish...More

Thank Daniela L
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DorAN87
April 18, 2018|
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Response from Stephie4821 | Reviewed this property |
In my honest opinion I think the aquarium is nice, but very overrated. I’ve been to Ripley’s years ago. Not sure how it is now, so I really cannot give a review.
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Darlene N
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
there is a small outdoor section but most of the fish are indoors.
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nytraveler1111883
May 25, 2017|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Especially on “school days” 1-2 hrs is the most you will need or can stand. Very crowded, School escorts letting teenagers run in packs. Not to be negative, if you a small adult crowd or good child management with parents... More
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