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New England Aquarium

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New England Aquarium Admission
From $27.95*
New England Aquarium Admission
From $27.95*
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  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Boston
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I got to see a live octopus. Never have seen one up close. Big fish tank and touching all sorts of fish was very exciting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank marthasleelanautable
Reviewed 6 days ago

I love aquariums, but the New England Aquarium is somewhat dated at this point. Yes, there are plenty of reef fish, but the aquarium was very crowded and the exhibits haven't been updated much recently. Worth a visit if you've never been, but somewhat expensive...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank santacruzer_95060
Reviewed 6 days ago

The best aquarium I've visited (including the Shedd in Chicago, the National in Baltimore & others). Extremely clever layout & presentation, with many child-oriented exhibits including speakers. Be sure to visit the seal/sea lion pool, & the penguins.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DocSag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my boyfriend on a Saturday afternoon while visiting Boston. I'd definitely recommend coming after 2pm to avoid the crowds since it closes at 6pm. I'd also recommend trying to find street parking and walking a bit to avoid a hefty $40...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SammiDeRosa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I am not a huge fan of aquariums, but this was nice. The main tank is huge, so fish have plenty of room to swim. Also, penguins and seels had plenty of room.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DjJassu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 3 children ages 8 to 11 all enjoyed the visit to the aquarium. It was well kept and easy to navigate, even though it was very busy when we visited. we spent a good 3 hours here without any complaints, also we visited as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank whohadaddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a magnificent aquarium...There was a giant tank in the center of this aquarium with quite the variety of species. My son had a blast watching the seals and penguins bathe. There were four levels of exhibits and the kids really enjoyed the touch tank...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fivestarbeachbum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New England Aquarium offers a huge display of all kinds of sea life. They have blue lobsters on display which are very cool. We all enjoyed the views. We will go back

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank B3543AEteresam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the aquarium on our first day in Boston. It was raining so it was the perfect escape. They have 3 different types of penguins which is rare and amazing to see. They have a giant octopus and an amazing fish tank going down...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CandE-Travels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stoped into the Boston Aquarium with our two teenagers and we all had a great time. The kids liked the tanks where you could touch the stingrays and they really enjoyed the penguins and the massive fish tank in the Center of the aquarium....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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.
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.
May 25, 2017|
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Response from G2204PWjohnh | 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