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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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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

We were here for a cocktail party. The aquarium is fine, but it is strange to be eating hors d'oeuvres, while the penguins are cavorting in their space.

Thank larryderm
Reviewed 2 days ago

This imposing building is NOT as large as it appears. Its inclusion on the Go-Card and over-marketing to "families" can create a miserable experience. Imagine hundreds of undisciplined screaming little beasts (with their cowardly parents and hundreds of strollers, none of which have a child...More

Thank HornsAndTail
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This aquarium is set right next to the water which amounts to some pretty cool views from the outside exhibit. The aquarium itself is set up pretty cool too with a giant tank with a wrap around staircase. The only negative is that I expected...More

Thank Kayla S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place was so dirty and crowded ! Just awful. There was so many people in this place you could not even look at the exhibits of the fish etc. they should limit the amount of people going in this place. So gross ! People...More

1  Thank Charlie767681
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent the morning at the aquarium. The exhibits are great. Love the huge carribean coral reef tank in the middle of the aquarium. May interesting facts and beautiful animals. A great way to start you day if you are in Boston.

Thank Aisha P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium the day before my grandson had surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital it was a nice treat on the expensive side but it kept his mind off of his upcoming surgery. It’s a reasonable drive from western Massachusetts and I’d consider making...More

Thank sherry S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The way the aquarium is laid out is great and the vast diversity of animals was also great. There were some interactive exhibits and we loved the large turtle!

Thank Relaxwithlax
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spiraling along from the top of the sea to the depths of the floor, we had a close up view of a variety of sea animals and plant. The turtle was our favorite! The unique flow of the Aquarium allows everyone in the crowd to...More

Thank Cynthia H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a great way to spend a hot day. Really $$$. Not my favorite aquarium- but we still enjoyed. It’s a pretty quick visit

Thank khlaw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Aquarium is nice but small and crowded. Still worth a visit for 2-3 hours. Kids touched the rays, saw fish and penguins, sharks and we enjoyed the seal show very very much.

Thank Nina S
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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
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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.
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.
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