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New England Aquarium

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number:
+1 617-973-5200
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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So happy we bought tickets online because line was insane. Super crowded due to school break but we had a blast. Great experience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So happy we bought tickets online because line was insane. Super crowded due to school break but we had a blast. Great experience.

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Saugerties, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took us about 2 hours to make our way through everything. Had a great time. Worth a visit if you are in town.

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Saranac Lake, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having worked at a zoo before, I completely understand the difficulty managing large holiday weekend crowds with minimal staff- all while working for peanuts. However, it does seem that their primary focus was on external crowd management rather than internal crowd management. From the flash photography being used on nocturnal exhibits, to kids banging on glass, to bottle necking and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the New England Aquarium and the 3D Imax theater and had a wonderful day. The Aquarium was very crowded and parking was way too expensive..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a very nice aquarium. Two items, if you don't already have tickets & there is a long line you can purchase them on your phone & go to will call to skip the line. Second, there are only two bathrooms. One outside the café and one on the firs floor. Plan accordingly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Right on the harbor, huge, great place to visit if in Boston, good for kids only down part was no sharks

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited whilst on honeymoon. The centrepiece of the aquarium is a huge cylindrical tank right in the centre of the building itself - this is magnificent, with a huge variety of sea life. There are also areas where you can touch rays, as well as a decent sized cafe where we grabbed a decent lunch. Enjoyed our visit.

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is huge! Four floors of ocean critters. A very large octopus up close. Sea turtles. Sea horses. Eels. All kinds of different fish (some are very unusual). Lots of fun!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to many aquariums around the world but this definitely ranks as one of my favourites. Great place to escape to if the weather is very hot or very cold. The aquarium is well laid out and has a nice flow to the exhibits. I found it to be a relaxing, entertaining and fun place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great display of penguins, the smallest of which are the noisiest! Also enjoyed a couple of movies at the adjoining IMAX theatre. I had a leisurely day wandering around the aquarium, going out at lunchtime to wander over to Quincy market and then coming back in the afternoon. As it was so cold and everywhere was covered in snow it... More 

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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.
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