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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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  • Average18%
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  • 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 today

Visited many times through the years, but for years. Even better. Getting tickets a nightmare, line is outside and so slow. The front area needs redesign. Exhibits are wonderful. Weekend afternoon packed with young kids, still was a great visit. We did not go to...More

1  Thank nycfussy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our visit to the New England Aquarium. Loads of different exhibits to see and interact with. I particularly loved the penguins and the centre tank. We spent approximately 60 - 70 minutes visiting. All staff we extremely friendly and chatty and happy to...More

Thank Danny E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Having been to many aquariums around the world, I found the New England Aquarium a bit lacking in excitement. The information panels were very informative, and I loved the penguins particularly the Little Blue penguins! The touching pools were good too, but overall a little...More

Thank 747travelfan
Reviewed 4 days ago

The aquarium has 3 floors, with penguins on the bottom floor and unique fishes the higher you go. I recommend starting on the up most floor and work your way down, and finish in the room where you can touch string rays. The place is...More

Thank Sivan M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After having the experience of visiting the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN the New England Aquarium was extremely underwhelming. There are very few “live” exhibits, which make for severe overcrowding where there is a tank to peek at. I’m of the school of thought of waiting...More

1  Thank brittanynewbold
Reviewed 5 days ago

you can see fish around the outside walls and in the big aquarium in the middle. good way to spend an afternoon

Thank n0ah258
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful Aquarium with a multitude of things to see and experience. The penguins are a hoot as are the seals. The central aquarium is gigantic and is filled with a mind boggling array of fish including sharks and turtles. Educational and a lot of fun....More

Thank Canadianknowitall
Reviewed 5 days ago

Old, dark and not well maintained. Not much to see and not worth the $25 they charge. was disappointed.

2  Thank Menenz
Reviewed 5 days ago

We first visited the aquarium about 10 years ago. My oldest was about a year old so doesn't really remember the attraction. This time around, we brought him and his brother. The only "hiccup" was there is a huge line to purchase tickets. If you...More

Thank acchapp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a few hours here, multiple floors with a giant cylinder tank in the middle which housed everything from sharks to sea turtles. On each foor there are various fish and mammals ranging from fur seals (outdoor enclosure), octopus, jelly fish etc... The penguin enclosure...More

Thank CharlotteOLU
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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