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New England Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
New England Aquarium Admission
From $27.95*
New England Aquarium Admission
From $27.95*
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The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110-3309
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

They should consider staggered entry times. It’s not a big place and easily crowds up. Very difficult to see anything due to the crowds. Nothing particularly unique about this aquarium either.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Shulitt
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice aquarium, but mainly one large tank in middle that is three stories with various smaller tanks around. Lots of penguins. Don’t miss the octopus or sea lions!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TXKrista
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a family visit to the aquarium and everyone enjoyed it! Even though it was a rainy day with plenty of folks interested in seeing the aquarium, we felt that the layout and the flow allowed us to see all of the exhibits without...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank COmom96
Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium is huge and uniquely mapped out. There is lots to see and do. The only downside was that parking was $40. If you are going to drive, there is a parking garage next door to the Harbour Garage that the aquarium can give...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PsychRN12
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my daughters here over Christmas break. It was a rainy day out and likely because it was a holiday week the aquarium was PACKED which admittedly took a little luster off of our visit. That said, if it were less crowded we would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Preacherman1973
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I take a trip to the NE Aquarium on occasion. It is always a great deal of fun. Location is convenient with plenty of parking. The aquarium is one of the best we have seen.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank L920DZbillb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to take a weekend trip to Boston with our two young Children and visit the New England Aquarium. We stayed at a hotel near Fenway park and used the subway to get to the Aquarium, which we found very easy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great visit. We went during the summer which was a bit crazy as there were people everywhere, but we expected that. The exhibits were great. It was sometimes hard to see some things because of the sheer amount of people, but we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank elpealto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t miss this iconic Boston site! Lots and lots of displays, hands on, and special exhibits for ALL ages and on certain occasions they have special exhibits “on tour”. We saw a jellyfish exhibit a few years ago etc. it’s worth the admission price but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 310renes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours at the Aquarium during a weekend trip to Boston. The displays were good, but not great. The layout was ok, but because of how crowded it was getting around did prove to be a challenge at times. I am...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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