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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • 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

In the middle of the main hall is a four storey high aquarium but it is worth walking up to the top looking at all the other tanks because there is so much to see. The little eels that stick up out of the sand...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This aquarium is a must in Boston and for the best experience get the city pass as it's comes to 130$USD ish but you get your money's worth in the attractions you can go see and when you calculate it you do save a lot!...More

Thank Areta H
Reviewed yesterday

Better than many aquariums in terms of offering educational displays or activities. Interesting variety of sea life in well lit venues. easy to get around.

Thank Dianne S
Reviewed yesterday

Visited the aquarium during my visit to Boston in Feb. Penguins were fun to watch and also the huge display of sea lions was also enjoyable but it is nothing compared to sea world for the sheer variety. However not a bad place to spend...More

Thank Atul P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’m from Atlanta so this review might not be so fair...nothing compares to Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Sorry to digress- we went on rainy day- fun for a few hours. The penguins and walruses are great and...don’t miss Myrtle the 90+ year old sea turtle-...More

Thank karenreevespt
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved it here, but visiting on labor Friday was a BIG mistake. 2 adults didn't have a chance of seeing very much with the influx of children with parents who had no spacial awareness. I would love to visit again on a quieter day when...More

Thank TKW2011
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited on our vacation and to be honest was expecting more. Penguins and sea lions were ok and there were plenty of fish which the younger kids enjoyed but overall I think it is expensive for what it is. Appreciate they are doing good work...More

Thank Lynn K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have friends visiting from Australia. Just so happens we have a few hours to kill so we came here to Rowe’s Wharf and the waterfront. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon. Lots of families. Can’t blame them, it’s a great place for...More

Thank bristolfishaholic
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited with two adult daughters and their companions. They were willing and able to tolerate the ridiculous heat and humidity of the entire building -- I was not. They put up with the uncontrolled circulation on the circular ramps, where people, many many many...More

Thank Ann N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After a 4 hour trip out to the Stellwagen Bank feeding ground (see separate review) we decided to visit the Aquarium which is just beside the Boston Harbour Cruises His , in fact you can buy a combined ticket! The aquarium is good but I...More

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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