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New England Aquarium

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-973-5200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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This place was great, all the staff well picked highly engaging and accustomed to providing a fun, family experience. The design afforded an overall excellent flow with minimum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Monroe, New York
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Monroe, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was great, all the staff well picked highly engaging and accustomed to providing a fun, family experience. The design afforded an overall excellent flow with minimum stairs and a circular rotation upwards to the big tank with exhibits throughout the journey up and down. For the children, there are numerous options for "hands on" experience in a variety... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This aquarium is unique because of its ingenious design! 4 levels with different eco systems spiral around a giant cylindrical tank that has everything from Tarpon to Turtles, swimming in absolute harmony! They also have a petting zoo with Rays and small sharks! See electric eels, cuttlefish, octopus, sea horses and so many other amazing animals!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been coming to this aquarium for almost 40 years and I must say this place has gotten overpriced,I guess the price to feed and maintain an aquarium has gone up. The layout is still the same(small) with a few added features like the shark and ray touch tank and seal exhibit.Kids like the touch tank more then anything else.... More 

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Rocky River, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite the fairly costly tickets, this was worth it. The hands on opportunities and the massive circular aquarium kept our 8 and 3 year old boys entertained. We went during the week thinking we would avoid the crowds, but it was still quite busy. The cafeteria had some healthy kid options so all around it was easy to spend a... More 

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited the aquarium today on our Boston City Pass. The aquarium has a large amount of exhibits and a very wide variety. We spent over 2 hours here taking in the exhibits and watched an interesting talk on Sea Turtles which was most enlightening. We would definitely recommend here even if not on the City Pass.

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a very well done Aquarium. It's open, interactive and beautiful. My favorite part is the area in which you enter which is wide open circling a large Penguin Playground. I've never seen anything quite like this. Additionally, it's very well constructed such that you gradually gain elevation circling a gigantic aquarium filled with all kinds of interesting aquatic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good day out! we went here on our last day in boston before our flight and it was a really good day and worth the money. The penguins were the best thing and the aquarium does educational talks about the animals which was good

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Redding, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yeah, it's nice, but there was a long wait to get in. They had people out front, trying to entertain the masses waiting to get in. They'd be put to better work selling tickets! Ugh. Don't be fooled as we were by the "Photo with a Penguin" you stand in front of a green screen and the penguin is photoshopped... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 10 year old son and I visited the aquarium while we were in Boston. We have visited many aquariums in many cities, and this one was disappointing. The penguin exhibit is the main attraction and the aquarium was built around it. Besides the penguin exhibit, I felt there wasn't much to the aquarium. I am glad we went to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoy the variety. Pretty setting. 2 hrs. Max... to do everything. went in the am. Perfect. Not to crowded on a sunday. Kids loved a couple of interactive activities..

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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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