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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • 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 2 days ago via mobile

Good activity on a grey winter day. Start at the top and walk down the 5-story spiral walkway. Go downstairs to touch the rays. Our favorite thing was watching the different penguin colonies. Could benefit from more audio interactivity. There’s a lot of reading.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hammbrook
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We always enjoy aquariums but this is one of the best! They have harbour seals out front and more seals in the back. There is a gigantic salt water tank in the middle that is loaded with sea life.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chrisaK9463LT
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was there by myself. Ans I was amazed on how much fun I had! Touching stingrays and other animals, watching the penguins being fed and going around the gigantic aquarium in the middle of the building is certainly fun! Kids, teens, adults and seniors...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cfjdi
Reviewed 4 days ago

A day of exploring boston's Aquarium up close and research thousands of sea creatures that exist in our planets oceans

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Vacationer823517
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Maybe it’s because I was by myself but I was done looking at everything of interest within 45 minutes.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jodit888
Reviewed 6 days ago

Young or old, this is a wonderful venue to learn, enjoy and explore the wonders of what is beneath the sea. This may not be the largest aquarium in the world but it certainly has a collection great enough to amaze you time and again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ugyved
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you already visited the Atlanta Aquarium, you won’t be that impressed with this one. It has lots of animals , though the day we went was full of school trips, so it made it kind of difficult to have a good view of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Arienalua
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for our 3-year old and 10 month old. The sea turtles were the best part. A tad disappointed there weren’t any “big” sharks, said my 3-year old. But overall, we recommend it. We spent two hours and had a snack in the great cafe.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NaderProperties
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the aquarium. It’s still just as amazing the second time! The exhibits are great. The center tank is incredible. The staff is super friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brittanica619
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The aquarium was immaculate. The crew cleaning the premises does a nice job. The exhibits were laid out logically and well put together. There is a central big tank that spirals up. You can see all of the marine life at each level. There are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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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