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New England Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“touch tank”(209 reviews)
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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
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Twins hadn't been to the NE Aquarium, they made a bee-line to the Ray-Shark touch experience. We went back there 4 times I think. I felt that the aquarium hadn't changed very much in the past 15 years. Parking, food, and tickets very expensive. It's...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mountlombard
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very cute and cool with many species of fish. The arrangement of the aquarium is very nice, it facilitates the view of the fish. great walk with kids

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 430d_borab
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great family retreat especially is a cold wintery day. Kids love it, the place is not huge and it is easy to keep an eye on the kids. Works in any weather.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank omera141
Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium is clean, nice and interesting, however I felt that the animals dont have enough space, especially the penguins. For the amount of them, they all sit on one piece of rock. All animals and creatures appeared in a good condition though. Very interactive,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank hhessova
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I paid $27.95 to go in I was expecting an amazing experience really. Penguins, of which there were many, seemed to just want to stand on their rocks with very little swimming going on. Same with the sea lions. Perhaps they had all just...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank King-beez
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last thing on the grandkids' bucket list for the Boston trip. They really enjoyed it, as did I. I grew up in San Diego and spent many a weekend day at the Scripps Aquarium... comparable I will agree with other reviews - this place isn't...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mdaztec
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved it, however we were expecting to see more fishes and other kinds of animals, for example more kind of sharks, there were only one and he was a tiny in comparison with some famous sharks like the white shark. The penguins are the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SherlySanz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the aquarium because I had a long layover in Boston and it was too cold to just walk around the city. It cost $27 for a ticket which I thought was high. But it is a really fantastic place. There is a huge...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jrcrn285
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable, the touch tanks we're awesome. Loved the different exhibits. The 200,000 gallon of fish and sea life was the most incredible attraction. The turtles were just a site to see. If your in Boston, take a risk and go.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tracy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hadn't been to an aquarium since my teen years, and my boyfriend and I usually make our way down to the seaport during the summer to walk around and drink/eat. Every time we would comment on how we should go to the aquarium one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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