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New England Aquarium

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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: 617 973 5200
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Kids loved it

It was very crowded but the kids loved it! The penguin area was really cool. There is a large tank in the middle with some really big sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, pretty and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Hanover, Pennsylvania
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My grandson loves the Aquarium, it is a great adventure and we will always come back. The penguins are amazing,

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was very crowded but the kids loved it! The penguin area was really cool. There is a large tank in the middle with some really big sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, pretty and colorful fish! The gift shop had some really cool things in it!

Thank Creinhardt
Depew, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took our 5 year old son while in town. Great exhibits, however very busy as I would expect a Saturday to be. My son enjoyed the touch a stingray exhibit and the central exhibit with the large sea turtles. Definitely a must do while in Boston.

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oxford, geor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What I like about this aquarium visit, is that it was reasonably priced compared to other I have visited. There were staff/volunteers providing demonstrations like how an octopus can get navigate. We were able to watch penguin and fish feeding.

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Charlotte, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I hadn't been to the NE aquarium since I was a kid, but enjoyed sharing it with my 11 and 13 year old sons. They liked the hands-on exhibits of stingrays and starfish. The open air penguin exhibit was a favorite of my 13 year old son, who would one day love to pet a penguin. We added the IMAX... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The sheer crowds make this attraction a little tough but kids love the animals--especially the seals and turtles. Various maintenance problems could have used extra attention, and the crowds aren't well managed. Staff engages well with the audience as various presentations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pros: 1. We enjoyed the seals and large turtles. 2. IMAX--Sharks movie was great 3. Touch a stingray area was neat. 4. Part of the Go Boston card which we highly recommend. 5. Location is great--Downtown harbor Cons: 1. Lacked some of bigger animals. Sharks, dolphins, walrus. 2. If you don't have children it would surprise me if you spent... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited quite a few aquariums over the years and this one captivated me the most. The three story tank with reef like formations makes the experience feel a bit like snorkeling. With many large windows for viewing, my family and I always managed to find an empty one available even on a very crowded summer afternoon. So much... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took my grandchildren here a few weeks ago via bus trip (ages 6, 3-1/2, and 20 months). The main round tank stands 3 or 4 stories high with a curving walkway around it to the top. There are huge windows into the tank along the walkway which allows for everyone to spend a few minutes getting up close and personal... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited this aquarium for the first time in the mid 1980's. I loved it then and after a long hiatus, I recently visited it again. I still love it, and I have been to aquariums around the world. The circular center reef tank allows for hours of ever changing views. The open penguin exhibits, with the bright blue water... More 

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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.