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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%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions”(208 reviews)
“touch tank”(201 reviews)
“penguin exhibit”(168 reviews)
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 3 weeks ago

New England Aquarium was my first experience in an aquarium! I must say I was very excited! There is a massive tank with various fish, surrounded by a sidewalk with penguins!! There is also an open tank where you can touch stingrays! I loved it!...More

Thank AngelinaK185
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there for the tank feeding and it was fun and educational. The entire aquarium is quite nice.

Thank Foreverpurple
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The acquarium is a good option for a rainy day. The place has lots of species to see and a huge tank in the middle of the building which is nice. Have being to better acquariums before, but it is a good option.

Thank jonatasr104
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Giant aquariums, penguins, sea lions and a giant Myrtle the turtle to watch serenely swimming in the largest tank of all. Very impressed by how well these guys are looked after, the informative sessions they do and fabulous photo sets they create for you, well...More

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a rainy day - very well presented and informative, but better things to do if the weather allows.

1  Thank Mac097
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to aquariums in US and a number of other countries and have pretty reasonable expectations. While this was decent, it seems very dated and no signs of renovation or announced plans for same or development plans. Like most everything in Boston, seems over-priced.

Thank Rick R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent two hours in here.... could have stayed longer but had to get back to airport. Was quite a noisy visit and quite busy but there are lots of interesting exhibits. Good staff with lots of information and special talks around the venue on...More

1  Thank Alistair S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is super dark so know that before you go in. We liked it there as we enjoy aquariums. The seals were so cute and I’ve never seen so many penguins! My 8 and 9 year old were fans.

Thank rykelyura
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited many times through the years, but for years. Even better. Getting tickets a nightmare, line is outside and so slow. The front area needs redesign. Exhibits are wonderful. Weekend afternoon packed with young kids, still was a great visit. We did not go to...More

1  Thank nycfussy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our visit to the New England Aquarium. Loads of different exhibits to see and interact with. I particularly loved the penguins and the centre tank. We spent approximately 60 - 70 minutes visiting. All staff we extremely friendly and chatty and happy to...More

Thank dannye1000
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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