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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • 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 July 28, 2008

We visited this Aquarium over this past Saturday with two small children (3 and 4). There were 5 of us total, and we had 4 tickets already purchased...but they still made us wait in an HOUR LONG line to purchase ONE ticket! That was very...More

1  Thank Farr81901
Reviewed June 18, 2008

I've been to the Chattanooga Aquarium, so that's my only frame of reference, but I didn't think this Aquarium had as much to see. They have some really cute penguins that were funny to watch. In the middle they have a 3 or 4 level...More

Thank CorvetteKatie
Reviewed June 6, 2008

The Short Story, pay attention to the off shore weather. The tip should have been when they were hosing the boat off, it wasn't to rinse off the salt water, it was to clean the vomit off the boat. My wife and I, athletic and...More

2  Thank VTNH
Reviewed February 18, 2008

The coolest thing in the aquarium is the giant tank in the center...other than that kindda boring. PACKED WITH KIDS! ONE HOUR WAIT IN LINE to buy tickets! PARKING WAS $32.00 MORE THAN OUR TWO tickets we bought to get into the aquarium.

1  Thank MWORC
Reviewed February 16, 2008

The penguin exihibit is great, as is the giant tank in the middle with huge turtles, beautiful fish and sharks swimming by. There is an IMAX theater with great films including the new U2 movie. My family had a terrific day.

1  Thank marcys
Reviewed February 10, 2008

What makes the aquarium is the Tank in the middle I thought that was quite unique and beautiful. I know it is the main focal point of the aquarium, but I felt like that was all that was there. I look for the wow factor...More

Thank TheresaP
Reviewed February 7, 2008

I have visited the New England Aquarium since I was a kid and it gets better with age. Plan accordingly though since this place gets mobbed on the weekend. The place sits in the harbor in downtown and is very large and now includes two...More

1  Thank lip89
Reviewed September 4, 2007

A wonderful way to spend an hour or two even on a sunny day. A short walk from Quincy Market and well worth it! Pictures do not do it justice!

2  Thank DDT11
Reviewed June 26, 2007

We just visited here 2 days. Let me start with the place was really expensive 30.00 for myself and my 6 year old to get in. We went in the afternoon and it was really crowded too. There isn't that much to see. The center...More

6  Thank inspiredmommy
Reviewed June 22, 2007

Since having kids I have been to the Aquarium twice. It is quite expensive ($17.95 per adult, $8.95 for kids over 3) so a family of four is in this for about $60. You MUST go either early on a weekday or weekend or don't...More

5  Thank hollybloom24
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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.
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