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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 October 1, 2018

We took our young grandchildren here last weekend and had a great time. The facility was very crowded, as you might expect, but the exhibits were interesting to adults and kids alike. It was a little dark in the hallways to protect the exhibits, which...More

1  Thank spellgirl2018
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Great experience every time. The range of wildlife is amazing. From huge octopus to touchable hermit crabs, this place is amazing for young children and families.

2  Thank mattpgab
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Just shy of $60 for 2 adults, not terrible but giving how the small the aquarium is it was a bit over priced. Seemed clean, saw some different animals than what we usually see in Camden or Baltimore. Set up very similarly to the Baltimore...More

1  Thank LaurenEA91
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

It’s been years but still enjoy visiting the NE Aquarium. Close to subway stop. Very nice exhibits and displays.

1  Thank sparkysfriend
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Combined ticket with IMAX resulted us in us spending 5 hours at this venue, very enjoyable and informative. The main tank is 3 storey high, circular, and has a gentle spiral ramp around giving lots of opportunity to see the 800 fish at different levels.....More

Thank Lilacwheaty
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

This aquarium was very nice! The setup was easily accessible. The main aquarium tank was huge and had ample viewing locations. The aquarium can get very busy at time; however, the day we visited we found to have a moderate crowd so it was easily...More

1  Thank Kaylee M
Reviewed September 28, 2018

My boyfriend and I visited the New England Aquarium whilst on holiday in February. This aquarium is worth every dollar, the tanks are so vibrant and well maintained! The coral reef is a showstopper and so educational. We were hoping it would be fairly quiet...More

1  Thank Katy K
Reviewed September 26, 2018

I found this aquarium rather enjoyable. It can get crowded on a nice day. There are several combo tickets packages, which I extremely suggest to take advantage of. Also, it is right on the water so the breeze can get cool. Let's start with the...More

1  Thank Rammgm
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Well laid out with lots of interesting things to see, and explained very well. Well presented and well worth a visit.

1  Thank Racingjohn789
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Such a fun day out with the kids! I have loved coming here since I was young, and now I get to share the experience with my little ones!

1  Thank jsmithson2245
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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