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New England Aquarium
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Ranked #37 of 400 things to do in Boston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 23, 2013

In spite of the signs that the aquarium transformation is in progress, it is still disappointing that the price is the same and there is so much more to finish. The larger animals from the Giant Ocean Tank have been moved to the penguin habitat, where they swim around in a couple of feet of water and can only be viewed from above. The penguins, except for some tiny ones kept in an odd shower like room tucked away outside, have been moved off site. Climbing up the ramp around the tank, one glimpses occasional small fish who have been reintroduced, but not many. The corals are amazing, until one learns they are all fake, painted by aquarium artists. The small tanks around the building still hold their collections and some of them are great fun. The weedy dragons are worth a visit, as are the jelly fish. The rest is fairly standard. Hint: wait until everything is finished.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Great place to visit with kids. My 6 year old loved all the exhibits. We enjoyed walking around and because was during the week was not too crowded and we had lots of opportunities to take nice pics and see the exhibits without having to fight crowds to get up front.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

We gave over an afternoon to take our youngest middle-schooler through the aquarium, and it proved to be a reasonably good experience. The main tank is still under construction, so the penguin exhibit is almost completely missing. Still, there was enough to see here.

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Touch Tanks - we found three of them and were allowed unlimited time to touch sting rays, anemones, crabs, sea stars, snails, and unidentifiable things that we were assured are actually alive. After jumping the first time, I particularly liked how the anemones sucked on my fingers. We've been through many aquariums, and so my daughter was disappointed that she couldn't pick anything up, but there were more offerings here, which made up the difference. Many squishy, colorful creatures here were new to us, and that was worth the stop.

Octopus - this pink critter was holed up in the back of the tank, which they tend to do, but still visible. This is a rarity at aquariums, so we were pleased to see one at all.

Sea Dragons - the tank offered three different kinds of them, from leafy dragons to more reptilian creatures. We were mesmerized by this exhibit.

Jellies - I don't think I've ever seen so many jellies, nor so many different kinds of jellies, at any other location. This exhibit, easy to miss in the basement, had some amazing views.

The rest of the aquarium consisted of the usual northeastern native fish and sea life, including seals and sea turtles. I was surprised that we didn't see a good display of lobsters. They did have one - I just expected more from Boston MA.

Overall, a decent value and a fun afternoon of exploring.

Thank EffieRover
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stopped off at the Aquarium on our way to our Crusie ship. Although it was only a quick visit the staff was very accomodating. We had purchased Boston Go Cards, and go in with those. There was a place for us to store our luggage while we had our tour. the Big aquarium was under construction but the other exhibits for great. My young (16month) grandson really enjoyed seeing all the animals.

Thank dpost
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Further to my abortive attempts to see whales via the new england aquarium's trips, ever since i booked tickets online for trips which never went , i have received a flood of he most egregious spam from america, so if you want to watch wales out of boston and don't want to have to change your email address then turn up in person on the morning and check if there is a bot going out, if there is buy tickets with cash. They seem to provide your details to whichever lowlife asks them.

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