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Reviewed yesterday

The New England Aquarium is a quaint little aquarium with a lot to offer. While it might not be as big as other aquariums it makes up for it in the nature of its exhibits and such. In their main area they have a large winding ramp that goes all the way up with exhibits with a giant tank full of sharks, fish ,and sea turtles going all the way up. They also have penguins and seals and sea lions, a lot of which wouldn't have survived in the wild if it wasn't for the aquarium taking them in and helping them. My one suggestions would be to get tickets before hand. The line to buy tickets can get quite long, but other than that it's a beautiful aquarium and perfect for a day trip for people of all ages.

Thank Owen D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were up early so decided to have an early morning visit to the aquarium. We were there before it opened , with the Go Boston Card we by passed the ticket queue to enter the aquarium.

The staff were feeding the penguins when we arrived and taking about the different breeds . We had a lovely walks around looking at all the different sea animals .

A nice educational visit , not too crowded and a great place to escape the weather

Thank MMJ-07
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited one Wednesday afternoon and was very impressed by their exhibits. They also had several public programs going on, one on the penguins in their central exhibit and one at the top of their large aquarium that were interactive and informative.

Thank nateyates
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I've never been a fan of aquariums and haven't been to one in years but this was incredible! Right on the port, you can touch sting rays, crabs and watch the penguins be fed. There's a huge variety of fish and information everywhere with people around to ask any questions! A must see

Thank Bellax2016x
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The enormous sea turtle, Myrtle, is just beautiful. Fun museum to visit, but doesn’t take that long... I was out in under an hour.

Thank crazichell007
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the smallest aquariums I have been too but nice and good way to spend an hour. Its right off the blue line for the commuter train and if you can get a discount. If you don't want to spend the money at least check out the cute seals swimming outside of the aquarium.

Thank MirandaV73
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Oceans cover 75% of the earth but we know little about them. NE Aquarium helps teach what’s out there. New exhibits on the importance of sharks, the interactive Great Ocean Tank dive where you can ask questions to the diver in the tank, and the immersive IMAX films are all worth a visit. Be aware that the entrance plaza is long and not covered if you visit during rain/snow.

Thank Lee M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone highly recommended that we go to the Aquarium in Boston. We were very disappointed as we are from Florida and have experienced so many awesome aquariums down here and in Georgia. My kids found it to be pretty boring, but they made the most of it. First time aquarium...I would recommend. If you’ve been to Sea World, Atlanta Aquarium, or the like...I would skip it.

Thank 159brandis
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Reviewed 1 week ago

$28 per person is a lot of money. We were there maybe an hour and a half. There is no parking so you must park in a private garage which the near ones charge about $40!! That is insane. Inside, it was nice but there is one main aquarium in the middle which is shaped like a cylinder. You go up the ramp to the different floors which have smaller tanks with different fishes. The penguins were cool to look at as there were in the main pool/sub section of first floor.

There is a stingray section that one can easily miss. It is by the bathrooms. If you do not look, you will miss it. You may touch the stingrays. There was a shark exhibit in the lower floor (you get there through the stingray exhibit). However there were no sharks there. The main aquarium only had a small hammerhead shark, maybe two. If you were expecting to see bigger sharks, look elsewhere.

Tip: There are cheaper parking garages as long as you are willing to walk several blocks. Use Spothero to find cheaper options.

Thank mkarias1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the New England Aquarium on a Sunday, which was probably our first mistake. It was completely packed, and we kept worrying we'd lose our daughter in the fray. The aquarium isn't very big (compared to others we've seen - most recently the National Aquarium in Baltimore), so you can knock it out in a couple of hours. The big tank in the middle was a highlight, as were the penguins and the seals outside.

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