New England Aquarium
New England Aquarium
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09:00 - 18:00
Monday
09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 18:00
Friday
09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Sunday
09:00 - 18:00
About
As a global center for ocean exploration and marine conservation, New England Aquarium is a great place for adults and kids alike to meet amazing sea creatures and learn more about our oceans. Here, you can touch sharks and rays at the Touch Tank, watch northern seals play at the Marine Mammal Center, and say hello to Myrtle the turtle at the four-story high Giant Ocean Tank. Be sure to join the Whale Watch too, which will take you out by boat to Boston Harbor to spot wild whales jumping out of the Atlantic Ocean. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Aquarium • 2 min walk
  • State • 8 min walk
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  • Kim H
    Shalimar, Florida4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice aquarium
    The New England Aquarium was nice. It was packed which made it hard to navigate especially with someone in a wheelchair, but we managed. Did you know, wheelchair bound people get free admission? Neither did I, but was pleasantly surprised. Overall was fun, I would try going on a non rainy day so hopefully it's not as packed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • twin123185
    Atlantic City, New Jersey983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great For Kids
    I live aquariums and I do like this one. It’s geared more for kids than I expected but it’s well laid out and easy to get around. I enjoyed the penguins the most. I feel it’s a little pricey - a family of four gets expensive. However it’s worth to check out once.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • R P
    Chicago, Illinois10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great main tank, but that is about it
    This review might be a bit unfair as I am from Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium is amazing. The main tank here is amazing! The coral arrangement and sea life in that, about 50-60 foot deep, tank is beautiful. There is a ramp that spirals from top to bottom so you can see the different levels. There is a penguin environment below and all around the tank that is very nice. It was quiet the day we were there and we could easily look into the tank, but if it were busy it could be an issue. Other than the tank, that is about it. There isn’t much else of interest. There is a small pool with three seals.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • GrandTour452506
    195 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun aquarium to visit
    We chose to go here as it was covered with our GoCity pass. My uncle had visited here and said we should stop in to see it. This was a good recommendation. We were only able to stay for a few hours but it was fun to see. There was so much we didn't see as there was so much. Some of the exhibits had no sea life that we (or anybody else) could see.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • LBCdovs
    New Jersey296 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mehhh
    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like once you’ve seen one aquarium, you’ve seen them all??? It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t stand out either. It was part of the goboston voucher so we checked it out. In the aquarium’s defense, we really aren’t aquarium people, so I’d probably say that if you have the time, swing by and check it out. But if you’re looking for something extraordinary and unique, this isn’t it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent collection of ocean displays & tanks, concentrating on New England's bays
    The New England Aquarium has an excellent collection of ocean displays & water tanks, concentrating on New England's bays and the wildlife swimming thru them. The literal centerpiece of the Aquarium is a multi-story plexiglass tank that held fishes that swam at various depths in a reef. The spiral walkway around this tank gives you a chance to see the differences at different depths. The Aquarium also has a range of side displays & tanks to show the residents of different oceanographic environments. The large displays of seals & penguins were particularly good, particularly during feeding time. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Tara Heagele
    Hamilton, New Jersey1,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strict with Timed Tickets
    This is a cute little aquarium with the most lovely and interesting exhibits. The aquarium animal caretakers were friendly, kind, and knowledgeable. I saw one gentleman answer about 100 questions from a little girl with great patience and humor. If visiting on a weekend, I absolutely recommend that you get timed tickets. This aquarium was packed on a cold, rainy, spring Saturday afternoon. They are very strict with your time on your ticket (no getting in early). While the aquarium was very busy, we rarely had to wait to view a tank or exhibit. Highlights for me included the rare blue lobster, dwarf seahorses, penguins, and the IMAX movie about blue whales.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
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Tara Heagele
Hamilton, NJ1,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a cute little aquarium with the most lovely and interesting exhibits. The aquarium animal caretakers were friendly, kind, and knowledgeable. I saw one gentleman answer about 100 questions from a little girl with great patience and humor. If visiting on a weekend, I absolutely recommend that you get timed tickets. This aquarium was packed on a cold, rainy, spring Saturday afternoon. They are very strict with your time on your ticket (no getting in early). While the aquarium was very busy, we rarely had to wait to view a tank or exhibit. Highlights for me included the rare blue lobster, dwarf seahorses, penguins, and the IMAX movie about blue whales.
Written 9 April 2024
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Lee M
San Francisco, CA167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written 26 March 2024
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Kate G
Detroit, MI56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a nice & pretty compact aquarium. I’m not an aficionado, but love a good aquarium. This is on a much smaller scale than the likes of Baltimore or Chicago, but still lovely, & if you’re from out of town as we are, it doesn’t consume your entire day. No super large tanks with for instance dolphins or sharks (sharing just in case you have little ones who would be disappointed). Lots of small penguins which I could literally watch for hours even when they’re just standing around! We spent 2h total & that included a 45 min 3D film (the arctic one, very enjoyable). We also don’t have small kids anymore, who slow any experience like this. Loads of beautiful fish, large central tank that is a spiral walk around with all sorts of species doing lap after lap. We didn’t have many jellies or seahorses; alas all tanks need their work at some point. I could see this place feeling pretty crowded in summer, we were here at a slower time, late Feb mid week 11am. I think worth the price (especially if you stay longer) & you’ll enjoy it. 🐠
Written 1 March 2024
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The New England Aquarium has an excellent collection of ocean displays & water tanks, concentrating on New England's bays and the wildlife swimming thru them. The literal centerpiece of the Aquarium is a multi-story plexiglass tank that held fishes that swam at various depths in a reef. The spiral walkway around this tank gives you a chance to see the differences at different depths.

The Aquarium also has a range of side displays & tanks to show the residents of different oceanographic environments. The large displays of seals & penguins were particularly good, particularly during feeding time. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
Written 28 February 2024
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Kimberly W
239 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited here recently with my sister and we were quite disappointed as it was rated the best aquarium in New England but it was tiny! You walk in and see the penguins and then follow the path up to the top but thats pretty much it. We visited as part of the Boston pass.
Written 27 February 2024
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Leah-Anne
United Kingdom123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The aquarium is sort of average, have visited many other better ones. It just seems like one giant tank in the centre and not much else around it really. We went as part of the city pass but I would’ve been pretty disappointed if I paid $34 to enter otherwise. The sea lion bit was cool but we missed half the talk as there didn’t seem to be any information on talks anywhere for us. We didn’t spend half as long as I expected there, because there’s hardly anything to look at. There’s 100% much better aquariums out there
Written 27 February 2024
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Cassie Chichester
Richmond, VA1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
When we planned our family trip to Boston, a visit here was a must! I had booked a whale watching tour (departing right next to the New England Aquarium) but decided 4 hours on a boat with a toddler didn't sound fun. Maybe next time...

The aquarium is large enough to keep you occupied for an hour or two without being too overwhelming.
Written 19 December 2023
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Yolanda A
New York115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great place for kids and adults alike. Easy entry no line, and everyone is polite. The store inside has many things to purchase.
Written 18 December 2023
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John G
Minneapolis, MN68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Very well done aquarium. Signage excellent, good sightlines and explanations. Don't miss the 3D movie theater. We saw Secrets of the Sea, and everyone loved it, from age 3 to age. . . well, a lot more. The best nature photography I've ever seen. Ever.
Written 18 November 2023
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LBCdovs
New Jersey296 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like once you’ve seen one aquarium, you’ve seen them all???

It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t stand out either. It was part of the goboston voucher so we checked it out.

In the aquarium’s defense, we really aren’t aquarium people, so I’d probably say that if you have the time, swing by and check it out. But if you’re looking for something extraordinary and unique, this isn’t it.
Written 14 November 2023
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New England Aquarium admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €31.40, while a popular guided tour starts around €9.23 per person.

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