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New England Aquarium

#36 of 396 things to do in Boston Features Animals
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great Boston attraction for young children. Walk around to see exotic diverse fishes and sea creatures. Going up the swirling center trail to follow huge fishes & giant turtles. Penguin presentation is cute and seals are fun. There a few interactive activities too.

Thank colourpop
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Brilliant but expensive, very busy but there are a lot of fish and sea creatures within the aquarium. Disappointed the sharks weren't bigger lol but the turtles were amazing

Thank lesleyjwatson
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went for the octopus and then found out there are also 3 types of penguins. Loved the green sea turtle! There is a lot to see and activities throughout the day. Plus gift shop and outdoor cafe.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For the price (nearly $120 for 2 adults and 3 kids!), I was expecting something spectacular, no less. The exhibits we did find were interesting, but far from spectacular (I've been to far more impressive aquariums around the world) -- and when we reached the...More

Thank igal27
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stunning trip to the new England aquarium. Ive been to lots of aquariums (london included) As soon as you walk in your met by penguins.... Penguins. I wont spoil the rest but its stunning.

Thank Gemma J
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place to take kids, but not a yearly activity. Hasn't changed much, and is pretty small inside. Admission is also pretty expensive.

Thank MakingMemoriesforher
Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely love the penguin exhibits here! I could sit for hours and watch them. What amazing personalities they have! They have a massive cylindrical saltwater tank that you circle around until you reach the top. It is quite beautiful to look at and you never...More

Thank glitterqueen1975
Reviewed 4 days ago

The displays are top class. We enjoyed the large tank, with the spiral walkway around it, so you could gain a good view of the entire large central tank. The side displays, such as the jelly fish, were also first rate. There are areas where...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 4 days ago

I went here on a weekday in the summer. It was very crowded. The main tank up the middle of the building is the selling point, it is huge and the sea turtles are cool. The rest of the aquarium is small but ok. And...More

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 5 days ago

It doesn't appear that the Aquarium limits the amount of people going in!!! It was terribly crowded and hot (8/10). Plus the first person I encountered going into the Aquarium was very rude. I asked about a discount because I am a marine biologist working...More

Thank Marine.person
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25 May 2017|
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Response from Kruiz90 | Reviewed this property |
Agree this is a 2-3 hour adventure
9 May 2017|
Response from Debra H | Reviewed this property |
There are manual W/C free on first come first serve basis, must have ID. Prices range from $19.00 for children to 28.00 for adults, there is a military and seniors discount.
Amber R
24 March 2017|
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Response from RWMJMM | Reviewed this property |
I believe it may be a shorter time if you buy your tickets online. We did not buy our tickets online so we had to go to the ticket booth first then go to the entrance. I am not sure about if you can skip the line. I suggest... More