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New England Aquarium

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As featured in 3 Days in Boston and 4 other guides
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Address: Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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+1 617-973-5200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium,...

The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.

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US$ 27.95*
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New England Aquarium Admission
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US$ 9.94*
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
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US$ 56.00*
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I work at an aquarium in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area and visited the New England Aquarium for as a bench-marking trip. I had heard great things about this aquarium and had... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Meriden, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much to see. A multi-level central tank that goes floor to roof is mesmerizing. Look for the huge turtle that resides there with the sharks and rays and a nice variety of other species. An IMax theater (extra charge) has several choices to pick from.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I liked the fact that this was a relatively small aquarium but had a lot of cool stuff totally loved the penguins. Knowledgeable staff and lots of lectures.

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New Delhi, India
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this attraction in Boston with my extended family. The kids and all of us fully enjoyed visiting this attraction. The aquarium has a giant turtle, anaconda, eel , piranha and a very nice facility of touching aquatic animals like Zebra Sharks, Manta ray, star fish, horse shoe crab and a few others. The seal show was very much... More 

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Cleveland, MS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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I don't know what the limit for fire safety is, but we had to be close!!! You couldn't really enjoy any of the exhibits because there were always dozens of people in front of you trying to look and dozens behind you waiting their turn. My family couldn't wait to be done. If there had been about 1/2 the number... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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I wasn't disappointed at all and had a fun time there. They don't have many actual animals (most of them are fish and/or involve water) but they make up for it with shows/interactions. However, I do think for how small it is the price is too expensive. Yet, I still think it's one of the best aquariums I've been to!

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Brilynn1979
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our visit, but our country has much better aquariums to offer (Shedd, Monterey Bay, Vegas etc). Was a great rainy day activity. Enjoyed petting sting rays, but Shark exhibit was a bit "lame" as another visitor noted. Tip:even if you decide against going, you can walk up behind the ticket counter and see the sea lions, so don't miss... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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This was one of the must see attractions when I arrived in Boston. I actually walked to the venue which is not too far away from where I'm staying and I wasn't disappointed. Every single bird, reptile and fish species that you can possibly think of is in this place. Friendly tour guides to guide people around especially the senior... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved our visit to this aquarium! The best part is that there is a Parking garage next door. Once parked, you can sos walk to Quincy Market. The aquarium was clean, attractive, easy to navigate, and full of sea life! My kids (5,10,13) all enjoyed it!

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I work at an aquarium in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area and visited the New England Aquarium for as a bench-marking trip. I had heard great things about this aquarium and had high expectations. It was smaller than I had anticipated, and I didn't think they had many "wow" animals. The touch exhibits were nice as well as the penguin exhibit.... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love this aquarium. Many say its just like every other aquarium and its true there are a lot of similarities between this aquarium and others. However, this aquarium makes a reasonable effort to create exhibits that are New England focused. There are also plenty of exhibits where adults and kids can actually touch some of the animals. While I... More 

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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.
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