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New England Aquarium

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Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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US$ 27.95*
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New England Aquarium Admission
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
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The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions” (196 reviews)
“touch tank” (185 reviews)
“central tank” (179 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was really disappointed as had read such great reviews of this place. But apart from the central tank which is beautiful the other tanks looked over crowded and not a great environment for the animals. The penguins and seals did not look happy and...More

Thank katrren
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the aquarium not long after opening time and it was quite quiet which meant we had more time to look at each of the exhibits. While the displays and events they had were good (penguin and seal feeding, and divers feeding the fish...More

Thank Chris N
Reviewed 5 days ago

Every time I visit a new city, I make sure I find an aquarium. My first day in Boston, the first thing I did was come here. I visited alone, but I was never bored for a moment. I bought a ticket for the 3...More

Thank Samantha B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Quite small and expensive but non the less fun... You won't take more than 2.5 hours though so don't plan a whole day

Thank dani3388
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can do this entire aquarium in an hour (maybe 1.5 if you have small children). The best part by far is the stingray and shark touch tank. The penguin exhibit is of course always a hit. Other than that, its your run of the...More

Thank 27ssb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best aquarium i have ever been to. A multistory fish tank that hosts multiple types of interesting fish

Thank Lana D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable staff . Well located an available on Boston city tour . The main aquarium hosts 3 turtles which all provide amazing insight into aquarium life . The seals are fun !

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed revisiting this childhood memory. The seals have moved inside since the last time I came but otherwise it was pretty much the same. No sunfish or sharks in the main tank anymore though.

Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The aquarium itself is lovely. The layout is a bit all over the place, but with SO many people it's downright chaotic. Full disclosure, we were there the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, so maybe that was just literally the worst possible day to go. Most...More

Thank Maia F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great facility and an excellent experience. We had a day with sub-par weather and decided to go to the aquarium. It was nice enough that I'd definitely recommend it even on a good weather day.

Thank cam91b
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
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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