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New England Aquarium

#35 of 394 things to do in Boston Features Animals
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.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“touch tank” (169 reviews)
“central tank” (167 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A true gem of the oceans and its tanks are incredible. The whole ecology teaching and lessons are worth it. Also great place to hide in July heat!

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the New England Aquarium today for the first time since my own childhood and it didn't disappoint! I went with my three kids (5, 8, 10) and my niece & nephew (4 & 7) and they all loved it. Highlights were the stingray...More

Thank bennoch
Reviewed 2 days ago

A 80 year old turtle, a shy octopus and territorial penguins are probably the main highlights. Workers are constantly scrubbing clean the indoor penguin exhibit and are happy to answer questions about the penguins. The large turtle is sometimes swimming around, but can blend in...More

Thank denmis07
Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked this place online, and had the first thing on our list on our second day in Boston. The way they have planned the aquarium it is amazing, the kids the adults, everyone would love this place. What collection, particularly the shows they arranged...More

Thank arinds
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 11y/o son & I have been to numerous aquariums in various states. This one was THE worst :(. Small & crowded. Not worth the entry fee :(

Thank kellyr186
Reviewed 4 days ago

we really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. there are several types of fish, mammals, etc. to see. the only "negative" (if you want to call it that) is the shark exhibit. i do realize that they can't have huge sharks swimming around. however, all...More

Thank jegulzz
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are at the cafe upstairs and after spending $50.67 we got hamburgers that had mold on it !!!! When brought to the manages attention he acted like this was nothing new . Don't eat there rude staff and horrible food !!!

Thank Sonal1107
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well thought out route to see all the spectacular displays and central tank - that's the good part. It would have been a much more pleasant experience with fewer screaming kids and fewer baby carriages. It's expensive especially for a family with several children.

Thank archman8
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a group of 9: 2 seniors, 4 adults, 2 teenagers, and one little kid, and everyone had a great time! The aquarium is well designed, clean, informative, and interesting. There's a touch tank with horseshoe crabs and anemones, and another with rays and...More

Thank Jen G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We left after only 1hr here. There isn't enough ventilation or AC on for the heat, capacity, etc... Keep in mind the heat outside was around 90' degrees today and to come here with little AC on it smelled like a seafood market and a...More

1  Thank Annabelle L
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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