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New England Aquarium

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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$ 26.95*
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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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A very nice Aquarium. Clean good family fun for us. The tanks are all clean. A lot of different things to see. A must when in Boston.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very nice Aquarium. Clean good family fun for us. The tanks are all clean. A lot of different things to see. A must when in Boston.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

In town for a short college visit, so wanted to do something a preteen would enjoy. It was President's week, so maybe it was more crowded than normal, but we waited on line for tickets at least 20 minutes. There were so many people inside that the air was stuffy and warm. It looks much bigger from the outside, but... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was awful, stood in a hot tent for 45 minutes to buy tickets. When we got inside it was so hot! Just because it's February doesn't mean you don't turn the AC on when it's 73 degrees outside! You could barley even move around because there were so many people. I have been to way better aquariums then this!... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went during school vacation very hot and crowded. I was hoping for a sea lion show and sharks so I was a little disappointed. Good value for what we did see. I would only go again if they added sharks to the aquarium.

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Norwich, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This a very nice aquarium. There are many varieties of sea life. We loved the jellyfish and penguins. There is also a place to nosh.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Thursday morning for about 2 hours. Like the exhibits on what we can do to protect the oceans and planet. Our favorite animal exhibits were the sea turtles, sea dragons and octopus. There was a very large anaconda. The interpreters were young and enthusiastic. So many strollers! We did not expect a weekday morning to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a sea lovers dream. I can't wait to go back. The guides were top notch and clearly knew the sea creatures. Make sure you get tickets ahead of time so that you won't have to wait in the really long line to get into the aquarium. We had the Boston City Pass and I will be it saved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another trip to the Aquarium with my granddaughter! For kids this is one amazing place - a must-go if you are visiting Boston.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was thinking it's a pretty small Aquarium, but it's really nice and surprisingly big inside. With a pretty huge collection is sealife. Love the penguins. They do have lots of beautiful fish!! Can easily spend a few hours there. May not be as nice if too crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to visit for all ages. It's so well designed, very educational, easy to get to, beautiful location on the water. Great to do on a hot, rainy, cold day while you're on vacation. Get reservations ahead.

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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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