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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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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
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My daughter and I spent a wonderful morning exploring the aquarium. The schedule given to us with our tickets clearly showed what time certain features were being held and we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love the penguins and the feeding of the penguins. The large saltwater tank fills the center of the aquarium. The stingray exhibit was absolutely one of our favorites ....hands on you can touch all the stingrays.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I spent a wonderful morning exploring the aquarium. The schedule given to us with our tickets clearly showed what time certain features were being held and we thoroughly enjoyed the informative talks & fun activities. Clearly feeding the penguins was the highlight of the day for us but there is so much to do you caoyld easilt... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been there with a group of friends. We used a discounted ticket from Boston public library, a good perk for Boston residents. If you plan ahead you can get those tickets. It is a good experience, we were all coworkers it might be more interesting for children. It was good experience and I recommend visiting it if you have enough... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would recommend this place to everyone. It has all the usual fish and beautiful tanks but I love the turtles. They are so cute and my kids and grand kids love it there. A bit crowded on the weekends but what do you expect. I bought tickets online and it saved us some money so that's always helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a beautiful place with central tower aquarium. Lots of species, shows and good time pass.... You can also opt for Dolphin Tours which is worth experiencing once. Watch out for their timing as it is closed down in winters...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the privilege of traveling to Antarctica a few years ago so while the penguins on display here are not necessarily from that area, penguins in general are wonderful to watch. Of course there are plenty of other displays in this nationally recognized aquarium. But the penguins are the main act given that the aquarium hosts so many varieties.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great aquarium, especially the central tank with the turtle! Only dissapointment was how expensive it was for how long we spent there

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well organized as of the beginning, smooth ticketing and entering. During my visit on a Sunday morning the aquarium was already full of people, mostly families with their kids. So it was really busy. Nonetheless and due to the good organization and service it was easy to access the beautiful and well explained aquariums. In particular for children it is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If this is your first visit to aquarium, you will love it. Check out the penguins at the bottom floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I attended the New England Aquarium while in Boston for business. The venue was used for a private party and it was such an incredible experience. Highly recommend visiting during regular hours or if you are able to attend an event! The layout is beautiful with a massive tank in the middle of a long winding path up to the... 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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