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New England Aquarium

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Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions” (196 reviews)
“huge tank” (95 reviews)
“touch tank” (197 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Downtown
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+1 617-973-5200
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"sea lions"
in 196 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I used a library pass for admission. I wouldn’t go without; prices are outrageous and everything cool is ‘extra’. We waited outside for a portion of the time in line. It was very cold and very busy (school vacation week) but the kids didn’t seem...More

Thank Erin S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love the NEA. I have been visiting it for 6 years because I am always around Boston. Everything is easy about it. Easy to get there by T (Aquarium blue line station), easy to park (3 floor garage by it). The variety of fish...More

Thank Daniela L
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The aquarium was filled with many types of aquatic animals. I especially liked the tank that was the center of the building and 3 stories tall. As you walked up & down the ramp, you could see all the animals swimming around and you were...More

Thank Julie2115
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were fortunate to be part of a private party and had the creatures to ourselves. This facility was built in 1969 and is ready for a redo on some displays. We did not tour the entire facility during this event but did view the...More

Thank MissMem
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The aquariam in Boston is very well located and very well kept. All employees are very supportive. One negative aspect is animals in very small tanques/ compartments (the anacondas are squizzed into a very small space). Another aspect is that we still do shows with...More

Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not the best aquarium I visited, but ok. Small and expensive. Maybe you can do that if you have too much time or kids

Thank nicolasmJ5092NJ
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to Boston on the coldest weekend of the season. The Aquarium made us forget that outside you could freeze off your fingers in 30 minutes if unprotected. The penguins were so much fun we could have watched them for hours. The seas turtles...More

Thank Vgrabon1
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Kids really enjoyed it, conveniently close to everything. Wonderful little aquarium. No sharks but they have a good seal exhibit, a large octopus, even crocodiles.

Thank Jabran K
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this aquarium. Very busy but lots to see. Great way to spend a few hours. Located by the harbour so a nice walk too.

Thank Aqua2168
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In about an hour and a half we walking thru. the design was easy to manage. I would recommend anyone going.

Thank MJNHouston
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DorAN87
April 18, 2018|
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Response from Stephie4821 | Reviewed this property |
In my honest opinion I think the aquarium is nice, but very overrated. I’ve been to Ripley’s years ago. Not sure how it is now, so I really cannot give a review.
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Darlene N
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
there is a small outdoor section but most of the fish are indoors.
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nytraveler1111883
May 25, 2017|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Especially on “school days” 1-2 hrs is the most you will need or can stand. Very crowded, School escorts letting teenagers run in packs. Not to be negative, if you a small adult crowd or good child management with parents... More
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