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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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USD 27.95*
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been to several aquariums including Camden NJ and Baltimore MD. This was just as good with new things the others don't offer. The seals are just amazing to see up close and the entire building is filled with incredibly interesting marine inhabitants! Definitely...More

Thank padadof3
Reviewed yesterday

We went to the aquarium with our daughter and her two sons, 13 and 10 years old. We loved the great variety of marine life at our fingertips. At the center of the aquarium is a 4 story ginormous ocean tank (23 feet deep at...More

Thank Terry H
Reviewed yesterday

In all fairness we had discounted passes, but if I paid full price for entry I would have been very disappointed. We spent about 2hrs there and it was interesting but it is a fairly small Aquarium so getting around was difficult. Seeing any of...More

Thank JennieSue04
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very nice experience. Muchos pingüinos, jelly fish. Beautiful big ocean tank. Love it. La visita me encantó

Reviewed 2 days ago

I think the New England Aquarium owes a lot of its success to the location. Unfortunately, my wife and I found it a bit underwhelming, but nonetheless a beautiful spot with a variety of fish. Some Pros - Really great Penguin exhibit, one of the...More

Thank edpdubois
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice place to spend more than half a day with family. Look out for days schedule when they do feeding to penguin and fish They do allow to touch small sting ray.

Thank Mohanlalbengoli
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Overcrowded. I really think the fire department and city agents should have more control on that. Besides that, nothing special about the aquarium. Worst of our time.

Thank Roberto D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good aquarium but on the smaller side. We entered pretty late so they gave us a ticket that was validated for entry for the next two days too which was kind. Decent amount to see but nothing amazing. Our favourite part was the seals, penguins...More

Thank CCBB2001
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited the Aquarium on a recent trip to Boston. I had been to Ripleys Aquarium and I was expecting something similar. This place was really small in comparison. There is really only one floor with a big tank in the middle. I was expecting...More

Thank Susie B
Reviewed 3 days ago 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
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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