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New England Aquarium is home to a 760,000 liter (200,000 gallon) tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. A spiral walkway takes you around the tank, where you can spot sharks, stingrays, eels, barracuda, sea turtles, and more through its 52 windows. Once you reach the bottom, you will be met by the aquarium’s penguin exhibit, though you will most likely hear the noise of the cheerful birds before you see them. The temperate gallery features ancient fish, rare sea dragons, and thousands of schooling fish, while the freshwater gallery hosts piranhas, anacondas, and electric eels. Outside the aquarium, you can enjoy a free viewing of the harbor seal exhibit. They have daily training sessions open to the public. There's an on-site IMAX theater. Use our Boston planning tool to add New England Aquarium and other attractions to your Boston vacation plans.
New England Aquarium reviews
It was fun, exciting and experienced joyous memories, but to be honest, it was too exspensive. The pricing wasn't the stuff I was expecting. It had great penguins, fish, octopus, sting rays, but the..... more
It was fun, exciting and experienced joyous memories, but to be honest, it was too exspensive. The pricing wasn't the stuff I was expecting. It had great penguins, fish, octopus, sting rays, but the..... more »
We decided to pop in for a look round, it was fascinating looking at the different types of fish. We really enjoyed watching the turtles in the main tank.
We decided to pop in for a look round, it was fascinating looking at the different types of fish. We really enjoyed watching the turtles in the main tank. more »
Overall, this is a really nice aquarium. The primary wow factor is realizing it's virtually all contained in one large atrium with a spiral walkway up the center and an open-air penguin exhibit across the entire bottom of the room. I love penguins, so being able to see them up close and from slightly above with no glass between us was really fascinating. I also loved the seal and sea lion exhibits being outside (yet covered). It adds a more natural feel to the area, which I'm sure the animals enjoy. I think my only complaint would be that it seems a little small for the ticket price, especially compared to other aquariums across the country. If you purchase a combo pass with other attractions, I'm sure it's a better value. However, all that being said, I was impressed with the number of displays they were able to fit into the space. They made good use of the building's height. I could have probably spent hours watching the center tank - especially the giant sea turtle!
A fantastic aquarium and easily walkable from our hotel. We came here in the afternoon after doing a Duck Tour in the morning. We have been several times and my husband and I agree that the penguin exhibit at the entrance is the most memorable aquarium entrance we both remember. It is worth walking the four floors up and then following the huge tank down the ramp in the middle of the museum. We also enjoyed the sea lion area outdoors.
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