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New England Aquarium, Boston

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#1 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Massachusetts
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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.
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  • This experience far exceeded my expectations! Recommend getting there early, as it was quiet and we could look at the fish peacefully without feeling ruched by others. Not much variety in the cafe... 
    This experience far exceeded my expectations! Recommend getting there early, as it was quiet and we could look at the fish peacefully without feeling ruched by others. Not much variety in the cafe...  more »
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  • I've been to this aquarium twice and I think this was my first aquarium visit after starting to play Animal Crossing New Horizons. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of ACNH fish up close in this aquarium! It seemed to validate the graphics. Gaming aside, I love the layout of this aquarium with the big center tank with tons of viewing windows and little breakout floors. I felt like it wasn't overly crowded at 4:20pm on a Friday so it was easy to get around and not have to fight through people to see something. The highlight is always the octopus and there is ALWAYS a crowd around that tank. He was on the move while we were there and that was fun to watch. Overall though: mostly just fish and penguins inside here and a lot of the exhibits didn't have updated signs. So sometimes you're looking for a fish that isn't there or sometimes there's an extra fish and no sign to tell you what it is. Seals outdoors are nice but the exhibit by the front entrance seems way too small. Maybe they like to be cozy. Not a lot of sharks which tends to be a selling point for a lot of aquariums (we are from Philly and this is the main draw to the Camden Aquarium). Still, a nice aquarium all things considered!
  • The Sea Lions are amazing, and have a personality all their own. The penguins are fun to watch interact. Try getting there when they are feeding. It's fun just to watching them interact in order to get fed. Finally the big tank in the middle is incredible. The spiral ramp that circles it allows for everyone to get a great view, and see what's inside.

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