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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Waterfront, Boston
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    Misty E.
    "Coffee and seal watching just may be the perfect remedy."(20 Tips)
    Ingrid K.
    "Check out the penguin exhibit!!"(7 Tips)
    Tessa R.
    "The new shark and ray touch tank is fantastic!"(5 Tips)
    Shermans Travel
    "four-story Giant Ocean Tank"(4 Tips)
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  • Alexa Jane B.heart icon on user image
    Alexa Jane BrooksSeptember 22, 2014
    The Penguins inside a fascinating and the seals outside are adorable. Gets packed on the weekends but normally it's pretty easy to get around.
  • Timothy T.heart icon on user image
    Timothy TannerFebruary 3, 2013
    In addition to the Aquarium area. There is an IMAX theatre on-site. A great place to visit with friends or family members. The big tank is beautiful with colorful coral and fish species.
  • Notabli
    NotabliJune 17, 2013
    Hot day? Walk a couple of blocks over to the Rings Fountain in the Wharf District Parks. Cool off by running through 64 nozzles that shoot water up in the air. Great spot for kids (and pictures). Read more
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolMarch 14, 2021
    Admission is $32, but it’s a small aquarium so you go through it in 30min... so it’s like $1/min. They mostly have penguins, fish, sharks, rays, sea turtles, and other aquatic life. But not a lot else
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenNovember 19, 2022
    Find the Dory fish! Touch a ray! Check out the sea lions. Definitely do the aquarium experience for $5 more and check out a film. Totally worth it.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithJuly 18, 2019
    The seal tank in the back is awesome! It allows people to get REALLY close to these adorable animals.
  • Dana J.heart icon on user image
    Dana JensenMay 30, 2015
    Beautifully cared for with a nice selection of fish. Organization is a little confusing, but oh well. The massive central reef tank is very impressive. Go to a seal training session!
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LMarch 21, 2015
    Came to Boston for business, so it is nice that I got free time for the weekends :) this is fun & good aquarium~ the shark touch tank is always fun, 90 years old turtle, n must see the seals
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅November 2, 2017
    I love just leaving the central tank for the end and just walk down while appreciating how flora and fauna changes together with deepness.
  • P'tricia L.heart icon on user image
    I haven't been to the aquarium since the first started modification to the penguin exhibit. I got to being my parents my husband and my 3 y/o daughter and it was a great time
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    With jellyfish, seal, shark, and penguin exhibits, plus a four-story Giant Ocean Tank, it's is a great place to bring the kids. There’s an IMAX theater that rotates movies on a 65-foot-tall screen. Read more
  • Chris M.
    Chris MacDonaldSeptember 23
    Get your ticket for free through your public library. You also don’t have to wait to reserve a time. Really cool place for kids! And it wasn’t too packed.
  • Aubree L.
    Aubree LemieuxMarch 9, 2021
    This aquarium really has everything!! People of any age would enjoy. It gets very crowded on friday and saturdays so maybe choose to go sunday if you don't like crowds.
  • Katie T.heart icon on user image
    Katie TuohyNovember 2, 2015
    The animals seem happy. NEAQ seems to care a lot about conservation which is great; I LOVED the sting ray touch-tank.
  • American M.
    American MensaMarch 12, 2014
    Don’t miss the renovated Giant Ocean Tank. They’ve got all kinds of marine flora and fauna to see, including Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle, who’s lived there since 1970. Read more
  • Twinkle D.heart icon on user image
    Twinkle DenoyoAugust 31, 2017
    The giant aquarium has a giant sea turtle! They also have tiny cute penguins getting fed in the afternoon.
  • Phil P.
    Phil ProvencherSeptember 10, 2012
    Become a member(free) and buy your tickets online, you'll save a ton of time instead of waiting in line! Take a walk around and grab a ticket to the IMax for a little break.
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. It is one of the premier attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year.
  • Syeda T.heart icon on user image
    Syeda TarannumFebruary 20, 2017
    Beautiful aquarium! It is crowded on weekends. Do yourself a favor, buy your tickets online! Allot at least 2 hours to see everything!
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 8, 2013
    You could spend a whole afternoon here (and I recommend it), but if you don't have that kind of time, visit the harbor seals in the outdoor tank for free.
  • Deena F.
    Deena FreedAugust 4, 2013
    Amazing renovations done in 2012 - 2013, tons of new fish added, very cool tank!! The Penguin exhibit is modified too, my favorite part, could watch them all day.
  • Jt T.heart icon on user image
    Jt TourangeauMay 25, 2017
    Great aquarium located right next to the ocean! Arrive early & pre-order your tickets to beat the crowds inside & out!
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Very diverse array of wildlife. The harbour seals at the observation tank near the entrance are cool.
  • Elena I.heart icon on user image
    Elena InesOctober 19, 2014
    Love seeing all the jelly fish and the touch tanks are fun. The sea lion shows are always cute!
  • Desirée M.heart icon on user image
    Desirée MacDonaldOctober 24, 2017
    I mean, they have penguins and mini sea horses. You simply can’t go wrong.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 26, 2012
    Yes all your favourite sea-lovers are here from seals to penguins, but do you want to get really up close and personal? Of course you do. At the touch tank you can stroke rays and even sharks.
  • Vik B.heart icon on user image
    Vik BApril 13, 2021
    Everything is great. The variety of sea creatures are fascinating. Nicely setup in a spiral walkway.
  • Tammyheart icon on user image
    TammyMay 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cool exhibits, but I wish they updated this place 100%... unlike the Museum of Science, nothing here changes, so there's really no reason to keep returning. And they keep jacking up the price!!
  • Kerry B.
    Kerry BurkeApril 14, 2012
    Try to get here while they are feeding the penguins! It is actually really cute to see. Also make sure that you go to the petting area to touch a stingray!
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيالheart icon on user image
    Fun place to spend around 90 minutes. Great for kids.
  • Peter S.heart icon on user image
    Peter SalemMarch 10, 2018
    Cool experience for ocean lovers and kids, very busy on the weekend tho
  • Carolyn H.heart icon on user image
    Carolyn HandyMarch 25, 2016
    Great place to take the kids for an afternoon. It is fairly large for an aquarium. My girls loved it.
  • Noel F.
    Noel FisherSeptember 2, 2010
    If you're planning an upcoming event consider having it here. My husband and I had our wedding at the NEAQ. We were married in front of the peguin tank while our friends and family stood on the ramp a
  • Jeanine C.
    Jeanine CAugust 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the "Cool Globe" installations sits right in front of the Aquarium. It's beautiful.
  • fabulous savings
    fabulous savingsFebruary 10, 2012
    LOVE penguins. The aquarium definitely cured my penguin fix!If you're planning on going, use this coupon & buy your tickets at Viator. You'll save 7%! Read more
  • John R.
    John RJuly 5, 2013
    Advanced ticketing is BS. Even if you print out ur tickets. You will still have 2 wait in a line to pick up other tickets. No where on ur original home printed tickets does it tell you 2 do so. Bravo
  • Amelie G.heart icon on user image
    Amelie GautierMay 17, 2016
    Penguins are the best ! And so much education about ocean conservation! Loved it ! ❤️
  • Marina B.
    Marina ButovichJune 9, 2017
    Amazing place to spend time with your children or friends. We definitely enjoyed our visit!
  • Charity Z.
    Charity ZiertenJune 30, 2012
    Rebecca, near the beginning of the African penguin exhibit, will answer all of your questions about lifetime mating, their behavior and territorial personality.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJuly 29, 2013
    With 140 species living in the aquarium's 200,000 gallon central tank, there's much to see. Visit Myrtle, the 580 pound sea turtle, who is a favorite of Mayor Menino (and us)! $20.95 with your BU ID Read more
  • Courtney T.
    Courtney ThompsonAugust 8, 2012
    Any organization that researches preservation of our waters and animals is great in my book. Great penguin and touch tank exhibits.
  • Enfys H.
    Enfys HolmesApril 4, 2015
    Very expensive, quite small for the price but had a really big tank in the middle. There is also two tanks where you are allowed to touch stingrays, sharks, starfish and crabs.
  • Jill
    JillDecember 11, 2011
    Don't scream when the rays touch you in the touch tank. Also, if you catch the penguin caretaker's presentation, watch it! They're really interesting & knowledgeable.
  • Tany M.
    Tany MonteiroMarch 18, 2011
    Such a beautiful place. The jellysfishes and the pinguins were amazing. Also, you must visit the "Edge of The Sea" section where you can actually touch some animals.
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunMarch 15, 2012
    There's lots to explore in Boston but the aquarium is a favorite. Be sure to see the divers feed the fish! - Brand Development Manager
  • Craig N.heart icon on user image
    Craig NorthMay 29, 2015
    Great place for the family. Fantastic exhibits and shows. You can easily spend most of the the day there in awe at all the sea life on show.
  • Grace B.
    Grace BenzalApril 2, 2013
    DISCOUNT PRICES ON TICKETS now that the sea tank is being renovated. Don't worry, you won't even miss the tank as there is so much to look at and explore.
  • Miguel L.heart icon on user image
    Miguel LandestoyJune 29, 2015
    very family friendly, many types of fishes and my favorite were the fur seal. always playful
  • John
    JohnMay 31, 2013
    Meet and greet the fur seals was awesome!! Patty did a great job and Cordova (the fur seal) was so smart and fun.
  • Brian d.
    Brian d'EonAugust 26, 2014
    The touch aquariums are pretty cool. Ask the staff where to find sharks if you don't see them.
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