Teeming with more than 15,000 sea creatures of all sizes, shapes, and colors, the New England Aquarium is a giant fishbowl of sea life, and it’s one of Boston’s most visited family attractions.
Pre-book your aquarium admission tickets to enjoy skip-the-line entrance, or opt for a combo ticket including entrance to the Simons IMAX Theatre. For a full experience, upgrade to a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium. If you’re sightseeing in Boston, consider investing in a Boston CityPASS, a Boston Explorer Pass, or a Go Boston Card, which offer discounted entrance to the aquarium alongside a host of other attractions, or even just admire the aquarium’s futuristic facade on a cruise around Boston Harbour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The New England Aquarium is a must-see for families with kids.
- Large bags are not permitted inside the aquarium but storage lockers are available.
- The New England Aquarium is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and entrance is free for wheelchair users and visitors with visual impairments.
How to Get There
The New England Aquarium overlooks the Boston Inner Harbor from its location on Central Wharf, off State Street and Atlantic Avenue. The aquarium is accessible via the MBTA subway, or the T, which has a stop on State Street.
When to Get There
The New England Aquarium is open daily all year round, although opening times vary throughout the year. The busiest time is during the middle of the day, so opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the crowds.
Marine Animals at the New England Aquarium
The aquarium’s star attraction is the awesome 4-story, 200,000-gallon (760,000-liter) Giant Ocean Tank, a Caribbean coral reef swirling with sea turtles, sharks, cownose rays, eels, and exotic fish. Elsewhere, spot harbor seals, California sea lions, penguins, and sea otters. Learn about conservation efforts at the Olympic Coast Exhibit; visit the Edge of the Sea touch tank; and discover fascinating exhibits such as Amazing Jellies and Science of Sharks.