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  • Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston 02110, USA
  • Hours: Daily Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends)
  • Admission: Varies

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New England Aquarium Tours

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 wonder. Harbor seals and sea otters frolic in a large observation tank at the entrance, but the main attraction is the awesome four-story, 200,000-gallon (760,000-liter) Giant Ocean Tank, which swirls with more than 600 creatures great and small, including turtles, sharks, and eels.

At the base of the tank the penguin pool is home to three species of fun-loving penguins. Countless side exhibits explore the lives and habitats of other underwater oddities, including the two-floor Amazing Jellies exhibit, home to hundreds of ethereal jellyfish, and the Edge of the Sea exhibit, with its sea stars, horseshoe crabs, and sea dragons. Other attractions include displays on denizens of the Amazon, marine life in the Gulf of Maine, and the ecology of Boston Harbor.

Daily programs include tank dives, penguin presentations, harbor seal training exhibits, and puppet shows. The 3-D Simons IMAX Theatre screens films with aquatic themes. For further real-life action, the aquarium also organizes whale watching cruises.

Practical Info

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. Great gifts can be found in the Aquarium Gift Shop. The Reef on the Aquarium plaza has many food options; there are also many restaurants within walking distance.

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New England Aquarium Admission, Boston, null
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New England Aquarium Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, and watch seals and sea lions at play. See the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.95
Boston Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise Plus Admission to New England Aquarium, Boston, ... 
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Boston Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise Plus Admission to New England Aquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Get up close and personal to New England’s wildlife with this Boston Super Saver. With your naturalist guide, spot whales and dolphins on a scenic 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.17
Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium, Boston, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Dive into an incredible adventure with an IMAX® film! Explore the deepest reaches of the blue planet at The Simons IMAX Theatre with the largest screen in New ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $9.95
Boston CityPASS, Boston, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Boston CityPASS

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Most famous attractions at one amazing low price with plenty of time to see it all! And with a leisurely nine days to use all of the tickets, you can take ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
Go Boston Card, Boston, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Go Boston Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

Explore Boston your own way with the flexible Go Boston Card. Do as much or as little sightseeing as you like, at your own pace while saving precious vacation ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $57.00
Boston Explorer Pass, Boston, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Boston Explorer Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy discounts up to 35% off regular admission prices with the Boston Explorer Pass. This multi-attraction pass, valid for 30 days after your first use, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $62.66
Boston Beantown Trolley Tour, Boston, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Boston Beantown Trolley Tour

Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Boston Night Cruise, Boston, Trolley Tours
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Boston Night Cruise

Enjoy a one hour cruise, while seeing the city and it's iconic buildings light up the night. This is a relaxing, sight-seeing cruise with blankets available to ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00

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