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New England Aquarium Tours

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New England Aquarium
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. 

The Basics
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.
Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston 02110, USA
Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends)
Admission: Varies
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Skip-The-Line: New England Aquarium Admission Ticket

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From seals and sea lions to sea turtles, seadragons, and stingrays, the New England Aquarium is the place to discover more than 800 different marine animals under one roof—or in one big tank. Check out the four-story Giant Ocean Tank, featuring a brand new coral reef, underwater communications system and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals. Grab an admission ticket and movie pass and have an unforgettable aquarium adventure.
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Simons Theatre at the New England Aquarium Ticket

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Explore the underwater world via a giant-screen film at New England Aquarium. One of the largest screens in New England, the theater is equipped with a 12,000-watt digital sound system and 3D technology. Catch the show of your choice with tickets to the theatre, or upgrade to a combination pass that includes admission to the New England Aquarium.
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What are New England Aquarium hours of operation?
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New England Aquarium hours of operation: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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