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.
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.