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Overview

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 IMAX movie pass and have an unforgettable aquarium adventure.
  • Admission to the New England Aquarium in Boston
  • Explore vibrant coral reefs
  • See fish and sharks, and watch penguins and seals play
  • Experience an unforgettable IMAX® film on New England's largest screen (general movies are included)
  • See the Giant Ocean Tank, home to everything from sea turtles to sharks to tropical fish
The New England Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston with over 22,000 members and 1.3 million visitors each year.

Start on the front plaza, where a slice of New England rocky coast and 42,000 gallons of water are home to resident harbor seals. Look for a massive globe, featuring the oceans, continents, and animals that call this blue planet home.

Step inside for New England Aquarium admission, where informative and entertaining live animal presentations happen every day, allowing visitors to see their favorite aquatic animals. Watch fur seals interact with their trainers. See turtles eat right from the hands of divers, including Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle, who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.

“Sea” it all: sea turtles, sea stars, sea urchins, sea lions and sea dragons, not to mention snails, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, lobsters, goosefish, octopus, piranhas, anacondas, salmon, and many more.

Like penguins? The New England Aquarium’s penguin exhibit is home to more than 80 of them — African penguins, Northern and Southern rockhopper penguins, even little blue penguins.

Then there are tanks. The largest “tank” on the East Coast features more than 100 animals, including cownose rays, Atlantic Rays and sharks, and the centerpiece exhibit, a cylindrical 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank featuring turtles, sharks, eels, stingrays, tarpon and many more, including colorful tropical fishes.

Relax and experience an unforgettable IMAX movie in 3D, like Humpback Whales, Great White Shark or Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean.

Purchase a snack at the kid-friendly Harbor View Café or head to Faneuil Hall for a quick lunch — and don’t forget to grab a souvenir at the Aquarium Gift Shop before leaving.

Itinerary

New England Aquarium Exhibits:

Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Tanks - In this mangrove-themed tank, visitors can get a close look at sharks and rays, as they swim gracefully.

Harbor Seals and Fur Seals - Visit these intelligent marine mammals and catch a Training Session to see how they respond to cues.

New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center - Get ready to get up, get active, get moving and see marine mammals this summer with the grand opening of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center and the launch of the Get Your Feet Wet programs.

Entertaining and engaging programming, along with the new innovative, interactive exhibit space, promote activity and fitness while increasing awareness of marine life and conservation. Draw connections between marine mammals and humans and learn about the challenges marine mammal face in our oceans today. Watch daily presentations that highlight animal health, fitness, and diet.  

Enjoy an amazing program exclusively sponsored by the New Balance Foundation, Marine Mammals in Motion, which serves as your interactive pathway to discovering how healthy living protects both humans and the oceans. Grab your exercise guide upon arrival, and make sure to join our trainers and marine mammal stars for “Fitness Fridays” all summer long. Finally, you will be coached by “Splash” the fitness mascot about how you can as healthy and strong as he is!

Giant Ocean Tank - As one of the world's largest cylindrical saltwater tanks, it offers a multi-level view of the sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, and other tropical fishes that live inside. The tank's center structure represents a Caribbean coral reef. Myrtle, the giant green sea turtle, feels so much at home, you can find her asleep at the bottom for an hour at a time.

Blue Planet Action Center - This exhibit showcases the challenges facing oceans and the Aquarium's global leadership in searching for solutions to these issues. There is a combination of interactive displays, interpretive presentations, and small animal exhibits.

Reviews

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r
, Jun 2018

Great family fun!

r
, Apr 2018

We are from Chicago and have the Shedd Aquarium to compare. This was good, but not great.

a
, Jan 2018

Loved, loved the Aquarium, esp the octopus tank..

C
, Oct 2017

The New England Aquarium is always a great way to pass the time. I brought my friend here from Baltimore and she loved it. We made a small mistake of going on Columbus Day and it was raining...so EXTRA kids. We got to see penguins and watch them take a HUGE sea turtle out for her check-up with the vet! Overall, it was still a great time seeing the fishies.

M
, Sep 2017

Constantly fighting through crowds. 40 parking ripoff. Turns into a 150 outing for two adults and a child.
Terrible ticketing system. Bought online and still had to wait in line to get the ticket.
Garbage exit through the gift shop policy. Someone trying to rip you off from the second you enter with a 30 green screen photo.
The displays are OK but not worth the hassle.

J
, Aug 2017

WAY TOO MANY KIDS/PEOPLE IN THE AQUARIUM AT ONCE. YOU COULDN'T GET NEAR THE EXHIBITS! VERY DISAPPOINTING FOR THE MONEY YOU PAY, FAMILY OF 4 -135US. LONG DRIVE FROM CANADA FOR THAT! QUEBEC AQUARIUM WAY BETTER VALUE AND EXPERIENCE

l
, Jul 2017

Thsi wqas very interesting. A huge aquarium with many species of fish, well worth a visit.

G
, Jun 2017

Circular tank in the middle of the aquarium was brilliant. Lots to see. Great location.

D
, Jun 2017

A really great experience and an outstanding aquarium-one of the 10 best in the USA. Be prepared to spend all day there. Parking is across the street so easy to get to.

K
, Jun 2017

Being able to bypass the long ticket lines by purchasing the tickets for the Aquarium and the IMax show online was amazing. It was great that the choice of movie was made when tickets were picked up instead of at time of purchase on line. Would recommend everyone to use Trip Advisor and Viator to get tickets.


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