New England Aquarium

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1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA, USA

New England Aquarium Boston Reviews

WalterC WalterC
388 reviews
An aquarium on the waterfront Sep 13, 2017
Located along the waterfront, the New England Aquarium is a few blocks off from the Freedom Trail. Being in such a good location, it is not hard to get to, from the Freedom Trail. From the Old State House, you can go straight to the waterfront, where you should find the place. And there is a subway stop named Aquarium that takes you near there.

As you enter the place, there is one animal behind the admission area, which is the Atlantic harbor seals. Seems small and very foggy, making it hard to see (and photograph) as well. But that is only the beginning, and the only part you can see without paying admission.

Once inside the building, there is enough things to keep you entertained for at least a couple hours. A variety of fish tanks, showcasing the different marine life from the different parts of the world. They are really nice to see.

There are 2 notable highlights to this aquarium. One is seeing the different species of penguins in a pool, going around the place. They are divided into smaller sections, so they do not interact with each other. But it is very interesting to see the different types, in an indoor open area. The other being the Giant Ocean Tank, which is a huge cylinder tank that is 4 stories high. You can see it from multiple floors, and at the top of it, seeing the different animals in it.

With nice exhibits in a nice location, and a nice collection, that is not out of the way from the historical sites, the New England is definitely worth a visit. Especially if traveling with families, and for anyone who wants to do something different in Boston, that does not relate to history.

I would give this place 5 stars out of 5.
aquarium building
penguin pool
African penguins
Ray Touch Tank
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cazandsi cazandsi
2 reviews
Jul 01, 2007
The aquarium is dead easy to get to on the subway, just hop off at Aquarium. Once off the subway, the aquarium is easy to find.

We decided to go first thing in the morning as it's a popular attraction and the queue quickly builds up. They open every day at 9am.

General admission for an adult when we went cost $18.95, which we felt was reasonable.

The main exhibit is a Giant ocean tank which contains hundreds of fish, and rises up over three floors. Probably the most popular inhabitants of the tank are the giant sea-turtles, Giant rays, barracudas and sharks. You also get to see the divers who hand feed the fish five times a day. As the giant ocean tank is so large, and there are so many fish everyone can get a good view of what's inside.

There are many different exhibits at the aquarium, however we particularly enjoyed taking photos of the amazing jellyfish, seahorses and seadragons. (You don't have to go into the aquarium to see moon-jellyfish though, we saw hundreds of them in the harbour at high-tide).

The aquarium is home to three types of penguin: Rockhopper penguins; African penguins and Little Blue Penguins. Plus several harbour seals.

On site is one of very few aquatic medical centers in the US.

The vets here provide expert care not only for the aquarium's inhabitants, but also for sick marine mammals and sea-turtles.

All in all we enjoyed an educational and pleasent few hours, before the aquarium became packed with people.
The Giant Ocean Tank.
Spot the seadragon.
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psychobillybaby says:
Thanks! I love going to aquariums when i travel! I was really excited to see this post, I'm headed to Boston in July for the first time. I will defiantly be there bright and early.
Posted on: May 15, 2009
hdichter says:
You should see the squirrels in Ann Arbor, Michigan when the university students are around. I swear, they are the ballsiest squirrels ever -- they don't care that there are people around!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2007
madsimon says:
Caz, told you it would all be worth it mate, just go with the flow and savour it all. see you in 36 days in VIVA las vegas. madsimon. XXX
Posted on: Jul 11, 2007
vances vances
550 reviews
Feb 08, 2007
If it is your first visit to Boston,

stopping at the New England Aquarium should be a fun time. It is located on Central Wharf, on the waterfront downtown, meaning if you take in Quincy Market/Faneuil

Hall you can simply walk over to enjoy!

The New England Aquarium contains the usual fascinating collection of exhibits you find in most aquariums, with their Giant Ocean Tank setting it apart somewhat. The tank is four stories tall and you can

spend quite awhile circling it at different levels to gain distinct

perspectives. There are also whale watching tours which depart right from the aquarium as well as an IMAX (both extra

$$$’s), neither of which my family sampled despite three or so visits across a ten year span.

There’s no question the place can get crowded, but it is one of the better designed (i.e., more spacious) aquariums we’ve been to. The

in-house diner seems okay, although we’ve never had more than a snack

there…mainly because there are plenty of delicious waterfront eateries waiting just beyond the exit after you’ve enjoyed the fishies!
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