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New England Aquarium

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New England Aquarium

Explore the Secret World of Penguins. Come to the New England Aquarium this summer and learn all about those beloved birds that fly underwater—penguins! There are more than 80 birds and three different species in our colony. With their signature waddles and festive attire, it's amazing to watch them bound around their island territories and rocket through the water of their 150,00-gallon exhibit.

But just wait until you learn their secrets. Use your adventure guide at decoding stations throughout the Aquarium to uncover the power of penguins' underwater super speed. Peek into the hidden burrows where penguins care for their young. See all the tricks they have up their feathers. You are about to become a penguinologist—one of the many allies penguins have.

Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm;
Extended summer hours. All hours are subject to change without notice.
Although the Aquarium may be open later, Go Boston Card is only accepted until 5:30 pm. During all other times, standard admission will apply.
Please note, Go Boston Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Redemption Instructions

Skip the line by presenting your pass at the main ticket booth "Will Call-Passes Line". Present your admission pass for entry. Get in and enjoy!

IMPORTANT: Go Boston Card admission applies only to the New England Aquarium. IMAX and Whale Watch tickets are available for an additional charge.

Note

Go Boston Card is accepted for admission until 5:30 pm. Once inside the Aquarium, all guests are welcome to stay until closing.

Included Extra(s)

Skip the admission line and proceed directly in the main door to the Information Desk with your card. Go Boston Card holders save $1.00 on the purchase of an IMAX ticket at the New England Aquarium. Offer cannot be combined with any discount coupon or combination ticket. Not valid for IMAX Special Presentations.

Address

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Public Transportation

Take the T: Blue Line to the Aquarium stop.

Once inside, be prepared for a close encounter with the captivating animals passing through The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. It’s the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast! Then brace yourself for the antics of the seals and sea lions in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center—a naturally-lit, open-air pavilion outside the entrance that gives visitors a front-row seat to witness Northern fur seals and California sea lions in action. Watch them interact with their trainers, play with each other and romp through the exhibit with their toys.

You can’t miss Myrtle the green sea turtle as she navigates through schools of Caribbean fishes, stingrays and eels. Look out for the little blue penguins, the giant Pacific octopus and the intricately camouflaged seadragons. With exhibits spanning the flooded Amazon rainforest, colorful Pacific reefs and the nearby Gulf of Maine, there’s something for everyone at the Aquarium. But be sure to save time for a larger-than-life adventure at the Simons IMAX® Theatre—the largest movie screen in New England.

Exhibits include:

  • Shark and Ray Touch Tank: Experience gentle contact with cownose rays, epaulette sharks, Atlantic rays and coral catsharks at hand-level and learn about their fragile ecosystems.
  • Amazon Rainforest: The bizarre animals that call the Amazon River and its dense ecosystem home are here in force, including piranhas, anacondas, electric eels, and stingrays, as well as poisonous toads, rainforest trees and vines.
  • Gulf of Maine: See the famous Maine lobster! Put your wallets away, these tasty crustaceans are not for sale at market price. You’ll also see the giant sea stars, crabs, dogfish sharks, cod and halibut that reside in Maine’s cold waters.
  • Pacific Community Reef: A stunning tropical exhibit that will take you on a fantasy trip to the waters off some of the world’s most desirable Pacific islands. You’ll see coral cat sharks, unicorn tangs, blue-striped cleaner fish, palette surgeonfish (Dory, from Finding Nemo), and beautiful coral habitats.
  • Seadragons: These leafy looking creatures are truly unusual, and this exhibit houses them in their lifelike habitat, designed to replicate the waters of Australia’s temperate reefs.
  • Atlantic Harbor Seals: Two seal families call the Aquarium home, and visitors can get to know each seal’s distinct personality and traits! Learn about the Aquarium’s former resident, Hoover, who was actually able to speak phrases such as “how are you?” and “come over here." His grandson, Chacoda, now lives at the Aquarium and is learning to speak as well!

The New England Aquarium is wheelchair and stroller-accessible, and visitors can enjoy a meal at The Reef, a seasonal, family-friendly waterfront café. Pick up a souvenir from the Aquarium Gift Shop—all proceeds go to support education, conservation and outreach programs! Don’t miss the New England Aquarium—one of Boston’s premier attractions, which delights over 1.3 million visitors each year!

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 8 customer ratings)
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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Good Family Fun
By Floridian Family Verified Reviewer from Fleming Island, FL on
Pros:
Family Friedly
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

This was a very nice aquarium. Lots to do see. The highlights were the interactive exhibits (sting ray) and the dozen or so other animals the kids could touch. Nice café inside was a plus. Kids were disappointed they didn't see whales or sharks, but overall it was easy to get to, in a good location, and family friendly.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Must See
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Pros:
Touch Tanks
Cons:
Parking
Best Uses:
Great for all
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

The aquarium was wonderful. We enjoyed the unique exhibits, like the open aired penguins. The touch tanks were wonderful! Also, make sure to check out the special events like the training show and the living animal talk. They are short and interesting. Don't forget the jelly fish down stairs! :-) Pre-plan for parking. Parking at the pier and the surrounding areas cost an outrageous $35!

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Nice to see
By Heidi Verified Reviewer from Belgium on
Pros:
Loved the pinguins
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

This aquarium was great. Lot's to see. You can spend hours in there without getting bored. The pinguins are for me the number one to see.

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cute penguins
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
Skip the line
Cons:
very busy
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

this was an ok display of the fish... the large centre aquarium was interesting... the penquins were smelly but cute to watch... it was very busy so lots of pushing and shoving... touching the stingrays was cool...

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Great Experience for all ages
By Throwerkris Verified Reviewer from Bridgeport, CT on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

Absolutely worth it. My whole family loved it

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Great experience!!
By Tuteja from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on
Pros:
Skip the line, Marine animal coulmn, Wide marine life variety
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

we greatly enjoyed our trip to the New England Aquarium. Go Boston card was great as we visited during the labor day weekend and were able to avoid long line-ups. The aquarium itself has a wide variety of marine animals and there is a clear column at the ctr which has got sharks, large fishes, huge tortoise, etc. Well worth the trip!!

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[6 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Overpriced, but Good for Go Card
By JenWan Verified Reviewer from Fort Worth, TX on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

I was surprised how small this place was. It really only took 2 hours to see everything! If I had paid cash, I would have been disappointed, but since we combined this with other things the same day using our Go Boston card, it was a good stop and worth our time. I have 3 children, ages 4, 6, and 8. It certainly was appropriate for their ages. The best feature is the huge cylindrical aquarium which features several sharks, a huge sea turtle, sting ray, blowfish, and other fun sea creatures.

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[17 of 20 customers found this review helpful]

Mesmerizing!
By Happy Host Verified Reviewer from Wellesley, MA on
Pros:
Enjoyed the variety, Jellyfish, Huge tank, Skipped the line, Sharks
Cons:
Can get congested,
Best Uses:
Adults and kids, Waterfront touring,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New England Aquarium:

We walked here along the waterfront from the ICA and then walked from here to the Paul Revere House in the North End. Incredible variety of attractions along this route. Park near Seaport Blvd and avoid the more expensive parking near the Aquarium. We found a meter on Seaport Blvd for a full day of free Sunday parking.

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  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-973-5200

Website: New England Aquarium

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