New England Aquarium
New England Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
As a global center for ocean exploration and marine conservation, New England Aquarium is a great place for adults and kids alike to meet amazing sea creatures and learn more about our oceans. Here, you can touch sharks and rays at the Touch Tank, watch northern seals play at the Marine Mammal Center, and say hello to Myrtle the turtle at the four-story high Giant Ocean Tank. Be sure to join the Whale Watch too, which will take you out by boat to Boston Harbor to spot wild whales jumping out of the Atlantic Ocean. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Aquarium • 2 min walk
  • State • 8 min walk
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  • Kim H
    Shalimar, Florida4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice aquarium
    The New England Aquarium was nice. It was packed which made it hard to navigate especially with someone in a wheelchair, but we managed. Did you know, wheelchair bound people get free admission? Neither did I, but was pleasantly surprised. Overall was fun, I would try going on a non rainy day so hopefully it's not as packed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • twin123185
    Atlantic City, New Jersey988 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great For Kids
    I live aquariums and I do like this one. It’s geared more for kids than I expected but it’s well laid out and easy to get around. I enjoyed the penguins the most. I feel it’s a little pricey - a family of four gets expensive. However it’s worth to check out once.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 21, 2023
  • R P
    Chicago, Illinois10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great main tank, but that is about it
    This review might be a bit unfair as I am from Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium is amazing. The main tank here is amazing! The coral arrangement and sea life in that, about 50-60 foot deep, tank is beautiful. There is a ramp that spirals from top to bottom so you can see the different levels. There is a penguin environment below and all around the tank that is very nice. It was quiet the day we were there and we could easily look into the tank, but if it were busy it could be an issue. Other than the tank, that is about it. There isn’t much else of interest. There is a small pool with three seals.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • GrandTour452506
    222 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun aquarium to visit
    We chose to go here as it was covered with our GoCity pass. My uncle had visited here and said we should stop in to see it. This was a good recommendation. We were only able to stay for a few hours but it was fun to see. There was so much we didn't see as there was so much. Some of the exhibits had no sea life that we (or anybody else) could see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • LBCdovs
    New Jersey296 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mehhh
    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like once you’ve seen one aquarium, you’ve seen them all??? It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t stand out either. It was part of the goboston voucher so we checked it out. In the aquarium’s defense, we really aren’t aquarium people, so I’d probably say that if you have the time, swing by and check it out. But if you’re looking for something extraordinary and unique, this isn’t it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent collection of ocean displays & tanks, concentrating on New England's bays
    The New England Aquarium has an excellent collection of ocean displays & water tanks, concentrating on New England's bays and the wildlife swimming thru them. The literal centerpiece of the Aquarium is a multi-story plexiglass tank that held fishes that swam at various depths in a reef. The spiral walkway around this tank gives you a chance to see the differences at different depths. The Aquarium also has a range of side displays & tanks to show the residents of different oceanographic environments. The large displays of seals & penguins were particularly good, particularly during feeding time. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Tara Heagele
    Hamilton, New Jersey1,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strict with Timed Tickets
    This is a cute little aquarium with the most lovely and interesting exhibits. The aquarium animal caretakers were friendly, kind, and knowledgeable. I saw one gentleman answer about 100 questions from a little girl with great patience and humor. If visiting on a weekend, I absolutely recommend that you get timed tickets. This aquarium was packed on a cold, rainy, spring Saturday afternoon. They are very strict with your time on your ticket (no getting in early). While the aquarium was very busy, we rarely had to wait to view a tank or exhibit. Highlights for me included the rare blue lobster, dwarf seahorses, penguins, and the IMAX movie about blue whales.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
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nelsev
17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
horrible,
Outrageous conditions for animals in 2024.
This aquarium is all about public enjoyment, with absolutely no regard for animal welfare.
For example, the penguins are kept in a noisy light in full view of the public, a sight to behold.
Another example: you don't have to be an aquarist to understand that in some aquariums, the number of fish is too great. Some animals are too big for the aquariums and have no room to move. This aquarium tries to clear its name with panels on overfishing and sustainable development, but it's making a mockery of the world.
Written June 24, 2024
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Alex D
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The aquarium was very nice and had some interesting animals. The tickets were a bit overpriced for the amount of time/viewing options available inside.
Written June 21, 2024
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Pamela P
Greensboro, NC9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Giant Ocean Tank was absolutely beautiful with its multi story views. The 2 different colonies of penguins definitely win the cuteness prizes. The touch tank ( want to pet a sting ray or even a shark?) is a great hit. I wish that the smaller exhibits were more interactive or staffed for direct communication with someone to highlight the animals vs just info printed on the wall. Cafe was good but pricey. The gift shop had great selections but definitely not budget friendly.
Written June 16, 2024
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Monica A
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The aquarium was well designed. It took only a short period of time to figure out the flow. The exhibits were clean and the animals were active and seemed happy.
Written June 14, 2024
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Andrew T
289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall a 6.1/10

Went during a Sunday. It was very crowded and the space isn’t big enough to justify the crowds. Spent most of the time trying to see stuff only to be smashed. The penguins are an odd thing to spotlight.
Written May 22, 2024
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MissuzC
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Great Tank was amazing! So many species and you really got a good feel for the different levels of a coral reef. We also enjoyed seeing the penguins, seals and sea lions! It was educational, interactive, and entertaining. We especially enjoyed the touch tank!
Written May 18, 2024
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JFWhite
Moncton, Canada5,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recently came here for a visit. Lots of sea animals to see here. Staff members were friendly and helpful with questions. Highly recommend this location!
Written May 18, 2024
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Anna P
Brooklyn, NY61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Small but a concise aquarium.
We spent about 2 hours in there.
The touch tank is cute. We were surprised not to see any sharks (there is a shark exhibit but no live sharks).
Written April 28, 2024
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA11,142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a nice way to spend an afternoon inside. Definitely worth checking out, even though it’s not very big inside, it does have lots to see. They have a few amazing penguin exhibits here too, which are really nice!

They offer a AAA discount, as well as a senior discount.
Buying our tickets on site easy a quick and easy process.

Like I said, stop in and check it out!
Written April 27, 2024
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David S
Greasby, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Given the hype and size of the aquarium we were very excited.
We love visiting aquariums as a family (we visited 3 in a 10 day trip).
The good… the price wasn’t totally crazy, the cafe had a lot of choice (so long as you didn’t want popular branded drinks like Coke, Sprite, Fanta).
The bad… “touch zone” to feel the rays was good but poorly controlled, he spiral layout of the main building was a bit weird and it didn’t feel like there was enough to do given the price and size.
Written April 16, 2024
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