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“Expensive side trip”

New England Aquarium
Ranked #67 of 418 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston's most visited tourist attraction.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a big place and fairly packed, and barely worth the price of admission. If you have younger teens and down, it's probably a must see but much older than that, not so much. That is unless you or your kids have an interest in all things salt aquatic. Lots of penguins, a 4 story round fish tank and some lazy seals. Been to much, much better aquariums and sad this is all Boston can pull off, but it appears they are location constricted. Parking will set you back probably $40 unless you get there before 8:30 - then it's $24 for the day. An excellent choice if you are going to do the north end/harbor/Faneuil Hall walk about. Traffic is a mess.

1  Thank Rob S
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"center tank"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the morning enjoying all of the exhibits!! My one and only tip is to go early before it gets crowded.

Thank Stephanie H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best parts were penguins, sea turtle and sea lions. Best, Best part was petting the sting rays. They were the cuddliest (if that possible) of any sting rays I've seen. I spent 20 minutes hanging out with them.

Its not the biggest museum, but it is well maintained and has diverse collection. Area around the museum is nice as well.

One Con-They discussed the problem of single use plastics effects on our oceans. Then the food court is full of single use plastic. If there is one place that should be doing better to reduce plastic, its here. That was disappointing.

2  Thank ambermichelles
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been to acquariums that we're larger and had more fish and animals. The penguins were nice, but not a lot of exotic animals. Interactive exhibits are good for small children. If you can get a discount, do it.

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We received free admission with the purchase of our Go Boston Card. We were staying a couple blocks away, so we actually three times. The first time was a rainy day and we went mid day. It was more crowded than what we wanted to put up with. The other two times we went early morning on days that had pretty weather and there was hardly anyone there.

The central tank and the presentation at the top of the tank are must sees. We regularly go to the Caribbean and we saw a lot of things that were familiar, but many things that were not. Several of the angel fish were at least twice the size of the biggest ones we have ever seen out in the wild. The porcupine fish ranged from tiny to huge. We enjoyed the sea lion show and watching the penguins. It might have been mating season for the penguins when we were there, because there were several that were rather frisky.

I will agree that the shark exhibit was lacking, but it was cool to see the unhatched embryos. The ray tank was very neat and the rays were very friendly.

1  Thank ArkieLovesSTJ
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