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New England Aquarium

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The New England Aquarium in Boston is one of the top attractions in the city, it has recently undergone massive renovations and it offers exciting exhibits and attractions for the whole family. The aquarium's central feature is the Giant Ocean Tank which holds 200,000 US gallons of water and a recreated Caribbean coral reef. The tank is home to sharks, stingrays, turtles, barracuda and reef fish. The cylindrical tank has a spiraling walkway surrounding it with 52 windows through which visitors can see the sea creatures. The aquarium has a large penguin exhibit which is one of the sites biggest attractions. Other tanks in the aquarium include the Thinking Gallery with Goliath grouper fish and sea dragons as well as schools of coastal environment fish. The Freshwater Galley is home to piranhas, anacondas, eels and Atlantic salmon from the freshwaters of Southern America. The Northern Waters of the World Gallery is home to marine animals from the New England area.

Some of the special features of the aquarium include the Blue Planet Action Center which highlights marine environmental issues. There are daily presentations and events like the penguin feeding; divers who feed the animals in the central tank; informative talks about the penguins and other aquatic animals; harbor seal training sessions where you can see seals giving kisses, waving and interacting with their trainers; fur seal training sessions; live animal presentations and presentations about climate change. There is a shark and stingray touch tank and the Edge of the Sea exhibit where you can touch lobsters, crabs and pet a star fish. In a separate building is the Simons IMAX Theater which shows aquarium related 2D and 3D films on a giant screen which is 85 feet by 65 feet.

One of the latest additions to the aquarium attractions is the whale watching excursion which takes place from April to October. Visitors can board the Voyager II and cruise 30 miles from Boston to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary where there are a number of different types of whales which come here to feed each season.

Tickets for the aquarium cost $24.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids aged 3-11 years however there is an additional fee for the IMAX Theatre shows of $9.95/$7.95 and for the whale watching excursion an additional $45/$35. You can purchase combo tickets for example $29.95/$22.95 for the aquarium entrance and IMAX or $57.95/$40.95 for the aquarium entrance and whale watching. The aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston.


Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
Address/Map:  1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (2617) 973-5200
Website: Plan your visit to New England Aquarium