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New England Aquarium

  • 1 Central Wharf Map It
  • Downtown
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

With one of the world's largest ocean-reef tanks in the world and exhibits covering every sea creature imaginable, this aquarium is a must for anyone curious about life under and around the sea. Its glass-and-steel exterior is constructed to mimic fish scales, and seals bark outside. Inside the main facility you'll see penguins, sea otters, sharks, and other exotic sea creatures—more than 30,000 animals, with 800 different species.

In the semi-enclosed outdoor space of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, visitors can enjoy the antics of northern fur seals and sea lions while gazing out at Boston Harbor.

The real showstopper, though, is the four-story, 200,000-gallon ocean-reef tank. Ramps winding around the tank lead to the top level and allow you to view the inhabitants from many vantage points. Up top, the Yawkey Coral Reef Center features a seven-tank exhibit gallery that gives a close-up look at animals that might not be easily seen on the reef. Don't

miss the five-times-a-day feedings; each lasts nearly an hour and takes divers 24 feet into the tank.

Another fascinating exhibit is Science of Sharks, which features sharks from around the world (did you know there are about 500 different species?). The aquarium also has one of the largest exhibits of jellies in the country, with thousands of jellyfish (some grown in the museum's labs). Get up close to sharks and rays at the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank, the largest of its kind on the East Coast. The Blue Planet Action Center is an interactive educational experience where visitors have the chance to see shark and lobster nurseries.

At the Edge of the Sea exhibit children can gingerly pick up starfish and other creatures. Whale-watch cruises leave from the aquarium's dock from April to October, and cost $53. The 6½-story-high IMAX theater takes you on virtual journeys from the bottom of the sea to the depths of outer space with its 3-D films. If you are planning to see an IMAX show as well as check out the aquarium, buy a combo ticket; you'll save $5 for the adult ticket. Similarly, you'll save $7 with a combo ticket for the Aquarium and the whale-watch.

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Sight Information

Address:

1 Central Wharf, between Central and Milk Sts., Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, USA

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Phone:

617-973–5200

Website: www.neaq.org

Sight Details:

  • $28, IMAX $10

Published 08/20/2030

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