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New England Aquarium in Boston

Highlights / General details

The aquarium showcases a wide range of aquatic life, including a menagerie of tropical fish, penguins, seals and its reigning matriarch, Myrtle, a 500-lb green sea turtle. The newly renovated Giant Ocean Tank occupies the central core of the aquarium. It has specially designed railings and theatrical lighting that enable guests to view creatures swimming at all levels of the 24-foot-tall tank. The enclosure is surrounded by three floors of exhibits and side galleries that provide insight and understanding into specimens from more than 600 different species of marine animals. Opened in 1969, the New England Aquarium welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors each year.

The New England Aquarium features a new exhibit. It is the East Coast's largest shark and stingray touch tank. Evoking the appearance of a mangrove forest and lagoon, the touch tank has viewing windows and a shallow bottom. Visitors can touch bonnethead and epaulette sharks as well as cownose and Atlantic rays as they swim by in the clear water. Experienced guides will teach you how to become a ray and shark whisperer. The exhibit demonstrates the important role that these animals play in maintaining a vigorous ocean ecosystem and the need to conserve their coastal habitat.

Two frolicsome California sea lion pups are the aquariums newest residents. They join a colony of delightful Northern fur seals in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The outdoor exhibit has spectacular views of Boston Harbor. The center's programs help guests to make the connection between humans and marine mammals and understand the challenges that these aquatic animals face.

The Penguin Power Exhibit: Protecting the Blue Planet is a themed program designed to entertain the entire family. Pick up a Penguin Power Action Guide that enables a team of superhero penguins to lead you on an interactive path of discovery. You will witness the flightless feathered heroes accomplish heroic feats as you tour various exhibits throughout the aquarium. As you view each display, you will learn how to protect various penguin species throughout the world.

Other exhibits within the oceanarium include those that depict the life of birds and fish on and around an authentic Boston Harbor Island and the Gulf of Maine Exhibit. Visitors can see giant Atlantic sea cod, rare white and blue lobsters and giant sea star, monkfish and other animals that reside on sandy seafloors and the deep-sea boulder reefs. The Freshwater Gallery enables visitors to explore wildlife from around the globe, including the Amazon River Basin and New England ponds. The Yawkey Coral Reef Center is a seven-tank exhibit that provides an up-close look at the diverse and beautiful marine life that inhabits the environment around a Caribbean reef.

Visitors can also view a variety of informative and entertaining live animal presentations throughout the day. You can watch playful fur seals interact with their trainers, penguin feedings and turtles eating out of a diver's hand. The shows enable guests to have a closer, more personal interaction with their favorite aquatic animal.

The Curious George Discovery Center is a child-friendly gallery filled with vibrant colors, activities and presentations that help children get an up-close look at the Giant Ocean Tank. The Thinking Gallery is a series of exhibits designed to engage and entertain while raising awareness of environmental issues affecting the world's oceans and marine ecosystems.

The New England Aquarium in Boston offers:

THE LARGEST SHARK AND RAY TOUCH TANK ON THE EAST COAST.

A hands-on tidepool for touching and handling various sea creatures.

Curious George Discovery Corner - a place designed for young visitors.

An outdoor seal exhibit located on the Aquarium Plaza, that's a favorite of both tourists and local residents.

Thousands of sea creatures from hundreds of different species.

Special events and presentations throughout the year.

The new Penguin Power Exhibit.

Inclusion

Admission into the Aquarium and general exhibits.

Exclusion

Transportation to and from departure location.

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, Sunday and most holidays: 9:00am-6:00pm.

Summer Hours: July 1 - Labor Day, Sunday-Thursday and Holidays: 9:00am-6:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-7:00pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Closes at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. Open at noon on New Year's Day.

Location

Booth

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, Sunday and most holidays: 9:00am-6:00pm.

Summer Hours: July 1 - Labor Day, Sunday-Thursday and Holidays: 9:00am-6:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-7:00pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Closes at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. Open at noon on New Year's Day.

Location

Booth Location: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf (adjacent to the Marriott Hotel and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market), Boston, MA 02110. Nearest intersection: Central Wharf and Old Atlantic Avenue.

Additional Information

Validated parking available at the following:

International Place: Weekdays 4:30pm-6:30am - $5.00, Saturday-Sunday all day - $5.00.

Rowes Wharf: Weekdays - $18.00, after 5:00pm $13.00; Saturday-Sunday all day - $13.00.

Post Office Square: Saturday-Sunday all day - 10% off ($7.00).

75 State Street Garage: Monday-Friday after 5:00pm - $10.00, Saturday-Sunday all day - $10.00.

*Validation at main Aquarium's main information desk.

Participant restrictions

Child Ticket: ages 3 - 11 years old.

Redemption instructions

A separate E-Ticket will be emailed to the guest. This ticket is required for entry into the attraction.

Policies

Reservation are not required.

Ticket price only includes admission into the Aquarium and general exhibits.

Validated parking is available.

If you have purchased through your mobile device, please go to ticket window # 6 for redemption.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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