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New England Aquarium

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  • Waterfront
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
New England Aquarium, Sights and attractions, Boston
Photograph: Elan FleisherNew England Aquarium

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

The breathtaking centerpiece of Boston's beloved aquarium is the colossal 200,000-gallon salt-water replica of a Caribbean coral reef. The cylindrical tank, 40ft in diameter and three stories tall, is alive with moray eels, stingrays, gigantic sea turtles and menacing sharks. On a smaller scale, a touch tank exhibit lets children stick their hands into the cold water of a tidal basin and get up close and personal with starfish, sea urchins and hermit crabs. The huge indoor penguin exhibit (constructed so almost all of the balconies overlook it) is a hoot. If the lines are too long, peek at the playful inhabitants of the outdoor seal enclosure instead. The IMAX theatre offers state-of-the-art 3D glasses to put viewers in the middle of the action. From April to October, the Aquarium runs a naturalist-narrated whale watch boat trip, which visits one of the largest whale feeding grounds in the world.

Written by
Time Out Boston Staff


1 Central Wharf
Cross street:
Atlantic Ave
Blue line to Aquarium
Opening hours:
Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; Jul-Aug: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-7pm
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