The breathtaking centerpiece of this excellent 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.
|Venue name:||New England Aquarium|
1 Central Wharf
|Cross street:||Atlantic Ave|
|Opening hours:||Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; Jul-Aug: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-7pm|
|Transport:||Blue line to Aquarium|