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New England Aquarium Photo courtesy of New England Aquarium via facebook
  • 1 Central Wharf

    Boston, MA 02110

  • Phone: 617-973-5200

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  • Hours:

    Summer (Jul - Aug) 


    Sun-Thu 9am-6pm

    Fri-Sat 9am-7pm Winter (Sep - Jun) 


    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

    Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

  • Type:
    Aquariums, IMAX Theaters
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The adventure begins before you step foot through the door. Watch the Harbor Seals swirl around in the outdoor tank while you wait for your tickets, or linger when you finish and recount your time inside. A four-story tank spans the center of this aquatic marvel; filled with marine life this is a sight to be seen. Catch a show in the glass enclosed classroom overlooking Boston Harbor, plunge your hands into the touch tank where rays and sharks are circling and awaiting your touch. Whale Watch cruises are available seasonally and are a special way to enhance your day.







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Jessica Polizzotti

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"The Aquarium is small and gets crowded. The first hour they are open, as well as late in the day allows the easiest access."

Best for Attractions near Boston Convention Center Because: A "must see" for first time visitors, the Aquarium is fun for all ages and surrounded by other impressive Boston attractions.

Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: One of the top aquariums around, the New England Aquarium sits on the Harbor Walk; a visit caps off a nice long walk.

Best for Attractions near TD Garden Because: About a mile from TD Garden, the New England Aquarium offers an inside look into our oceans.

Best Because: The New England Aquarium is a waterside perch for sea life exploration. Tanks filled with common, rare and exotic ocean life makes for great viewing.