New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Aquarium · Waterfront
1 Central Wharf (at Old Atlantic Ave), Boston, MA 02110, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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The Aquarium is a leader in ocean exploration and conservation and a premier visitor attraction in Boston welcoming over 1.3 million visitors yearly.


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    Misty E.
    "Coffee and seal watching just may be the perfect remedy."(17 Tips)
    Ingrid K.
    "Check out the penguin exhibit!!"(7 Tips)
    Tessa R.
    "The new shark and ray touch tank is fantastic!"(5 Tips)
    James F.
    "550 lb Sea Turtle swimming around in the Giant Ocean Tank."(4 Tips)
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  • Sandra R.

    Myrtle the turtle. 'Nough said.

    Sandra Rubinchik · 1 week ago
  • Julie C.

    Sit and watch the penguins for a while. They are adorable and lively.

    Julie Champion · 2 weeks ago
  • Katie T.

    The animals seem happy. NEAQ seems to care a lot about conservation which is great; I LOVED the sting ray touch-tank.

    Katie Tuohy · 3 weeks ago
  • Oliver A.

    Great animals, helpful guides

    Oliver Ames · October 26
  • Emmie

    Shark, eels, penguins and sea lions!

    Emmie · September 26
  • Michael F.

    Great penguin exhibit

    Michael Fenske · August 2
  • Zoe L.

    Got to see Myrtle the turtle!!

    Zoe Louis · July 26
  • Boudichou C.

    I enjoyed to touch the carps

    Boudichou Clerk · July 23
  • barbee

    Huge aquarium!

    barbee · July 21
  • barbee

    Incredible place, not too costly

    barbee · July 19
  • Eric O.

    The penguins are great-but the rest is underwhelming considering the price

    Eric Osborn · July 17
  • Adam S.

    The penguins are the best part! And Myrtle.

    Adam Silva · July 11
  • Jessica W.

    Nice aquarium, but I found it small for the high price of general admission.

    Jessica Weiss · June 30
  • Miguel L.

    very family friendly, many types of fishes and my favorite were the fur seal. always playful

    Miguel Landestoy · June 29
  • Jonathan

    It is all about the Penguins here.

    Jonathan · June 29
  • Ryan A.

    The Penguins make great wedding guests

    Ryan Ambs · June 21
  • Alexandre C.

    Huge aquarium!!! Loads of animals :D

  • Dana J.

    Beautifully cared for with a nice selection of fish. Organization is a little confusing, but oh well. The massive central reef tank is very impressive. Go to a seal training session!

    Dana Jensen · May 30
  • Craig N.

    Great place for the family. Fantastic exhibits and shows. You can easily spend most of the the day there in awe at all the sea life on show.

    Craig North · May 29
  • Yousif D.

    Overrated. Who the hell this place is rated #1 as attraction in Boston greatest area 😐😐😐

    Yousif D · May 26
  • Tammy

    Cool exhibits, but I wish they updated this place 100%... unlike the Museum of Science, nothing here changes, so there's really no reason to keep returning. And they keep jacking up the price!!

    Tammy · May 7
  • John L.

    A must see attraction in Boston. Tons of fish in the multilevel center tank!

    John LeMaire · April 27
  • Richard E.

    Shark and Ray tank! Knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. IMAX.

    Richard Efthim · April 25
  • Daysha M.

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    Daysha Montalvo · April 22
  • Enfys H.

    Very expensive, quite small for the price but had a really big tank in the middle. There is also two tanks where you are allowed to touch stingrays, sharks, starfish and crabs.

    Enfys Holmes · April 4
  • Marland C.

    Amazing fun for kids and adults.

    Marland Chang · April 1
  • S_J L.

    Came to Boston for business, so it is nice that I got free time for the weekends :) this is fun & good aquarium~ the shark touch tank is always fun, 90 years old turtle, n must see the seals

    S_J L · March 21
  • Max B.

    No more nurse sharks :(

    Max B. · March 19
  • Brianna G.

    It was my fiancee's first visit, he loved the shark and Ray touch tank and the giant ocean tank, we had a magical time

    Brianna Graves · February 10
  • jennifer c.

    It's wonderful place to spend the day with your family. Great to watch penguins. So funny.

    jennifer caso · January 21
  • Marvic C.

    I like the aquarium, but it is a small one. Consider buying the city pass

    Marvic Carrasco · December 31, 2014
  • Tone

    Nice to see the Penguins and the giant turtles but this place is too small to deal with the massive Saturday crowds

    Tone · December 28, 2014
  • Hilmar

    Very nice place!

    Hilmar · December 24, 2014
  • Brittany O.

    Always packed

    Brittany Oakes · December 8, 2014
  • Kate M.

    December 5th.

    Kate Mukami · December 5, 2014
  • Vivian V.

    Sharks aren't always in the big tank but if you're patient a turtle will swim by :)

    Vivian Vo · November 29, 2014
  • Elena I.

    Love seeing all the jelly fish and the touch tanks are fun. The sea lion shows are always cute!

    Elena Ines · October 19, 2014
  • Sarah R.

    A great place to spend a few hours for all ages!

    Sarah Ross · October 14, 2014
  • Marques S.

    If you're short on time, start at the top of the ocean tank and work your way down.

    Marques Stewart · October 14, 2014
  • Marques S.

    The sea Ray exhibit closes 15 before the rest of the aquarium.

    Marques Stewart · October 14, 2014
  • S

    Didn't expect to see penguins in Boston. And loved the seal show.

    S · October 4, 2014
  • mike p.

    Turn off your camera flash for better photos through the tanks people

    mike popovic · September 23, 2014
  • Alexa Jane D.

    The Penguins inside a fascinating and the seals outside are adorable. Gets packed on the weekends but normally it's pretty easy to get around.

    Alexa Jane Denner · September 22, 2014
  • Gwen C.

    Awesome exhibits and very well-cared for animals. A definite gem of Boston

    Gwen Cummings · September 8, 2014
  • Jack N.

    The penguins are amazing!! Really interesting place. Jillian is the best member of staff.

    Jack Nevin · September 7, 2014
  • Brian d.

    The touch aquariums are pretty cool. Ask the staff where to find sharks if you don't see them.

    Brian d'Eon · August 26, 2014
  • Pat A.

    they will take a group picture when you enter, they will print out a copy for you when you leave, take this one, it's free

    Pat Addams · August 22, 2014
  • Jacky S.

    Busy, expensive, fascinating al at the same time.

    Jacky Szeto · August 21, 2014
  • Raphael Armand

    Amazing, you have to visit it!

    Raphael Armand · August 19, 2014
  • Steve

    Very cool exhibits.

    Steve · August 16, 2014

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