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New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA
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  • New England AquariumPro 2014
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    AMAZING experience! first, the aquarium is definitely one of the best I've seen so far. and the whale watch is such an amazing experience. I'm not sure if we were just lucky, but we got to see so many of these amazing animals, we even had a baby whale swimming next to us.

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    So this is purportedly the best aquarium in the NorthEast corner of the country. It has some very kewl features as well as a couple of things to make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

    This aquarium has a central pillar tank that is teeming with thousands of fish. Literally there were more fish than the munchkin and I could count. They ranged from full sized ray's to sharks all the way down to some fish smaller than your hand.

    They also had a ton of specialty tanks situated around the edge of the building each set for a specific climate or tidal situation. They also had a ton of poisonous froggies from the amazon and a couple of snakes here n there.

    Outside they had a sea lion pool but it was almost a performance pool but there wasnt a show and i didnt see a sign stating that they had one. So maybe but probably not.

    Pro Tip: Get the citypass for Boston if you want to hit up this place and several others as you get a large discount when paying all of the entrance fees combined.

    They had a gift shop and several penny smashers were distributed around the facility. The souvenirs were very popular with the munchkin.

    At the bottom of the giant pillar aquarium was a broad expanse housing a lot of penguins. They had multiple types of penguins and all were either swimming or relaxing and staring at us weird humans.

    I have been to better and worse aquariums but this one seemed to definitely be in the middle of the pack to me. They had a couple of tidal pool/ray petting areas. These were not nearly as good as the other aquariums petting zones that we went to on this trip.

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    Really fun place for the kids with interactive exhibits. There is also a circular tank so you can see all of the various sea creatures swimming about.

    Would highly recommend especially for kids.

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    I love aquariums. I am truly a kid at heart. Regardless of this, I do think New England has an amazing aquarium to offer. The large center tank your path spirals around as the central staircase is the show-stopper. You can see all sorts of amazing fish co-existing here. The penguins on the bottom floor feel strangely more accessible due to no glass being put between you and the animals. It's easy to see why New England Aquarium's volunteer spots (penguin feeder or center tank diver/feeder) are some of the most coveted in the city.

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    The aquarium is a nice places to visit with family and friends it was my first time going to an aquarium and I was impress with it all different types of fishes and more I say go and see it for yourself

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    Cool aquarium. Seals right inside that you can interact with (via a laser pointer that they chase around).

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    I'm not really a fan of aquariums per se, but this one is very impressive and I think more thoughtfully curated than most. Lots of exhibits for kids and teens.

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    Decent aquarium. The interior of the architecture is novel and interesting. The stairs are arranged in a spiral around a clear pillar tank with all sorts of sea life from Sharps to Sea turtles. The penguin community that lives on the first floor are absolutely adorable, they are extremely active and a joy to watch. There is an IMAX theater attached which shows multiple nature movies. A little pricey but the experience is enjoyable.

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    Great aquarium to bring your family

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    Go with family,you will have a great day!!!

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    This aquarium has a fantastic set up - the center of the building is comprised of a huge fish tank, which you get to walk up or down via a winding spiral ramp as you check out all the aquatic life (including sharks and the occasional sea turtle) swimming around. Get to the top of the tank and watch the staff feed the animals (who knew sea turtles ate brussel sprouts?).

    They also have temporary exhibits, like a "petting zoo" where you can touch sharks and rays. Even if you're not up for touring the aquarium, you can watch seals swim around in a separate tank just outside the building. And, of course, there is always an IMAX show.

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    The New England Aquarium is a great place for any Boston visitor. They have an amazing array of penguins, a brand new Sea Lion and Fur Seal exhibit in the back and the largest Ray and Shark touch tank on the East Coast with tons of rays and cute little sharks.

    The new shark and ray touch tank is an awesome way to introduce these amazing creatures to kids. The giant ocean tank in the middle is impressive with all of it's turtles sharks and rays. My favorites are the Sea dragons that look just like pieces of seaweed in their tank. Very cool stuff!

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    Worth a visit, loads of excellent areas and also a learning zone for the kids :)

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    I love coming here to visit the penguins and gaze at the giant glass tank of sea creatures, the focal point of the entire complex. Some of those fish are massive! I personally get a little thrill when the moray eels and/or sea turtles swim by. Sharks are always exciting too. And there’s almost always some kind of feeding or training demonstration going on which makes things more interesting. The weekends are kind of a nightmare with all the crowds (or any day in the summer, really), but it can be quite relaxing to stop by at an off-peak hour during the winter months. I haven’t checked out the IMAX theater yet, but it’s on my to-do list.

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    This is one of my favorite aquariums, especially the huge central tank with everything from sharks to turtles. Keep your eyes open for the unique events that take place here quite often.

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    It's always been a great spot, but the recent additions of the seal area in back and the shark and ray touch tank make it wonderful. The displays around the edges do a great job of demonstrating habitat differences, and the central tank and penguins can keep everyone entertained for hours. It does get crazy on weekends - be there when they open for relative peace and quiet.

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    What a lovely aquarium! Coming from Hawaii where our aquarium is a pathetic excuse for an aquarium, I was LOVING this aquarium. They take your photo when you arrive, infront of a green screen and put in a background of a bunch of fish and sea creatures. It was probably over priced and super cheesy, but we looked good and thought, why the heck not!? We're on vacation! So we bought the photo and they give you a little magnet photo, too. This is probably a super fun place for kids, but we still loved it even though we're grown adults. Would definitely recommend this place if you're visiting Boston.

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New England Aquarium is one of the most acclaimed attractions in the Boston area. The institute is a global leader in marine conservation and focuses not only on entertaining and teaching its visitors but on saving the environment in the process. The aquarium has more than 70 exhibits and features diverse animals from all over the world. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit the Simons IMAX Theatre which shows films in both 2-D and 3-D. From April - November the aquarium hosts whale watches, taking visitors on a catamaran to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. This area is a feeding ground for multiple species of whales and dolphins.

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