The New England Aquarium features educational exhibits that allow guests to get close to incredible sea life and marine animals! The aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins, hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, fish, manta rays, and more! This experience is wondrous for all ages and will keep the entire family entertained.
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What are the hours of operation?
Fall / Winter hours:
Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Saturday-Sunday | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Monday-Sunday | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
What should I wear?
Shirts and shoes must be worn in the Aquarium.
Where is the Aquarium located?
The Aquarium is located near Long Wharf and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market:
1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110.
Is the Aquarium appropriate for children?
Yes, the Aquarium is family-friendly.
Are stroller/wheelchair rentals available?
While we do not rent strollers at the Aquarium, strollers are permitted in all areas. We do offer a complimentary stroller check, located behind the main Information Desk. The Aquarium offers complimentary manual wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis as there is a limited number available. You may pick up a wheelchair at the Aquarium’s Information Desk. All that is required is a valid photo ID that you leave with us. When the wheelchair is returned, you will receive your photo ID back.
Is the aquarium wheelchair accessible?
Can I leave and re-enter on the same day?
Yes. You will receive a hand stamp upon entering the Aquarium that allows you to go and return any time during the day of your visit.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes. However, tripods and stands are forbidden as they can obstruct the exhibit paths. Flash photography and flashlights are also restricted in certain areas as they can distress some animals.
How long is the tour?
The Aquarium part of the tour is approximately 2 hours long.
Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Yes, but food, drink, and gum is not permitted in our exhibit areas. Picnic tables are available on the Aquarium Plaza, and, weather permitting, you can sit at the tables in the Harbor View Café on a space-available basis.
Can I bring a bag to the Aquarium?
Bag size: Any bag larger than 12 inches long, 12 inches wide, or 12 inches tall will not be permitted, except for diaper bags and carriers for medical supplies. Bags, strollers, backpacks, and packages are subject to inspection.
Does the Aquarium have storage lockers?
Storage lockers are available to the left of the glass doors leading into the Penguin Exhibit. A large locker is $7 for a full-day rental, and a smaller locker is $5. Complimentary storage for large pieces that will not fit in the lockers is also available. Please ask at the main Information desk.