New England Aquarium in Boston, MA

New England AquariumBoston, MA 02110
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The New England Aquarium features educational exhibits that allow guests to get up-close to amazing sea-life and marine animals! The aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins, hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, fish, manta rays, and more! If you have the courage, an interactive tank allows you to pet the sharks! This experience is wondrous for all ages and will keep the entire family entertained.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boston Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly activity.
  • Great photo opportunities!
  • It takes about 2 hours to explore the aquarium.
  • The middle of the day is the busiest time, plan to visit at 9:00 AM, or after to 3:00 PM to avoid the crowds.


from New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

We also offer a wide range of exhibits, including the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.

Meet the Animals
There are thousands of aquatic animals to visit at the Aquarium. From the fearsome lionfish to the delicate leafy seadragon, lumbering green sea turtle, and spry California sea lions in action, visit all of the animals that await you at the New England Aquarium!

Explore the Exhibits
Discover the Science of Sharks and meet some small but mighty sharks in our exhibit. The Olympic Coast exhibit features two giant Pacific octopus, plus many colorful and diverse marine animals from the Pacific Northwest. Explore a four-story Caribbean reef and squawk hello to dozens of penguins from around the world.

Marine Mammal Center
Discover Life According to Fur Seals! Watch the frisky and flexible northern fur seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the decks of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the U.S. that cares for these remarkable marine mammals.

Featured Exhibits
Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit
This 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave habitat highlights one of the most happening neighborhoods in the ocean: an Indo-Pacific coral reef.
Shark and Ray Touch Tank
The Trust Family foundation shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience an exceptionally close encounter.
Giant Ocean Tank
Enjoy 360-degree views around a spectacular, four-story Caribbean Coral reef teeming with hundreds of animals and more than 120 different species.
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center
The seals and sea lions are always at play! Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber northern fur seals frolic in the beautiful open-air exhibit space.
Penguin Colony
The Aquarium is home to more than 60 penguins living in the bustling penguin colony surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. Watch them swim, eat, preen, and bray!

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Boston, Massachusetts
"Turtles and Penguins "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2020 NEW
Fun visit to the Aquarium. Well organised to accommodate Covid guidelines. You need to book in advance and at a set time. Actually makes it less packed inside so you can enjoy your visit. Recommended
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New York
"Great time at the New England Aquarium and super Covid prepped!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2020 NEW
The New England Aquarium did a great job with covid restrictions! Super clean, organized, many staff keeping everyone aware of the covid rules. Everyone was respectful of the rules which was great! They are only letting so many people in at one time so pre-purchase your tickets! We love this aquarium and were super excited that they were open! We also saw the Turtle Odyssey and highly recommend it! Super cute and kept my 6 year olds attention!
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Rochester, New York
"First trip to the aquarium!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2020
While on our trip to Boston, me and my family spent a day at the aquarium. The staff were very kind and informative. They took into account social distancing and made sure everyone was wearing their masks. They had paths to follow so people weren't crowding each other, multiple hand sensitizing stations throughout the aquarium, and pre recorded reminders that aired to the entire aquarium via the P.A system.
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Albany, New York
"Ok but not great"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2020
Start by calling to reserve Your admission time. They will email you confirmation so keep that handy in your phone or print it if you don’t have a phone. Tips/plan: 1. We purchased city pass which provides admission to 4 attractions (Museum of science, Franklin Zoo, Aquarium and the USS constitution cruise). Thank God this saves the family good amount of money. Search online and purchase the passes from their website. They will email you the passes and you will need to show them. We stayed at Sonesta in Burlington. It is about 30 minutes drive from all attractions. The two bedroom suites are perfect for families of 4 and up to 8. They are affordable but not renovated. Nothing fancy for the stay but it will be good. Near by grocery and food so you will do well. 2. There are several parking options around the area. Most convenient was one across the road (close to where you board the USS constitution cruise). It is literally 7 minutes walk or so. It is a small spot and you pay $30 for the day. 3. It will take 1 hour or so to see everything. The advertised 3 hours is miss leading. This is a very small aquarium. 4. Take some snacks and water bottles in your back pack to save money. 5. We reserved the USS constitution cruise first (the 10:30 slot). Then the aquarium at noon. This way you do booth attractions the same day and this makes sense since they are very close. The cruise is 45 minutes. 6. Remember your masks. Praying this is good and happy experience for you and your family.
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Saratoga Springs, New York
"A little gloomy; perhaps due to recent reopening "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2020
Many species on display but information was often oversimplified or missing. Perhaps it’s due to the very recent reopening from COVID restrictions but overall the building seemed a bit disorganized and gloomy. Seals/ sea lions also seemed to be bored.
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Frequently Asked Questions about New England Aquarium

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.

Summer hours: 
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 into the Aquarium? 
Bag size: Any bag larger than 12 inches long, 12 inches wide, or 12 inches tall will not be permitted, with the exception of 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.