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.

New in the 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.

Animal Encounter Programs
The New England Aquarium’s immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to a whole new level—from perching on top of the four-story Giant Ocean Tank and feeding the animals or going behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits. Be sure to bring your curiosity and questions! Whether you have an unquenchable curiosity about marine animals or you want a new perspective on popular exhibits, these unique opportunities are designed for the Aquarium superfan.

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gaurav c
New Delhi, India
"amazing aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2020 NEW
what a fantastic aquarium this is with a giant ocean tank in the middle...we parked at an adjoining was not crowded at all ...We had all the time in the world to see the exhibits at our own time...there is an open air tank outside the aquarium which had some sea lions in them...the kids had a ball inside...the Giant ocean tank had some of the largest turtles that i had scene ...It had the hammerhead sharks as well...there is the penguin pool as soon as you has different types of penguins in it...some interesting prehistoric looking fishes also swim in this giant tank...the staff is friendly and courteous...we had a great time exploring this aquarium...
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North Conway, New Hampshire
"Great attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 25, 2020 NEW
Visited on a school holiday. The place was packed, but still enjoyed by all. Very well run. They handled the crowds very well. Only drawback - a steep admission price, $30 for adults
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Needham, Massachusetts
"Nice Activity on a Winter Day, especially for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
Went to the Aquarium on a cloudy and cold Monday in January with my wife and daughter. Took the train into South Station and then made the 15 to 20 minute walk down Atlantic Avenue to the Aquarium. When we arrived around 11:40 there was no line at the ticket booths which made it quick to get our tickets. Outside the aquarium is a glass open air tank where you can usually view seals and sea lions cavorting between some rocks. This exhibit can be viewed without buying a ticket to the aquarium. After watching the seals and sea lions for a short time we entered the aquarium. Close to the front door is an area where you can rent lockers to hold your coat and items such as backpacks and there are also restrooms. The main part of the Aquarium is a large cylindrical tank which visitors circle around to the top to view the different fish and turtles that live there. If you are lucky you can also see divers feeding the fish at different times of day. On the main floor surrounding the tank are two large pools with exhibits of two different types of penguins which are interesting to watch, especially when they are swimming or being fed. At different levels of the tank there are places you can exit the ramps and view large tanks with different types of fish from places in the U. S. and around the world. At the top of the ramp you can climb up a set of steps and look down at the top of the large tank where there is often a sea turtle swimming around or resting. During our visit it wasn't too crowded so you could easily see the exhibits. Many times the aquarium is packed with school children on field trips which makes it hard to get around. Young children particularly like the parts of the aquarium where you can touch some of the aquatic animals. Since our last visit there was a nice new area where you can reach into a pool and touch skates and stingrays as they swim by. I do miss the floating ship that they used to have where they put on shows with seals and sea lions. The aquarium also has a small restaurant where you can buy simple prepared foods like grilled cheese, hamburgers, chicken fingers and other items of that type. My wife and I brought sandwiches but our daughter purchased a grilled cheese and chips meal which she said was okay but not great. Associated with the aquarium is an IMAX movie theater which shows movies related to aquatic creatures which costs an additional fee than if you just visit the aquarium proper. All in all we had a very pleasant visit to the aquarium and got in a good walk. To cut down on the cost of visiting the aquarium we were able to make use of a program offered by our town library which allowed us to use a pass to get 50 per cent off the price of admission.
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Lake Leelanau, Michigan
"Great place for young people to learn about our aquatic friends"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020 NEW
Met some family here for a visit and had a wonderful time.had lunch in the cafeteria and enjoyed the penguin exhibit and the big tank
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Kingston, New York
"Fun! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2020 NEW
Great trip for our seven and 1 year olds. Everyone enjoyed the visit. The penguins are so cute and the giant tank in the center is amazing! We all had such a great day. Can’t wait to go back again.
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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.