New England Aquarium in Boston, MA

New England AquariumBoston, MA 02110
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Overview

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.

Description

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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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?
Yes.

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.