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  • Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston 02110, USA
  • Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends)
  • Admission: Varies

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New England Aquarium Tours

Teeming with more than 15,000 sea creatures of all sizes, shapes, and colors, the New England Aquarium is a giant fishbowl of sea life, and it’s one of Boston’s most visited family attractions. 

The Basics
Pre-book your aquarium admission tickets to enjoy skip-the-line entrance, or opt for a combo ticket including entrance to the Simons IMAX Theatre. For a full experience, upgrade to a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium. If you’re sightseeing in Boston, consider investing in a Boston CityPASS, a Boston Explorer Pass, or a Go Boston Card, which offer discounted entrance to the aquarium alongside a host of other attractions, or even just admire the aquarium’s futuristic facade on a cruise around Boston Harbour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The New England Aquarium is a must-see for families with kids.
  • Large bags are not permitted inside the aquarium but storage lockers are available.
  • The New England Aquarium is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and entrance is free for wheelchair users and visitors with visual impairments.

How to Get There
The New England Aquarium overlooks the Boston Inner Harbor from its location on Central Wharf, off State Street and Atlantic Avenue. The aquarium is accessible via the MBTA subway, or the T, which has a stop on State Street. 

When to Get There
The New England Aquarium is open daily all year round, although opening times vary throughout the year. The busiest time is during the middle of the day, so opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the crowds.

Marine Animals at the New England Aquarium
The aquarium’s star attraction is the awesome 4-story, 200,000-gallon (760,000-liter) Giant Ocean Tank, a Caribbean coral reef swirling with sea turtles, sharks, cownose rays, eels, and exotic fish. Elsewhere, spot harbor seals, California sea lions, penguins, and sea otters. Learn about conservation efforts at the Olympic Coast Exhibit; visit the Edge of the Sea touch tank; and discover fascinating exhibits such as Amazing Jellies and Science of Sharks.

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New England Aquarium Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, and watch seals and sea lions at play. See the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.95
Boston Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise Plus Admission to New England Aquarium, Boston, ... 
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Boston Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise Plus Admission to New England Aquarium

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Get up close and personal to New England’s wildlife with this Boston Super Saver. With your naturalist guide, spot whales and dolphins on a scenic 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.37
Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium, Boston, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium

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Dive into an incredible adventure with an IMAX® film! Explore the deepest reaches of the blue planet at The Simons IMAX Theatre with the largest screen in New ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $9.95
Boston CityPASS, Boston, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Boston CityPASS

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Most famous attractions at one amazing low price with plenty of time to see it all! And with a leisurely nine days to use all of the tickets, you can take ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
Go Boston Card, Boston, Sightseeing Passes
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Go Boston Card

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Explore Boston your own way with the flexible Go Boston Card. Do as much or as little sightseeing as you like, at your own pace while saving precious vacation ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $56.00
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Boston Explorer Pass, Boston, Sightseeing Passes
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Boston Explorer Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy discounts up to 35% off regular admission prices with the Boston Explorer Pass. This multi-attraction pass, valid for 30 days after your first use, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $72.00
Boston Beantown Trolley Tour, Boston, Sightseeing Passes
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Boston Beantown Trolley Tour

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Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Boston Night Cruise, Boston, Trolley Tours
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Boston Night Cruise

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Enjoy a one hour cruise, while seeing the city and it's iconic buildings light up the night. This is a relaxing, sight-seeing cruise with blankets available to ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.25

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