Located right here on the waterfront is the New England Aquarium. It's a great place to spend a few hours with their nice selection of sea creatures. There are three floors to explore and in the middle of the aquarium as you enter the main building is the Giant Ocean Tank a 23ft deep, 200,000 gallon artificial reef. It is lined with windows so you can take a glance into its depths.
The Aquarium has over 50 species of sea creatures. There are a few presentations and even a an IMAX theater.
During the time that I lived in Boston I visited the aquarium on several occasions, mostly at night. My friend Tim and I loved to come here to watch the seals late at night after going out with friends. There are of course dozens of other sea creatures to stare at, but for me I will always remember the seals. When I moved to Wisconsin Tim gave me a stuffed seal as a remembrance of our evenings by the seals.
My very first trip here was back in 1991 when I came to Boston with the music department of my high school. This was one of the touristy spots they dragged us to. We all had a great time of course. One of our favorite things there was the touch pond where we all got to pick up a starfish.
For me the cost of admission here is a bit steep for what you get.
General admission is $24.95 for an adult and $17.95 for children 3-11. There is also a special senior rate of $22.95.
The aquarium also offers whale watch tours for $45 for children under 11 and $35 for adults.
Don't miss the IMAX show while you are here. Prices start at $9.95 for children 3-11 and $7.95 for adults.
Check the website for combination ticket prices.
The aquarium in generally open during the cooler months from 9-5 Monday thru Friday and 9-6 Saturdays and Sundays. In the hot summer months the hours of operation are Monday thru Thrusday 9-6, Friday and Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 9-6.
Although there aren't a lot of good reviews concerning the aqarium it's really not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. And that's really all you need-a couple of hours. To be located on the oceanit's actually smaller than most that I have been to. (Cincinati, New Orleans, and Gatlinburg.) But they have an interesting array of aquatic life and a great IMAX theatre. At last check "Aliens of the Deep" was playing. Really, the best way to view the aqarium is to use your free admission if you go on a trolley tour. Otherwise, the admission price of $16.95 IS a little steep.
The New England Aquarium was remodelled around 1999-2000. Alot of new exhibits were introduced including new penguins, Africa’s Inland Sea exhibit, and an activity center for hands-on family learning. A new IMAX theater was opened as well, showing IMAX movies (Harry Potter and Spiderman among the most recent ones) and 3D documentaries like Ocean Wonderland.
I visited recently as they had an amazing exhibit on jelly fish. My favorite!
This is a great place to bring kids (and adults!) of all ages.
Seeing marine life next to Boston's harbour makes sense.
The Aquarium is one of the things I enjoyed most in Boston - especially because of the close views of the many penguins they have.
The Aquariums is not really about Boston at all - but does a great job in presenting extensive, informative displays about virtually anything affecting our marine world. This is done alongside the animals and fish themselves.
I found that we could get closer and better looks at almost everything and also spend as long as we wanted at each tank without getting hassled along. The Aquariums cleverly designed on multiple levels with a giant central tank - so as you spiral upwards past the many tanks - there are some rather large sharks keeping a beady eye on you.
Being indoors - this is great thing to do with kids if it rains - but don't expect to be alone in thinking that. We got there early an benefited from less crowds. It also meant we could see whatever encounter sessions we wanted to.
The penguin talk was fascinating - did you know that these birds choose one mate for life (usually anyway!)...
There are numerous education tools for kids and specially designed tour routes and questionnaires to be completed as they go around.
I could go on or day but in summary it was money well spent and a welcome "natural" break from city-tourism.
What can you expect to see?
Everything marine:- African penguins, a Thinking Gallery. a whale skeleton, Rivers of the Americas Gallery, Edge of the Sea touch tank, Shorebirds/Northern Waters, Giant Ocean Tank, rockhopper penguins, sea otters, harbour seals, Tropical Gallery, little blue penguins and the ubiquitous shop for souvenirs
Seniors (60+ yrs) $13.50
Child (3-11 yrs) $8.50
They have a membership scheme .
Children under 3 are admitted free of charge.
Discounts are available for large groups.
The aquarium runs deals with the co-located IMAX theatre.
The New England aquarium is one of the largest in the North East. There are three floors of exhibits to explore, a penguin pool, and in the middle of the aquarium, from bottom to the very top of the building, is the Giant Ocean Tank - a 23ft deep, 200,000 gallon artificial reef, lined with windows so you can glance into its very depths. There are over 50 different species of fish and turtles in it, including sharks, barracudas, and many other large fish. It's supposed to be one of the most accurate reef replicas around. If you're lucky you'll see divers in the tank. A dive club associated with the aquarium even holds drawings every month where the winner gets to dive in the tank.
Outside the main building itself, there's a seal pool, an otter pool, and a floating sea-lion presentation auditorium, and an IMAX theater.
The Aquarium is right on the waterfront and is a great way to spend an afternoon. There is an outdoor tank i think and one in a building where i saw a sealion "show". inside the main building, the main fish tank is in a huge tube up the center with a ramp spiraling around it going up several floors. There is a big pool on the ground floor with all the different types of penguins and smaller aquariums lining the walls on each of 3 floors. We'd follow the ramp up and then check out the wall tanks on each floor. The big tank was cool, and there were even some small sharks in it and two giant sea turtles. I felt like I could stand there and watch the fish go by for hours! There were different species at different levels of depth in the tank, each adapting to their own preference. At the top you can look down into it and see the fiberglass coral.
I was fascinated at all the different kinds in one tank and wondered why they didn't eat each other as some of them must have been natural predators of others. Especially the sharks. Ron though that perhaps they were fed so well that they didn't have that ambition. We would often be startled by the size of the fish as they swam close to the viewing windows but again, I suppose they looked bigger than they were as water does affect the magnification somewhat. There was one particularly ugly fellow that looked as though he must have had a few tries at escaping through the glass at the detriment of his poor face, all pushed in. There was a large white flat fish that had pink eyes like an albino rabbit. The tropical species in the wall tanks had some spectacular colours.
The New England Aquarium is the main drawing card to Boston's revitalized waterfront. It is a massive building containing over 15,000 forms of marine life. The central drawing piece here is a massive reef filled tank which has a corkscrew shaped pathway twisting around it. You cannot help noting that there are about a half dozen sharks swimming about the tank and wonder why they don't eat the fish. Well that is because divers feed them twice a day. Although the marine life here do not normally cohabitate, they seem to live quite peacefully here. On the surrounding the tank is filled with penguins that are playful and fun to watch. There are also massive jellyfish exhibit two stories in length that are amazing. As with most aquariums of this type, there are various exhibits that show you marine life in various parts of the world such as along the coral reefs, Artic, freshwater and Amazon. All of it is very interesting.
The New England Aquarium is pricy to visit with admission set at $16.00 for adults and $9.00 for children. It is open from 9am to 6pm during the summer. During the rest of the year it closes at 5pm.
I never know that there are so many types of jelly fishes until I visit the New England Aquarium!! There are many types of fishes being displayed too.... the focus of the aquarium is a large cylinder shape tank that houses more than 2000 species.... there are sea turtle, shark, dolly, ray etc.......
It may not be as big and varied as Seaworld and some other marine life parks, but the Aquarium holds a special place in my heart. Every child in Boston goes there growing up on field trips and they do a great job with the space provided. I see they recently added an IMAX theatre as well.
This isn't my "favorite" aquarium since I have have my favorite Aquarium in Sydney. For the most part the only thing I enjoyed was the penguins which were rather amusing especially during feeding time. We came here on a Saturday(during a holiday weekend) and it was packed with tons of kids; big mistake on our part. The line to get tickets was long and I was already getting frustrated before we even got in. Inside the kids were crazy; runnijng aorund and backing up the walk ways. Getting around the aquarium became a nightmare especially with all the sidewalktanks (carriages). After we had had our fill of the penguins we decided to hightail it out of there for a less crowded scene.
**Basically expect a crowd if you visit on the weekend and lots of kids.**
The Simons IMAX Theatre is a must see when in Bostion. Liz and I enjoy watching movies in Imax especially movies with a nautical theme. The Imax is relatively cheap at $10 for an adult ticket. The screens are huge and the 3-D films are a must see. On our last trip here we didn;t check out a mivie since we had already seen The Undersea Movie and the Dolphins and Whales Movie.
The New England Aquarium opened it's doors on June 20, 1969 and ever since that day has been a major attraction for visitors to Boston. Their website reports 1.3 million people visit them each year. There were three aquariums in Boston prior to it's opening in 1969. The Boston Aquarial Gardens opened in 1860, and was the first public aquarium in the world that was devoted to marine life. Following that was the Boston Aquarial Gardens and Zoolological Gardens then the South Boston Aquarium, which closed in 1954. The Aquarium has aquatic guests from all over the world, including sea turtles, rays, jelly fish, harbor seals, lobsters, octopus, penguins and a host of other species. Exhibits currently include the Marine Mammal Center, Atlantic Harbor Seals, Amazon Rain Forest, the Giant Ocean Tank, Gulf of Maine, Sea Dragons and Amazing Jellies. Oh, and who from Boston could forget the star of the old Aquarium commercials? Penguins! "I can walk like a penguin!" I loved that commercial when I was growing up. The Aquarium also has a whale watch that runs from early April to late October and lasts between 3-4 hours. Pricing for the Aquarium is $20.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 3-11, and $18.95 for seniors. Children under 3 are free. The whale watch is not included in your admission to the Aquarium. Forty years later the New England Aquarium is truly still a place where "It's Fun to Find Out!".
Among the best places to take kids in Boston is the New England Aquarium. The featured attraction is the brand new, giant fish tank, complete with spiral ramp all the way to the top so you can explore the tremendous varieties of fish that live at the various depths. At the top, you can look down on the whole tank for an entirely different perspective. In addition to the big tank, there are penguin displays, a sort of petting pool for kids to touch aquatic creatures, and an outdoor pen filled with seals and sea lions.
When you pay admission, you will receive a hand stamp, which allows you in-and-out privileges all day long (as long as you don't wash the stamp off). Should you plan to visit the Aquarium more than once in a year, the best value is to purchase an annual membership, which costs less than two admissions.
With incredible emphasis on public awareness and conservation, this aquarium strives to protect marine wildlife and instilling a sense of awe in the beauty and delicacy of this fairly unknown and unencountered environment. Avoid weekends and Fridays.
General (Age 12+) $17.95
Seniors (60+) $15.95
Children (3-11) $9.95
IMAX Theatre Prices:
Winter Hours - Day after Labor Day - June 30
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Summer Hours - July 1 - Labor Day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.