New England Aquarium in Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Giant Ocean Tank: View all kinds of aquatic life–from sharks to sea turtles to tropical fish, in a theatrically lit, 200,000-gallon exhibit that's four stories tall!
- Hands-On Experience: Visit the East Coast's largest shark and ray tank for a hands-on experience with dozens of sea creatures.
- Wildlife Show: See and learn all about California sea lions, harbor seals, northern fur seals, and adorable penguins.
- Discovery Zones: Explore three floors of interactive exhibits including; Penguin Exhibit, Freshwater Gallery, Curious George Discovery Center and the Amazon Rainforest.
- Bring the Little Ones: Children 2 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
- Flexibility: The tickets purchased on GoBe can be used any time the aquarium is open. So, if your travel plans change, there is no need to rebook. Don't like the weather? Go another day. The choice is yours.
About This Boston Tour
This is one great big fishbowl – and it's swirling with thousands of colorful and fascinating creatures ready to captivate your imagination. Come and "sea" what it's all about at the biggest attraction on Boston's waterfront.
If you're up for a close encounter, come fingers to fins with sharks (and rays) at the Aquarium's mangrove-themed Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Reach out and gently stroke epaulette sharks, cownose rays, and Atlantic rays as they swim close by. You'll also learn how these incredible species help create a healthy ecosystem and why it's vital to preserve their coastal habitats.
Challenge yourself at the Seadragon Exhibit. Only two seadragon species exist in the world, and if you look hard, you'll see them both here. The trick is they're exceptionally good at camouflage to hide from hungry predators. Laugh out loud at the penguins' capers. Be amazed as charismatic seals and sea lions show off their smarts and strength. And be mesmerized as ethereal jellyfish perform enthralling underwater dances.
Dip into aquatic adventures around every corner – and the Aquarium's passion for conservation too. Check out the Blue Planet Action Center, learn how the Rescue Team saves endangered turtles, and visit the Shark Nursery and the Lobster Nursery where little creatures hatch and develop. All the undersea world is here – just dive in and explore its wonders.
You must meet Myrtle
The 24-foot-tall Giant Ocean Tank is home to more than a thousand creatures, but Myrtle is the undisputed queen. This green sea turtle is almost 90 years old, weighs more than 500 pounds, and has lived at the Aquarium since 1970. You might see the old gal on her preferred napping spot, on top of corals about halfway down the exhibit. How do we know that's her favorite spot? She shared it with fans on her very own Facebook page.
Please make your way to New England Aquarium/IMAX, 1 Central Wharf (adjacent to the Marriott Hotel), Boston, MA 02110
Your tour of the Aquarium is self-guided. You are welcome to take pictures, however tripods are not permitted in the venue. Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Aquarium has a limited number of wheelchairs that may be borrowed free of charge. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign out a wheelchair, please speak to the staff at the Information Desk in the main lobby.
Family Friendly, Tickets, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 2 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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