Summary of The Day: The four-story, 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the fascinating centerpiece of the New England Aquarium in Boston. This exhibit and three levels of surrounding galleries, interactive displays, touch tanks and discovery centers are a top attraction in Boston!
The New England Aquarium in Boston offers:
• The largest shark and ray touch tank on the east coast
• A hands-on tidepool for touching and handling various sea creatures
• Curious George Discovery Corner - a place designed for young visitors
• An outdoor seal exhibit located on the Aquarium Plaza, that's a favorite of both tourists and local residents
• Thousands of sea creatures from hundreds of different species
• Special events and presentations throughout the year
• The new Penguin Power Exhibit
Here is what you can SEE and EXPERIENCE at the New England Aquarium...
The aquarium showcases a wide range of aquatic life, including a menagerie of tropical fish, penguins, seals and its reigning matriarch, Myrtle, a 500-lb green sea turtle. The newly renovated Giant Ocean Tank occupies the central core of the aquarium. It has specially designed railings and theatrical lighting that enable guests to view creatures swimming at all levels of the 24-foot-tall tank. The enclosure is surrounded by three floors of exhibits and side galleries that provide insight and understanding into specimens from more than 600 different species of marine animals. Opened in 1969, the New England Aquarium welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors each year. New Exhibit!
THE LARGEST SHARK AND RAY TOUCH TANK ON THE EAST COAST
The New England Aquarium features a new exhibit. It is the East Coast's largest shark and stingray touch tank. Evoking the appearance of a mangrove forest and lagoon, the touch tank has viewing windows and a shallow bottom. Visitors can touch bonnethead and epaulette sharks as well as cownose and Atlantic rays as they swim by in the clear water. Experienced guides will teach you how to become a ray and shark whisperer. The exhibit demonstrates the important role that these animals play in maintaining a vigorous ocean ecosystem and the need to conserve their coastal habitat.
Meet the new sea lion pups!
Two frolicsome California sea lion pups are the aquariums newest residents. They join a colony of delightful Northern fur seals in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The outdoor exhibit has spectacular views of Boston Harbor. The center's programs help guests to make the connection between humans and marine mammals and understand the challenges that these aquatic animals face.
The Penguin Power Exhibit: Protecting the Blue Planet.
Protecting the Blue Planet is a themed program designed to entertain the entire family. Pick up a Penguin Power Action Guide that enables a team of superhero penguins to lead you on an interactive path of discovery. You will witness the flightless feathered heroes accomplish heroic feats as you tour various exhibits throughout the aquarium. As you view each display, you will learn how to protect various penguin species throughout the world.
Then it's off to the Boston Harbor Island Beach Exhibit, where birds scamper along an authenticated sandy shoreline, while soles burrow in the sand and lumpfish swim in the surf.
The Gulf of Maine Exhibit, featuring such local mainstays as Atlantic cod and halibut, rare blue and golden lobsters, and the notoriously ugly monkfish (or goosefish), might be your next stop.
The New England Aquarium in Boston is much more than a place to see aquatic life. It's a place focused on raising people's awareness of the environment through exhibits, education programs and outreach programs.
Expand your mind in the Thinking Gallery! The Thinking Gallery is a series of exhibits designed to both engage and entertain your brain. Watch out! Don't overload any circuits!
Let your children run free in the Curious George Discovery Corner, while you kick back, relax and just watch them explore. It's a place designed for young visitors with bright colors, child-sized chairs, hand-on presentations and special steps that give a closer look at the Aquarium's Giant Ocean Tank.
You won't want to miss the Freshwater Gallery. Explore wildlife originating from all across the globe, from the flooded forests of the Amazon River Basin to the still waters of a New England pond.
Come experience the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center's engaging programs and new, interactive exhibit space. Draw connections between marine mammals and humans and learn about the challenges marine mammals face in our oceans today.
Get your eTicket today for the New England Aquarium in Boston. so the Staff members can tell you where to find the exhibit on schooling, or the flashlight fishes with their glowing false eyes!
Mon-Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sat, Sun and most holidays: 9:00am-6:00pm.
Summer Hours: July 1 - Labor Day | Sun-Thurs and Holidays: 9:00am to 6:00pm | Fri & Sat: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Closes at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Open at noon on New Year's Day.
New England Aquarium | Central Wharf (adjacent to the Marriott Hotel and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market) | Boston, MA 02110
|USD $26.95||USD $18.95|
*Adult age: 12 and older.|
*Child age: 3-11
*Children 2 and below are free.
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