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New England Aquarium in Boston

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New England Aquarium in Boston 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 largest Shark and Ray 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
  • Thousands of sea creatures from hundreds of different species
  • Special events and presentations throughout the year

Science of Sharks—NEW!
Discover the Science of Sharks! Dive deep into the Science of Sharks with this new exhibit. Get up close to some small but mighty shark species from around the world. Shark science comes alive with inspiring videos featuring researchers and their efforts to help sharks, while dazzling underwater footage features the National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry transport you to amazing shark habitats. Learn some surprising facts about shark anatomy!

Enjoy 360 degree views of a spectacular, four story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more animals than ever before. In 2013, the iconic Giant Ocean Tank underwent a toptobottom, 21stcentury transformation, including windows that provide crystalclear viewing opportunities; a vibrant, revitalized coral reef with more than 1,000 fishes; and the Yawkey Coral Reef Center at the top of the exhibit. The colorful Caribbean coral reef is home to sea turtles, eels and hundreds of tropical fishes of all sizes.

The seals and sea lions are always at play. Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber Northern fur seals frolic in this beautiful openair exhibit space, and find out about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild!

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrovethemed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals. Visitors to this exhibit can reach out and gently touch the backs of cownose rays, Atlantic rays and sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystalclear water. The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons. Open daily at 9:30 am.

Visitors can enjoy the Atlantic harbor seals in their exhibit on the Aquarium plaza before buying admission tickets. Watch the seals swim, play and rest. Learn more about them and see some expert behaviors as they work with trainers during free training sessions throughout the day.

This exhibit is part of the Aquarium’s recent top to bottom, 21st century transformation. The exhibit area presents the serious challenges facing the oceans and showcases the Aquarium’s global leadership in searching for solutions with a combination of interactive displays, interpretive presentations and small live animal exhibits.

Get your eTicket today to experience the magical undersea world on display at the New England Aquarium in Boston.
Experience the magical undersea world.<br> Photo Credit: W. Chappell Experience the magical undersea world.
Photo Credit: W. Chappell
Discover the Science of Sharks Discover the Science of Sharks
Get a closer look at nearly 2,000 passing animals in the Giant Ocean Tank. <br>Photo Credit: W. Chappell Get a closer look at nearly 2,000 passing animals in the Giant Ocean Tank.
Photo Credit: W. Chappell
The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. <br>Photo: S. Cheng The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank.
Photo: S. Cheng
Atlantic harbor seals in their exhibit on the Aquarium plaza. Atlantic harbor seals in their exhibit on the Aquarium plaza.
California Sea Lion Pups. Photo: K. Ellenbogen California Sea Lion Pups. Photo: K. Ellenbogen
Boston Old Town Trolley with free Harbor Cruise


New England Aquarium in Boston

Operating Times:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

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Booth Location:

New England Aquarium | Central Wharf (adjacent to the Marriott Hotel and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market) | Boston, MA 02110

Nearest Intersection:

Central Wharf and Old Atlantic Ave.


Validated parking available at the following:. International Place: Weekdays after 5:00pm- $7.00 | Sat-Sun all day - $10.00.
75 State Street Garage: Mon-Fri after 5:00 pm - $15 | Sat-Sun all day-$15
Rowes Wharf: Weekdays-$28 | Weekdays after 5:00 pm, Sat & Sun all day-$18. *Validation at main Aquarium's main information desk.

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: ages 3 - 11 years old.


COVID safety procedures: The New England Aquarium has carefully monitored and complied with guidance from the CDC and worked closely with officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to implement the following safety measures to protect public health. + Required mask wearing + Installed additional hand sanitizer stations + Installed touch-free entry + Increased frequency of cleaning and are regularly disinfecting high-touch areas + Posted signage throughout the building about how to safely navigate the Aquarium

Ticket price only includes admission into the Aquarium and general exhibits | Validated parking is available.
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