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New England Aquarium Tours

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New England Aquarium
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.
Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston 02110, USA
Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends)
Admission: Varies
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience New England Aquarium

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Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Start your tour at 200 Atlantic Avenue (end of Marriott Longwharf Hotel). Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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New England Aquarium Admission in Boston

New England Aquarium Admission in Boston

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From seals and sea lions to sea turtles, seadragons, and stingrays, the New England Aquarium is the place to discover more than 800 different marine animals under one roof—or in one big tank. Check out the four-story Giant Ocean Tank, featuring a brand new coral reef, underwater communications system and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals. Grab an admission ticket and movie pass and have an unforgettable aquarium adventure.
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Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, almost 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

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Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and relax on a Boston Harbor Cruises. Choose between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 30 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included.
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Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

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Boston is a city rich in early American history, with legends dating back to the Revolutionary War. To uncover the city's storied past—from the Boston Tea Party to the ride of Paul Revere—no traveler should miss this history-packed packed, daylong sightseeing tour. Explore Boston, Cambridge, and Lexington, and see historic locations on the Freedom Trail. Enjoy lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, at your own expense, and end your day with a visit to an old warship, the USS Constitution.
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Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass. Save big off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, USS Constitution Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and much more. An included guidebook helps design the perfect itinerary. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Boston? Our downtown tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Old City Hall to the New England Aquarium by way of Boston Commons, Massachusetts State House, and Faneuil Hall! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest city in this eastern state of the United States. Its own population is slightly less than 700,000, but its metropolitan area exceeded 4.5 million in 2017.
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Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Boston? Our North End scavenger hunt will take you from Long Wharf to Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge through Quincy Market, Old North Church and Paul Revere Mall of course! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest city in this eastern state of the United States. Its own population is slightly less than 700,000, but its metropolitan area exceeded 4.5 million in 2017. It is a 3-hour self-guided walking tour you complete on your smartphone.
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Boston Most Famous Foodie Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Boston Most Famous Foodie Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

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Our Boston Food Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Boston all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Boston and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Boston. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 12:00 PM - Meet your guide at the Aquarium Subway Station 12:10 PM - Enjoy some Boston Clam Chowder near Quincy Market 12:50 PM - Taste a historical favorite and a Samuel Adams beer 1:50 PM - Munch on pizza and beer at the Boston Public Market 2:30 PM - Indulge in a slice of delicious Boston Cream Pie 3:00 PM - Say goodbye to your guide at the Haymarket Subway Station
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  • 3 hours
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Boston Harborwalk & Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

Boston Harborwalk & Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, and Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk! With this self-guided audio tour, unearth tales of rebellion, sabotage, and intrigue surrounding the Founding Fathers. As you walk, discover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are New England Aquarium hours of operation?
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New England Aquarium hours of operation: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (until 6pm on weekends). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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