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- Skip-the-line admission to the New England Aquarium in Boston
- See fish and sharks, and watch penguins and seals play
- See the Giant Ocean Tank, home to everything from sea turtles to sharks to tropical fish
- Experience an unforgettable film on New England's largest screen (general movies are included)
Departure & Return
Departure Point: The New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater are located at Boston's Central Wharf Directions: From the South - Heading on I-93 Northbound, take exit 20 (South Station). The exit ramp puts you on Atlantic Ave. The Aquarium is 5 blocks up on the right. From the West - Take the Mass Turnpike to I-93 North. Take Exit 23 off I-93, marked "Gov't Center. North End, Aquarium, Quincy Market, The ramp joins surface streets at North St. Follow the sign to Aquarium, to the left. This loops around 180° and puts you on Atlantic Ave. The Aquarium is three blocks up on the left. From the North - I-93 Southbound. Take Exit 24A Government Center (not Airport 24B). Take the right fork, then stay left. At the traffic light, turn onto Atlantic Avenue. Follow Atlantic Ave. 4 lights to the intersection with Milk Street. Go left on Milk Street and the Aquarium is straight ahead. Please Note: Aquarium is open at 12pm on New Year's Day
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
What To Expect
Start on the front plaza, where a slice of New England rocky coast and 42,000 gallons of water are home to resident harbor seals. Look for a massive globe, featuring the oceans, continents, and animals that call this blue planet home.
Skip the lines and step inside that New England Aquarium with priority admission, where informative and entertaining live animal presentations happen every day, allowing visitors to see their favorite aquatic animals. Watch fur seals interact with their trainers. See turtles eat right from the hands of divers, including Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle, who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.
“Sea” it all: sea turtles, sea stars, sea urchins, sea lions, and sea dragons, not to mention snails, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, lobsters, goosefish, octopus, piranhas, anacondas, salmon, and many more.
Like penguins? The New England Aquarium’s penguin exhibit is home to more than 80 of them — African penguins, Northern and Southern rockhopper penguins, even little blue penguins.
Then there are tanks. The largest “tank” on the East Coast features more than 100 animals, including cownose rays, Atlantic Rays, and sharks, and the centerpiece exhibit, a cylindrical 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank featuring turtles, sharks, eels, stingrays, tarpon and many more, including colorful tropical fishes.
Relax and experience an unforgettable movie, like Humpback Whales, Great White Shark or Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean.
Purchase a snack at the kid-friendly Harbor View Café or head to Faneuil Hall for a quick lunch — and don’t forget to grab a souvenir at the Aquarium Gift Shop before leaving.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Written Maps/Guides are available at the Aquarium in the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese.
- Most travelers can participate
- OPERATED BY New England Aquarium
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience