New England Aquarium

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New England Aquarium information and booking

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The New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater are located at Boston's Central Wharf
Time of departure
New England Aquarium:Summer Hours(July 1-Labor Day)9am - 6pm, Sunday -Thursday and holidays9am - 7pm, Friday - Saturday Winter Hours (day after Labor Day-June 30)9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday9am - 6pm, Saturday - SundaySimons IMAX Theater:9:30am-6:30pm, daily
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Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, touch sharks and stingrays, observe eels and jellyfish, and watch seals and sea lions at play. See the new 200,000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank with a vibrant Caribbean coral reef teeming with hundreds of tropical fish. You can also catch an IMAX film on the largest screen in New England!

Dive deep into the ocean inside the New England Aquarium in Boston and experience engaging exhibits featuring animals from across the globe.

Experience a close encounter with gentle sharks and rays in the largest shark and ray tank on the East Coast, and stand in awe of the four-story, 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, home to everything from sea turtles to sharks to tropical fish.

Get up-close with charismatic seals and enjoy interactive exhibits at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. Meet Northern fur seal pups and two frisky California sea lions at the open-air exhibit space featuring sweeping views of Boston Harbor.

Go face-to-face with blue penguins from Australia -- the smallest species of penguin in the world -- and learn how they got their name as you watch them take a dip in the water, preen, socialize and eat.

Explore the aquarium’s backyard with the Gulf of Maine exhibits, featuring such local mainstays as Atlantic cod and halibut, rare blue lobsters and the notoriously ugly monkfish (also known as goosefish).

Try to spot the camouflaged seadragons at the Thinking Gallery and don't miss the Freshwater Gallery, where you can explore wildlife from the flooded forests of the Amazon River Basin to the still waters of a New England pond.

You can also sit back and experience an unforgettable IMAX® film! The Simons IMAX Theater uses amazing IMAX 3D technology and New England's largest screen to take you to places most have only dreamed of going. IMAX films provide people of all ages with larger-than-life experiences that captivate, enlighten and inspire (see list of movies in Itinerary section).

What's included

  • Admission ticket
  • General imax movie ticket (if selected at time of booking)

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Hollywood special feature imax movies