Not a great place. Better aquarium in Mystic Conn. The price to get in is very expensive for what you get, shows were lame and boring, very crowded, map is confusing, penguins, penguins and more penguins so if you are into penguins this is the place for you!! This was NOT for us and we usually take in the aquarium in every city we visit...this was the worst by far!! Again...Mystic Conn..best aquarium for all ages!! Check it out (and no..I am not from there!)The one review made me laugh, " The special exhibit was AMAZING JELLIES when we were there"...lol..that was from '05...here it is 2009 and the special exhibit is AMAZING JELLIES (yesterday 7/6/09)...I assume that this exhibit is non-changing!!Happy note...after you are diappointed by the aquarium cheer yourself up with a ride on CODZILLA..sooooo worth the money and such a fun time!!!
Sorry to disagree with the other reviewers but I cannot call the aquarium a must see or a must do. Given the investment that other cities have made in their city aquariums, Boston is falling far behind.
The New England aquarium is dark, it is small, and it is expensive. The atmosphere can be kind of intimidating to young children rather than inspiring wonderment. I think it's the spiraling upward with the magnification of the fish through the windows.
If you are interested in a good fish experience in Boston you are better off at the restaurants.
If you go to Boston, this is one of the things you have to see. As you wind your way up to the top of the building you get to see all different kinds of water creatures and learn all about them. The penguins on the bottom are my favorite, they do all different types of tricks. They have a huge tank in the center where divers go in and swim with they animals. Fun for people of all ages!
To be fair, I have never been to another aquarium to compare, and I might just not like sea creatures that much. However, I've never enjoyed a day at the New England Aquarium. The building is small and, the times I've been, so crowded that you can't even get close to the exhibits to see them. If you go, definitely try to pick an off-peak time. There is a food court - mobbed - and a Legal Seafoods nearby if you get hungry (although I don't know what sort of message it sends to spend a day admiring sealife and then a night eating them). The aquarium has an IMAX theater nearby that my little cousins enjoyed much more than the aquarium itself. If you're really into marine life, you'll probably enjoy a trip here. Otherwise, I'd stay away.
I'd been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD many times when I was growing up, so my standards were set pretty high -- this place met every one. It's definitely not as big as the National Aquarium (rightfully so), but the exhibits are extremely well done. And I absolutely adored the penguin pool in the main atrium!
Parking in the city can be a real bear, but on the plus side, the aquarium is only a few block, IIRC, from one of the subway stations, so it's not bad. Definitely not a bad way to spend a day, I highly recommend it, if you're at all entranced by aquatic life.
PROS: Super quality exhibits, close to subway station
CONS: Parking is a nightmare
This is a really nice aquarium to visit. It's not the largest, but they have great exhibits. The prices are good and the building is kept clean. The animals are well cared for. We loved the penguins and the sting rays. Children really have a great time here, we can't wait to take our little girl!
Of course, I've only been to one, but hey. I've been a bunch of times throughout my life, mostly while i was in school. The penguins are always great, but my biggest problem with the aquarium is the price. I don't know if it's especially expensive, but it's too high for my tastes. Also, it gets boring pretty fast. But, if you like aquariums and you're in Boston, I recommend checking it out.
If you wnat to spend a day somewhere go her. We love go here. It is expensive. Alot of times you can find discounts at local libraries. The kids enjoy all the exhibits. The specifically like the penguins. They get a thrill of watching them. Youc an spend hours there. Parking is good. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.
It was very entertaining for me and my 5 year old to spend the day. But that was the problem, we couldn't count on it taking up an entire day. There is only so much time you can look at that big round tank. but, my daughter loved the penguins, seals, and all the other creatures. She especially liked the tide pools. Was a little too muggy in the aquarium for my taste. But it is The New England Aquarium, so you can' t really complain too much!
The New england aquarium has something for everyone. When I went, they had a plethora of different Imax movies ranging from Nascar to penguins. Their special exhibits are awesome- we saw one on jellyfish that was both interesting and beautiful to look at. The many exhibits and tanks are clean and well-kept. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.
PROS: Friendly staff, great location
The New England Aquarium is one of the finest attractions in Boston and certainly one of the best aquariums in the country. It is a fabulous place to visit. Located right on the water, there is so much to see. There are countless varieties of fish, sharks, etc. Both young and old will love coming here. Nearby parking can be quite expensive, but there are T stops close by. Cannot say enough good things about the aquarium. It is absolutly a must see
The aquarium is just about one of the best places to take kid's. It's both a fun and educational experience. The penguins have always been my favorite! My son had so much fun. The train ride alone is an enjoyable experience for a small child. I recommend the aquarium highly for a fun filled family adventure!
The New England Aquarium is a great place for kids and adults to enjoy marine life in the Boston area. In the center of the museum is a giant fish tank that includes everything that you would find in the ocean, including sharks. Stairs spiral around the fish tank as you make your way to each level. You can also see penquins, seals, and sea lions at the museum.
i have taken my kids here every year since they were born, and they just love it. the best part for the is being so close to all the fish and penguins. i can't wait until the summer so we can all go again. we drive almost 2 hours to get there and its well worth it in my opinion. You can make a whole day out of it.
The New England Aquarium is a world class facility on the wharf in Boston. The animals are well cared for and the center is beautifully maintained. The penguins (many different species) are in a large habitat and are a delight for anyone to watch as they jump in and out of the water. The NEAQ also has a rescue center. On your walk out, you will spiral by a huge tank.
The New England Aquarium is full of all kinds of sea creatures. The amazing, enormous tanks are full of colorful, tropical fish, and there are even a few sharks. They also run an amazing sea lion show. There is a large display of penguins, which is the highlight of many people's trips here. For what you get to see, the price of admission is most certainly worth it.
I love to take a trip to the aquarium with my son. He absolutely loves the huge tank in the center of the building with the giant sharks and turtles. Its tons of fun and very educational. But it is also not cheap so be prepared for an expensive day out. There is a parking garage right in front of the aquarium but I think it is $24.00. I have yet to find good and reasonable priced parking for the aquarium. But if you are going to be in Boston don't miss this one
The New England Aquarium has been around for as long as I can remember. I had gone here as a child and have brought my own children here now. While it is rather on the pricey side, you can often find some discount coupons. I have to say our favorite part of the Aquarium has to be the giant ocean tank. We could sit there for hours just watching all the sea creatures swim by. If you have never been to the Aquarium before, I would suggest you pay a visit at least once! Also, I would say taking the T here would be your best bet as parking can be expensive.
For all the hype this museum gets, I must admit I expected more. My husband and I were able to see every exhibit in under an hour. That said, I can see it taking an entire family with little kids much longer to get through. The exhibits they have are great, I especially liked the penguins and jellyfish.
I was surprised when I visited the aquarium. I was amazed with the jelly fishes that they really do a great job. It was beautifully presented for us. It is not only that, they also have a lot of species (sea creatures) that I have not see. So I am really happy with my visit.
This is a wonderful place to take your kids. It's a huge aquarium with many different levels a huge multi-story tank in the center filled with fish, turtles and even sharks! You can walk all the way to the top and watch them feed the animals and will sometimes see divers in the tank. There are also sea lions out front, a penquin tank where you can also watch them feed and even a dolphin show. They also have an Omni theater.
Not a cheap day, especailly with parking in Boston. I suggest take the T in, pack a lunch and still enjoy your day!
This is a great place to bring any children who may have enjoyed Finding Nemo. This is a very kid-friendly place and I often see many smiling faces while visiting. The best part, in my opinion, is the exhibit where you are allowed to pick up and hold crabs, starfish, and other sea creatures. The gift shop can be very pricey, as can most tourist attractions such as these. Also, look online for a schedule of what is going on before hand so you can get the most out of your experience there. I strongly recommend the Sea Lion show.
PROS: Sea Lions, Learning Center, Jellyfish Exhibit, IMAX Theater
CONS: Pricey Gift Shop, Some Exhibits not available during some times
This is a great aquarium with a wonderful Jellyfish display and penguin area. However, each time I've found myself here with friends or family I've been accosted by small children and run into by families with large strollers. It is a fun place for children, but adults may become wary of the unruly kids that constantly try to dart in and out of the people lined up to look at the exhibits.
PROS: Great aquarium
CONS: Always busy; many children
I love taking my grandkids to the Aquarium, they love the penguins exhibit, and the jellyfish and there are alot of jelly fish, The shark exhibit is fantastic, we don't have anything like this around here, its well worth the trip to get here, find lots of discount coupons at local fast food restuarants as admission is quite expensive...Great place to take the whole family..
I love jellyfish. This place has a 5,000 square feet exhibit full of all different species of jellyfish. The giant ocean tank is a huge tank that is seen from all the levels of the aquarium. You can see everything from sharks to turtles to eels. It is just a beautiful array of ocean creatures. My kids loved the sea lion show. You get a look into what it takes to train these vast creatures and how they behave. The prices are a bit high but you can always find coupons for discounts.
LOVE this place. Awesome place to take the family on a hot day. Lots of penguins, sea lions, sharks and fish. My son LOVED to get up close to the fish tank. Try to get a discount pass at local restaurants so you can get lower admission. You can also rent the aquarium out and have a sleep over!
The New England Aquarium is the best way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. I could literally spend hours looking at all the little penguins jumping off of their rocks, swimming under water, squawking and scuttling around. Not to mention the HUGE tank of salt water fish, tortoises, rays, etc. If by some chance you get bored you can always go to the IMAX and see a 3D underwater movie!
Great aquarium that is almost as good as the one in Monteray Bay, CA. Awesome jellyfish exhibit and they have a very cute and very large penguin exhibit right on the ground floor so that you're only separated by a low guardrail. They also have a big column of seawater with sharks, giant sea turtles, rays, etc. in the middle of the aquarium that you can scuba dive in (with the animals) for a fee. They used to have a sea lion show, but it was gone the last time I was there. I heard they got rid of it. Fun place for a family or you can also rent it out for events and drink wine or dance with the penguins!
Go there because it's housed in a giant concrete building by Cambridge Seven Architects who seemed to have struck on an inverse guggenheim design (you circle a huge cylinder tank of water, several stories tall on a spiraling pedestrian ramp) but stay there because of their special exhibits. Also take note of the funky angled steel canopies of the entrance that evoke a giant iceberg. Near that particular entrance you will find adorable sea lions which you can see for free. Inside the first thing you see is an exhibit with 100+ penguins in it.
This year's special exhibit has been the "Amazing Jellies" show.... an utterly fascinating display of delicate deep sea beauties bared now for your viewing pleasure.
PROS: great exhibits, 100+ penguins, fish
CONS: expensive entrance fee --> look for coupons
I love this Place! it is awesome for no matter what age you are they are one of the largest aqariums i've been to they have so much to offer they are huge. They have different areas of reptiles, sharks etc they are very eduactaional as well as they have posted signs about the specific animals you are viewing and also have tour people all around in case you have any questions or concerns. If you are a member of your local library ask them for passes because alot of time you can get free passes there. I would def reccomend the New England Aqarium.