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New England Aquarium Boston

New England Aquarium & Whale Watch Tours

Encounter the amazing sea life that call the oceans of the world and Boston Harbor home. Explore the New England Aquarium in Boston, and meet thousands of aquatic animals, including sharks, penguins, Giant Pacific Octopus, turtles and seals.

From the tiniest seadragon to the massive California sea lion, the exotic habitats give you a glimpse into the mysterious underwater worlds. Get hands-on with interactive exhibits that let you explore the Amazon rain forest, pet a sea star, hold a hermit crab and meet newborns in the lobster nursery. Head out to open ocean on a whale watching tour in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary.

  • Prices
    • Adult - $27.95
    • Child (3-11) - $18.95
    • Senior (60+) - $25.95
    • Children (Under 3) - FREE
    • Members - FREE
  • Hours
    • Sep - Jun:
      M-F - 9 am to 5 pm
      S/S - 9 am to 6 pm
    • Jul - Aug:
      Su-Th - 9 am to 6 pm
      F/Sa - 9 am to 7 pm
  • Events
    • Penguin Feeding
    • Harbor Seal Training
    • Fur Seal Training
  • Activities
    • Marine Life Exhibits
    • Giant Ocean Tank Diver's Talk
    • Live Animal Presentations
    • IMAX 3D Movies
    • Whale Watching Tours

FAQs

  • How long is New England Aquarium whale watch and what will I see?
    Get ready for an adventure of the saltiest kind when you board a high-speed, luxury catamaran and set a course for the rich waters of whale central - the Stallwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. Up to 400 passengers can ride in comfortable style in a climate-controlled interior cabin with soft seats as the vessel zooms along at 35 knots (38 mph) toward these protected waters that are prime feeding grounds for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. Many different types of whales call these waters home throughout the year, including finbacks, minkes, humpbacks and pilot whales. If you're lucky, you may even see an endangered right whale. But don't worry about identifying them all, because our on-board aquarium naturalists will be on-hand to identify the whales, explain their amazing behaviors and answer all your questions on this three hour tour.
     
  • Where is the best place to park at the New England Aquarium?

    The New England Aquarium enjoys an amazing waterfront location in downtown Boston. While the Aquarium doesn't own or operate its own parking garage, there are several private parking garages nearby, including the Harbor Garage, which is closest to the aquarium. Additional private garages nearby include Rowes Wharf, 75 State Street, the Garage at Post Office Square and International Place.

     

    For travelers on a budget, we recommend parking close to a major MBTA transit station and taking the T into the city. The Aquarium has it's own stop on the Blue Line, making it a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and hassle-free way to reach the Aquarium.

 

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