New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110-3399
Explore exhibits featuring thousands of aquatic animals from around the world, including more than 80 penguins, sharks, sea turtles, seals and more.
Take a trip to exotic waters and experience more than 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Greet four different species of penguins as you enter, then wind your way around the four-story Giant Ocean Tank, home to a huge Caribbean coral reef. Out back, the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center is a naturally lit, open-air pavilion that gives visitors a front-row seat to see Northern fur seals in action. The brand-new exhibit gives these sleek animals plenty of room to gallop, swim and lounge. Lastly, sit back and experience an unforgettable IMAX film on New England’s largest screen at the Simons IMAX Theatre.
- Penguin Colony- Tuxedoed penguins in their massive exhibit are the first animals you’ll see inside the Aquarium. You can watch them fly through the water or preen on rock islands from almost anywhere inside the Aquarium!
- New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center - This is the newest exhibit at the Aquarium, featuring sweeping views of Boston Harbor and a bright exhibit space showcasing five Northern fur seals.
- Giant Ocean Tank - You can’t miss the Giant Ocean Tank. This towering, four-story coral reef is 23 feet deep, 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water and hundreds of animals.
- Simons IMAX Theatre - At the Aquarium’s Simons IMAX Theatre, you’ll be blown away by the amazing IMAX 3D technology and 12,000 watts of digital sound—it’s the largest screen in New England!
- Whale Watch - Every summer, the Aquarium adds Stellwagen Bank to its list of exhibits. Enjoy the view of the receding Boston skyline as our high-speed catamaran, the Voyager III, whisks you to the whale feeding grounds northeast of Boston.
The Aquarium is located near the Marriott Hotel and Faneuil Hall
From the south: Take I-93 North. Take Exit 23, 'Gov't Center, North End, Aquarium, Quincy Market.' Turn left at Surface Rd. & go 3 blocks. Turn left at Milk St. & the Aquarium will be straight ahead.
From the west: Take the Mass Turnpike to I-93 North. Take Exit 23 off I-93, 'Gov't Center. North End, Aquarium, Quincy Market.' Turn left at Surface Rd. & go 3 blocks. Turn left at Milk St. & the Aquarium will be straight ahead.
From the north: Take I-93 South. Take exit 24 A-B. Take the right or 'A' side of the exit (Gov’t Center). Stay left to turn onto Surface Rd at the light. Go 2 blocks to Milk St. & turn left. The Aquarium will be straight ahead.
From Cambridge: Take Memorial Drive North to Route 28 (McGrath-O'Brien Hwy) and go right, past the Museum of Science. At Storrow Dr, go straight across & into the tunnel for 93 South, then follow directions From the north.
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Winter Hours: September 7 - June 30
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and most holidays, 9am - 6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Summer Hours: July 1 - Labor Day
Sunday - Thursday, 9am - 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 9am - 7pm
July 4th, 9 am - 7 pm; Labor Day, 9 am - 6 pm
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The closest subway stop is just 100 yards from the Aquarium. It is the Aquarium stop on MBTA’s Blue Line. All other subway lines connect to the Blue Line, and stops off all of the lines are only a short walk from the Aquarium, including the State stop on the Orange Line (8-minute walk), the Government Center stop on the Green Line (10-minute walk), and the South Station stop on the Red Line (10-15-minute walk).