When the Aquarium made its debut on June 20, 1969, more than 12,000 visitors came through on the very first day. Even on a visit in March 2001--typically Boston and the Aquarium's "off-season"--the line to purchase admission was daunting. Here's a hint--if you'd like to support the Aquarium by becoming a member, you can skip the line outside and head straight in the front door to the membership desk.
Once inside, you'll find yourself immersed in a watery world, where you can wave your flippers at cavorting sea lions, giggle at the antics of otters, and press your nose right up against the glass of the poisonous fish tank--if you dare! At the center core of the Aquarium is the four-story, 200,000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank, a Coral Reef environment filled with curious sea critters ranging from sea turtles, and tropical fishes to sharks, stingrays, and moray eels.
If you can't get to the New England Aquarium... You can still come along on a virtual tour of my 2001 visit with me! Along the way, you'll see the sea lion who winked at me, some scary-looking fish that gave me nightmares and suppertime in the penguin pool.
If you go... The New England Aquarium is open every day, all year, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are posted on the Aquarium Web site and are extended during the summer season. Keep in mind that ticket sales end a half hour before closing. As of 2006, general admission is $17.95. Admission is $9.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children under 3. In season, higher priced combination tickets that include a whale watch may also be purchased. The New England Aquarium is also home to the state-of-the-art Simons IMAX theatre, which frequently features 3D movies spotlighting sea animals and their habitats. Separate movie admission fees apply.
Getting there... See the New England Aquarium Web site for complete directions and parking information if you will be arriving by car. You can save time and money by using public transportation. The Aquarium is within walking distance of Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, so if you're walking The Freedom Trail, it's an easy detour.
New England Aquarium
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Phone: (617) 973-5200
Web site: http://www.neaq.org
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