Dive deep into the ocean inside the New England Aquarium in Boston and experience engaging exhibits featuring animals from across the globe.
Catch a glimpse of 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.
See 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.
Visit the exhibit area 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).
New England Aquarium Exhibits:
Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Tanks - In this mangrove-themed tank, visitors can get a close look at sharks and rays, as they swim gracefully.
Harbor Seals and Fur Seals - Visit these intelligent marine mammals and catch a Training Session to see how they respond to cues.
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center - Get ready to get up, get active, get moving and see marine mammals this summer with the grand opening of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center and the launch of the Get Your Feet Wet programs.
Entertaining and engaging programming, along with the new innovative, interactive exhibit space, promote activity and fitness while increasing awareness of marine life and conservation. Draw connections between marine mammals and humans and learn about the challenges marine mammal face in our oceans today. Watch daily presentations that highlight animal health, fitness, and diet.
Enjoy an amazing program exclusively sponsored by the New Balance Foundation, Marine Mammals in Motion, which serves as your interactive pathway to discovering how healthy living protects both humans and the oceans. Grab your exercise guide upon arrival, and make sure to join our trainers and marine mammal stars for “Fitness Fridays” all summer long. Finally, you will be coached by “Splash” the fitness mascot about how you can as healthy and strong as he is!
Giant Ocean Tank - As one of the world's largest cylindrical saltwater tanks, it offers a multi-level view of the sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, and other tropical fishes that live inside. The tank's center structure represents a Caribbean coral reef. Myrtle, the giant green sea turtle, feels so much at home, you can find her asleep at the bottom for an hour at a time.
Blue Planet Action Center - This exhibit showcases the challenges facing oceans and the Aquarium's global leadership in searching for solutions to these issues. There is a combination of interactive displays, interpretive presentations, and small animal exhibits.
The New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater are located at Boston's Central Wharf
Winter Hours (day after Labor Day-June 30)
9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
9am - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday
Simons IMAX Theater: