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Dive deep into the ocean inside the New England Aquarium in Boston and experience engaging exhibits featuring animals from across the globe.
Experience a close encounter with gentle 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 (reopening in summer 2013), home to everything from sea turtles to sharks to tropical fish.
Get up-close with charismatic 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.
Go face-to-face 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).
The New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater are located at Boston's Central Wharf
Winter Hours (day after Labor Day-June 30)
10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
9am - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday
Simons IMAX Theater:
DailyPlease Note: Aquarium is open at 12pm on New Year's Day
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Aquarium Admission Ticket
General admission ticket to New England Aquarium
IMAX Admission Ticket
Ticket for a screening at Simons IMAX Theatre
General admission ticket to New England Aquarium & ticket for a screening at Simons IMAX Theatre
New England Aquarium Exhibits:
Penguins - Dominating the ground level and containing more than 150,000 gallons of chilled and filtered Boston Harbor water, the penguin exhibit is home to three species of penguins: African penguins, rockhopper penguins and little blue penguins.
Amazing Jellies - Sea jellies -- jellyfish as they are often called -- are everywhere! Now they invade the New England Aquarium in a colossal exhibit, Amazing Jellies. The massive exhibit in the aquarium's West Wing Gallery includes thousands of specimens and a variety of different species of jellies. In addition, the exhibit features other exotic habitats, such as a Palauan Lagoon, and strange creatures, such as the monitor lizard. Edge of the Sea - This hands-on tidepool exhibit recreates the diverse and colorful world where the land meets the sea. The exhibit features a realistic fiberglass rocky shore where visitors can touch some of New England's favorite tidepool dwellers such as sea stars, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and periwinkles.
Edge of the Sea - This hands-on tidepool exhibit recreates the diverse and colorful world where the land meets the sea. The exhibit features a realistic fiberglass rocky shore where visitors can touch some of New England's favorite tidepool dwellers such as sea stars, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and periwinkles.
Harbor Seals and Fur Seals - Visit with these charismatic and 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 get close to 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. Interact with our charismatic fur seals through daily presentations that highlight animal health, fitness and diet. The new exhibit is specially designed to promote hands-on contact with the animals so youll be able to experience marine mammals closer than ever before possible.
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.
Tropical Gallery - Find Nemo while you see colorful clownfish, tangs, lionfish, flashlight fish and live coral.
Aquarium Medical Center - This is the Aquarium's animal hospital, where sick and stranded animals are nursed back to health. The staff cares both for Aquarium residents, and for a variety of animals that have been found stranded on new England's rocky shores, including sea turtles, dolphins and seals. The information learned through caring for these sick animals helps improve the care of all marine mammals.
IMAX Movies Currently Screening (subject to change):
Dolphins and Whales 3D - Dive into a new immersive and highly emotional adventure with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Dolphins and Whales 3D. This awe-inspiring documentary film narrated by Daryl Hannah will take you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean.
To the Arctic 3D - Discover the softer side of the frozen North as you tag along with a mother polar bear and her two growing cubs. Join the trio as they struggle to survive and thrive in a frigid environment of immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, snow-bound peaks and melting ice. Plunge into icy waters to meet walrus, dodge ice floes, and learn what makes this harsh ecosystem an important part of our blue planet.
Deep Sea 3D - This underwater adventure transports you deep below the ocean surface to witness some of the most interesting and entertaining animal behaviors ever caught on film. See squids, sea turtles, sharks and octopuses as never before. In IMAX 3D, the images will leap off the screen and float around the theater, putting the audience in the movie.
Sharks 3D - Come face-to-face with great white and hammerhead sharks, witness their feeding frenzies and swim alongside the biggest fish on Earth, the whale shark. Sharks 3D will help you overcome your deepest fears and change how you think about sharks forever.
Under the Sea 3D - Explore some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia and New Guinea, along with narrator Jim Carrey. Experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. This IMAX 3D film offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change.
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