New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium has a mission "to present, promote and protect the world of water". They focus on aquatic life but through the exhibits, educational programs and outreach programs the aquarium also aims to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. The New England Aquarium is involved in conservation projects around the world including Africa and New Zealand extending beyond the Central Wharf in Boston.

Hours of operation at the New England Aquarium Boston are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. There is an IMAX on site as well that's open from 9:30 and on. The IMAX theater offer shows such as Sharks in 3D and prices are $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children 3-11. Rates at the New England Aquarium Boston are $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids aged 3-11. The Whale Watch is rather pricey at $36.70 for adults and $30.40 for children. The aquarium offers a rate of $100 for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids but they don't advertise it in these admission prices online. If whale watching is something you really want to do it might be worth checking out other whale watching tours in the area. If opting for the Whale Watching tour at the aquarium be sure to reserve spots ahead of time. Check admission rates before visiting and expect a regular visit to take at least 2 hours.

The New England Aquarium Boston is fairly compact and the main attractions are seen by following the spiral structure around the Giant Ocean Tank which is located in the heart of the Aquarium. There are many things to do and see at the aquarium. Tucked away in the corners are a few exhibits you might not otherwise see like the "Twilight Dwellers tropical gallery"so check them out too. There's an abundance of other tanks located around the aquarium housing various assorted sea creatures.

Some other exhibits include the Amazon exhibit of frogs and tropical reptiles and a hands-on Edge of the Sea exhibit where kids can pick up crabs, touch anemones and learn about the area's marine animals. Boston New England Aquarium includes other information stations fun for kids. One is a discussion on sharks in the area where many people are surprised to hear that Great Whites do actually swim in the New England area. Another is a recreated natural habitat where sea otters and harbor seals grace the rocky shore-like area.

Another very interesting spot to visit in the Boston New England Aquarium is the Aquarium Medical Center. Here biologists and vets give routine and emergency care to the aquarium's marine animals. The Georges Bank exhibit offers explanation as to why the area has been such a productive fishery historically and also explains how declining fish populations affect everyone.

There are other programs available such as the Sea Lion Show, auditorium presentations, and the Giant Ocean Tank dive where aquarium divers swim inside and hand-feed sea turtles more than twice their size!

Visits to the Boston New England Aquarium are suggested for early morning when it first opens or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and to see the sea animals at their liveliest. The Boston New England aquarium can be reached by car, subway, or foot and is located on Atlantic Avenue in Boston. It 's about a 5 to10 minute walk from the Government Center station where pedestrian signs guide the way. Along the way there is plenty of dining and shopping. A Harbor Cruise offered by the aquarium and a harbor front lunch or dinner is a nice way to fill out the day.

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