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"The New England Aquarium" Top 5 Page for this destination Massachusetts Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The New England Aquarium opened in 1969 and is housed in a 75,000-square-foot (6,968-square-meter) building that was designed by architect Peter Chermayeff. Since it opened, there have been several major additions to the building to accommodate more exhibits. The aquarium features 20,000 animals of 600 different species, including fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, crustaceans, mollusks, and corals.

The main feature of the New England Aquarium is its 200,000-gallon (757,082-liter), four-story Giant Ocean Tank in the building's atrium. A curving walkway runs around the outside of the tank from top to bottom, allowing visitors to observe sea life at various levels. The tank contains a Caribbean coral reef and many species of ocean animals, the most visible of which are sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, and barracudas.

Surrounding the atrium are three levels of smaller exhibits which include freshwater fish from South America and New England, creatures of the northern waters including lobsters and octopus, tropical fish and coral reefs, jellyfish, sea birds, and a tidal pool where visitors can touch starfish, sea urchins, snails, hermit crabs, and horseshoe crabs.

The New England Aquarium also features a penguin colony and an outdoor tank with a group of harbor seals that can be seen for free without entering the aquarium.

Visitors to the aquarium can also see movies with ocean themes in the 428-seat IMAX Theatre and go on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch cruises that are operated from April through November.

Directions: The New England Aquarium is located on Central Wharf, right on Boston's waterfront.

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2012
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