New England Aquarium

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Local Specialties and Exotic Species

Located in Boston’s Central Wharf, the aquarium showcases a wide variety of local marine life—monkfish, rare blue and golden lobsters from Maine, periwinkles and sea stars—as well as species from afar: sea dragons, jelly fish, fur seals, harbor seals, African and rockhopper penguins, sea turtles, sharks, and moray and electric eels.

Diver feeding Caribbean fishes in the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank. Photo courtesy NEAq.

Centerpiece of the aquarium is a four-story tall Giant Ocean Tank holding 200,000 gallons of filtered Boston Harbor seawater and an exhibit of fishes and sea turtles from the Caribbean. Visitors can wind their up a spiral staircase encircling the tank and end up at the top story, looking down into waters teeming with life.

Whale Watching

For those wanting more, the aquarium offers rides on Voyager III, its whale-watching boat. Whale sightings are guaranteed, and lucky riders might catch a glimpse of dolphins, too!


Like the seals? Want to learn what it takes to train them? Devoted visitors can take part in the Trainer for an Afternoon program and get up-close and personal with harbor and fur seals as they learn to train the animals in a successful, positive environment.

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Organization type: Public Aquaria

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
North America

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