New England Aquarium

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by barbara on January 20, 2002

It was cold and snowing outside, so my husband and I decided to take a trip to the aquarium. This attraction is best suited for a family traveling with kids, but we both like marine life and wanted to check the place out. There is a large IMAX theater available, which we skipped, but we enjoyed walking through the main building looking at some of the 2,100 species of water creatures who call the aquarium home. If you have ever been to the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN, the lay-out here is similar. You enter the bottom floor and walk around and around an aquarium making your way to the top. The penguins on the bottom floor of the exhibit are fascinating to watch. They move as gracefully as birds in the sky under the water--torpedos of power gliding great distances. African, rockhopper and little blue penguins sit on rocks, braying like so many donkeys, filling the aquarium with sound. We also saw giant turtles and sharks in the ocean tank filled with 200,000 gallons of Boston Harbor salt water. Sea lions and otters could be found in a separate area outside.

To be honest, while the aquarium is a nice diversion, it is not nearly as large as some of the other aquariums I have been to around the country. This surprised me. It seemed as if we zoomed through the whole place in no time. Still, if you have kids in tow, it might be worth a look.

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts, 02110
(617) 973-5200

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