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New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Phonte: 617-973-5200
Location: North End
Fall-Winter Hours
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm

The New England Aquarium has been a popular North End attraction since it's doors opened to the public in 1969. Patrons enjoyed the vast display of ocean life in the tanks throughout the builidng- with the highlight being the Giant Ocean Tank. It was the largest circular ocean tank in the world when it debuted in 1970. It received a major renovation in 1984 with the addition of a Caribbean coral reef and, today, is still a main highlight for visitors - housing a variety of aquatic life.

As you enter, you are greeted by the squaks coming from the large tank (150,000 gallon) housing the New England Aquarium's penguin exhibit. Here, you can find penguins of many varieties - including Northern and Southern
Penguins can be seen when you enter the Aquarium - and from the spiral staircase wrapping around the Giant Ocean Tank.
rockhoppers, African and blue penguins. The enclosed area has fabricated rock islands in which the penguins live. The exhibit can be seen from the spiral walkway of the central tank or from elevated viewing areas surrounding the perimeter. Many people enjoy visiting during their feeding time, as the employees teach visitors all they would like to know about the penguins.

As mentioned earlier, the main attractions of the aquarium is the enourmous Giant Ocean Tank. This tank is 23 feet deep, 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water! This tank is so big that the Aquarium was actually built around it.

The Giant Ocean Tank is a Caribbean coral reef exhibit. It is surrounded by a spiral walkway, wrapping up and around it, which brings you right to the top and gives you spectactular views of the tank along the way. It is home to many forms of aquatic life - including a nurse shark, sea turtles, barracuda, moray eels, stingrays, and hundreds of reef fishes. The
  Meet Myrtle - a giant Green Sea Turtle that has lived at the Aquarium since 1970.
main attractions, though, is Myrtle - a giant Green Sea Turtle that has been with the Aquarium since it's inception in 1970. Myrtle is at least 70 years old and weighs in at over 500 pounds!

Following along the walkway will give access to three levels of exhibits including:

The Temperate Gallery
Highlights include Goliath grouper, ancient fishes, rare sea dragons, coastal environments, and thousands of schooling fish.

The Freshwater Gallery
This exhibit compares freshwater habitats in South America to the New England river systems. Piranhas, electric eels, anacondas, and Atlantic salmon are featured.

The Edge of the Sea tide pool
A hands-on exhibit which allows visitors to touch creatures found in New England tide pools -including hermit crabs, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and sea stars.

The Northern Waters of the World Gallery
Focusing on the comparison of New England marine habitats to those of the Pacific Northwest. Features are Giant Pacific Octopus, shorebirds, colored lobsters and goosefish.

The Tropical Gallery
Highlighting many colorful tropical fish, venomous fish (including scorpionfish, and living corals) and cuttlefish.

The Animal Medical Center
Gives behind-the-scenes view of what goes into caring for thousands of creatures found at the aquarium.

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank allows you to reach out and touch the stingrays, catsharks and other species.

Another exciting part of the aquarium is the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. In a replica of their lagoon themed habitat - with shallow water which allows visitors to touch/feel the different species (southern stingrays, cownose rays, yellow stingrays and coral catsharks) as they swim past.

Stepping out of the main aquarium, The New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center is a treat for visitors. This open-air exhibit lets visitors get up close views of the aquarium's Northern fur seals.

The Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit is a favoriite of both patrons and those in the area outside the aquarium. Watch the seals swim, play and sleep in the only exhibit that is free to the public, in all seasons.

Connected to the New England Aquarium is the Simons IMAX Theater, where patrons enjoy New Englands largest IMAX screen and 12,000 watts of digital sound. This gives moviegoers an incredible and immersive way to view these astounding creatures of the sea.

The New England Aquarium is a fun and interesting expeirence for all ages- and a great way to spend a few hours in the North End.

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