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Why Is the New England Aquarium One of the Best Aquariums in the Country?
The New England Aquarium is home to the largest shark and ray tank on the East Coast. The aquarium also brings the wonders of the ocean to your fingertips with a hands-on tide pool for touching and handling a collection of sea creatures. Younger guests can delight in the many exhibits designed for learning and play at the Curious George Discovery Corner. Guests can have a barking good time at the outdoor seal exhibit located at Aquarium Plaza. The space also accommodates special events and presentations throughout the year.
Science of Sharks Comes to the New England Aquarium
The world-class Science of Sharks exhibit offers intimate encounters with mighty shark species from around the world. In addition to in-person visits with smaller shark species, visitors can engage with inspiring videos highlighting shark research and preservation, rare underwater photography footage from National Geographic's Brian Skerry, and opportunities to become an expert shark anatomy!
Giant Ocean Tank
The New England Aquarium's Giant Ocean Tank offers a rare oceanic experience with 360-degree views inside a four-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with close to 1,000 creatures. This installation underwent a full-scale 21st-century transformation in 2013 that added windows with crystal-clear viewing opportunities. The famed Yawkey Coral Reef Center at the top of the exhibit is a can't-miss feature!
Seals and Sea Lions at Play at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center
The playful seals and sea lions in the Marine Mammal Center at the New England Aquarium put everyone in a good mood! Guests can watch as California sea lions and Northern fur seals frolic and dive in this stunning open-air exhibit. While the seal and sea lion exhibit is all about playtime, visitors will also find educational information on the challenges these majestic mammals face in the world.
The Largest Shark and Ray Touch Tank on the East Coast
The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank is home to sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank with shallow edges and viewing windows that create the perfect environment for having close encounters with these sea wonders! Visitors are invited to reach out to gently stroke the backs of the exhibit's cownose rays, Atlantic rays, and sharks. Opening at 9:30 a.m. each day, this exhibit demonstrates the importance of conserving healthy ocean ecosystems and coastal habitats for the sake of the rays and sharks that call the world's mangroves and lagoons home.
Atlantic Harbor Seals
Watching the Atlantic harbor seals that call Aquarium Plaza home swim, play, and rest is a true treat! Visitors can observe seal behaviors as these beauties work with trainers throughout the day. This is an open-access exhibit for all to watch!
Blue Planet Access Center
The recently renovated Blue Planet Access Center at Boston's Aquarium presents the severe challenges faced by the world's oceans. Visitors have opportunities to learn about the aquarium's global leadership role in searching for solutions for preserving ocean life through a combination of interactive displays, interpretive presentations and small live animal exhibits. The Blue Planet Access Center is also home to the aquarium's lobster nursery that raises thousands of larval and juvenile lobsters each year through the American Lobster Research Program.
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