School vacation is here, and the world is your oyster! 

Plunge into a day full of family fun in Boston at the New England Aquarium.

Whether you are looking for some hands-on learning for kids, science activities in Boston, or an opportunity to play tourist and see animals up close, the Aquarium is a great destination on Boston’s waterfront for family-friendly activities. Poke around our website and you’ll find some great tips to help you plan your Aquarium visit—including parking information, online ticketing, and FAQs.

life according to fur seals

You thought you knew northern fur seals.

Come visit the Aquarium this April school vacation and discover fur seals like never before by experiencing Life According to Fur Seals! Watch these fascinating marine mammals fly through the water and splash into your hearts.

Besides marveling at coral reef fishes and penguins and sea turtles, there’s also a lot to do around these parts. In fact, you can make a fun day of it on and around Boston’s waterfront! Some of the fun activities to do around Central Wharf include:

  • Catch a new super-sized film at our Simons IMAX Theatre (save money with an Aquarium/IMAX combo ticket). Pandas 3D and Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet are now playing along with the popular Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland!
  • Climb aboard a Boston Duck Tour—voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the U.S. by TripAdvisor! Buy tickets and start your tour right from the Aquarium’s front plaza.
  • Set sail on a New England Aquarium Whale Watch to see humpback whales (and so much more) in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, just miles from the city skyline.

And there’s so much to do nearby! Take a stroll along the beautiful Harborwalk to soak in views of Boston Harbor. Ponder the public artwork and let the kids splash in the fountains along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Grab lunch or goodies at the Faneuil Hall shops and restaurants. Stretch your legs at Christopher Columbus Park on your way to Boston’s historic North End neighborhood. Tack on some history with a stop at the Boston Tea Party museum or Paul Revere House. Find a BlueBike and live blue™ by peddling your way to nearby destinations.

But we tend to think the greatest thrills come from close encounters with the amazing ocean animals at the Aquarium!

You don’t have to take our word for it, we compiled some of our favorite images snapped by visitors below.

Instagram pics shared by visitors

Which we promptly regrammed because they’re just that awesome. 

Check out this visitor’s video from Facebook.

Hooray for first visits to the Aquarium! Also 101st visits to the Aquarium.


And here are a few pics they shared on Facebook

What do you think the cownose rays feel like? 


See what people are tweeting about.   

So many animals. So many smiles.


And, of course, there are plenty of people snapping.

So how many animals do you see?

snapchat picture


We’d love to see what you’re sharing on social about your visit to the Aquarium and around the neighborhood. Be sure to tag or use our filters on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and look for our filter on Snapchat. Let’s see how you have the best vacation visit ever!