A special Valentine’s Day event for lovers of the ocean

Friday, February 14, 2020
7 – 10 p.m.

Ticketing opens at noon on January 9, 2020, for Giving Society and Premium-level members and on January 10, 2020, for Standard-level members and members of The Tide. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, please call the Membership Events Line at 617-973-6564.

Embrace the amore of Valentine’s Day with your someone special amidst unparalleled ambiance at our member-exclusive, adults-only evening. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, live music, drinks, a strolling buffet dinner, coffee, and dessert.

Cost is $80 per person, and you must be 21 or older to attend. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Drinks and Dining

Our dinner menu includes something for every taste. Guests will start in the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank with a winter spiced roasted tomato bisque and passed hors d’oeuvres in the main Aquarium. Visit all three levels of the Aquarium to enjoy a menu that will warm this chilly winter evening.  We will feature an eight-hour braised brisket with confit fingerling potatoes, along with a rosemary and garlic marinated turkey tenderloin with toasted faro risotto. In addition, guests will be treated to a savory offering of chevre and beet gocce pasta purses, arugula and frisee salad alongside an assortment of locally baked breads. And for dessert, our chef will cap off the evening with a selection of sweets perfect for sharing or to take home. Coffee and teas will also be available.

Included with your ticket is a limited open bar with our signature cocktail, wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixed drinks may be purchased throughout the evening. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and non-dairy options are available; if anyone in your party has an allergy, please email the Membership Office at members@neaq.org as soon as possible.

Evening Schedule of Events

6 p.m. – Early check-in for our Giving Society and Premium-level members and reception in the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch tank with special education programming.

7 p.m. – Doors open for all members to check in, dinner stations and bars are opened, and hors d’oeuvres will be passed on the upper levels.

8 p.m. – Learn about love at the Aquarium in all its forms. Staff will share exclusive stories and interesting facts about the inhabitants of our exhibits around the Aquarium. Love comes in all shapes and sizes here.

8:30 p.m. – Dessert station opens on Level 1 in the Blue Planet Action Center.

9 p.m. – Enjoy a quiet stroll through warm and cold water galleries to see our exhibits in a different way than during a normal daytime visit.

What to wear?

We encourage you to regard this as an occasion to dress in your favorite cocktail attire; however, there is no dress code for this event.

A little extra love

Surprise your valentine with a personalized message that will be displayed in an Aquarium exhibit during the event! Simply add on this option when you purchase your tickets, and we will work with you to create a special message on a fun keepsake for you and your loved one. A limited number of messages are available, so don’t wait!

Details, Details

You must be 21 or older to attend. Ticket purchase is required. Your membership must be valid on both the day you purchase tickets and the date of the event. Memberships are nontransferable, and someone from the member household must be present for your party to be admitted.

Bring home a memory of this evening with a plush penguin, glass sting ray, or other special gift! During the event, members will receive an increased discount of 15% off all Gift Shop purchases.

Please take advantage of the resources available on our website for help with directionsparking, and accessibility.

The Fine Print

The New England Aquarium may take photographs or record video of this event. By attending you consent to the possible reproduction of your name, voice, and/or likeness in connection with future promotions, fundraising efforts, or marketing, and you expressly waive any claims you may have in connection therewith.

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Event Sponsors

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Thank you to our 50th anniversary sponsors

The Boston Foundation logo

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Enjoy some photos from last year’s event.