Here are the ultimate insider tips to help make the most of your visit.
Buying your tickets online means you can skip the line! Simply print them at home or show your e-ticket on your smartphone in the main lobby.
Members, you can get right to the fun, too. Just bring your valid membership card and a photo ID and head straight into the lobby. You may also buy discounted tickets for as many guests as are covered by your membership in person at Member Services in the main lobby. Thinking about becoming a member, or is it time to renew? Save time by joining or renewing online before you visit, then just bring your confirmation email and a photo ID with you to check in at Member Services.
Avoid peak times
The middle of the day is our busiest time. If you want plenty of face time with Myrtle the green sea turtle, plan to arrive when we open at 9 a.m. or later in the afternoon after 3 p.m. Be sure to check the website for any last-minute changes to our schedule.
Take public transportation
Taking public transportation is the blue thing to do! The Aquarium stop on the MBTA’s Blue Line is just a few steps from our Front Plaza. If you’re driving, check out nearby parking options—prices vary. Here’s some more information about accessibility at the Aquarium.
Get even closer with our Animal Encounter programs
Perch on top of the four-story, 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank to feed the animals. Touch a seal. Go behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits. The New England Aquarium’s immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to an entirely new level. Members get discounts!
Get ready for a trip of a lifetime on New England’s largest screen with Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland! Escape to the lush forests of the Amazon as Amazon Adventure 3D takes you back in time to follow a curious scientist in his quest to document the birth of a species. And in Pandas 3D, you can follow an international team of scientists as they prepare to release a fluffy captive-born panda cub in China’s misty mountain wilds. Members, don’t forget to use your e-passes and discount when ordering passes by phone or in person.
Bring your camera
Take plenty of pictures and share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest. However, tripods and stands are forbidden as they can obstruct the exhibit paths. Flash photography and flashlights are also restricted in certain areas as they can distress some animals.
Leave the stroller at home
The Aquarium bustles during school vacation weeks and the summer, and large strollers are difficult to navigate through the crowds. If possible, bring an umbrella stroller. If not, we ask that you check your stroller in our designated area behind the Information Desk during your visit. (Reminder: For safety, strollers of any size are prohibited in the IMAX Theatre.)
Storage lockers are available
For items you don’t want to carry, lockers are available to the left of the glass doors leading into the Penguin Exhibit. Complimentary storage for large pieces that will not fit in the lockers is also available; please ask at the main Information Desk. There is no coat check.
Lost and found
If you have lost or found an item, check with the staff at the Information Desk in the lobby.
Pack a picnic lunch
Picnic tables are available on the Aquarium Plaza, and, weather permitting, you can sit at the tables in the Harbor View Café on a space-available basis.
Please note these policies when visiting the Aquarium.
Bag size: Any bag larger than 12 inches long, 12 inches wide or 12 inches tall will not be permitted, with the exception of diaper bags and carriers for medical supplies. Bags, strollers, backpacks, and packages are subject to inspection.
Firearms: Firearms are not allowed on Aquarium property, with the exception of law enforcement and on-duty security personnel.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Food, drink and gum (prohibited in exhibit areas)
- Clothing with offensive or vulgar language
- Illegal drugs
- Laser pens and pointers
- Noise-making devices (horns, whistles, etc.)
- Tobacco products and e-cigarettes
- Selfie sticks
- Any other items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate
Still have questions?
Poke through our FAQs for answers to common questions.
After you visit, don’t be strangers! When you get home or even from your phone, there are plenty of ways that you can connect with the Aquarium online. Follow our blogs for more about the Giant Ocean Tank, marine mammals, other exhibits throughout the Aquarium, and more.