Here are the ultimate insider tips to help make the most of your visit.
Buy tickets online
Buying your tickets online means you can skip the line! Simply print them at home or scan your e-ticket in the lobby using your smartphone.
Timed-ticketing is also in effect, which means for guaranteed admission, we encourage you to please purchase your tickets ahead of time. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on site every day. On holidays and when schools are not in session, on-site tickets sell out early.
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 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.
Combine to save
Visiting several Boston attractions? Save 48% off admission to Boston’s top attractions with Boston CityPASS. Visit each location at your own pace, in any order, over a nine-day period. Get immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device.
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 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.
Consider adding a movie to your visit
Enjoy a giant screen experience in our newly renovated Simons Theatre. With a selection of immersive nature films, these movies take you places you only dreamed of going!
Bring your camera
Take plenty of pictures and share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. However, tripods and stands are prohibited as they can obstruct the exhibit paths. Flash photography and flashlights are also restricted in certain areas as they can distress some animals.
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. A large locker is $7 for a full day rental, and a smaller locker is $5. 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 or stroller check.
We have a 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.
Please note these policies when visiting the Aquarium.
Mask Policy: Face coverings are encouraged for Aquarium guests, however they are no longer required on Aquarium property. The New England Aquarium has carefully monitored and complied with guidance from the CDC and works closely with officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to implement the appropriate safety measures to protect public health.
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 are 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?
Browse 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. Read our blogs to learn more about our conservation work, the Giant Ocean Tank, marine mammals, other exhibits throughout the Aquarium, and more.