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New England Aquarium

From sea lions to sharks, this modern aquarium on Boston’s waterfront brings the ocean world to your fingertips. 

The jutting angles and glittering glass panels of the New England Aquarium exterior look almost like shards of ice cracking in Boston Harbor. Within its modern walls, get acquainted with the thousands of marine animals that call this aquarium home.

As you approach the entrance, you are greeted by harbor seals. Stand nearby to watch a training session and witness the extraordinary intelligence of these creatures.

The Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the aquarium. Sharks, turtles, stingrays and countless other creatures swim in this massive three-story fishbowl. As you walk around, inspect the side exhibits where you can get a closer look at specific species. Learn all about penguins on the first floor exhibit or head upstairs to discover the plants and animals of the Amazon rainforest.

Get even closer to the wildlife at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank. This crowd favorite allows you to touch epaulette sharks, Atlantic rays and other creatures in a simulated mangrove swamp.

Sit back and enjoy the show in the Simons IMAX Theatre. The theater screens 3-D films featuring animals that are either too rare or too dangerous to live in the New England Aquarium.

If you visit between April and October, take advantage of the Whale Watch. Go on the aquarium’s high-speed catamaran to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where you are guaranteed to see whales and dolphins.

Vsit the aquarium any day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Entry to the aquarium, IMAX Theatre and Whale Watch all require their own tickets, but combination tickets are available.

The aquarium is centrally located in the heart of Boston’s historic downtown waterfront. You can easily get here by foot, subway or car. If you’re driving, note that finding parking downtown can be difficult.


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Hyatt Regency Boston

One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is steps away from Boston Opera House and Downtown Crossing. The Freedom Trail and Boston Common are also within 10 minutes. Chinatown Station and Downtown Crossing Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    The Bostonian Boston AU$188
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    The Bostonian Boston

    26 North St, Boston, MA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Faneuil Hall Marketplace and New England Aquarium. TD Garden and Boston Common are also within 15 minutes. State St. Station and Haymarket Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      InterContinental Boston AU$330
      InterContinental Boston

      InterContinental Boston

      510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Boston Financial District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Boston Harbor, Boston Tea Party Ship, and Rowes Wharf. Boston Children's Museum and New England Aquarium are also within 10 minutes. Boston South Station is only a 4-minute walk and Aquarium is 9 minutes.

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        Boston Park Plaza

        50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arlington Station is only a 2-minute walk and Boylston Station is 8 minutes.

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          Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston

          54-68 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Boston Financial District, this hotel is steps away from Boston Massacre Site, The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market are also within 5 minutes. State St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Government Center Station is 4 minutes.

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            Club Quarters Hotel in Boston

            161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Downtown Crossing and The Freedom Trail. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market are also within 10 minutes. State St. Station and Downtown Crossing Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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              YOTEL Boston

              65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Seaport District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston Harbor, Boston Children's Museum and Boston Tea Party Ship. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and New England Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Aquarium is 13 minutes by foot and State St. Station is 15 minutes.

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                Harborside Inn Of Boston

                185 State St, Boston, MA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Boston Financial District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New England Aquarium, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The Freedom Trail and TD Garden are also within 15 minutes. Aquarium is only a 2-minute walk and State St. Station is 5 minutes.