THE NEW AQUARIUM EXPERIENCE IS HERE
The Aquarium has renewed its main building to the core, and the iconic Giant Ocean Tank has undergone a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation. The new 200,000 gallon exhibit features crystal-clear views of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and thousands of tropical fishes. Your Aquarium adventure includes bustling penguin colonies, playful seals and the smooth skin of a cownose ray gliding under your fingertips. Complete your journey with Great White Shark 3D or Penguins 3D in IMAX (additional cost). The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers right in the heart of downtown Boston.
SEALS AND SEA LIONS AT PLAY
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center
The seals and sea lions are always at play. Get to know these energetic marine mammals with our special program guide, and learn how you can help them in the wild. Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber Northern fur seals lope in this beautiful open air exhibit space. Learn about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild, and get a new perspective on fitness with New Balance Foundation Fitness Friday training sessions!.
THE LARGEST SHARK AND RAY TOUCH TANK ON THE EAST COAST
The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals. Visitors to this new exhibit can reach out and gently touch the back of cownose rays, Atlantic rays and sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal-clear water. The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons.
INTRODUCING TIMED TICKETING
Choose the day and time that you want to visit the Aquarium from the comfort of your home! New timed ticketing means more freedom to plan your day. The excitement is already buzzing about this summer’s unveiling of the New Aquarium Experience. Grab your timed ticket online today, take advantage of special construction pricing and don''t miss your chance to see the Aquarium transforming before your eyes.
IMAX presentations in September include Deep Sea 3D, Penguins 3D as well as The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea which uses new underwater 3D technology to take you closer than you ever imagined into the heart of distant cities, home to many animals and plants. Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Continuing in September with IMAX will be Great White Shark 3D
Get ready for a shark''s eye view as you plunge straight into the underwater world of nature''s most renowned predator in Great White Shark 3D. See the science at work behind that fearsome toothy grin and discover the importance of this spectacular species. It''s an exhilarating shark''s eye view of the blue planet fit for the whole family on the largest screen in New England.
GO ON A WHALE WATCH!
Want to see where we keep the really big animals? The New England Aquarium is partnering with Boston Harbor Cruises to give visitors front-row seats to view the ocean''s most fascinating and magnificent animals. Join us! New England Aquarium Whale Watches leave Central Wharf several times a day. Fee: The cost is $45 for adults, $35 for children (3-11), $40 for seniors (64+) and $15 for children under 3.
September Programs at the New England Aquarium
BLUE DISCOVERIES FAMILY DAYS: Sharks
Saturday, September 21 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as often-overlooked inhabitants. Activities are included with Aquarium admission. For more information please visit us online.
Aquarium Lecture Series
Thursday, September 12
The Search for Jellyfish: Exploration Challenges, Accidental Encounters and (Painful) Lesson Learned
Kakani Katija, postdoctoral scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Thursday, September 19
Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World
Todd McLeish, author
*Book signing to follow
Thursday, September 26
Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Shifting Shorelines: The New Reality
John Englander, author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
SEA SQUIRTS PREVIEW: FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 TO 24 MONTHS: Mondays: September 16, 23, 30 October 7 9:30 am and 11:00 am
SEA SQUIRTS: PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 2 TO 4 YEARS OLD
Ocean Opposites: Explore the big and the small, the fast and the slow.
Tuesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Thursdays: September 12, 19, 26, October 3 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Ongoing activities at the New England Aquarium include Meet and Greet sessions with the Harbor Seals and Northern Fur Seals
Visitors can also arrange a Behind the Scenes Tour to get an inside view of what it takes to care for our animals and exhibits. Please call 617-973-5206 for reservations.