Explore the Secret World of Penguins.
Come to the New England Aquarium this summer and learn all about those beloved birds that fly underwater-penguins! There are more than 80 birds and three different species in our colony. With their signature waddles and festive attire, it's amazing to watch them bounce around their island territories and rocket through the water of their 150,00-gallon exhibit.
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.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 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 Journey to the South Pacific, Great White Shark 3D, Penguins 3D and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D:
Great White Shark 3D
Get ready for a shark'seye 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 view of the blue planet fit for the whole family on the largest screen in New England.
ANIMAL ENCOUNTER PROGRAMS AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
Meet Myrtle — NEW
Myrtle the green sea turtle is our most famous resident. This brand new encounter gives you a deepunderstanding of her home—the New England Aquarium’s sparkling, fourstory centerpiece, the Giant Ocean Tank. You’ll start with a personalized tour spiraling up the exhibit’s ramp alongside Aquarium staff members who know Myrtle best. Leave the public exhibit path and slip behind the scenes for a guided peek at the science, technology, husbandry and food preparation necessary to manage this 200,000 gallon exhibit. Every day is different; you never know what you’ll see. The highlight of the whole experience is a chance to step out onto the platform where surface feedings take place. You might serve up fish to barracuda, krill to needlefish or even a head of lettuce to Myrtle herself.
Take a Dip - available until October
Come face to face with our charming seals and sea lions! This popular program gives you a behind the scenes look at the marine mammal exhibits to see and experience what it's like to be a trainer. Working side by side with a trainer, you'll find out what the animals eat and discover their unique personalities, favorite toys and special skills.
Take a Peek Behind the Tank
The gleaming exhibits on every floor of the New England Aquarium tell just a part of the story. Behind the scenes there are more fish tanks, plus pipes and hoses and food and a lot of hard work that goes into keeping the Aquarium running smoothly. The Behind the Scenes Tour gives you a personalized peek at the life behind the glass of one of our many galleries.
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 frontrow 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 $47 for adults, $36 for children (311),
$42 for seniors (65+) and $16 for children under 3.
Member discount applies. Combination admission with the New England Aquarium available. Purchase tickets at a BHC ticket center location or visit us online.
SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
BLUE DISCOVERIES FAMILY DAYS: Seals
Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling during this fun, familyfriendly
activity day. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as oftenoverlooked inhabitants. Activities are included with Aquarium admission. Learn more online.
AQUARIUM LECTURE SERIES:
Thursday, September 25
American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
Paul Greenberg, author, and Alex Hay, chief operating officer, Mac's Seafood, Cape Cod, MA
*Book signing to follow
Tuesday, September 30
Reversing the Tide of Plastic Oceans
Dr. Mike Biddle, founder and director, MBA Polymers, Inc.
SEA SQUIRTS PREVIEW
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 TO 24 MONTHS
Mondays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6 at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Sea Squirts Preview introduces you and your child to the wonders of the Aquarium and the ocean world.
Activities focus on developing motor skills, independence and socialization, as well as introducing your young one to new materials. Over the course of four weeks, your child will become more comfortable in the Aquarium classroom setting, and you will become more confident exploring the Aquarium with your children outside of class time. Classes run for one hour and include free play, circle time with songs, stories, art projects and a visit to the Aquarium exhibits.
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 2 TO 4 YEARS OLD
Ocean Motion: Can you swim like a fish? Walk like a crab? Dig like a clam? Float like a jelly?
Tuesdays: September 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1
Thursdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on
their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills such as observation and exploration.
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.
The New England Aquarium is open from 9am-5pm Sunday-Thursday and from 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday.