The Boston Aquarium
Whale Watch, Seafood Dinner Series, Aqua Kids
A trip to the Aquarium is never complete without a live show, and the Boston Aquarium lifts the bar with its famous talking seals!
You may remember Hoover, the Aquarium’s first talking harbor seal who used to say things like, “how are you?” and “come over here." Well, Hoover passed away in 1985, but his grandson, Chacoda, is carrying on the tradition and learning some phrases right now.
Officially called the New England Aquarium, this is one of the top aquariums in the country. They have all kinds of educational and interactive programs, including an IMAX and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch. Although I haven't had a chance to do them yet, I particularly love the sound of their behind the scenes programs:
- Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Ages 5 and up, $14pp (plus aquarium admission), 30-45 minutes, up to groups of 10 people.
- Trainer for a Morning: Ages 9 and up, $150pp, maximum of 3 participants per session.
- I just got the tip-off that they're going to be offering new, more interactive programs very soon, so come back in the next few weeks to find out more!
Savvy Ways to do the Aquarium
- Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series: Cocktails, wine pairing, fresh seafood, special guest chefs (and a bit of education) - yum! $75pp. They only offer this one every couple months, so if seafood's your thing, you might want to plan a special trip to Boston around it.
- Aqua Kids Family Day: Friday mornings the Aquarium offers activities especially for families with young children in their Curious George Discovery Center. Free with Aquarium admission.
- Hungry? Keep your IMAX ticket if want to eat nearby. Present it at Sel de la Terre or Cheers Faneuil Hall for a discount.
- Don't Pay Full Price: Purchase a Boston CityPass, Go Select Pass or Go Boston Card and gain access to Boston Aquarium discounts.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf (close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market), Boston
Blue Line to Aquarium Station is closest, or
Orange Line to State Station, or
Green Line to Government Center Station, or
Red Line to South Station.
Aquarium Admission: $20.95, $18.95 Seniors, $12.95 kids 3-11
IMAX: $9.95, $7.75 kids and seniors.
They also have combo deals.
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