New England Aquarium | Offers and Discounts (2023)

New England Aquarium | Offers and Discounts (1)

Offers and Discounts

  1. Membership Benefits

    All members enjoy:
    FREE
    • express admission, every day!
    • invitations to member-exclusive events
    • subscription toblue, our quarterly member magazine, and SeaMail, our monthly member e-newsletter

    DISCOUNTED
    • Aquarium admission for additional guests
    • New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets (see below)
    • Harbor View Café and Gift Shop purchases
    • fees at many area parking facilities
    • movie tickets
    • rates for Aquarium educational programs

    PLUS
    • waived handling fees on all ticket purchases!
    • opportunity to join New England Aquarium Dive Club—one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most active dive clubs!

    Learn more about our membership programs.

    Member discount on New England Aquarium Whale Watch trips.

    As with all member benefits, the number of discounted tickets you can purchase is determined by the number of Aquarium admissions permitted by your membership level. Discounted tickets may be purchased by telephone or in person at the New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth.

    Follow these instructions to receive your member discount on whale watch tickets:

    In Person
    Simply present your valid New England Aquarium membership card or purchase receipt at the New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth when you make your purchase.

    Telephone
    Call 617-227-4321 or (toll free) 877-SEE-WHALE (877-733-9425) to purchase your tickets. Please have your membership number ready.

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    Please Note: At least one member must be present and included in the admission count. Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and are revocable licenses. Discounted Aquarium admission for additional guests (not to exceed the number of guests permitted by your membership level) must be purchased in person by the member for same-day use. Movie passes are one-time use, expire on the same date as your membership, and cannot be accepted for special presentations or events. Membership benefits may not be used in conjunction with school or group trips.
  2. College Student Discount

    Online Redemption
    – Have your college ID ready
    – Purchase the Aquarium Experience by selecting a date, time, and giant screen theatre film.
    – Purchase Aquarium Admission only.
    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay) along with your college ID
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box Office with your college ID to receive your discount and to reserve a timeslot
    – All Cash sales need to be onsite

    If you have a valid college ID, you are eligible for discounted admission to the Aquarium and the Simons Theatre.

    The discount is valid for $2 off one full-priced adultAquarium admission ticketor$2 off ticketsfor standard presentations at theSimons Theatre. AnAquarium/movie combo ticket is also available. These discounts are available when you show a valid college ID at the ticket counter and cannot be purchased online.

  3. CityPASS

    New England Aquarium | Offers and Discounts (2)

    Spend less (47% less), experience more! Save on admission to top Boston’s top attractions: New England Aquarium and Museum of Science, as well (choice of two) Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Harbor Cruises’ Historic Sightseeing Cruise, and Harvard Museum of Natural History. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a nine-day period.

    Cost:
    Adult: $67 (a $126 value)
    Child (3–11): $56 (a $100 value)

    Purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device. Next, click on the travel guide link you receive in your mobile ticket email or visit https://www.citypass.com/guide/boston/howto and enter in order number/barcode and email to proceed with your reservation.

    You may also present your CityPASS at the Box Office to receive a digital ticket for the next available time slot, then proceed to the scanning station at that time. All cash sales need to be done onsite.

    Contact CityPASS Customer Care 888-330-5008 or chat on https://www.citypass.com for assistance making reservation.

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  4. Go Boston

    Phone Redemption
    – Make sure that you have your pass available
    – Call (617) 973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation using the information on your pass
    – Your Go Boston pass must be valid on the day of the visit
    – Please purchase any additional tickets necessary at this time
    – You will receive your confirmation via email
    – Arrive 15 minutes before your reserved time slot
    – Present your Go Boston pass and New England Aquarium confirmation email at the Box Office to receive your digital ticket
    – Proceed to scan station
    Onsite
    – Present your Go Boston pass at the Box Office to receive a digital ticket for the next available time slot
    – Proceed to the scanning station
    – All cash sales need to be onsite

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    Prices vary depending on length of pass purchased.

    Buy a Go Boston Card.

  5. Military Discounts

    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay) along with your Military ID or proof of veteran status
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box Office with your Military ID or proof of veteran status to receive your discount and to reserve a timeslot
    – All Cash sales need to be onsite

    Active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents receive a discount on Aquarium admission. Adults receive $10 off admission, and children receive $5 off. This discount does not apply to nondependent guests coming with military personnel. Both active-duty military personnel and their dependents need to show their military ID or military dependent card (orange/red) to receive the discount for themselves and their children. If the military personnel are not present, the spouse may show his or her military dependent card (orange/red) and a photo ID and get the discount for themselves and their children.

    U.S. military veterans receive $2 off adult or senior Aquarium admission tickets by presenting proof of veteran status such as a DD forms, an NGB form, or a veteran’s ID card.

  6. Teacher Passes

    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit
    – Purchase any additional tickets at this time and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay)
    – Proceed to scan station
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box office with your Teacher Pass to reserve a timeslot
    – All cash sales need to be onsite if purchasing any additional tickets

    Massachusetts Teacher Association or Boston Teachers Union card holders receive free Aquarium admission for themselves if they show their MTA card at the ticket booth.

    We are no longer accepting new or renewal applications for our Teacher Pass Program. Existing teacher pass participants are able to still use their benefits at this time. Teacher passes expire two years from application date.Call Reservations at 617-973-5206 to reserve your timed ticket.

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    Library Coupons

    Redemption
    – Library patrons present their coupons on-site at the Aquarium ticket booth. Once tickets are issued, library patrons will be admitted to the Aquarium. Reservations not required.

    Many Massachusetts public libraries have Aquarium coupons available for library patrons. The 2021-2022 program runs from September 1, 2021, through August 31, 2022, and excludes Thanksgiving (November 25, 2021) and Christmas (December 25, 2021).Coupons to the Aquarium will be valid only on the date printed on the coupon. Each coupon admits up to four people for a reduced admission of 50% off per person. The discount applies to full-price adult and child admission rates, and payment is due at the time of purchase. Children under the age of 3 are not included in the admission count and are always admitted free. Boston Public Library coupons admit up to four people free of charge. Call your local library to see if it participates in the program, has available coupons, and for more information.

    Libraries, learn more about the Aquarium’s discount passes program »

  8. Bulk Ticket and Consignment Programs

    Online Redemption
    – Make sure that you have your passes available
    Redeem tickets here by selecting a date and time
    Phone Redemption
    – Make sure that you have your pass available
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation using the information on your passes
    – Purchase any additional tickets at this time and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay)
    – Proceed to scan station
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box office with your passes to reserve a timeslot
    – All cash sales need to be onsite if purchasing any additional tickets
    Pre-Purchase Bulk Ticket Program

    The most substantial discounts are provided in the pre-purchase bulk ticket program. Clients get a discount of up to 25% off the general admission rate, depending on the number of tickets ordered.

    Pre-Purchased Tickets Include:

    • Express entry: no waiting in line!
    • A discount of up to 30% off the general admission rate

    General Guidelines

    • When used, tickets provide express, but not immediate entry. Visitors bypass the general ticket line.
    • Tickets have a one-year expiration date, from the order date, and cannot be returned for a refund at any time. Combination tickets must be used on the same day, no credit will be given for an unused portion of a ticket.

    To qualify, a client must:

    • Order tickets by fax or mail using the forms in the pre-purchase ticket packet. (pdf)
    • Refer groups of 10 or more visiting together to the Group Sales department of the New England Aquarium at 617-973-5206
    Consignment Ticket Programs

    Attractive discounts are also provided in the consignment ticket program.

    • Clients get a discount of approximately 15 to 25% off the general admission price by generating 100 ticket sales in a 12-month period. Tickets are taken on consignment and require 25 tickets per order. There are two consignment ticket programs — corporate consignment and hotel package consignment.
    • Tickets provide express, but not immediate entry; they allow visitors to bypass the general ticket line.

    To qualify, consignees must:

    • Generate at least 100 ticket sales in the 12-month period to continue as a consignee
    • Order tickets via fax or mail using the guidelines and forms in the consignment ticket packet(pdf). All shipping costs will be charged to the consignee; options include Priority Mail for $7.75, FedEx (rates vary) or courier for $7.75. Orders will be sent within one week.
    • Meet the minimum ticket order of 25 per ticket type (Aquarium only, movie only, or combo) and age category (adult or child)
    • Refer groups of 10 or more visiting together to the Group Sales department of the Aquarium at 617-973-5206

    Consignment tickets:

    • Cannot be altered in any way
    • Will carry an expiration date of December 31 of the year of purchase. Tickets will be traded and theaccount will be settled at the expiration time. A new supply of tickets will be sent to youafter we receive the final payment and all unsold tickets by certified mail or FedEx.
    • Will be printed with a serial number, expiration date, and generaladmission instructions
  9. EBT/WIC Card Holders

    Online Redemption
    Click here to search for available tickets.
    – Make a reservation for your visit and provide payment (credit card only). Please note: Check your selected date and time carefully, as all ticket sales are final and will be honored only on the date and time noted.
    – You will receive your tickets via email.
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay) along with your EBT/WIC card and please be prepared to present both, along with a photo ID for entry to the Aquarium.
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box Office with your EBT/WIC card to receive your discount and to reserve a timeslot. Please note: Due to limited capacity, some days, such as weekends, sell out in advance, and therefore entry is not guaranteed.
    – All Cash sales need to be onsite.

    Show your Massachusetts EBT or WIC card plus a photo ID and receive up to four admission tickets at a discounted rate of $5 per person (as of July 1, 2018). Available to Massachusetts residents only and valid any day the Aquarium is open. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Not valid for whale watches or at the Simons Theatre. The Aquarium does not process EBT transactions—cash or other payment must be provided. For questions, call Reservations at 617-973-5200.

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  10. MBTA Charlie Card

    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay) along with your MBTA Charlie Card
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box Office with your MBTA Charlie Card to receive your discount and to reserve a timeslot
    – All Cash sales need to be onsite

    Taking public transportationis the ocean-friendly way to get to the Aquarium! Show yourMBTACharlie Card* and receive $2 off Aquarium admission. This offer is good for $2 off one general admission (adult, child, senior) to the Aquarium with aMBTACharlie Cardand may not be combined with other offers.*Note: this discount pertains to the plasticmonthly cardonly.

  11. AAA Members

    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay) along with your AAA Card
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box Office with your AAA Card to receive your discount and to reserve a timeslot
    – All Cash sales need to be onsite

    AAA members receive $2 off Aquarium admission by presenting a valid AAA membership card at the Box Office. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or coupons and is not valid for movie or whale watch. The offer is valid for up to four (4) admissions per valid AAA membership card, has no cash value, and is not valid for tickets purchased online.

  12. New England Non-Profit Organizations Reciprocity

    Phone Redemption
    – Call 617-973-5200 to speak with Reservations
    – Make a reservation for your visit
    – Purchase any additional tickets at this time and provide payment (credit card only)
    – You will receive your tickets via email
    – Bring your tickets on the date of your visit (digital is okay)
    – Proceed to scan station
    Onsite
    – Go to the Box office with your photo ID to reserve a timeslot
    – All cash sales need to be onsite if purchasing any additional tickets

    The Aquarium is pleased to offer complimentary admission to employees of the participating organizations of the New England Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations reciprocity offering. The offer is valid for participating consortium employees only, you may purchase additional online tickets for guests. An employee ID is required at the scan station. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or coupons and is not valid for movie or whale watch. Please contact your Human Resources department to determine if your non-profit organization is a participant of the reciprocity offering.

  13. Accessibility

    Visitors using wheelchairs and visitors with visual impairments are welcome at the Aquarium free of charge. American with Disabilities Act (ADA) defined service dogs are also welcome, but must be always under control due to the nature of the facility and the animals under our care.

FAQs

Can I use my EBT card at the Boston Aquarium? ›

The Aquarium does not process EBT transactions—cash or other payment must be provided. For questions, call Reservations at 617-973-5200.

How long does it take to go through the New England Aquarium? ›

Visitors should plan to spend two hours at the New England Aquarium. This will give you enough time to explore the animal exhibits and touch tanks. You should plan for more time if you want to take the whale watch tours, which last three to four hours, or the IMAX films, which last between 35 and 45 minutes.

Do you need to be vaccinated to go to the Boston Aquarium? ›

Is vaccination required to enter the Aquarium? The City of Boston's vaccination mandate has been lifted, so proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry to the Aquarium and Simons Theatre.

Do you have to wear a mask at the Boston Aquarium? ›

MASK POLICY

The City of Boston has lifted its indoor mask mandate. Face coverings are encouraged for Aquarium guests, however they are no longer required on Aquarium property.

Can I bring a backpack to the New England Aquarium? ›

Bag size. Any bag larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches will not be permitted, with the exception of diaper bags and carriers for medical supplies. Bags, strollers, backpacks, and packages are subject to inspection.

Does Boston aquarium have sharks? ›

This 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave habitat showcases some of the most dazzling colors of the ocean. Watch our cownose rays, Atlantic rays, and epaulette sharks as they swim through The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank.

How much is the entrance fee to sea Aquarium? ›

While S.E.A Aquarium ticket price can be anywhere between S$41 and S$150, you can enjoy various discounts if you book through us. Thus, by booking S.E.A Aquarium tickets in advance, you can save both time and money!

Is the Boston Aquarium the same as the New England Aquarium? ›

The New England Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November.

What animals are at the Boston Aquarium? ›

New England Aquarium

Does New England Aquarium have reciprocal membership? ›

Does the Aquarium have reciprocity with other institutions? No, we do not maintain reciprocal admission agreements with any other institutions at this time.

What is the New England Aquarium Dive Club? ›

We are sport divers, marine scientists, SCUBA instructors and just people who love the ocean! Join us for fabulous speakers and more the 3rd Wednesday of each month at our meetings at the New England Aquarium. See our website for details.

How far is the Aquarium from North Station Boston? ›

How far is it from North Station to New England Aquarium? The distance between North Station and New England Aquarium is 4896 feet.

Are cameras allowed in the Boston aquarium? ›

Yes, cameras are allowed.

Are aquariums ethical? ›

Certified zoos and aquariums are ethical institutions that enrich and ultimately protect the lives of animals, both in human care and in the wild. And today, the need for intensive conservation campaigns is more urgent than ever before.

Can dogs go to the Boston aquarium? ›

Only ADA-defined service dogs are allowed entry to the Aquarium.

Does the New England Aquarium have sea otters? ›

Surrounding the GOT are various pools that house penguins, sea lions and otters. There are also fresh water and northern water galleries that introduce visitors to the coastal, Amazonian and tropical habitats where these animals thrive. The Harbor Seal exhibit is located in front of the building.

What part of Boston is the Aquarium in? ›

The Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, near Long Wharf and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market.

Can you bring a backpack into the Baltimore Aquarium? ›

The Baltimore Aquarium allows guests to bring small backpacks. Since they don't have any explicit size restrictions, following the 12” x 12” x 12” general size restriction for backpacks mandated by other aquariums.

Where is the biggest Aquarium in the US? ›

Georgia Aquarium | Atlanta, GA

Not only a top aquarium in the USA, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is also the largest in the country at an astounding 10 million gallons.

Can you touch the stingrays at the Boston Aquarium? ›

The Shark and Ray Touch Tank is one of the most popular exhibits at the Aquarium. Here you can calmly reach your hand into the tank and touch the smooth skin of a stingray or the rough skin of a shark as they glide by.

Why did New England Aquarium get rid of sharks? ›

When the renovated tank opened last June, the sand tiger sharks, 8-foot behemoths that swam slowly past the windows for generations of visitors, were not included in the new exhibit. That is because the new Giant Ocean Tank is designed to replicate a Caribbean reef, and that species would not typically be found there.

Can I buy Sea Aquarium tickets at the counter? ›

You can buy tickets at the counter. However, the price may be higher.

Can I bring food into sea aquarium? ›

Things to keep in mind before visiting S.E.A Aquarium

Since it may take a few hours to visit the aquarium, some of you may think of bringing in your own food and drink inside. Unfortunately, it is not permitted to eat and drink insideS.

How long do people spend in sea aquarium? ›

3 hours will be good time to spend in the aquarium.

Does Boston aquarium have whales? ›

Just look at what other passengers have seen! This area is home to several kinds of large whales, including acrobatic humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, as well as pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. White-sided dolphins may also put in an appearance.

Is Boston aquarium all indoors? ›

It is 90% indoors.

Is the Boston Aquarium the biggest? ›

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United States. The attraction holds more than 11 million gallons of water. One of these tanks holds 6.3 million gallons of water on its own.

Does New England Aquarium have puffins? ›

The New England Aquarium traded 800 mackerel for 12 puffins. Under the endangered species act, buying or selling an endangered animal requires a permit.

Does Boston Aquarium have manatees? ›

EXHIBITSManatees

Our manatees, Hugh & Buffett, are two of the most charismatic residents in the Aquarium. You can find them munching on their lunches around noon daily—they eat 72 to 84 heads of romaine lettuce each day!

What is unique about New England Aquarium? ›

Opened on the Boston waterfront in 1969, the New England Aquarium is one of the world's first modern aquariums. Visitors can explore the oceans and visit thousands of marine animals in four levels of world-class exhibits.

Is Brookfield Zoo a reciprocal zoo? ›

There are some zoos that choose not to be part of the reciprocal program and are not included on this list such as Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and all Sea World locations.

Is Brookfield Zoo AZA accredited? ›

Brookfield Zoo is an accredited facility of the AZA in good standing.

Can you dive in the Boston aquarium? ›

Diving in the GOT is an unbelievable experience. We swam all around the tank, from top to bottom, and took coral swim throughs into areas of the tank you just won't see standing from the outside looking in. The fish were curious and very friendly, getting close enough you could have touched them. Myrtle, the 600+ lb.

What T stop is Boston Aquarium? ›

The closest stations to Aquarium are: Pearl St @ High St is 120 yards away, 2 min walk. Long Wharf North is 338 yards away, 5 min walk.

How far is Museum of Science from North Station? ›

Train stations near Museum Of Science in Boston
Station NameDistance
North Station8 min walkVIEW
17 Aug 2022

How long do people spend at the Aquarium? ›

It takes about 2-2.5 hours on average but it does vary from guest to guest! over a year ago. It really depends on how patient you are/your interest in the exhibit, as well as your tolerance to crowded areas with people constantly pushing and shoving you to get in front of the aquariums. I'd say around 1.5-2.5 hours max ...

How long do you spend at an Aquarium? ›

It's a place that you can relax and go at your own pace, but I would allow 3-4 hours to see all the exhibits.

What T stop is the New England Aquarium? ›

The closest subway stop is just 100 yards from the Aquarium. It is the Aquarium stop on MBTA's Blue Line.

How far is the Aquarium from North Station Boston? ›

How far is it from North Station to New England Aquarium? The distance between North Station and New England Aquarium is 4896 feet.

How long does it take to get around SEA LIFE? ›

Your visit will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the speed you wish to go around the attraction. However, this depends completely on you and how long you would like to enjoy our underwater world.

How long can you stay in SEA LIFE? ›

On average it will take about one to two hours enjoy the full SEA LIFE experience. However, you can spend as long as you'd like with our marine creatures. Your general admission ticket does not permit re-entry.

How long does SEA LIFE last? ›

The tour takes approximately 2 hours, without counting the entering queue ... I recommend you to buy your tickets online, you'll save money and avoid the other queue,the one for the ticketing desk ;-) over a year ago.

How long are Ripley's tickets good for? ›

Tickets are good for one year from the date of purchase.

Do you have to wear a mask at the OdySea Aquarium? ›

Wear a mask to stay safe

OdySea requires guests 6 years and older to wear masks to keep you, other guests, their team and the animals safe. Face shields can also be purchased directly from OdySea as an accommodation.

How long does it take to walk through Ripley's Aquarium? ›

How long does it take to get through the aquarium? The experience takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Does the blue line go underwater? ›

The Blue Line (nee the Dearborn Subway) actually runs beneath the city's namesake river twice — once under Lake Street and once under Congress Parkway.

What neighborhood is the Boston Aquarium in? ›

Waterfront. A classic part of the city tucked behind Faneuil Hall on the harbor front, with a highlight of the popular Boston Aquarium.

What T stop is Boston Aquarium? ›

The closest stations to Aquarium are: Pearl St @ High St is 120 yards away, 2 min walk. Long Wharf North is 338 yards away, 5 min walk.

How far is Museum of Science from North Station? ›

Train stations near Museum Of Science in Boston
Station NameDistance
North Station8 min walkVIEW
17 Aug 2022

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