The New England Aquarium is one of the best sights to see in Boston and a perfect Weekendtrip idea for any family.
Located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA, the aquarium’s construction initially began in 1962 with its principal architect being Peter Chermayeff of Cambridge Seven Associates. The building was opened to the public in 1969 and its Giant Ocean Tank officially opened in 1970.
Four years later, in 1974, a multi-storied ship, Discovery, was anchored next to the site of the Aquarium. Primarily serving as a floating mammal pavilion for the aquarium (as the lack of land limited the aquarium’s ability to expand), the ship hosted dolphins until the mid 1990s until it was retired in the mid-2000s because of old age and the high cost of maintenance.
In 1984, the Giant Ocean Tank was redesigned and a replica of the Caribbean coral reef was added. The Aquarium’s West Wing was finished in 1998 and the steel and glass addition currently features the harbor seal exhibit, ticketing booth, changing exhibit galleries, gift shop and café.
The Aquarium also currently features an IMAX Theatre that first opened its doors in 2001 and features a 6 story high screen that is 85 feet wide by 65 feet high.
In 2003, the Aquarium opened Amazing Jellies, a $1.9 million, 12 tank jellyfish exhibit.
The Aquarium is currently in the midst of yet another renovation. Animals from around the world include eels, penguins, sharks and other tropical fish. There are more than 800 marine species available to meet.
Additional highlights include:
- The Front Plaza features resident harbor seals
- Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years
- The largest touch tank on the East Coast with more than 100 animals including cownose rays, Atlantic rays and sharks
For more information about the New England aquarium, visit neaq.org