The centerpiece of the Boston Waterfront, the fantastic New England Aquarium brings the underwater above ground. Here, thousands of turtles, sharks swirl around a massive, 200,000-gallon coral reef tank. Other highlights include the vast penguin habitat, a stingray touch tank, an ethereal jellyfish exhibit and excellent marine mammal shows.
Next door, the Simons IMAX Theater has a full roster of sensory stimulating 3D films, most with an aquatic theme. It’s almost as real as being there — you just don’t get wet.
Do you need to feel the wind in your face? If so, sign up for a whale watch and get as close to marine life as you can without actually putting on a wet suit.