After months of being home without travel plans, a visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA was the perfect opportunity for a fun and exciting adventure. It turned out to be a safe activity that provided a positive educational time for us all.
For as long as we’ve been living in the northeast, I’m embarrassed to admit that this was our very first time visiting the New England Aquarium. I honestly don’t know why we hadn’t been before. And of course at a time where we are dealing with a virus, I certainly didn’t know what to expect.
With so many changes and unknowns taking place, I couldn’t help but wonder how restrictions would ultimately affect our visit. Much to our surprise, it was refreshing to visit the aquarium without hassles or limitations that I had only imagined would interfere. I can sum up our visit in two words, “beautifully organized!”
The Aquarium has taken measures to ensure visitors have a safe and fun experience. I can not stress enough how great our visit was! A good thing to know is that the aquarium implemented a one-way visitor flow. This is a great way to direct traffic without commotion while avoiding crowd buildup. Because this was our first visit, we’ll never know what it was like before. The flow was very well organized and there were plenty of guides available to help with questions or concerns. Also available were plenty of signage to direct our walk. They doubled as semi-guides throughout the exhibits as well. The limited entry, and/or view-only (no-touch) exhibits were without intrusion while allowing guests information about individual displays.
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to African penguins. There you can witness a wide range of exhibits, including the largest shark and ray touch tank (currently no-touch) on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.
We had, to say the least, an amazing afternoon visiting the New England Aquarium. Clearly the photos on this post doesn’t do them justice. Visiting the aquarium and witnessing all of the natural underwater beauty can’t be put into words, nor do the images reflect the experience we had. There is so much to see and enjoy in real time and the wonder of it all that is intelligent creation can’t be measured.
Summer is in high gear and while we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, safety precautions have been taken to allow everyone to enjoy a visit to the aquarium. Follow this link for more information about the New England Aquarium or to purchase tickets.
Note As a safety precaution, the Aquarium has implemented a timed-ticketing system, whereby every visitor, including members, must select a time slot when purchasing tickets. Also, the New England Aquarium has carefully monitored and complied with all guidance from the CDC and has worked closely with officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to implement safety measures to protect public health. Such measures include admitting fewer people into the building than usual and requiring staff and guests to wear facial coverings.
Special thanks to New England Aquarium for inviting us. All views and opinions are strictly my own.