I received complimentary tickets to the New England Aquarium as part of my relationship with Stonyfield. All writing, opinions and photography are my own.
Last Saturday we headed up to Boston for an afternoon of fun at the New England Aquarium. I hadn’t been to the aquarium since I was a child, and things have definitely changed since then! Before heading to the aquarium, we made a stop at the Boston Public Market to grab lunch.
I kept hearing about the Bon Me food truck from my husband (who works in Boston several days a week!), and I had been dying to try it out. As luck would have it, there was a Bon Me stall at the Boston Public Market, so I jumped at the chance to sample the salad with spice rubbed chicken and spicy peanut dressing. It was DELICIOUS, and the boys loved their kids’ rice bowls with the spice rubbed chicken. I would definitely recommend a stop there or at one of their food trucks for super flavorful Vietnamese cuisine.
After we fueled up, we made the walk over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and then to the aquarium. It was tempting to take a ride on the carousel, but since we had to take a train home at 3:35, we hustled over to the New England Aquarium. I was so glad our tickets were inside at the ticket booth, because there was an impressive line at the ticket booth! Saturday is a VERY popular day to visit the aquarium, so if avoiding the crowd is important, I might suggest a weekday visit.
After heading into the aquarium, we started in the penguin exhibit–checking out the three different species (there are over 80 penguins!). We then walked the spiral path along the Giant Ocean Tank. It’s about 25 feet deep and holds 200,000 gallons of water and over 1,000 marine animals! Our favorite was Myrtle, the green sea turtle who has been at the New England Aquarium since 1970. Her age is estimated at 90 years, and the boys loved watching her have her snack of romaine lettuce!
We perused the rest of the exhibits and then headed down to the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, where you can touch cownose rays, Atlantic rays, and epaulette sharks. Lastly we visited the sea lions and northern fur seals. It was a beautiful afternoon with a gorgeous view of the water outside the aquarium. With temps in the low 80s and lots of sun, it was tough to head back to South Station for the train ride home!
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