Attractions May 02, 2019
You Can Pet Real Live Sharks And Sting Rays At The Largest Aquarium In Massachusetts
Though most people have probably never considered getting up close and personal with live sharks and stingrays, this awesome aquatic attraction in Massachusetts may change your mind. Here’s how you can pet and learn about real rays and sharks, no swimming required.
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The New England Aquarium is the largest in the state and home to an awesome "touch tank" filled.
A touch tank is basically like an aquatic petting zoo. Most only let you interact with small fish or mollusks, but this one is filled with real cownose rays , Atlantic rays, and epaulette sharks!
Visitors of all ages can walk right up to the edge of the tank, lower their hands in, and pet the creatures as they swim by. It’s not scary, promise!
You’ll be mesmerized by these sharks and rays as they glide gracefully through the clear water in the tank. The feel of shark skin is one you’ll never forget.
The exhibit opens daily at 9:30 a.m. and is accessible with admission to the aquarium. Besides the shark and ray tank, visitors can check out a smaller touch exhibit where you can pick up starfish and touch sea urchins.
Admission to the aquarium is $31 for adults and $22 for children. Kids under three, wheelchair users, people with visual impairments, and aquarium members can enter for free.
While you’re there, be sure to meet the aquarium’s penguin colony and stick around for the seal show!
You won’t ever forget your encounter with live sharks and stingrays at this epic aquarium.
This aquarium experience is sure to be memorable. Learn more about the touch tank at the New England Aquarium website
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Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA, 02110