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Renovated fish tank wows at the New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium on Boston’s waterfront has always been the coolest place to spend a day – with or without the kids – but now it’s even better. Last summer, the aquarium completed renovations to its centerpiece exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank.

More than 1,000 sea creatures now live in this 200,000-gallon tank, which has windows at multiple levels so visitors can come eye-to-eye with stingrays, barracuda, moray eels, boxfish, porcupine fish, orange filefish and scores of other inhabitants typically found near a Caribbean coral reef. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, you can watch Myrtle the green sea turtle munch on Brussels sprouts (her favorite) and observe scuba divers descending to the depths of the tank to serve shrimp and squid to loggerhead turtles, Southern stingrays, and other bottom-dwellers.

The $17 million update also includes the Yawkey Coral Reef Center, a gallery that offers a close-up look at lesser-known coral reef species, and the Blue Planet Action Center, an exhibit area highlighting the effects of climate change on the fragile ocean environment.

Of course, all the longtime favorite aquarium residents are still on view, including the seals and sea lions, penguins, jellyfish, lobsters, seadragons, and more.

Best of all, it’s easy and convenient to get to the New England Aquarium via subway – visit the website for directions. Staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? The Red Line stop is right across the street. Click here for more information or to book a room.

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