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Boston attractions are operating at reduced capacity and may be sold out or require a wait for the next available entry. We recommend making attraction reservations as soon as possible to ensure you can reserve your preferred time; visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for more details.

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Location & Hours

New England Aquarium

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Spring and Summer: Mon-Thu, 9am–5pm; Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am–6pm
Fall and Winter: Mon-Thu, 10am–5pm; Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am–6pm

Visit website to confirm current hours.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(617) 973-5200
neaq.org

Museum of Science

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
On the Charles River

Sat-Thu, 9am-5pm
Fri, 9am-9pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(617) 723-2500
(617) 589-0417 TTY
mos.org

Boston Harbor City Cruises

BOSTON HARBOR CITY CRUISES
One Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Across from the Long Wharf Marriott and steps from New England Aquarium

Daily departures vary with the season. Be sure to check website prior to planning your cruise.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.

(617) 227-4321
cityexperiences.com

Franklin Park Zoo

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO
1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121, USA

Open Daily
Apr 1-Sep 30: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Oct 1-Mar 31: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm
Last entry time: Winter, 2:30pm; Summer, 3:30pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
May close or close early for special events; visit website for current hours.

(617) 541-5466
franklinparkzoo.org

Harvard Museum of Natural History

HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
10-minute walk from Harvard Square

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

(617) 495-3045
hmnh.harvard.edu

CityPASS Admission

New England Aquarium

Aquarium admission

Some exhibits and experiences may be temporarily unavailable.

Museum of Science

General exhibit halls admission

Some amenities, experiences and exhibits may be temporarily unavailable.

Boston Harbor City Cruises

A 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise of Boston Harbor

Franklin Park Zoo

General admission

Harvard Museum of Natural History

General admission to all permanent and special exhibits and special programs, plus admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Harvard Museum of Natural History will be closed through 2020.

Highlights

New England Aquarium

  • Get a magical look at a Caribbean coral reef in the Giant Ocean Tank, with more than 3,000 carefully sculpted coral elements and more than 1,000 animals, including Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.
  • Dozens of penguins populate our rockhopper and African penguin colonies. Watch them hop, dive, and fly through the water.
  • View brilliantly colored tropical fish darting and swimming across the lush seascape of our 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling Indo-Pacific coral reef habitat. This immersive and captivating exhibit accentuates the dazzling colors of the ocean and helps visitors learn about these “rainforests of the sea” that are so essential to supporting thousands of species of fish, sea turtles, sharks, and other marine life.
  • See the northern fur seals and California sea lions frolic and play in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.

Museum of Science

  • Get an up-close view Cliff the Triceratops, a 65-million-year-old fossil discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004.
  • Take a journey inside the human body in the Hall of Human Life, where you’ll learn about breakthroughs in science that will change the way you engage with your biology and manage your health
  • Catch one of the live demonstrations that take place daily, from design challenges to live animal shows.
  • Explore the 700+ innovative and interactive exhibits for hands-on experiences that will entertain and educate minds of all ages.

Boston Harbor City Cruises

  • Get a unique perspective of the city and some of the best views of Boston's skyline and the natural beauty of the Harbor Islands.
  • Enjoy lively commentary on Boston’s history, character, sites, stories and more, provided by your onboard live narrator.
  • Cruise past the original Old North Church, where Paul Revere's famous "one if by land, and two if by sea" signal is said to have been sent, and view "Old Ironsides," the famous warship USS Constitution docked at Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • See the 1760s Gardiner Building, also located on Long Wharf. It once housed John Hancock's counting house and is the wharf's oldest surviving structure.
  • Board the boat on Long Wharf, where the first locomotive to arrive in America landed from England in 1830, and where Boston’s first cargo of bananas landed in 1871.

Franklin Park Zoo

  • See Masai giraffes graze the wide expanse of the Giraffe Savannah.
  • Enjoy a little slice of Australia—the land down under! Say “G’day Mate!” to kangaroos and emus on the Outback Trail. Don't forget to listen for the kookaburras, with their distinct call resembling human laughter.
  • Experience the majesty of the king of the jungle, the African lion, in several distinct ways: climb into a “crashed” land rover and come nose-to-nose with a lion sniffing around the hood of your car; exchange glances with these magnificent beasts through a glass at a ranger station, or peek at them from across a moat as they soak up the sun.
  • Listen to the hooting, cooing and whistling of the Bird's World exhibit, home to dozens of species of birds from around the globe, including tawny frogmouths, sunbitterns, Gouldian finches, and other indigenous birds from swamplands, scrublands and wetlands.
  • Enter the rarefied world of the rainforest, where dozens of free-flight birds swoop through lush greenery and rushing waterfalls in a habitat home to home to a wide range of animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, Baird’s tapirs, pygmy hippos, ocelots, and our western lowland gorillas—observed up close and personal at five glass viewing stations.
  • At Nature's Neighborhoods, watch red pandas as they climb and explore within their exhibit, enjoy a stroll through the walk-through aviary, and observe the flurry of activity within the always-active prairie dog exhibit.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • See the amazingly realistic Glass Flowers collection, with over 4,300 models on display representing more than 780 plant species. Don’t miss the new rotating exhibit Fruits in Decay, featuring detailed models of fruits in various stages of decay.
  • Find your birthstone gem in our expansive mineral gallery, featuring thousands of rare mineral specimens dating back to the beginning of our solar system.
  • Visit the Africa Gallery and see impressive mounted specimens of African wildlife collected over a century ago, including hippopotamus, lion, ostrich, hyena, gorilla, and a variety of rare animals from the island of Madagascar.
  • View dinosaurs in the paleontology gallery, including the first Triceratops skull ever discovered.
  • Explore recently added permanent exhibits including The Rockefeller Beetles, Sea Creatures in Glass Evolution, Climate Change, and Marine Life. All exhibits draw from Harvard University collections and reflect the most current scientific research.

CityPASS Entry

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

New England Aquarium

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at the Gift Shop.

Simons Theatre Giant Screen: Upgrade to a combo ticket for $5 and enjoy a giant screen experience. See current schedule.

Whale Watch Cruise: April-October only. Additional cost required for CityPASS holders; see details.

Museum of Science

Simulator Experience: Cost for CityPASS guests: $6 adult, $6 child (3-11)

4D Theater: Cost for CityPASS guests: $6 adult, $6 child (3-11)

Charles Hayden Planetarium: Cost for CityPASS guests: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $16 adult, $14 child (3-11).

Mugar Omni Theater (IMAX®): Cost for CityPASS guests: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $16 adult, $14 child (3-11).

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at the Museum of Science Gift Shop.

Boston Harbor City Cruises

$3 off New England Aquarium Whale Watch Cruise: CityPASS guests receive $3 off a New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises. See details here. Upgrade at the Boston Harbor Cruises ticket booth.

Franklin Park Zoo

Behind the Scenes Tour: Meet some amazing animals and have your questions answered by experienced Zoo educators on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, available for an additional fee starting at $150 (book at least two weeks in advance). Ask for details at admission booth.

10% off Your Purchase: 10% off a purchase of $25 of more at the Franklin Park Zoo Gift Shop.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

10% off Your Purchase: Save 10% at the Natural History Museum Shop on a purchase of $25 or more (not including sale merchandise).

Advice for Visitors

New England Aquarium

Tips:
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Gift Shop: Aquarium Gift Shop

Best time to visit: Visitors are encouraged to arrive at opening time to avoid crowds.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible elevators, restrooms, and ramps; wheelchair Simons Theatre seating; hearing and visually impaired services, see details. Handicap parking available in area garages, such as the Harbor Garage. Drop-off space at Aquarium Plaza.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 973-5206 at least 24 hours before arriving at the Aquarium.

Museum of Science

Tips:
  • Don't miss live daily demonstrations; most are free with CityPASS admission.
  • To book upgrades, you can: purchase ahead of arrival on mos.org; purchase at the self-serve kiosks by the ticket windows upon arrival; or purchase at the box office upon arrival. In addition, you can purchase the Butterfly Garden and the 4D Theatre upgrades at e-kiosks located right outside of those venues.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Museum Café
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store

Best time to visit: Start your day at the museum at 9am.

Accessibility: All attractions accessible by elevator or escalator. Limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters available at Information Booth on first-come, first-served basis. Services provided for visual and hearing impaired; see details.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Group visits are currently unavailable.

Boston Harbor City Cruises

Tips:
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to boarding time.
  • We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out. Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425) to make your reservation.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen if riding on the open upper deck.
  • If availability and space allow, CItyPASS guests may choose to take a USS Constitution Cruise or a Sunset Classic Cruise in lieu of the Historic Sightseeing Cruise.
  • Cruises have plenty of comfortable indoor space and are a great way to see the sights of Boston from the water during cooler weather.
Amenities:
  • On-board Concessions: A full line of food and drink is offered aboard our cruise vessels.

Accessibility: Boston Harbor City Cruises is dedicated to providing excellent service to customers of all abilities. Their goal is to provide a water transportation system that is safe, dependable and inclusive, thereby expanding the transportation options available to all their customers, including those with disabilities.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (877) SEE-WHALE to make a reservation at least one day in advance of arrival.

Franklin Park Zoo

Amenities:
  • Dining: Giddy-Up Grill, Kalahari Kitchen (seasonal), outdoor picnic locations available
  • Gift Shop: Things Wild Gift Shop

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Accessibility: Click here for information on accessiblity.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Tips:
  • Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • Visit hmnh.harvard.edu for information on parking, special exhibitions, free lectures, special events, family days, and museum classes.
  • The Great Mammal Hall features a giraffe, zebra, sloths, lemurs, and six whales hanging from the ceiling.
  • Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square.
  • Gift Shops: The Shop at HMNH

Accessibility: The Harvard Museum of Natural History is dedicated to accessibility for all visitors. The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor. The museum's front entrance at 26 Oxford Street is not accessible. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building at the North Entrance.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341 in advance of arrival.

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