For our third and final day in Boston, it was time to visit the aquarium by the harbor: the New England Aquarium.
The New England Aquarium didn’t fully live up to those high expectations…. It was a neat place, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of expected more? being that this aquarium is in Boston’s Harbor? right there by the ocean? This was definitely the place to be if you like penguins – there were penguin islands all over the place!
So, add to the fact, the sharks are underwhelming represented, and the fact that the aquarium is NOT friendly to low-vision individuals (like myself) – I was hobbling all over the place, and it was crowded, crowded, crowded, this was not one of my favorite sightseeing stops…
We did walk the curlicue all the way to the top of the acclaimed 60-foot fish tank and watched some divers feed the turtles and clean the tank. I was hoping for some excitement – everybody chant with me, “Feed the sharks! Feed the sharks! Feed the sharks!” No such luck…. And then a lady passed out on the floor…. I was NOT hoping for that sort of excitement… She turned out to be fine, so nobody panic!
And, after lunch, we went to pet the manta rays.
Alex and Gregg also pet the manta rays, but the room was quite crowded by this time, so I was unable to get any great pics of them. And, not to be left out, I also pet a manta ray – they are wonderfully silky and slippery and very intuitive. The mantas would swim low and then raise up to bump your hand before disappearing again. Awesome creatures!
The aquarium visit only accounted for half of our day. The other half wasplanned for a trolley tour of Boston’s numerous neighborhoods and historic gems. That will have to wait for yet another day though. Thanks for your patience as I continue to photo-journal our summer vacation!
Happy that I got to see sharks (two are better than none) and Happy to pet the Mantas at the New England Aquarium!