Last weekend my family decided that we wanted to spend the day in Boston. There is so much to do in the city, so we like to get the kiddos in there as much as we can. Since it was a lovely day out, we decided to take the new Cultural Connector, which is a first-of-its-kind water transportation service that provides a water shuttle linking Boston’s waterfront cultural destinations.
The Cultural Connector can bring you to six different cultural destinations on Boston’s historic waterfront:
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Tea Party Ships and Museum
- New England Aquarium
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Faneuil Hall
- USS Constitution and Museum
We decided that we wanted to spend our day at New England Aquarium
I have been to the New England Aquarium many times over the course of my life. My very first school field trip was to the aquarium (kindergarten) and I love that the aquarium really hasn’t changed much over all these years.
As soon you you walk into the aquarium, the penguins are the first thing you see. They are so cute.
During our visit we were able to watch some of the aquarium employees carefully washing and scrubbing the penguin habitat with soap & scrub brushes. I never really gave much thought to how everything got cleaned, but it was nice to see how much care they were taking.
After we spent some time watching the several different species of penguins who live at the aquarium, we went to see the Atlantic Harbor Seals, which is an outdoor exhibit.
Next we went into check out what was living inside the Giant Ocean Tank, which is four-stories tall. At its deepest point, the tank goes down 26 feet, it is 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water. Inside the tank we saw Myrtle the green sea turtle, dozens of species of fish, barracuda, stingrays, moray eels and some sharks.
Another cool thing we got to see that was were several divers inside the Giant Ocean Tank hand-feeding the sea life that lives in there. We watched them for quite a while.
We made our way to the top of the Giant Ocean Tank and watched the sharks & rays who swam up at the top for a while.
The Edge of the Sea Touch Tank was really popular with my boys. They loved touching all the starfish and hermit crabs who live in there.
The highlight of the day, though, was definitely the Shark and Ray Touch Tank….well at least for my 10 year old. My little guy said that the rays were slimy and quickly lost interest.
We had so much fun at the aquarium and absolutely loved taking the Cultural Connector. Keep in mind, the last boat sailed on Labor Day, but if you’re in the city next summer, it’s an awesome way to get around. You can hop on and off all day – or choose a single connection .
- One way between any two destinations: $5.00
- All-day fare for unlimited on-and-off travel between various destinations: $15.00
- Children three years of age and under: FREE
Stops for the Cultural Connector include Central Wharf, Fan Pier and Fort Point Channel, Boston.
**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission for the New England Aquarium and the Cultural Connector. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**