New England Aquarium and Skywalk Observatory
By Izhar Alonso |
Boston invites you to live unique experiences: from the bottom of the ocean at the New England Aquarium, to the sky, at the Skywalk Observatory.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BOSTON
Boston is one of the most important cities in the region of New England, located northeast of the United States, and it stands out thanks to the great tourist offer it has for its visitors. That’s why, today, DINKtravelers invites you to go to two places you can’t miss if you travel to the capital city of the state of Massachusetts: the New England Aquarium and the Skywalk Observatory.
NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
The New England Aquarium invites visitors to learn about and become aware of the importance of world marine species protection. Plans for its construction began in 1962, and Peter Chermayeff, a specialist in aquarium design, was the mind behind this work.
The New England Aquarium opened to the public in 1969, fifteen years after they closed the Aquatic Museum of South Boston in 1954. For a port city like Boston, opening an attraction such as this meant a lot, especially when it started receiving thousands of visitors per year.
While you are in this aquarium you’ll feel as if you were in the middle of the ocean waters when you visit the exhibit of jellyfish. Also, you’ll meet over 20,000 penguins. The aquarium’s suggested route will make you ascent to the top of the Giant Ocean Tank, a tube-shaped tank that exhibits species from the Caribbean reefs and that was the biggest in the world in the year when it was inaugurated, in 1970.
At the New England Aquarium you’ll get to live unique experiences such as touching stingrays or whale watching –between April and November. Also, you’ll love to learn that a number of peculiar animals have inhabited this aquarium; for example, the white lobster or Hoover, the seal that could speak. However, Myrtle, the marine turtle, is the most popular of them because it has lived in the aquarium since 1970 and is now over 80 years old. If you wish to swim next to it, you must reserve in advance.
In order to get to New England Aquarium, it’s best to take the Boston subway and get off at Aquarium Station, blue line. After exiting the station you’ll spot the aquarium right away. Later, after your visit, make a stop at the souvenirs shop and take home a cute submarine memory.
After your aquatic adventure in Boston, DINKtravelers invites you to live an experience at great heights, and if you are a fan of overlooks and observation decks, the Skywalk Observatory in Boston is one you can’t miss.
The Skywalk Observatory is located on the 50th level of the Prudential Tower, and climbing up to it is a unique experience because it’s the highest observation deck, open to the public, in all New England. From there you’ll be able to see the Public Garden in Boston and even the Red Sox Stadium.
After its inauguration in 1964, and with its 228 meters, it was one of the tallest buildings in the world, together with some of New York’s skyscrapers. However, nowadays, around Prudential Tower, which was designed by Charles Luckman, you will find taller buildings. Still, what you mustn’t forget is that this titan rose thanks to the efforts Boston city made to stand out.
In order to get to Prudential Tower take the subway and get off at Prudential Station. Then, enter Prudential Center, a very important shopping center in the area, and follow the signage that leads to the lift that takes you to Skywalk Observatory.
As soon as you reach the observatory get an audio guide. It will help you understand what you’ll see through the different windows that make up the 360° view. Also, you’ll learn some historical facts about Boston and, surely, it will help you make a list of the places you’ll want to visit after exiting Skywalk Observatory.
Remember that on the 52nd level, the highest in Prudential Tower, there’s a restaurant where you can sit and have lunch while enjoying an unparalleled view.