As a shark aggregations specialist, Alistair Economakis has traveled all over the world to encounter marine wildlife.
In his work, he has come face-to-face with some of the most majestic sea creatures to ever exist. But, such an adventure isn’t always possible for every animal lover — and that’s okay! It’s still possible to observe and admire the beauties of the ocean without diving into the deep blue sea directly! In New England alone, there are an array of aquariums and marine wildlife centers that you can visit. Each aquarium has its fair share of unique and alluring fish. If you want to explore the world’s sea creatures but don’t have a passport — fear not! New England is absolutely full of exciting sea creature sanctuaries for you to check out.
Here is Alistair Economakis’ master list of the top Aquariums to check out in New England:
- Maine State Aquarium (West Boothbay Harbor, Maine)
- Mount Desert Island Oceanarium (Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine)
- Seacoast Science Center (Rye, New Hampshire)
- Explore The Ocean World Oceanarium (Hampton, New Hampshire)
- Blue Ocean Discovery Center (Hampton, New Hampshire)
- Echo Leahy Center (Burlington, Vermont)
- Woods Hole Science Aquarium (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
- New England Aquarium (Boston, Massachusetts)
- Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
- Children’s Aquarium and Exploration Center of GFR (Fall River, Massachusetts)
- Biomes Marine Biology Center (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
- Exploration Center and Aquarium (Newport, Rhode Island)
- Block Island Maritime Institute (Block Island, Rhode Island)
- The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, Connecticut)
- Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Connecticut)
As an added bonus, a lot of Marine Biology-focused schools in New England have their own aquariums. Call ahead to find out if there is an aquarium available for public observation!
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