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Nantucket Aquarium

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Address: 28 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3849
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+1 508-228-5387
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

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Very small aquarium, but worth the time! Learned about the Killifish, and the distinction between their markings/stripes; the little, green, boxy, toxic fish. Also about the... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Chelmsford, MA
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Burlington, Connecticut
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129 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

It was really small for the $. You can't spend more than 15 minutes there and the kids working were not very helpful. Pass.

Thank BadgerConn
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visit the aquarium every time we go to Nantucket and it's one of our son's favorite things to do on the island besides going to the beach. He's 8 years old now but we started going when he was four and he insists we go more than once each summer. Passes for the aquarium are also good for the... More 

Thank bostravel122
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I couldn't believe that we paid $36 to visit this aquarium. What a ripoff. It's 2 huts with a few fish tanks in each. There are more fish at petsmart.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

My family loves this aquarium! It is entirely run by students and they do a fantastic job. It features only animals local to Nantucket waters, so exclusively salt water fish. The tiny puffer fish, seahorses, and baby horseshoe crabs were a highlight. I had no idea that these creatures live in our local waters. There is a touch tank (live... More 

Thank Jenna M
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Most people hear aquarium and think of something on a much, much larger scale. I guess I had the same thing in mind... But as we approached this tiny little aquarium, I realized just how perfect a place it is for such a small island. My recommendation: visit with an open mind. This museum displays some incredible sea life native... More 

1 Thank asperl
Boston, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We did the feeding frenzy. At $36 for a family of three it wasn't memorable. Despite the fact that the feeding frenzy clearly caters to kids the young woman leading the tour was clearly annoyed by kids (upon a cute little boy interrupting her to ask a question she put her finger up to her mouth, bent down to him,... More 

Thank BostonMom333
Chelmsford, MA
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Very small aquarium, but worth the time! Learned about the Killifish, and the distinction between their markings/stripes; the little, green, boxy, toxic fish. Also about the tropical fish that swim here in the Gulf Stream, and then have no means of getting back. The aquarium rescues, and saves, as many as they can. The young man that walked us around,... More 

1 Thank Jakermymon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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274 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

I had to ask how long this had been there, such was my disappointment in this "aquarium". I was told over ten years, and could hardly believe it. The exhibit consisted of two rooms housing fish tanks, which included jellyfish (probably the best thing there), and various fish, mostly very small in size. They did have a rare orange lobster,... More 

Thank Richard K
Level Contributor
10 reviews
Reviewed 1 May 2016

This is always a great experience with the kids. The touch-a-tank is great and the staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank LocalGuyNorwood1
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

I worked here, when this 1st opened, before it was a real Aq. It was a wonderful experience. We caught the animals, maintained them and then returned them ALL back to the sea at the end of the season. It was a great thing to do for the summer and I enjoyed every moment being there.

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