Sunday, January 31, 2016

Vacation Visiting Tips for Members

Nobody knows the Aquarium's ins and outs like our members. But we wanted to share a few more insider tips that can help make your vacation visit a blast:

Tentacles of all types will amaze you starting April 15.

1. Grab your member card and head straight to the lobby

Expedite your entry by having your bar-coded membership card and a photo ID handy. Unless you need to purchase additional tickets at the Member Services desk, you can proceed directly to an entry scanner in the lobby. Need to renew or buy a membership?  You can do it online and then bring your confirmation email with you during your visit. (Note, there is a delay in receiving some benefits when purchased online.)
Myrtle the turtle, of course
2. Avoid peak times

As you probably know, the middle of the day is our busiest time. Make sure you get plenty of face time with Myrtle the green sea turtle or Sierra the sea lion, by arriving before 10 a.m. or later in the afternoon after 3:00 p.m. Be sure to check the website for any last minute changes.

Look for the nautilus on Level 1.
3. Take public transportation

Taking public transportation is the blue thing to do! The Aquarium stop on the MBTA's Blue Line is just a few steps from our Front Plaza. If you're driving, check out nearby parking options,—prices vary. Here's some more information about accessibility at the Aquarium. Only members get validated parking at the Harbor Garage next to the Aquarium!

Cownose ray in the Giant Ocean Tank
4. Get even closer with our Animal Encounter programs
Use your member discounts to add extraordinary experiences to your visit. Perch on top of the four-story Giant Ocean Tank to feed the animals. Smooch a seal. Go behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits. The New England Aquarium's immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to a whole new level. (Don't forget, members also get discounts at the Gift Shop and the Harbor View CafĂ©.)

5. See the world in incredible IMAX
See why Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland is the
most popular film now playing at the Simons IMAX Theatre!
See why Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland is the most popular movie now playing at the Simons IMAX Theatre. Our six-story movie screen will transport you to a diverse tropical ecosystem with sea-faring iguanas, tropical penguins, and dancing birds. You can also see 50 tons of breaching in Humpback Whales 3D and the smallest animals on the reef Secret Ocean 3D. Members, don't forget to use your member passes when ordering by phone, online or in person.

After you visit, don't be strangers! When you get home, there are plenty of ways that you can connect with the Aquarium online. 

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