This Weekend, Pay a Visit to the New England Aquarium

Given its prime spot along the shoreline, it makes sense that Boston would boast one of the most popular aquariums in the region. The New England Aquarium plays host to thousands of ocean critters from all over the globe, including a few who swim right off the coast of Massachusetts and neighboring states.

At the heart of the aquarium, you’ll find the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank. It’s really the focal point of the entire facility, and it also happens to be where its most famous resident lives. Her name is Myrtle the sea turtle, and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her on your everyday visit—but you can also opt for an extra behind-the-scenes peek at her habitat. The Meet Myrtle experience allows you to take a guided “tour” of the Giant Ocean Tank from a private path that spirals up around it, which ends in the rooms where staff prep food for the exhibit’s critters and even get ready to dive in. By the time you reach the top, you’ll be ready to help feed Myrtle and her friends from a platform that juts out over the water.