On July 1, 2013 the giant ocean tank at the New England Aquarium re-opened after months of being closed for renovations. Now the Aquarium is fully open once again, and more sustainable than ever! Here are my tips for having a green family adventure at NEAQ.
1. Get there in a sustainable manner. NEAQ is just off Commercial St. which has bike lanes - perfect for a family excursion on Hubway. If the weather is bad, get there via the blue line. Aquarium stop, duh!
2. Visit the new Blue Planet Action Center. This recently-opened exhibit is an interactive display of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on corals, threats facing the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and efforts to protect seafood resources through sustainable fishing practices.
3. Ask a tour guide about the Aquarium's conservation efforts regarding endangered species and habitats.
4. Check the Events Calendar. Often, the Aquarium will feature eco-themed events such as sustainable seafood tastings, climate change lectures, and conservation-oriented imax movies.
5. Read the Aquarium's guide to "living blue":
6. Make knowledge last with a list. Visiting museums is a serious overload of information. To make the best of your trip to the Aquarium, finish the day by making a list of the top 5 things you learned and want to remember. (And maybe add some newly learned ocean-saving lifestyle tips!)