BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - Five years of progress are in final stages at Boston's New England Aquarium as renewal of the Giant Ocean Tank nears completion promising a top-to-bottom 21st century transformation set to reopen in July.

Under renovation since September 2012, the impressive new tank will be home to nearly 2,000 animals with some new species collected for an expanded display which includes a coral reef structure of staghorn and lettuce corrals to provide habitat for smaller fish. When moving back into the tank animals of all sizes, including Myrtle the green sea turtle and schools of the vibrant blue chromis, will be exploring their new habitat for the first time along with aquarium visitors.

As construction continues into the summer months, travelers making their way to Boston Harbor for visits to the New England Aquarium will find the aquarium is offering discounted prices for admission to the aquatic wonderland. Visitors are invited to see more than 800 animals currently swimming, waddling and growing daily throughout the facility, oblivious of the construction efforts surrounding them. Fur seal pups are a popular attraction leading up to the new Ocean Tank and guests enjoy an extra close viewing of the little blue penguins in their temporary home.

Helping visitors take advantage of the aquarium's discounted admission deals, and conveniently located next door to the aquarium, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston Harbor has created a fun New England Aquarium weekend hotel package that includes Concierge assistance in purchasing tickets, including access to the new "Shark & Ray Touch Tank" which features sharks and rays in a mangrove-theme tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows. This highly popular exhibit allows visitors to experience close encounters with these animals including the chance to reach out and gently stroke a variety of rays as they swim through the crystal clear water. New England Aquarium ticket cost for a family of four is approximately $75.

Aptly named the "Boston Bait" package, this hotel deal includes deluxe overnight accommodations, four Shark Bite drinks (two cocktails for adults and two "mocktails" for kids) in the hotel's Waterline restaurant, a take home shark book for the kids and complimentary in-room family movie. Guests booking under this package also enjoy full access to the hotel's newly renovated fitness center and indoor pool. Online reservations may be made by using promotional code ZJL at or by calling 1-800-228-9290.

Situated just a minute's walk from door-to-door to the New England Aquarium, the Marriott's hotel accommodations and exemplary Boston, MA hospitality make it easy for guests to experience the excitement of the Boston Harbor and enjoy other nearby attractions, entertainment venues and restaurants including Faneuil Hall, located just across the street, Boston Children's Museum and the city's vibrant downtown district.

About the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

The Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel is a stylish full-service hotel providing Boston travelers with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor and convenient access to popular business and leisure destinations. Featuring comfortable guest rooms and spacious suites, the hotel is an ideal choice for visitors who plan to explore Boston's fine dining, shopping and attractions. Make your vacation memorable with a trip to Boston's Italian North End, Museum of Science or Museum of Fine Arts, or spend the day relaxing by our hotel pool and unwinding in our restaurant bar.

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Boston Marriott Long Wharf
296 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 USA