We are kicking off Boston Ocean Day, a public day of opportunities to participate in ocean exploration. We truly believe the awe, the wonder, and the adventure that lies beneath the waves is an inspiring experience for all individuals. Check back for updates!

Simons IMAX Theater

10 am - 5 pm | FREE | Simons IMAX Theater at the New England Aquarium

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FREE family friendly events to be immersed, learn, and interact with ocean exploration.

Mesmerizing underwater photography, animated TV show screenings, Q+A’s with scientists and ocean explorers, live interaction with an oceanographic research ship, and panel discussions!

Admission to the Aquarium is NOT included in the free activities. Aquarium admission is not included or necessary to participate.

10:00am,11:00am,1:00pm and 2:00pm “The Deep” followed by a Q+A with a scientist

Screening (20 minutes) and Q+A (20 minutes). The Deep is an animated TV show from Universal Kids and Netflix. It follows the Nekton family as they uncover the secrets of the deep blue. They work and live underwater, protect its fascinating marine life, and come across adventure and discovery! Screenings are introduced by Technicolor’s Pam Kunick-Cohen and followed by a Q+A with an expert in the science portrayed on the show!

12:00 pm Exploring our Ocean Backyard: Local Waters Through the Eyes of Animals

Kara Dodge, New England Aquarium

Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Panel Discussion (40 minutes). How many jellyfish can a leatherback turtle eat? What does a white shark do at night? Where does a bull shark spend its day? And how do local conditions impact animal behaviors? Come find out!

3:00pm Dive Deep into Ocean Exploration

Alan leonardi, NOAA office of ocean Exploration and Research

Diva Amon, Natural History Museum

Randi Rotjan, Boston University

Adrienne Copeland, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Panel Discussion (40 minutes). Dive deep into the world of ocean exploration with NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and ask questions of a panel of experts in the field. Join the conversation with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as it investigates the deep waters and water column organisms off Puerto Rico.

4:00pm Space to Sea: A Photographic Journey into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Keith Ellenbogen, Ocean Photographer

Tom Consi, MIT Sea Grant Office

Photography Exhibit (40 minutes). Join Keith Ellenbogen and Tom Consi to explore the local marine habitat of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary just 25 nautical miles outside of Boston and 6 nautical miles from Cape Cod. Beneath the surface is a dynamic environment with extraordinary marine wildlife that includes apex predators such as great white sharks, ocean giants like humpback whales, schools of mackerel, and an entire microscopic ecosystem of planktonic creatures that are even visible from space.