Bring the Family: No giant tank. No problem at the Aquarium.

GEOFF EDGERS/GLOBE STAFF

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The tank. That has always been the centerpiece at the New England Aquarium, four stories of sharks, turtles, stingrays and crazy fish.

I remember the tank when I was a little kid. You would cram yourself into different window sections and wait for the shark to roll around. You would head to the top and watch the giant turtle surfacing or stare at a wet-suited staffer in the drink.

Which is why I was intrigued to head over to see what exactly it would be like visiting the Aquarium with the Giant Ocean Tank on hiatus. It’s being renovated and won’t open again until this summer. As we discovered, it’s still a great place for kids to explore and learn about aquatic life.

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