By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer

Each week, Heather ventures out into the city or scours the campus to create a bucket list of things you can’t miss during your four precious years on campus.

I had been hearing so much about the New England Aquarium lately that I couldn’t resist checking it out myself. The advertisements are everywhere. How could I postpone visiting those cute little seal advertisements I’d seen on the T? I figured the gloomy weekend was a great way to spend my Sunday inside and stay entertained.

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Don’t be afraid to venture away from BU’s Commonwealth Avenue HEATHER GOLDIN/DFP STAFF

Getting to the aquarium is simple enough. Hop on the Green Line and take it to Government Center. Take a left on Court Street and keep walking straight until you see the aquarium. You probably have a smart phone. Use it. The walk is about 10 minutes from the T stop. If there happens to be a raging blizzard,  transfer from Government Center to the Blue Line, ride another three stops and get off at Aquarium.

One of the perks of being a college student is getting numerous discounts, and the New England Aquarium is no exception. With your BU ID, you get two dollars off of admission. Because the aquarium is undergoing  renovations, and although many of the sea creatures are still available to see, you get a free IMAX movie ticket to any of the five 3D movies playing at the theater right next to the aquarium. Aquarium renovations won’t be completed until June 2013, so get free movie tickets while they’re hot!

New England Aquarium jellyfish

A jellyfish swims in the aquarium tank HEATHER GOLDIN/DFP STAFF

I began my exploration at the northern fur seal exhibit, one of the aquarium’s main attractions. First, a training session proved how smart these seals are. I also learned that the fur seals are the second hairiest animals on earth. Who would’ve guessed?

While at the exhibit I met Diana Acosta, a Boston University junior. Diana is studying marine biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and she works for the aquarium on the weekends. Her favorite part of her job?  Working with the seals.

You’re sure to find at least one exhibit that captures your attention within the three floors of sea creatures. You have not experienced cuteness until you see a little blue penguin dry off with a little wiggle motion. And no, the time you watched “Happy Feet” does not count. The jellyfish were cool, too.

Another aquatic exhibit is a tank where you can pet stingrays and sharks (so slimy!). There’s also giant ocean tank filled with more than 600 fish that continues through the floors. The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends.

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