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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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Constructed during a 1980s period of urban renewal, National Aquarium shelters more than 17,000 marine animals, representing 750 different species. Dedicated to inspiring conservation of the world's diminishing aquatic treasures and disseminating information about the pressing issues facing endangered habitats around the globe, the aquarium offers educational programs suitable for visitors of all ages. You can learn about the dangers threatening the planet's rain forests and coral reefs, or visit the marine mammal pavilion to observe Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, most of which were born in captivity. Save a little time for the sea cliffs exhibit, housing several species of seabirds. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Baltimore holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Aquarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Pretty complete and modern aquarium. The only drawback is the price, as it is pretty steep but young kids are free.  more »
  • The aquarium is on several angles. Very cool. REally beautiful displays. I did not get to see the dolphins as we were there for an evening event but I imagine that is also wonderful.  more »
  • Visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore today and had a great experience. There are five levels including Australian Coral Reef, Tropical Rainforest, Dolphin shows, sharks, turtles, jellyfish, and ...  more »
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  • Possibly the best aquarium I've been to! We spent over 3 hours here and probably could have happily spent 5. The multi-level shark and reef tank is amazing. One catch - they start closing certain exhibits at least an hour before the entire place closes, so if there's anything you particularly want to see, check its closing time. We missed the jellyfish and were kind of rudely shooed out by a rent a cop because the staff didn't tell us about this policy.
  • Somewhat disappointed if this is the National Aquarium. Expected more exhibits and more interaction for $40. Have been to state aquariums such as North Carolina and they have others and more colorful fish. The area is very dark, be careful with your kids. Also no easy way to stop and go to the lobby or food place of your kids aren't behaving. No strollers but they do have a stoller check. The dolphin show was nice. The 4D movie is an extra $5. The cafe is a little pricey but we expected that. Chicken tenders, mac and cheese and two drinks was 19. No worse than a sports game though. Recommend for kids 3 or older, ones that can be patient while waiting to see exhibits as it's very crowded on weekends.
  • Recently visited this gem and really enjoyed it. This aquarium is huge, the exhibits are wonderful and engaging for all ages. When you walk in they snap a photo of you and when you leave, you have the option of buying the photo(s). In my opinion, the bundle for all the photos is a deal. Our toddler was here with us and it was a very safe place for him to roam about. Although we came here on a Wednesday morning, it was very busy, I would suggest coming as early as you can to fully enjoy. Please note, no strollers are allowed, yet there is a stroller check in at the entrance. All of the staff were so friendly. We were pleasantly surprised and will be visiting again sometime soon.
  • Nice place. Absolutely no parking. They have a parking garage but even with validated parking it cost $19 just to park... Informative exhibits, excellent dolphin trainers! Happy and incredibly talented dolphins!
  • One of the best museums I've been to! It was quite pricey which is why I'm giving it 4 stars but the quality was high. The structure is gorgeous. There's a section where you can touch starfish (gently)! Tip - bring a water bottle! There are refill stations everywhere or else you can buy one in there!