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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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#1 of 105 in Parks in Maryland
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. Using our world travel planner, Baltimore attractions like National Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's $40 or so to enter per person, but we spent many hours here exploring and watching the fish and other animals. I thought the flow/layout was nice and kept people moving through the exhibits. They...  more »
  • We enjoyed the aquarium a lot. It’s not inexpensive, but it is a great way to spend the afternoon. You can touch the stingray and jellyfish and the have lots of sharks. The location downtown is an eas...  more »
  • My family loved our trip to the National Aquarium. It was fun and educational. My favorite parts were the sea turtle and the jelly fish.  more »
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  • Friday's are discounted if you plan on going. They have added 2 new species of jellyfish! Large variety of reef fish. Great for a group of people to go together. They have made more room additions. Also they brought back being able to pet the rays and moon jellies (great for all ages). I absolutely love the aquarium. Oh the dolphin show is not as fun and trick filled as it was a couple years ago. But it is still fun to watch and listen.
  • The exhibits are spacious and the animals seem very relaxed. The staff is super kind. The dolphin tanks are a good size and they're played with regularly! This is an excellent, and as far as I can tell, humane and fun place to visit. The architecture is bomb.
  • They continue to update exhibits, and the aquarium is well managed and clean. I've taken several family members to visit when they come in from out of town and they've all had a great experience. There are better aquariums in the country, but this one is worth the price of admission.
  • The exhibits are beautiful and educational! The facility is huge. You could be in there for anywhere between 2 to 4 hrs. There are shows and hands on activities. It's appropriate for all age groups. Everyone will love this place!
  • 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.

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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