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National Aquarium, Baltimore

#1 of 213 in Parks in Maryland
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Decent aquarium. VERY crowded! So crowded it was hard to see the exhibits. TONS of kids running around. Very nice facility though. Staff was friendly. The 4D movie was only $5 extra and was very...  more »
  • I don't think this aquarium is very good and is very overpriced. I generally like aquariums and have been to several good ones (like Monterey Bay, Tampa, Boston and Chicago). This place mainly has.....  more »
  • We had an excellent time. We have been to several zoos and aquariums and this was by far the best. It was clean and updated with vivid signs and directions. They enforced mask wearing and had plenty.....  more »
  • My first visit to this place was great. There was a bunch of different exhibits and areas that you can explore. Along with the great atmosphere there was a bunch of friendly staff along the way as well. Our party of eight was constantly looking around and seeing great things. We were able to catch all the museum in one day. I recommend going to certain areas at certain times because sometimes they get extremely busy. A little planning ahead will go along way.
  • The National Aquarium exceeded all expectations! My original plan was to visit the zoo, but it down-poured so I opted for the Aquarium instead, and I’m so happy I went! The exhibits are exciting, beautiful and so engaging! Have you ever touched a moon jelly jellyfish? I have now, because of this Aquarium, and you can too! There are six floors, all with ramps, escalators and elevators so everyone can enjoy! On the first floor is a large open-lid tank with tons of depths, and the building circles you around upstairs, so that at any point, you can look into the first floor tank (excepting the highest up). On the last, and highest, floor is an entire “jungle” exhibit with monkeys, birds and plenty of flora! Their highest floor brings you back down to the first floor with a shark exhibit that gets darker in lighting the further down you go, and that was an amazing experience to see them in both bright and dim/black lighting! The National Aquarium has a long y’all connected to another part of its building, and the hall is lined with glass, overlooking the harbor which is quite a sight to see! In the other building are all their show rooms, so grab a pamphlet when you enter to catch their dolphin show! It was so cute to see all the tricks they did, and always amazing to be reminded of how intelligent they are! If I could rate this place properly, it’d be infinity/5 stars! I would go again, and I highly recommend this place to everyone!
  • We've been visiting the aquarium ever since it opened. It's the best attraction in Baltimore by far. It's the only reason I would go to Baltimore personally. Unfortunately, that's the main problem with visiting the aquarium and Inner Harbor as a whole. The area is dumpy. Homeless and just plain sketchy people all over. Also, the labor pool is pretty bad because pretty much everywhere you go in Inner Harbor you run into employees of very low calibre. In the aquarium, this is obvious only in the cafe. Otherwise, employees in the aquarium seem both friendly and well trained. Regarding the exhibits in the aquarium, they must have recently reorganized the place because we were just there a year or so ago and it's totally different now. Very nice layout. Very kid friendly so you don't have to constantly pick up little ones so they can see.
  • This is an amazing aquarium. We loved the way it was organized. We appreciated how it has updated itself since 1985. We enjoyed the variety of display and educational styles. I respect the changes regarding the dolphin area-- education over entertainment. I love the cafeteria's trash/compost/recycle system. Our lunch was fresh and flavorful. Thank you for offering patches for sale. We wish there was a lapel pin. Excellent service from arrival through departure.
  • This place is great. You can for 2 and half hours get a lot out of it. However, I stayed for 4hours I wanted to get my full full money worth of fun. The staff is super nice and friendly. You can touch jellyfish and stingrays. I really like shark ally and I enjoyed the 15 min 4D movies they have. The shark movie had more excitement but I enjoy the dolphin movie 2 it was nice and had a pleasant pace. Overall, it is good place to check. Just look for discounts and group deals. Bring food and drinks to eat. The concession stand is not great but they have places for you to sit and eat.

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