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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. Using our world travel planner, Baltimore attractions like National Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The National Aquarium was beautiful. The way the fish tank was set up was very nice. You move through the aquarium on ramps and moving walk ways. Many parts were also interactive with educational... 
    The National Aquarium was beautiful. The way the fish tank was set up was very nice. You move through the aquarium on ramps and moving walk ways. Many parts were also interactive with educational...  more »
  • I was really surprised when I went online to order tickets how expensive the National Aquarium is, particularly since one of the exhibits is closed ($39.95/person for adults). I was in town for work.....  more
    I was really surprised when I went online to order tickets how expensive the National Aquarium is, particularly since one of the exhibits is closed ($39.95/person for adults). I was in town for work.....  more »
  • Very disappointed after having to carry my 1 year on my should for 3 hours my hands and body was aching.(he can walk a little but not much and weighs 30 pounds) Can someone please explain how a... 
    Very disappointed after having to carry my 1 year on my should for 3 hours my hands and body was aching.(he can walk a little but not much and weighs 30 pounds) Can someone please explain how a...  more »
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  • We wore our masks. Many people did not. The staff was great. It was a pretty slow day, it seemed. We had a fabulous time. We arrived at 12:45 and left at 4:45. We had a six and seven year old with us. I think we could have used an additional two hours to see *every single* exhibit available. (One of our kids wanted to skip several tanks to get to things she wanted to see.) It was absolutely worth the trip. The staff were really knowledgeable and kind.
  • Such a beautiful experience to see life underwater. The best part is dolphin area and jellyfish section. It’s mesmerizing to see hundreds of different species under one roof. There are multiple levels of this aquarium, each with its own greatness. Love the entire experience. Best for kids! it’s great to see your little ones smile.
  • I love the National Aquarium. My wife and I visited and had a great experience. I have been many other times, but am still amazed at what you see here. The facility is modern, clean, and very accessible. And the animals and educational opportunity the provide is really over the top. I'm also glad they have made the decision to better care for dolphins versus using them as a show. My only negative is the price, but managing a facility like this is expensive so I understand.
  • This was a fantastic aquarium for a day trip! Everything was well curated with an easy path to follow. I thought that some of the exhibits were a little small compared to other aquariums I have visited, but I loved the variety of fishes and sea creatures. There was plenty to see and so many colorful and huge fish! There were several bathrooms that were clean and places to rest, a little cafe area, a lunch spot, sharks, jellyfish, and almost everything to make for a great tour of the sea. Apparently there are no more dolphin shows, but you are able to watch them train and play and that was a lot of fun. The only part that was a little disappointing was that we did not find a play section for little kids. I don’t know if it was closed or if we just couldn’t find it, but after looking at fish in amazement for a few hours, kids need to blow off some steam. Other aquariums have play areas, which is a huge help for families. Next time we’ll look harder or hopefully they will build a play spot in the future. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to coming back!
  • Worth a visit! The place is maintained well and has very informational exhibits. People of any age group will enjoy it. If you're visiting, ensure you have at least 5 hours in hand. Exhibits close at different times so ensure to review timings. There are certain engagement activities like an activity corner (one exhibit display and an informative session for kids) and 4D movie which run by show times, make sure you've booked tickets ($5 per person) and are at the spot in time. Both these are approx 10 min each. Facilities include wheelchair access, cafeteria, restrooms on each floor, lifts and escalators, family room for nursing/pumping. Two things to note are that the parking is a little far and strollers are to be checked-in (don't forget to take a baby carrier).

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