The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with two locations and one mission: to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.
In 2003, separate aquariums in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, joined as one "National Aquarium." The National Aquarium venues together hold living collections that include more than 16,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats.
Transforming experiences reach well beyond the Aquariums' walls. Education teams reach thousands of students each year with activities in schools and in the field; conservation crews and volunteers restore habitats and preserve species around the Chesapeake Bay and around the world; and the National Aquarium venues continue to serve as an economic engine for tourism in the city of Baltimore and as a unique draw in downtown Washington, DC. Through all of its work, the National Aquarium maintains its long-time commitment to serving the surrounding communities.
Very nice. Very educational. Had to navigate around and through several large groups of elementary-school-age children and their group chaperones. Dolphin show was very good. It was pitched to the children but even we (around six times their ages) learned some things!
For the price I was kind of disappointed . I can't lie the aquarium has been a great place for me since a child. Now that I'm grown with children of my own it's necessary to budget 😊 And the aquarium is not the plAce for that! If you have small toddlers I hope your back is strong because you will need to leave all strollers in the car. You will need to carry toddlers from wherever you manage to find reasonable parking and continue to tote them around in the aquarium with a baby backpack something like hiking gear😩I'm not sure what's the fee.The food isn't all that great and the nice professional photo that you can have taken at their beautiful background is around $25-30 each
Loved this place as a kid and love it even more now that I have a kid. Give a fairly new touch and see area that the kids can really enjoy and get up close with the animals. I've always been a fan of the rainforest part and to this day still does not disappoint. It may have ended the dolphin shows but they still are there to watch and see.
Disclaimer: My wife, daughter, and I got to go to the National Aquarium for free thanks to a good friend who is a VP there. After going through the aquarium, we realized our 1.5 hour stay there would have costed $105 ($40 per adults and $25 per kid). That's EXPENSIVE! Despite the price tag, it's worth going to for sure at least once. It's one of the top aquariums in the nation and for sure the best on the East Coast. It's centrally located on the Inner Harbor. The building itself is beautiful (and smaller than you'd think). The staff are very helpful and friendly. In addition to the usual aquarium suspects (fish of all kinds, sharks, etc), here are highlights: 1) The open pools are beautiful with the dark lighting and decorations. It makes for amazing photos! 2) Petting pool: You can touch and pet sting rays! 3) Harbor view: There's a spot where you can get the best view of the Inner Harbor. 4) Rain forest: It's on the top level and has many plants and fun views of the city. 5) Family rooms: Ask a staff member to take you to a private family room to nurse (And the have Finding Nemo playing in the room and complimentary water). 6) The large tank of sharks as you take a winding walk way down and down. It's breathtaking! Other things to note: 1) They have a food court/cafe inside for food, 2) You can check your stroller/car seat for free, and 3) They have many shows for kids with GREAT staff leading it.
Despite the high price, it is a great, educational place to spend the day. Lots of different exhibits and animals to see. Very friendly staff. They do a great job of promoting sustainability. Try to visit at a time when it isn't too crowded.