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National Aquarium

501 East Pratt Street

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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.


Damien Williams

Monday, June 18, 2018
This was a great Aquarium to visit. It is well worth the admission. I’ve been to several aquariums and their only rival, of the ones that I’ve been too, is in San Fran. Great petting area to be able to touch horseshoe crabs and rays. Don’t miss the dolphin show, it’s really cool. Also, I really enjoyed the jellyfish exhibit. The aquarium is in a good area in Baltimore. There are several restaurants and sights to see within proximity. Boat rides and such. Overall, you could spend a whole day at and around the aquarium!!

Connie Curran

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
This aquarium is top rate. Lots of fascinating exhibits. Lots of sharks. Amazing exhibit of jellies. Really interesting look at amphibians. The 4 d movies are highly recommended. Plan on spending 3 to 4 hours there to see everything. Great gift shop. Don't miss the touching areas for the sting rays and jellies.

Eric Delmar

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
We had a great time. Travelling with another able-bodied adult and a senior, we took advantage of the elevator to get us down to the ground level after spiraling up to the top floor. The staff is well-informed and eager to provide info. We enjoyed the dialog and interesting facts the staff shared with us. Regarding signage: This is a weak area in the design, so you really need to keep your eyes peeled.Favorite part: The jellyfish exhibit. Amazing. The dolphin area isn't a "Marine World" type show, but more informational, along with a few dolphin bits of entertainment. Definitely worth a trip, and the seaport surroundings provide plenty of eating options.

Benjamin Morse

Saturday, May 26, 2018
I really liked the dolphin Show which was no additional fee. Lot of really cool animals including a tropical zone on the roof with birds, a sloth, reptiles, and tropical water life. I also really liked the big open pool that had a look down view of crystal clear water with sting rays, and smaller fish, sharks and a mini coral reef. They also had a shark specific ring tank that had a interior spiral staircase. It took my small group of 3 about 3 hours to see the entire aquarium. All of this was only $40 per person.

Robert Fulcher

Friday, April 27, 2018
One of our favorite places to visit in Baltimore. Well worth the day trip in itself. The fish and displays are amazing. I love the open tank that’s the first exhibit. And there are so many fun places to eat around it. Parking is plentiful and reasonable for a city. Finally, weekends are great but crowded, so consider going on a weekday morning (also a family membership pays for itself in two trips, and you don’t have to bother with timed tickets, just walk right in whenever you arrive).

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