National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Through live exhibits, innovative habitat restoration projects, and quality educational programming, the National Aquarium in Baltimore educates its visitors about the fragility of the world's aquatic ecosystems.

The Aquarium features a living collection of more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats. In summer 2013, the Aquarium opened Blacktip Reef, a breathtaking exhibit replicating an Indo-Pacific reef and featuring more than 700 animals, including a school of blacktip reef sharks

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Hours

Hours varry by season, it is important to go to the website and look at the hours before planning your trip.

For your best experience, visit before 11 am or after 3 pm.

The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Adults, $39.95,
Children, ages 3 to 11, $24.95,
Adults, 65 years and older, $34.95
Children under 3, admitted free
Members of the Aquarium are also admitted Free

There is also an optional 4D Immersion Film available for an additional $5 per person and exclusive tour for an additional $15.

Activities

With more than 20,000 animals at the National Aquarium, you'll discover something new every time you visit!

The Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes (which won the 'Best Exhibit' award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008).  The aquarium also has a 4D Immersion Theater.  The aquarium opened a marine mammal pavilion in 1990 and currently holds eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Go behind the scenes with the National Aquarium's Immersion Tours.  Expert guides will let you experience life at the Aquarium from an insider's perspective. You'll discover a fascinating world behind the glass.

Facilities

The National Aquarium is located in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor, convenient to reach by all modes of transportation.  Although the Aquarium does not operate its own parking facility, Lockwood Place, our official parking partner, offers a discount to Aquarium visitors.

Accessibility

A variety of services are available for individuals with disabilities. Audio wireless tours, assisted listening devices, braille tours, wheelchairs and numerous special services and resources can be arranged. More Information is posted on the Aquarium's website.

A drop-off circle is located in front of the Aquarium on Pratt Street, and an accessible entrance is located just beyond the main entrance.

All parking garages provide accessible parking spaces. Also, on-street parking is available with ADA-compliant meters.

History

Constructed during a period of urban renewal in Baltimore, the aquarium opened on August 8, 1981.  Its Australia: Wild Extremes won the 'Best Exhibit' award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008.  In 2012, the National Aquarium was named one of the best aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel and also received the popular vote as one of the top five best aquariums to visit by 10best.com.

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Last updated: May 09, 2019
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