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National Aquarium

Aquarium and Zoo
Inner Harbor, Baltimore
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    Richard R.
    "Shark tanks are awesome and jelly fish tanks will amaze you."(11 Tips)
    Francisco R.
    "Best part are the jelly fish exhibit and touching the stingrays!!!"(8 Tips)
    Ashley B.
    "The jellyfish exhibit is fantastic and I loved the dolphin show!"(7 Tips)
    Insider Perks
    "Can get very crowded at times so bring your patience with you."(13 Tips)
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  • Caitlin L.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin LawlerMarch 17, 2016
    Tickets are kinda pricey, but worth it for a fun day and there is a lot to see. Make sure to stick around for a dolphin show and stop at a nearby restaurant on the harbor for lunch
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonAugust 26, 2013
    Jellyfish exhibit is a showstopper, yet easy to overlook with so much other fish candy at the Aquarium. Only mystery is rain forest. Get there early or come late to avoid the throngs of people.
    Upvoted Apr 20
  • Iulia O.
    Iulia OpreaOctober 2, 2015
    Great place to visit on a rainy day, when is not that busy. This aquarium is exactly the same with the one in Barcelona, excepting the dolphin encounter, which you really have to see.
  • Naomi N.heart icon on user image
    Naomi NesJuly 29, 2018
    A truly immersive experience, you can see wildlife from basically every corner (including escalators, hallways). One of a kind tanks and design. The exhibits are always educational and beautiful.
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason ShellhammerJune 24, 2019
    It’s got an amazing amount of exhibits. Tons of photo ops. All the big things you’d imagine. 🦈🐬🐠 🐢 🐍 🦎 🐸 it’s all there.
  • Charmtastic Mile B.
    The National Aquarium located on The Charm'tastic Mile is one of the most amazing attractions of the Inner Harbor. The Aquarium which opened in 1981 attracts visitors from all-over the world.
  • Cole T.heart icon on user image
    Cole TDecember 10, 2018
    A treasure of a place to have on the Inner Harbor and one of the best tourist options there. Expansive areas exploring different water ecosystems across multiple levels. Dolphin show is underwhelming.
  • Elizabeth R.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth RiceAugust 23, 2014
    They don't do dolphin shows anymore (yay happy dolphins!) so the stadium is a great place to relax during your trip. Just sit and watch the dolphins play with soccer balls
  • Kim H.heart icon on user image
    Kim Hannah-PraterJuly 19, 2020
    The Barrier Reef exhibit, turtles, and shark tank. Loved visiting during the summer.
  • Sirius Q.heart icon on user image
    Sirius QDecember 31, 2015
    I used to come here as a kid. Admission is expensive, but we always had a good time. Finally saw the new Australia exhibit and was not very impressed. The regular part of the aquarium is awesome, tho
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 27, 2014
    One of, if not the, best aquarium I've ever been too. Loved the jellyfish exhibit. Try to go early in the morning on a weekday to avoid the crowds
  • Robert M.
    Robert MosesJuly 7, 2014
    Very immersive and well presented venue for seeing all types of sea life. The exhibit route is arranged to move you around the museum in an organized fashion.
  • Joann H.
    Joann HutchinsonMay 16, 2014
    This place is amazing. I haven't been there since i was a kid. I loved the 4-D thearter. Calypso, the 3-legged Sea Turtle i loved seeing everything there.
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaJanuary 24, 2015
    Expensive but worth it. Shark tanks are awesome and jelly fish tanks will amaze you. Great place for kids of all ages.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WilliamsJune 22, 2012
    The dolphin show has been taken away, no extra fee to go sit in the arena! They still do "shows" but everyone can go in and you can just chill in the amphitheatre and watch the dolphins play!
  • Zoe
    ZoeDecember 5, 2012
    Awesome aquarium, really cool look. It does get REALLY crowded though, nothing is less fun than trying to observe the majesty of the jellyfish with a million kids screaming in some hellish unison.
  • Sweet B.
    Sweet BoyDecember 2, 2013
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a wonderful place to visit. However, it does get crowded, so if you can, go on off-hours or weekdays instead of weekends...
  • Insider Perks
    Insider PerksMarch 1, 2012
    This is one of the best aquariums in the United States. The dolphin show cannot be missed along with the stingrays and sharks. Can get very crowded at times so bring your patience with you. Read more
  • Florence H.
    Florence HMarch 12, 2016
    There are a lot of kids running around... All the time. Most of the time without parental supervision. But the exhibits are great, I love the jellyfish and sharks.
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EdgertonFebruary 14, 2012
    Make sure to grab a map, the aquarium is very large and it is easy to miss some exhibits. Also, check for the times of the dolphin show when you first get there so you don't miss it!
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HerringMay 15, 2012
    Great place, part of the National Aquarium of Baltimore. Calming watching the animals swim. There is a computer example of the species, giving you pictures and details. The Shark Shop is also in here.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WilliamsJune 22, 2012
    Personnel and dolphin trainers hang out to answer any and all questions you may have! Definitely better than just watching the show and then having to leave for them to get ready for the next show!
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    JohnJuly 30, 2015
    One of the best museums I've ever been to in my entire life. And I've been to a lot.
  • ❦ ❧Desi S.heart icon on user image
    Always enjoy coming here. Check sites for coupons. Love watching the beautiful sea life but gets crowded n difficult at times but worth it but bring your patience w lines.
  • Alexis D.heart icon on user image
    Alexis DavisJanuary 14, 2015
    If you have a family of 4 it makes sense to just purchase a membership as it can be covered just by visiting the aquarium 2.5x! Sure you can catch a special deal but it's not worth the huge crowds
  • Madison O.
    Madison OrlofskiJuly 29, 2013
    Like most aquariums, this is very exiting in the beginning, however toward the end of the exhibits, things get a little dull. The jellyfish and the dolphin show are very interesting. Rainforest- no.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterAugust 31, 2018
    The best deal: Friday is your night..less kids + half price after 5pm!
  • Baltimore Maryland
    Baltimore MarylandNovember 9, 2011
    The Polar Express takes the Harbor Friday November 18, 5pm - 9pm! Join the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a special screening of Polar Express, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! $8 admission after 5pm
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 26, 2011
    This aquarium is 4 stories, and has periodic specials on admission. There are lots of different tanks full of interesting sea life, they have a dolphin show and even a “4-D” movie. Read more
  • Edward F.
    Edward ForteMay 29, 2022
    Nice aquarium with nice layout
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Nearly 16,500 sea animals, from plankton to sharks, are housed behind the angular glass walls of this aquarium. Since 1981, it's often been cited as one of the best in America. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeJuly 1, 2011
    They feed the sting rays at 10:30am. Best place to view is below the ground floor in the underwater viewing area. Ask a guide how to get there. Let everyone else crowd around on ground floor!
  • Jade F.heart icon on user image
    Jade FeltonSeptember 6, 2015
    The coral reef exhibit is breath-taking and you might see the large fish having a race.
  • Santi C.heart icon on user image
    Santi CaamañoOctober 22, 2015
    The line to get in is incredibly long! buy the tickets online and collect them at will kiosk! You'll save a lot of time.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunJuly 20, 2011
    What Bryan Voltaggio loves about Baltimore: "Here's a little secret, go on a Monday to avoid the lines. I like to take my 4-year-old there so we can both run around like kids." Read more
  • Realty Masters
    Realty MastersApril 3, 2012
    This is a must-see in Baltimore! From sting rays to penguins, this aquarium has it all! Be sure to sign up for newsletters for special discounts and events.
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NMarch 24, 2017
    Truly wonderful design, loved the escalators passing over the big tanks. Lots of sharks, huge rays, & jellies.
  • Mattheart icon on user image
    MattJune 1, 2023
    We had fun, lots to see and do, well worth the money.
  • marcy s.heart icon on user image
    marcy stoneApril 7, 2018
    Go into the four level aquarium area. The trip is pricey so make sure you have time.
  • Ashlie T.heart icon on user image
    Ashlie ThompsonDecember 24, 2018
    Gets really busy in the winter months but overall was a good experience.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJune 6, 2011
    Buy the Baltimore Harbor pass for access here, the Maryland Science Center, Top of the World Observation level, plus five other tourist hot spots . You will save 20% over the general ticket prices! Read more
  • Emilee R.
    Emilee RomanoNovember 22, 2011
    You are invited on an extraordinary adventure to the North Pole this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! A cold winter’s journey that’s sure to warm your heart and make you believe.
  • Francisco R.heart icon on user image
    Francisco RuscalledaDecember 10, 2017
    Best part are the jelly fish exhibit and touching the stingrays!!!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BegleyMarch 6, 2011
    Get there earlier if you have younger kids. Entrance into the Aquarium is staggered by times of entry so if you want to avoid needing to kill time in Inner Harbour, get there early! Also, the dolphin
  • Im J.heart icon on user image
    Im JffFebruary 5, 2014
    The Dolphin Show is no more. Haven't been here in a while so it was an unpleasant surprise as you could imagine. Though you can still see them which was nice.
  • Rich H.
    Rich HauckNovember 1, 2014
    Check out the "Fridays After Five" promo in the winter months. Discounted ticket rate and less crowded = win win.
  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel
    The dolphinarium and also the exhibit on marine mammals are interesting. There are no Halal food outlets in the cafeteria of the National Aquarium but both, Masaajid and Halal restaurants, can be foun Read more
  • Micah R.
    Micah RittelSeptember 18, 2011
    GREAT PLACE, GET THERE EARLY, THERE IS LOTS TO DO.......TAKE YOUR TIME IN THE AQUARIUM AND BRING A LITTLE PATIENCE, OTHER PPL THERE WERE EXTREMELY RUDE, OTHER THAN THAT, GREAT PLACE!!!!!
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoonApril 3, 2012
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A 15-20 minute walk from the hotel. Tickets are $25, open 9am - 5pm. Don't miss the dolphin show!
  • Aadi D.heart icon on user image
    Aadi DeshpandeJuly 9, 2018
    The coral reef exhibit is stunningly designed and reason enough to visit.
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