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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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Neighborhood: Inner Harbor
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Address: 501 E Pratt St, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone Number: +1 410-576-3800
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Considered one of the world's best aquariums, the National Aquarium's...

Considered one of the world's best aquariums, the National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world's natural resources and living systems. The National Aquarium delivers meaningful experiences through its living collection of more than 17,000 animals from more than 750 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals and sharks, as well as through exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences like sleepovers and tours, science-based education programs and hands-on experiences in the field.

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Missed the rainforest

Hadn't been in years so we decided to check it out again. We had a good time. We are two adults with no children. Without having the rainforest we were done in a little over an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Philadelphia, PA

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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited most of the Aquariums in the US and the National Aquarium sets the Standard. Interactive, Educational and Beautiful. Spend a relaxing couple of hours in the middle of Downtown Baltimore and feel like you are a million miles away.

Thank Kelly M
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took family there always a great place to go..Food a little expensive...But that's expected in a big city

Thank musicman132002
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just became a member took our one year old daughter for the first time. It was very busy in the morning so we stayed for a little and then left for her nap. We came back in the afternoon and somehow we missed the dauphins in the morning and arrived just in time for a training session! It was... More 

1 Thank Banana103
Philadelphia, PA
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76 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hadn't been in years so we decided to check it out again. We had a good time. We are two adults with no children. Without having the rainforest we were done in a little over an hour. Even if it was open though we both felt it was overpriced. We enjoyed ourselves and this one ranks WAY above the Adventure... More 

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Port Republic, MD
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They have a wonderful array of water life. It's a beautiful and relaxing place to visit, but can be super busy at certain times and seasons

1 Thank ganyon
Pune, India
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This aquarium has a nice variety of marine life. You can even touch the jelly fish, and see some huge sting rays. They have sharks as well, and a varied collection of fishes and frogs. I went here on dollar days so had to pay only a dollar to get in. Maybe, the normal rate is overpriced for the aquarium... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i truly loved this aquarium, it was big, took all day and there was so much to see! I can't wait to go back this year

1 Thank amanda s
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to the aquarium a number of time. My favorite was participating in the behind the scenes tour. The guy leading the tour was very knowledgeable and attentive to the group. We got to see how the prepare the food, where they take care of ill animals and walk "the shark catwalk". The catwalk is fun, you occasionally see... More 

Thank AFM4fq
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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138 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stay all day. Walk around with the kids. Going during the week or really late or really early. Parking is a nightmare. If you have a baby or toddler bring a sling or baby carrier cause it's a lot of walking. It's expensive. Additional cost for the 4-d movie. No strollers allowed.

1 Thank Aja J
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoughly enjoyed the experience. From the trout in the entrance, to the Australian exhibit, to the Dolphins in the pool and the shark pools, the place was impressive. Would like to visit again but in warmer weather.

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