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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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Address: 501 E Pratt St, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone Number: +1 410-576-3800
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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Gorgeous, educational, and wonderous. . .but expensive.

If you have some extra money and about 5 hours, please do yourself a favor and go to the aquarium. It isn't cheap but it's beautiful, well maintained, and the animal variety is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Definitely not user friendly. Even the staff who try to help you cannot make it clear. We have been to other aquariums and while this one is big, it is not special.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The exhibits contain nearly any sea/water life imaginable, the only exception being extremely large animals like whales, or manatees. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It does cost $40, but I think it's worth it. Don't miss the spitting fish at the very end of the Australian exhibit.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We have taken the grandsons here several times in the past two years! Plenty of things for them to see and do! A little pricey, but well worth it! Love to see the fish, stingrays and the turtle and especially the sharks! They do have "live feedings" several times a day! You can also have lunch there and buy souvenirs,... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You must not miss this aquarium, it's beautiful. Our grandkids loved it. One of the best we have ever been to.

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Hampstead, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

With all of the renovations over the last couple of years, the National Aquarium in Baltimore once again rates as one of the best things about Baltimore's Inner Harbor. With the new Indo-Pacific :Black Tip reef" habitat and several year old Australia exhibit, it's easy to spend hours exploring and learning about the 3/4 of our planet covered by water.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The price is insane & I feel sucked the fun from our visit. I understand it's going to a good cause but $35/person?! Staff wasn't very friendly, dolphin show is more of a dolphin talk. Won't need to visit again anytime soon!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A return trip to the Baltimore aquarium was as great as the first time. Lots to see. Visited on the Friday before Memorial Day...no crowds...school was still in session so no crowding at all. Try it....you'll like it!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you have some extra money and about 5 hours, please do yourself a favor and go to the aquarium. It isn't cheap but it's beautiful, well maintained, and the animal variety is amazing. I always find something new to look at and I'm always amazed at how nice it is inside. This is great as a date spot (it's... More 

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Hagaman, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice aquarium. I can only compare this to the Mystic aquarium. The national aquarium is larger with more exhibits and wider variety of animals. The Rain forest, Australian exhibit, shark tank, and dolphins shows were the best parts.

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Philadelphia burbs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Liked: half-price tickets on Friday evenings. A good layout that keeps things moving without too much backtracking. Wide variety of fish/ecosystems. Disliked: sound system in main area is tough to hear in certain places. Bathrooms were tough to find - and with young kids this was a problem.

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