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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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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
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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A friend of mine let me join her on her membership - I hadn't been in more than a decade. I was lucky because we chose to go on a Wednesday morning and there was only one school... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am comparing the aquarium to the one in VA Beach. Yes it was nice but over priced. We go to the aquarium in VA BEACH every year, the exhibits are just as nice and I think there are more and the price is less.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A friend of mine let me join her on her membership - I hadn't been in more than a decade. I was lucky because we chose to go on a Wednesday morning and there was only one school group that we saw - I've heard it can get very crowded and since we had to check our stroller, it could've... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Visiting our daughter in Baltimore, we thought the Aquarium would be a good place to spend a cold November evening. We were glad that we did. The aquarium has a large number of interesting fish and other sea creatures, including a spectacular number of fascinating jellyfish. The main tank is full of sharks, stingrays and other tropical fish. There's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I visited the National Aquarium about 30 years ago and it is still as amazing as ever. It features an incredable display of aquatic creatures and concise information is displayed for each exhibit. The staff is extremely helpful and informed. The only disturbing aspect is the individuals who take flash photos of the creatures, even though signs are readily posted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

My family love the acuario is a lot diferent cant the fish 's ,tuttle's ....inlove whith this place for youngest kids in adults too :)Baltimore is amazing place ;)for lunch We go to NIC'S restaurant delicious:) is only a 20 minutes to washington ...!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The aquarium was great and provided a solid 3 to 4 hours of entertainment for my family that includes 2 young children. I found the staff to be less than helpful (except for the parrot exhibit staff as you walk in). The dolphin experience was also sub-par. Not much of a real show, just 10 minutes of the trainers having... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I loved this aquarium. I usually visit the aquarium in any city I'm visiting. This one was great! I loved the set up of the building itself and the exhibits were diverse and easily accessible. Even though it was Saturday and there were many people, I was still easily able to see everything. I was also so lucky to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you are in/near Baltimore, it's worth it to take a few hours to see the aquarium! Loved seeing all the fish up-close and learning more about them. Great visit for all family members.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

While a little pricey it is well worth it. The exhibits and well done and interesting. All ages enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Nice if you can go early in the week and around 11 AM not as crowded or go after 1:30PM lot of school trips are leaving. The exhibits are nice. Check out the dolphin show.

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