Went to the Baltimore Aquarium on Saturday, March 5, 2011. I live about 90 minutes away from here, so I've been there quite a bit over the years. Our group of 7 had an OK day. VERY crowded, so I agree with the other reviewers to try to get in as early as you can. We were in by 9:20AM. By noon, the exhibits were 4-5 people deep and the lines for lunch were insanely long. My advice is to get a handstamp, and walk 5 minutes away to the Subway or McDonald's down the street. Prices for the meals were better, and no lines at all.
The dolphin show was 20 minutes long and a portion of that time was spent just watching the big TV screens on the walls showing clips of environmental issues. We had the combo ticket which only charged us an extra $3 for the dolphin show, so it was pretty inexpensive. For such a short show, I would not have paid more than that. Best advice... if you do the dolphin show, the doors open 30 minutes before showtime, get there as soon as possible! The room fills quickly.
If you read the aquarium's website, you'll read that you can't bring in any snacks or drinks. However, when we called the aquarium directly, they said we could bring in whatever we wanted. They did not search bags, and we had our backpacks full of drinks and snacks to save money for the day. Most people also had plenty of food they brought in, we noticed. The aquarium is nice, but my 6 year old was getting bored after 2 hours. We tried to make a game of trying to find the animals/fish in each exhibit, but it got old quick for him. I think that a kid over age 10 would appreciate it more. All in all, a good day.
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