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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
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+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
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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 good way to spend a few hours

Hadn't been in several years, and it was a rainy day, so stopped in, Fairly high admission prices, but some good displays. The blacktip shark reef exhibit was interesting, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hadn't been in several years, and it was a rainy day, so stopped in, Fairly high admission prices, but some good displays. The blacktip shark reef exhibit was interesting, and had a wide variety of fish and animals. Was nice that there was an Australian exhibit, a dolphin show (called a "training" for PC purposes), and a rainforest exhibit, but... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There were positives with this trip and there were negatives. The negatives: Expensive - They charge you a lot of money for these tickets and then charge you an additional $5 to watch their 4D movie that I believe should already be included in the price of admission. We got there at 1145am but weren't allowed in the aquarium until... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is your average aquarium nothing to spectacular. Been to better ones. It seemed to plain. I guess after going to Ripleys Aquarium in Tennessee. I thought it would be close to the same but was way off. No real play areas for kids

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Thank Mike C
Corinne W, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, Baltimore, responded to this review

Hi Mike, Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to our fellow Aquarium in Tennessee, but disappointed to hear you did find your visit with us to be positive. We aim to offer hands-on learning and daily programming to allow children, and guests of all ages, to explore and understand the wonders... More 

Hornell, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This review is very hard to write. The cost for admission was over two hundred dollars for 3 adults, 2 children under 5 and one senior. One of the adults was called in to work at the last minute .... I had purchased the tickets on line the night before... and I was told it was too bad...no refund. If... More 

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Thank NanolaMarie
Corinne W, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, Baltimore, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m disappointed to hear you did not fully enjoy your time with us, and that your family did not connect well to our presentations. We agree that inspiring our young guests to take interest in and protect our ocean planet is so very important, and our programming is centered on education and engagement.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to every major aquarium in the US and this aquarium really has unique tanks and exhibits. It is also sadly, one of the most expensive.

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Thank John M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a Baltimore native, I truly love the National Aquarium. It is always such a fun place to visit, especially in the summer. It was such a treat to be able to take my 2 year old cousin there as he was able to explore many fascinating exhibits and immerse himself in a Spongebob themed 4-D movie. They also serve... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have actually been to the Aquarium a number of times over the years which speaks for itself. Each time I go I find it educational and interesting. For me it is a must visit while visiting the inner harbor. The cost is a little high but still worth it. Great place to visit alone or with family or friends.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the Aquarium this past Presidents' Day weekend. The place was packed because the weather was unseasonably warm. Even though there are timed tickets it was ridiculously crowded, hot and smelly. It was difficult to be able to view any of the exhibits because of the crowds. I have been to this Aquarium numerous times and think this was my... More 

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Corinne W, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, Baltimore, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for sharing feedback from your visit to the Aquarium. I’m disheartened to hear you had a frustrating experience with us, especially when you’ve enjoyed your past experiences. As you’ve seen, we can be a very popular destination on holiday weekends. We do aim to use the timed ticket system to alleviate crowding, but I’m disappointed that this... More 

Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friday night Starting at 5pm they cut the rate in half 20 bucks and free for kids 3 and under. It is so worth it. The Dolphine show alone would be worth it The Austraila Exhibit alone with all the fish and birds sharks this place is simply amazing

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the exhibits. Very nice tanks and easy to get around. My husband couldn't walk well but there was always an elevator or help

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