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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 21202-3574
Phone Number: +1 410-576-3800
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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Awesome!!! Do not miss!!!

This was a wonderful day for our family. Took about 4 hours to go thru and revisit other areas. My teen boys loved it. Wasn't to badly priced. We didn't eat there or shop... read more

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Toms River, New Jersey
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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a wonderful day for our family. Took about 4 hours to go thru and revisit other areas. My teen boys loved it. Wasn't to badly priced. We didn't eat there or shop. Just were amazed at the awesome sights seen. Do not miss this!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

RIP OFF CENTRAL‼ On my visit to the Baltimore National Aquarium, I was thoroughly disappointed, to say the least! It is almost laughable to have the word 'National' in the title! If this is national, then we are in trouble! It costs a whooping $40 per person to get in, with a $25 ticket for under 12. We paid $145... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere for the family and a wonderful facility. Lots to see and do including a very nice dolphin show. Wear good walking shoes as there is a lot of it but well worth the effort

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Clean, organized and complete. You will see everything that's on their easy to follow directory. Our favorite was seeing the jelly fish exhibit and dolphins.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you haven't been the National Aquarium and live somewhere within the Washington DC Metro area, or if you are coming to the Baltimore/DC region, put this on your list of places to visit. What a neat experience for me and my family. Our 3-year old daughter was positively mesmerized, as were we, at the seemingly endless number of creatures... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have gone several times to this aquarium and my family always enjoys walking around the place. The relative new touch section is a fun experience. we recommend getting the membership if you are planning to visit more than once in the same year.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous aquarium and they do try to manage the crowds but at capacity it isn't fun when you can't see the exhibits. Go early or late and it's far better, Loved it so much we bought membership not much more price wise than 2 visits and then we could do a few short trips so we didn't get stressed out... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my family to Baltimore for a day all the way from NYC. We ended up extending our trip it was so much fun. We walked around the harbor and visited the Aquarium which was supposed to be a short visit but it was so awesome we went in at 9am and came out at 2 pm.

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our first time to the National Aquarium and we were not at all disappointed. Kids had fun looking at all of the marine life, as did we! We also enjoyed the Dolphin show. We went mid week and chose an entrance time of 9:30am. It was not at all crowded at that time, but you could tell about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was expecting a little more with the exhibits since it is a national museum. It was so dark, crowded, and stuffy, I felt very stuck. I liked the jellyfish and frog exhibits the best.

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