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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
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+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
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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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The National Aquarium was great , wonderful displays .. there maybe a long line but it goes by quickly. We loved the dolphin display.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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New York
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The National Aquarium was great , wonderful displays .. there maybe a long line but it goes by quickly. We loved the dolphin display.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

So much to see and do. We and kids (9 and 11) loved it. It's worth getting there early (9am) as it gets busy - although it was Spring break. Download the app so you can attend the talks. Arrive 20mins early for the Dolphins when busy. The half hour dolphin talk and demo was fantastic. Kids loved the touching... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I really expected much more than I saw . Paying $30 for adult pp I don't think I saw enough animals . Yes let of fish yes it's an aquarium but my expectations were higher . It was clean and staff was very friendly .

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Thank Emre-Eren
Corinne W, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, Baltimore, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. It's wonderful to hear you had positive experiences with our staff. However, I'm disappointed that your overall visit did not wow you. Along with our 20,000 animals, including a variety of species and habitats, we offer animal encounters and educational talks throughout the day. Would you be willing to share further... More 

Howell, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you can afford an extra $25 per ticket, reserve the insider's tour. It will be especially useful if you plan to go on a busy weekend or holiday. We were there on Good Friday and were able to avoid the crowds, see places you wouldn't see with a regular ticket, and learned things and had experiences we wouldn't have... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got off to a bad start at the aquarium as the first 4 staff that directed us where to go and how to get there gave us different information and appeared frustrated with us. The building and displays were beautiful but we had a difficult time navigating through the building as signage was less than clear. We were told... More 

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

Hello. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. It warms my heart to hear you have sweet memories of past visits with us. However, it is disheartening that your most recent did not reflect our high standards of guest experience. If you are willing to share, I'd like to know more details about your challenges with our staff, so... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for the entire family. Very well laid out and mapped out so you knew right what exhibit you were going to. Loved the Jellyfish exhibit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to Baltimore to intentionally hit the tourist places with family during a beautiful weekend. The most clear signs are for the gift shops and the restaurants - otherwise it seems like a free for all. Don't miss the dolphins and the jellies and plan to spend some time going down the black tip reef walkway. It can get tight... More 

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Thank franknwilly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Aquarium ok like other but not that good as the Aquarium at Atlanta. Dolphin show is ok to visit if you never been to Atlanta dolphin show. Jellyfish exhibit is good experience. Apart from that rest seems to be ok.

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

Hi Manoj. Thank you for sharing your feedback. The jellies exhibit is one of my favorites as well! It's great to hear you enjoy visiting Aquariums, like our friends in Atlanta, but I'm disappointed you were not truly wowed by your time with us. We aim to provide enjoyable experiences for all ages, from up-close animal encounters to immersive hands-on... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I recently visited the aquarium. We went in a Monday morning and it was crowded. Our favorite attraction was the dolphin exhibit. They have a large viewing area where you can watch a dolphin show, but we didn't stay for that because it was too long of a wait until show time. A local business owner did... More 

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Thank khrach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is best ever aquarium--creative displays and great variety of the aqua marine! I've been several times but each time I find new displays. The shark tank is of course a must-see, and you'll have plenty of chances to see it based on the lay-out of the aquarium.

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