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“It's pretty darn good.”
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #18 of 244 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 9, 2012

We travel quite a bit and love, love, love Seaworld! Seaworld it's not. But compared to other aquariums it's pretty awesome. Save time and buy tickets on line and pick up at will call. You'll be given a time you can enter. We went during spring break and it was packed.

It's clean and the exhibits are well done. It's set up to bring you smoothly through map or not. The jellies exhibit is really neat and over near the dolphin show. The dolphin show shouldn't be missed though its rather short it is interesting. If you sit in the soak zone you will get wet. Front three rows soaked. Loved the 4d show there are two. Know that the last show for one of the two shows offered will be 230ish. If you have kids see both shows they are only 15 minutes but kids love it. Really little ones 3 or less were scared of ,i think, Creatures of the deep and would do better at Happy Feet. You get one show with the upgraded ticket you have to buy the other one once you enter the actual aquarium. I think it was $3 no big deal. This place is terrible in a crowd. They are slow first thing in the morning and after 4. Weekends are pretty busy.

Lots of good restaurants nearby. Parking stinks and is expensive so allow plenty of time. Walking distance to Cheesecake Factory, pizza UNO , McCormick and Schmick,, Ruth's Chris,, just tons of places. There are boats in port you can tour, I think four. We toured two you can get combined tickets for less than one at a time at the kiosk near the Aquarium. The submarine was most interesting for our 11 yr old son. You can make an entire day 9am to 9pm out of this easily. Between the aquarium and the harbor shops and restaurants. There is some outdoor seating too if the weather is nice. Lots of fun!

Thank kisswells
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Something for everyone. Extremely clean and user friendly even when crowded. Dolphin show was good but pales in comparison to Sea World. Liked the tropical exhibits and the jellyfish the best. Had a nice lunch as the Cheesecake Factory outside after.

Thank NyWillie
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Very nice aquarium, although we like the Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey better since it has a petting pool.

Some extremely scary escalators with only waist-high walls. If you are afraid of heights, beware!

If you like carnival barkers, you'll love strolling or sitting outside the aquarium where announcements from loud speakers boom at you.

Thank redrosewhiterose
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I was/am impressed by the incredible presentations. The place is extremely clean and well maintained.

I am disabled and use a wheelchair for mobility, consequently I need to utilize the elevators. I found the wait time for the elevators excessive. I witnessed people utilizing the elevators with no reguard for the obviously disabled. The staff is very cordial and helpful!
I definately recommend to ALL - EVEN without a DISABLED discount to incentivize visiting.

Thank William Michael M
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We enjoyed the aquarium. It was a busy weekend and didn't realize that they would only let people in by assigned times. Luckily, we were able to purchase tickets for the next day, or we wouldn't have been able to visit.

Thank Bridget P
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