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“Definitely Worth The Admission Price”
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 234 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 November 2, 2013

This "attraction" is ONLY for people who enjoy learning about and spending time watching sharks, dolphins, a nice selection of jellyfish, and a huge variety of fish. Sizes span from smaller than a quarter to as large as a human being. And fish appearances are from being as plain as a brown leaf to as colorful as a sparkling rainbow. I recommend exploring Baltimore's National Aquarium's website before visiting, so that you're familiar with what this amazing place is all about. Plan to spend at least four leisurely hours there, in order to fully experience everything this aquarium has to offer. Lovely music plays in the background of most exhibits, so I personally found the general environment to be calming and stress-reducing. And the more time you linger, the more relaxed you'll become. There's just something about gazing at all sorts of fish languidly swimming in spacious accommodations that soothes the soul. Most young children become bored quickly, so I suggest waiting until yours are old enough to enjoy spending hours walking and looking around. The café is kept as clean as possible, considering the large number of people eating there. If you like souvenirs, there are two small spots that sell some. But the main "museum shop" is enormous in size, selection and serious fun! Be sure to write down exact directions, because the surrounding area can be quite congested and confusing. And since the aquarium doesn't have it's own parking, look up the several lots/garages within walking distance. The entire Baltimore Harbor is also worth checking out, particularly for lunch or dinner. You're sure to have a memorial time.

Thank Lori B
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We really enjoyed it. The $34 price tag was a lot fortunately we had a harbor pass which includes 5 attractions for $49. If we didn't have the pass we would not have gone do to the expensive price. There are lots of other fun things to do in Baltimore that are more reasonably priced. The aquarium is large and has lots of different types of animals.

Thank Kk122
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

My husband and I visited the aquarium in inner harbor about 15 years ago and had a wonderful experience. We took our time through the exhibits; it was peaceful and quiet. This time was a totally different story. We arrived on a weekday at about 10:30AM. It was pandemonium! Kids were running everywhere, and their teachers/chaperones were shouting and running after them. This happened on every floor! I had a knee replacement recently and was constantly afraid that I would be bowled over. Turns out from Sept or Oct to Feb or Mar Maryland schoolchildren are admitted free into the aquarium! Take my advice -- plan your visit on a weekend!

By the way, I did not find the exhibits any more fascinating than several other aquariums we've been to. There's a lot of ground to cover, and it's a complicated maze.

Our senior rate was $30. The adult rate is $10 more.

Thank barbara70
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Kate H, Public Relations Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Hi Barbara! I want to thank you and your husband for visiting during your trip back to the Inner Harbor and Baltimore. We are thrilled to have you back, but I'm truly disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your visit as much as you did the last time.

Although we are proud to be one of the Inner Harbor's most popular destinations and to be distinguished as an informal learning environment for families and schools, these designations sometimes do cause crowding in the building. We do have protocols and restrictions for groups, including number of counselors per student. I have alerted our guest services and group sales teams of your feedback.

We would love to help you plan your next visit at a time that would avoid big groups. Please feel free to email us at social@aqua.org and we can help! Thank you again for your feedback.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Great facility and detailed exhibits, staff was friendly and provided well researched information on the fish and environments

Thank liameryan
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

So much to do in this place! Take the day and plan to go see some of the movies. Each floor has lots to explore and learn about. Gift shop is huge too.

I have been to the aquarium multiple times over the years and it is always well worth the trip. Kids of all ages with love it as will the elderly.

Walk to restaurants and grab a bite to eat - then walk it off along the harbor!

Plenty of parking nearby.

Thank DWRealty
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