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National Aquarium, Baltimore

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Neighbourhood: Inner Harbor
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As featured in 3 Days in Baltimore and 2 other guides
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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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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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We enjoyed a lot in our visit to National aquarium.. My three year old kid excited and watched all exhibits.

Reviewed 1 week ago
William A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great if you have never done some snorkeling or diving in the Caribbean. You'll get to see lots of beautiful fish. The reef, however, is completely fake. And they should not be keeping dolphins; the basin is way too small for such animals. The have absolutely no opportunity to show any natural behavior whatsoever.

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

Hi Jeroen. Thank you for sharing your feedback. Regarding our coral habitats, we do have a few smaller live, soft coral exhibits, but because large reefs take thousands of years to fully form and require excessive amounts of sunlight to stay healthy, it was neither feasible nor environmentally responsible for us to use actual coral in our large central exhibit.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a lot in our visit to National aquarium.. My three year old kid excited and watched all exhibits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the nicest aquariums I've been to, great for adults & kids! Right in the heart of Baltimore Harbor, lots to do.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great stop, especially for a rainy day. Good variety of aquatic life to see. Make sure to see the dolphins too. Also, if driving in, find a garage that accepts Aquarium parking validation for discount. We didn't notice this on the website under their parking notice (just says several garages available in the area, not about validation) or realize until... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a rainy day and we ended our evening in the aquarium. Go after 5 and tickets are half off. It wasn't crowded when we went which was great. Our favorite part was the touching tanks and dolphins.

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delightful way to spend your afternoon with family! The aquarium is beautifully designed, and fascinating. From the rain forest to Shark Alley....well worth the time and money !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The National Aquarium is amazing! I highly recommend it! Good for children as well as adults. Best attraction in Baltimore.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly. the price for tickets is astronomical wayyyyy too high for what it is I feel. However, it was good - the best aspect for me was the dolphin show YOU MUST GO to the show - be careful not to sit to close however as you will get soaked! Absolutely superb amazing what tricks they can do well trained... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great aquarium. located in the wonderful inner harbor area of Baltimore. Place it on your must do list.

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Arnold, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a bit dated now and I must say that many of the staff, especially at entry, act more like they are working in a canning factory. They are neither helpful nor friendly. There is only one reason for that - bad management that allows it. Having said that, the layout and displays are always first rate. Signage has... More 

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

Hi James. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m happy to hear you enjoy seeing all our diverse habitats, but disheartened that you were disappointed in other elements of your visit. It is our aim to provide outstanding guest service, and it seems your experience was not in line with these high standards. If you would be willing to share,... More 

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