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National Aquarium

Aquarium and Zoo
Inner Harbor, Baltimore
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  • Richard R.
    "Shark tanks are awesome and jelly fish tanks will amaze you."(11 Tips)
    Pam L.
    "Very nice people here, make sure to check out the jelly fish."(7 Tips)
    Ashley B.
    "The jellyfish exhibit is fantastic and I loved the dolphin show!"(6 Tips)
    Baltimore Maryland
    "Polar Express takes the Harbor Friday November"(6 Tips)
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  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonAugust 26, 2013
    Jellyfish exhibit is a showstopper, yet easy to overlook with so much other fish candy at the Aquarium. Only mystery is rain forest. Get there early or come late to avoid the throngs of people.
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawlerMarch 17, 2016
    Tickets are kinda pricey, but worth it for a fun day and there is a lot to see. Make sure to stick around for a dolphin show and stop at a nearby restaurant on the harbor for lunch
  • Iulia O.
    Iulia OpreaOctober 2, 2015
    Great place to visit on a rainy day, when is not that busy. This aquarium is exactly the same with the one in Barcelona, excepting the dolphin encounter, which you really have to see.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowleyOctober 14, 2012
    Hands down the best aquarium I've ever been to. The jellyfish exhibit is fantastic and I loved the dolphin show! The staff is awesome here and the exhibits are so realistic! I never wants to leave.
  • Sweet B.
    Sweet BoyDecember 2, 2013
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a wonderful place to visit. However, it does get crowded, so if you can, go on off-hours or weekdays instead of weekends...
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HerringMay 15, 2012
    Great place, part of the National Aquarium of Baltimore. Calming watching the animals swim. There is a computer example of the species, giving you pictures and details. The Shark Shop is also in here.
  • Sirius Q.
    Sirius QDecember 31, 2015
    I used to come here as a kid. Admission is expensive, but we always had a good time. Finally saw the new Australia exhibit and was not very impressed. The regular part of the aquarium is awesome, tho
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EdgertonFebruary 14, 2012
    Make sure to grab a map, the aquarium is very large and it is easy to miss some exhibits. Also, check for the times of the dolphin show when you first get there so you don't miss it!
  • Insider Perks
    Insider PerksMarch 1, 2012
    This is one of the best aquariums in the United States. The dolphin show cannot be missed along with the stingrays and sharks. Can get very crowded at times so bring your patience with you. Read more
  • Zoe
    ZoeDecember 5, 2012
    Awesome aquarium, really cool look. It does get REALLY crowded though, nothing is less fun than trying to observe the majesty of the jellyfish with a million kids screaming in some hellish unison.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Nearly 16,500 sea animals, from plankton to sharks, are housed behind the angular glass walls of this aquarium. Since 1981, it's often been cited as one of the best in America. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • ❦ ❧Desi S.
    Always enjoy coming here. Check sites for coupons. Love watching the beautiful sea life but gets crowded n difficult at times but worth it but bring your patience w lines.
  • Joann H.
    Joann HutchinsonMay 16, 2014
    This place is amazing. I haven't been there since i was a kid. I loved the 4-D thearter. Calypso, the 3-legged Sea Turtle i loved seeing everything there.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 27, 2014
    One of, if not the, best aquarium I've ever been too. Loved the jellyfish exhibit. Try to go early in the morning on a weekday to avoid the crowds
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeJuly 1, 2011
    They feed the sting rays at 10:30am. Best place to view is below the ground floor in the underwater viewing area. Ask a guide how to get there. Let everyone else crowd around on ground floor!
  • Florence H.
    Florence HMarch 12, 2016
    There are a lot of kids running around... All the time. Most of the time without parental supervision. But the exhibits are great, I love the jellyfish and sharks.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WilliamsJune 22, 2012
    Personnel and dolphin trainers hang out to answer any and all questions you may have! Definitely better than just watching the show and then having to leave for them to get ready for the next show!
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 26, 2011
    This aquarium is 4 stories, and has periodic specials on admission. There are lots of different tanks full of interesting sea life, they have a dolphin show and even a “4-D” movie. Read more
  • Micah R.
    Micah RittelSeptember 18, 2011
    GREAT PLACE, GET THERE EARLY, THERE IS LOTS TO DO.......TAKE YOUR TIME IN THE AQUARIUM AND BRING A LITTLE PATIENCE, OTHER PPL THERE WERE EXTREMELY RUDE, OTHER THAN THAT, GREAT PLACE!!!!!
  • Realty Masters
    Realty MastersApril 3, 2012
    This is a must-see in Baltimore! From sting rays to penguins, this aquarium has it all! Be sure to sign up for newsletters for special discounts and events.
  • Mike T.
    Mike T.February 28, 2015
    Fishes! Sharks! Dolphins! Its a little pricey but its worth it. One of the best aquariums I've been to. Better than The Boston Aquarium even!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BegleyMarch 6, 2011
    Get there earlier if you have younger kids. Entrance into the Aquarium is staggered by times of entry so if you want to avoid needing to kill time in Inner Harbour, get there early! Also, the dolphin
  • Alexis D.
    Alexis DavisJanuary 14, 2015
    If you have a family of 4 it makes sense to just purchase a membership as it can be covered just by visiting the aquarium 2.5x! Sure you can catch a special deal but it's not worth the huge crowds
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoonApril 3, 2012
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A 15-20 minute walk from the hotel. Tickets are $25, open 9am - 5pm. Don't miss the dolphin show!
  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel
    The dolphinarium and also the exhibit on marine mammals are interesting. There are no Halal food outlets in the cafeteria of the National Aquarium but both, Masaajid and Halal restaurants, can be foun Read more
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RiceAugust 23, 2014
    They don't do dolphin shows anymore (yay happy dolphins!) so the stadium is a great place to relax during your trip. Just sit and watch the dolphins play with soccer balls
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJanuary 24, 2015
    Expensive but worth it. Shark tanks are awesome and jelly fish tanks will amaze you. Great place for kids of all ages.
  • Baltimore Maryland
    Baltimore MarylandNovember 9, 2011
    The Polar Express takes the Harbor Friday November 18, 5pm - 9pm! Join the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a special screening of Polar Express, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! $8 admission after 5pm
  • John
    JohnJuly 30, 2015
    One of the best museums I've ever been to in my entire life. And I've been to a lot.
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Jade F.
    Jade FeltonSeptember 6, 2015
    The coral reef exhibit is breath-taking and you might see the large fish having a race.
  • Mohana M S.
    Mohana M ShivashankarApril 25, 2011
    Pros: Superb dolphin show, souvenir shop is good, gigantic skeleton of God-knows-what-osaurus Cons: The 4D show has nice effects but is way too short (I watched the Seasons one, not sure abt others)
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunJuly 20, 2011
    What Bryan Voltaggio loves about Baltimore: "Here's a little secret, go on a Monday to avoid the lines. I like to take my 4-year-old there so we can both run around like kids." Read more
  • Im J.
    Im JffFebruary 5, 2014
    The Dolphin Show is no more. Haven't been here in a while so it was an unpleasant surprise as you could imagine. Though you can still see them which was nice.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 22, 2011
    Did you know? Ancient Sumerians were the first civilization to keep fish, albeit as food, beginning around 2500 BC. Later, Egyptians kept fish for their decorative characteristics. Read more
  • Robert M.
    Robert MosesJuly 7, 2014
    Very immersive and well presented venue for seeing all types of sea life. The exhibit route is arranged to move you around the museum in an organized fashion.
  • Madison O.
    Madison OrlofskiJuly 29, 2013
    Like most aquariums, this is very exiting in the beginning, however toward the end of the exhibits, things get a little dull. The jellyfish and the dolphin show are very interesting. Rainforest- no.
  • Gene T.
    Gene TaylorJanuary 2, 2012
    Go early, staff has all the information too! if not, they find the answer for you! Really enjoy Level 3 in the main aquarium building.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NMarch 24
    Truly wonderful design, loved the escalators passing over the big tanks. Lots of sharks, huge rays, & jellies.
  • Carolina R.
    Carolina RevillaAugust 3, 2014
    Great place for children and adults. Strollers must be checked in and they give carriers for the babies at no charge
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJune 6, 2011
    Buy the Baltimore Harbor pass for access here, the Maryland Science Center, Top of the World Observation level, plus five other tourist hot spots . You will save 20% over the general ticket prices! Read more
  • Emilee R.
    Emilee RomanoNovember 22, 2011
    You are invited on an extraordinary adventure to the North Pole this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! A cold winter’s journey that’s sure to warm your heart and make you believe.
  • Christine O.
    Christine OsazuwaNovember 10, 2012
    Go after 5PM on Fridays for the cheapest tickets. Aquarium stays open til 9:30
  • Ali D.
    Ali DeanDecember 29, 2012
    The aquarium does NOT allow strollers do don't depend on one to schlep your kids and stuff around. They do lend out pretty decent baby carriers if you don't own one.
  • Rich H.
    Rich HauckNovember 1, 2014
    Check out the "Fridays After Five" promo in the winter months. Discounted ticket rate and less crowded = win win.
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalAugust 3, 2015
    Touch the exhibits is awesome. You get to touch jellyfish, stingray, starfish and more all bare hand.
  • Mooney M.
    Mooney MjAugust 9, 2014
    Great aquarium with $35 admission fee (plus parking) and throngs of people wandering aimlessly.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WilliamsJune 22, 2012
    The dolphin show has been taken away, no extra fee to go sit in the arena! They still do "shows" but everyone can go in and you can just chill in the amphitheatre and watch the dolphins play!
  • Vannie G.
    Vannie GorospeMay 31, 2015
    They have the new jelly fish, horseshoe crab exhibit. They allow you to pet them!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    The location was so fun right in the Bay Area with lots to see and do around it
  • Raven C.
    Raven CatlinMarch 28, 2013
    During spring break, go early to get your tickets and entry time. Our entry time was 2 hours from when we purchased our ticket at the window.
  • Santi C.
    Santi CaamañoOctober 22, 2015
    The line to get in is incredibly long! buy the tickets online and collect them at will kiosk! You'll save a lot of time.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LSeptember 15, 2014
    Go on a Friday after 5. It's cheaper. Also make sure to catch a dolphin show.
  • Jochen L.
    Go early in the morning and enjoy thousands of beautiful animals in a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WhiteJanuary 5, 2014
    Coming early is the best. Miss the crowds and watch the feedings!
  • Gloria J.
    Gloria JamesJuly 28, 2015
    This is a great aquarium to check out, located in the heart of the Inner Harbor.
  • Tony M.
    Tony MillerNovember 18, 2011
    If you go in when the doors open in the morning, you can watch the divers feeding the rays without crowds when people go to the dolphin show.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler ShaakJanuary 28, 2012
    Check out the fish! Lots of different kids. 1 fish, 2 fish, red fish, blue fish!
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria Mann-MaloneAugust 18, 2011
    Buy your tickets ahead of time to get a time to enter. We waited over 2 hours to get in but still had a great time.
  • Beth Lacey G.
    Beth Lacey GillSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Going on a discount day or when the yankees/redsox are in town means it'll be really crowded. But it's a great aquarium with a lot to see and do. The rain forest is gorgeous!
  • Margaret K.
    Margaret KamaraMarch 15, 2014
    Try to take note of the photographer that takes your souvenir photos, the company's system misplaces photos.
  • J
    JOctober 28, 2012
    Love this aquarium! Dolphin show is great but you might get wet haha 4D show is worth the 5 extra dollars.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MooneySeptember 17, 2012
    Come first thing in the morning on a weekday. All other times are swamped with people
  • Conor D.
    Conor DaltonJuly 13, 2013
    Barnes & Noble is a great (Air conditioned) place to wait for your entrance time!
  • Julia
    JuliaAugust 31, 2013
    Check out the dolphins and the jellyfish at the Dolphin Encounter and the Jellies Invasion!
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PowisSeptember 12, 2015
    Great exhibits. No strollers permitted, but they provide infant tote backpacks.
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KiwiJuly 29, 2012
    I found Nemo!!! So much fun!! Avoid long line and buy your tickets online before hand.
  • Bradley C.
    Bradley CookAugust 1, 2016
    Really expensive to get in, but there are tons of fish and other animals.
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Liz Z.
    Liz ZahnJanuary 4, 2013
    Only $12 entry after five on Fridays! They stop selling tickets at 8 but you can stay in the aquarium until 9:30.
  • Derek F.
    Among the best aquariums in the world. Catch the dolphin training show before it's over!
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Rob B.
    Rob BennettSeptember 8, 2012
    Cool exhibits to see, when its not overly crowded!! Also layout of this place is ridiculous!!
  • Bmore T.
    Bmore TwistSeptember 11, 2015
    Start early and head straight for the black tip reef window - sit by yourselves and be entranced
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GJanuary 18, 2015
    Nice way to spend the day in bmore! Although I do like the Camden aquarium a little more.
  • Ismael B.
    Ismael BuroneFebruary 9, 2015
    Jellyfish are awesome!!! Great place to visit and stay all day!!!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MorganJuly 9, 2012
    There is so many fun things to do even if there isnt a dolphin show anymore
  • Anna F.
    Anna FernandoMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The dolphin presentation is amazing.. A must see.
  • Mitch H.
    Mitch HurnSeptember 11, 2010
    Sign up for a dolphin show and have plenty of time to be able to check out the place. Takes about 4 hours including the show
  • Kate B.
    Kate BiernatSeptember 19, 2014
    Amazing aquarium!! Would definitely come back for the dolphins alone!!
  • Troy F.
    Troy Fernando MitchellJanuary 13, 2013
    Made lots of screen savers wit the jellyfish pics..so peaceful and photogenic lol
  • John S.
    Had such a great time here. My nephew and I loved the jellyfish exhibit!
  • Nikos X.
    Nikos XynosJanuary 13
    very good aquarium with many inserts
  • Ryon C.
    Ryon ColemanJuly 31, 2016
    Very crowded but well-designed flow to the exhibits
  • Chris F.
    Chris FJune 21
    Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for souvenirs
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 8, 2012
    The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits with more than 16,500 animals. Read more
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WileyApril 26, 2013
    The main tank is under construction. The rest of the Aquarium is nice, as usual!
  • Kim M.
    Kim MasonFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The jelly's exhibit. The touch pools and Calypso!
  • Baltimore Maryland M.
    Check out the 4D Theater. During the holidays they run Polar Express.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CavalieriAugust 15, 2014
    One of the best aquariums I've been to.
  • Stella
    StellaAugust 28, 2013
    Apparently you can only have one tomato on your burger. The Mac and cheese was atrocious.
  • Baltimore
    BaltimoreSeptember 21, 2011
    Voted Best Attraction and Best Place to take Kids by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Check out the work the National Aquarium does for their Marine Animal Rescue Program. Very cool stuff!
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoSeptember 1, 2014
    The best museum/aquarium cafe I've ever been to.
  • Lionel L.
    Lionel LewisMarch 21, 2012
    Go on a weekday in the afternoon to avoid the crowds!
  • Dayan J.
    Dayan JimenezJuly 29, 2015
    The jelly fish section is amazing
  • Steph B.
    Steph BlueMarch 25, 2011
    Watched 'The Cove' and now I'm at the Dolphin show. Feeling a tad guilty. Don't miss the Jellyfish! So tranquil. The food sucks.
  • Mindi
    MindiAugust 13, 2012
    Give yourself plenty of time to see everything!
  • Laura U.
    Laura UngerOctober 23, 2011
    Check out the 4-D immersion show. Its short but the effects are a lot fun!
  • Timothy E.
    Timothy ElsonAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great place to be a member. No queues, even on the busiest of days.
  • Pam L.
    Pam LaneJuly 20, 2011
    Very nice people here, make sure to check out the jelly fish.
  • Kristen G.
    Kristen GrayJune 24, 2010
    Check out calypso the sea turtle. She is the new love of my life. The australia exhibit is PERFECT.... there are spitting fish. That is all.
  • Angie C.
    Angie CampbellDecember 25, 2015
    Wish prices were cheaper I would go more often
  • Darius A.
    Darius AJanuary 2, 2015
    огромное разнообразие - более 10 тыс. видов рыб, амфибий, птиц, рептилий, млекопитающих и беспозвоночных. можно погладить дельфина и поплавать в бассейне с тропическими рыбками.
  • Sara A.
    Sara AlmashwehSeptember 29, 2016
    اكواريوم جزء لأحواض الأسماك،ممكن لمس الجلي فيش وبعض الأنواع الاخرى..وجزء للطيور والضفادع بمختلف أنواعها..وجزء لعرض الدولفين مع شرح عن حياته..سينما 4D ممتعه..يستحق المشاهده
  • Nicolás F.
    Excelente Acuario!! Parada obligatoria para todo quien conozca Baltimore!
  • Vladimir C.
    Maravilloso, nos divertimos mucho sobre todo con el show de los delfines, felicidades
  • César
    CésarNovember 23, 2012
    La sección de las medusas es corta pero muy linda!
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