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National Aquarium, Baltimore
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Feb 26, 2015 by: Katie L from
This is a great place to spend a few hours. There is a large reef exhibit in the middle when you walk in which was by far my favorite part. It contained small sharks, rays, puffer fish, a wide variety of other colorful fish and A HUGE turtle. It was really fun to watch all of the different sea life. After I left this area, I saw a bunch of other neat exhibits that contained lots of different fish and wildlife.
Your Underwater Viewing Adventure Awaits!
Feb 25, 2015 by: Christina G from Ellicott City, Maryland
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a great place to visit any time of year. If you've not yet gone to the National Aquarium - why are you waiting? Exhibits to delight kids of all ages: from the Rain Forest to seeing a 'real' Nemo to those ever-intelligent Dolphins and of course, those wicked sharks. You won't be disappointed with the sights and you'll learn some things, too!
Good, but they squeeze every penny out of you
Feb 25, 2015 by: nosaat from new york, ny
We enjoyed our visit to the Aquarium. You should plan on spending several hours there. However, it left a somewhat sour taste in our mouths. As everyone has said, the admission is very steep to begin with. Then they wouldn't honor their Maryland Mornings discount because "it's a holiday" (Presidents Day, no mention of this exception on their website). As soon as you walk in they insist on taking a family photo, which they later offer for over $20. Then you have to pay $3.00 for each coat checked. (Tip: Bring a large bag in which to stuff all your gear. Then you'll only pay for one item). This is all before you begin your visit. The exhibitions themselves are impressive. Everyone enjoyed themselves, from young children to grandparents. It's a shame that we left feeling somewhat exploited.
Feb 24, 2015 by: K B from Lindenhurst, New York
Spent three hours wandering and exploring. Had a great time--beautiful place to spend quality time. Did the Sharks Behind the Scenes Tour--Alan--you are very knowledgeable and funny to boot! Thanks for a great tour and day!
One of the best aquariums.
Feb 24, 2015 by: Ebyjo from Kensington, Maryland
The National Aquarium is almost worth the price of admission. That says a lot, because it costs $35 each to get in! A huge amount for an aquarium. However, it really is a fabulous experience. The main section is where the best experience is to be found. There is an enormous tank that spans four stories, some of it is open air, other parts behind glass. It is chock full of huge creatures of all kinds: an enormous economic sea turtle with a missing front flipper, the biggest Rays I have ever seen and lots of them, tons of sharks, big and small, tropical fish, grouper, saw fish, etc, etc, etc.....it is also perfectly lit. This is generally true for the entire aquarium. Every exhibit is lit to maximize the viewing of each species without at all being glaring or intrusive. Very impressive, and better than anywhere I have ever seen. The dolphin section is mainly for seeing a show, which we did not. You can go in and watch them swim aroun, which is fun too. The Australia section is actually very nice, however it pales in comparison to the main aquarium. So if you can foot the bill, or better yet find discount coupons somewhere, the National Aquarium is worth the trip.
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