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National Aquarium, Baltimore
Based on 2532 traveler reviews
Rated one of the top Aquariums
Nov 20, 2014 by: Kenyetta J from
Good experience. There are many varieties of sharks, which is really great to see in person. There is a dolphin watching area, but it doesn't have any shows. Wish there were more interactive things to take part in.
Well worth it!
Nov 19, 2014 by: Travvllr from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Check while you are there: some Friday nights they reduce rates after 5PM. We were there on a Friday night, when the aquarium was open until 9PM. We felt it was ample time to see everything. the only disadvantage may be the rain forest, which is spectacular during the day, but there was a docent available to shine a light for us to see the birds. Can't wait to go back! Friendly staff, many surprises.
Nov 18, 2014 by: ILoveNewZealand95 from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
This is a great way to spend a Saturday. The aquarium itself is very fun and there's a lot to discover. Great for people of all ages. However, it is on the more expensive side and it does get very crowded. Overall, a definitely fun time.
Delightful exhibits even for a non-fish aficionado
Nov 16, 2014 by: Avery510 from Rochester, New York
I'm not usually into fish but I was ooh-ing and ah-ing at this place. We went on a Friday night after 5 when they had tickets for $12 instead of $35. You don't get the benefit of the skylight exhibits but the rest is terrific. The natural habitats that are set up are beaufiful and it's great to see the frogs, lizards etc that way. There are a Native American dance show going on while we were there and it was very interesting. There is a rain forest and birds and snakes, not just fish and sharks and jellies and manta rays. I learned a lot without even trying. There were not a lot of children at that time. This is indeed a national treasure and I truly enjoyed it. I was fascinated by the animals. Put aside a good 3 hours to fully enjoy.
Don't let the bad reviews scare you
Nov 15, 2014 by: TravelingTeller17 from Altoona, Pennsylvania
My boyfriend and I came down for an overnight trip to Baltimore with the aquarium being the highlight. We had booked a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, the aquarium package, which included two adult tickets. The package through the hotel seemed to be cheaper than getting a room, breakfast, and tickets cheaper, so consider that route if staying overnight. Arrived at the aquarium around 1:30. We got there right as a school group was, which made us a little weary, but ended up not seeing them again. The open tank was AMAZING, definitely one of their best assets, really puts you right there with the marine life. Loved that there was the option for a coat check/stroller check and lockers, great for stashing our coats from the 30 degree weather outside. Enjoyed the seat up of the aquarium, ensured that you didn't miss a thing and offered maximum use of the space. Disappointed with the jellyfish exhibit, but LOVED the dolphins. Not sure if it's all the time or just the day we were there, but the dolphin trainers were in the pool with the dolphins and held a casual 5 min presentation, which is nice instead of waiting around for scheduled shows. Very approachable employees, found out they are all volunteers, but we're highly knowledgable and always on hand to take any question. Every employee was pleasant and helpful. Loved the monkeys in the rainforest exhibit. Loved the variety of exhibits and the unique exhibits (like the open tank) that makes this aquarium special. Would recommend and would visit again with my young nephew.
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