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Trip Advisor Great visit
Apr 20, 2014 by: VaGoldVirginia from Virginia
Great trip and enjoyed the National Aquarium I believe my granddaughter took 276 pictures she loved everything about it. Was during Easter vacation so there were pretty big crowds each day but they handle the traffic well and kept everything moving. All the informational personnel throughout the property were there and very helpful if you had a question. Would go again and I know one 8 year old would tell she's in if Grandpa wants to go back. Nice time.

Trip Advisor Not impressed
Apr 20, 2014 by: Cawwee23 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Came here with our 2 year old. We liked all the tanks and that they had ledges so we didn't have to lift her up. Our favorite was the octopus. Not much to see in the rainforest. Did I miss something? Dolphins just swam around nothing special. They'd be better having a little schedule of events you could go see. Children's area was super lame. Camden aquarium is much better for small children. And the price. Goodness!!

Trip Advisor A Day Out With Dad
Apr 20, 2014 by: MBJBride0520 from Fallston, Maryland
I took Dad to visit the aquarium for his birthday; he hasn't been since it first opened and it has changed immensely since then. We loved just hanging out and trying to take good pictures of the amazing animals. We loved the 4-D movie "Salmon Run" especially having just visited Alaska last year.

Trip Advisor Great Behind the Scenes Tour
Apr 19, 2014 by: travelingNYfamily from Long Island NY
The layout of the Aquarium is really brilliant. We also did a behind the scenes tour, which considering the cost includes admission was really a great deal.

Trip Advisor Yes, it's pricey, but so worth it!
Apr 18, 2014 by: CriticalGrrl from East Lansing, Michigan
The Aquarium takes a lot of heat for being an expensive outing, but so is the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and large aquariums everywhere. Our visit coincided with Spring Break in the Baltimore area (Good Friday). We had planned on a mid-afternoon visit to avoid the crowds, not knowing about spring break. We arrived at 2:30 but the next available timed entry was 5:45. This gave us time to walk along the harbor area. We even got a movie in at the Landmark Harbor East cinema and browsing Whole Foods before returning. The aquarium is prepared to deal with large crowds, and the line for entry was long but orderly. Once inside, your route is clearly directed so that you can take in the main reef/shark attraction. The place was packed, and I felt sorry for little people and young children. The first part of your journey takes you past many smaller tanks, sandwiched between dividing walls of interpretive signage, and these areas were hard to view in the crush. However, the main attraction--the sharks--are viewed on multiple levels and on multiple walkways, culminating in the lowest level of the building in which you are truly "swimming with the sharks", viewing them from floor to ceiling windows. In addition to the reef tank, there is a wing for Australian wildlife (why?), the dolphin tank with bleacher seating (we did not stay for the program), and not-to-miss room of various dramatically lit jellyfish tanks. There are also places to eat (but, why eat there when there are all the restaurants in the Inner Harbor?) and at least two gift shops. There were not enough scholarly books at the gift shop for my tastes, but, I was tempted by a plush jellyfish.

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