National Aquarium, Baltimore

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501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 576-3800

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    NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE

    by LoriPori Written Sep 26, 2006

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    The all new NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE in the Inner Harbour area, is a architectural masterpiece. It is just so overwhelmingly beautiful. There is a 35-foot cascading waterfall inside the Glass Pavilion. In the Pier 3 Pavilion, you can journey into the mysteries of water and the natural world. Interact with the dolphins and their trainers during the dolphin show "Play!".

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    by SassyCycler Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    The Aquarium, easily found because it's so huge, is newly renovated and pretty remarkable looking. Lines for admittance are long and move slowly. (The day we were there only had 2 windows open even though there were close to 60 people in line waiting.) Tickets are timed entry so it sort of helps to keep the crowds down. The museum is small, relative to many other aquariums I've been to. Still, it's something educational and exciting for everyone.

    Try to get into an earlier entry time for the dolphin show. The day we were there, the last show was 6PM.

    Tip: If you are a member of AAA buy tickets in advance to get the discount. Discount will not be given at the ticket window.

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    National Aquarium

    by Fun4you Written Mar 30, 2006

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    The mission of the Baltimore Aquarium is to "stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments." The Aquarium opened in 1981 and has been entreating and educating visitors since. There are more than 10,500 creatures, the Baltimore Aquarium exhibits in their naturalistic habitats including stingrays, small sharks, sea turtles, bullfrogs, phytoplankton, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and puffins. Don't miss the amazing Dolphin Show!!! Much construction has been going on lately to add an Australian exhibit.

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    by lfair3iw Written Feb 12, 2006

    I have always loved this place, and as a D.C. native, I have been there many times. HOWEVER. let this be a warning to ANYONE who purchases advance tickets: CALL BEFORE YOU GO TO MAKE SURE IT IS ACTUALLY OPEN! My boyfriend and ordered 2 tickets for february 12th a week before hand as part of our valentines day celebration. The night before (as most of you locals know), we got a big snow storm, but the roads all around the region were clear. after checking the aquarium's website (www.aqua.org), and even looking at the "order tickets" page, and seeing that they were still selling tickets for the day, we drove all the way from fredericksburg, virginia to baltimore, only to find that the aquarium had closed its doors....without making any public posting, or notifying ticket holders (and yes, they receive contact info when you purchase tickets). needless to say, I am bit angry....They also have a stringent "non refund/exchange policy" so i will have to see how getting my money back pans out. i still encourage people to go if they have the chance....just make sure and CALL before making the trek.

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    Under the Sea

    by jlee008 Written Nov 15, 2004

    The National Aquarium is probably one of the neatest places to visit in Baltimore. It captivates audiences both young and old.
    There are of course the nautical exhibits. The shark pool is especially neat as you can observe the sharks from different vantage points around the pool. As you progress through, there are other various exhibits. They usually a special themed exhibit that is really intriguing. When I last visited, they had an exhibit of seahorses. Also, you have to check out their tropical rain forest. It's filled with all kinds of plants and if you go in the evening when it gets dark, there is an air of intrigue and mystery as you walk through the foliage. It's definately worth a look!!

    Be warned though, plan for the National Aquarium accordingly. Lines for it can get really long in the summertime. They suggest that you purchase your tickets ahead of time on-line to avoid this. If you do purchase your tickets the day of, there can be a few hours between the time of purchase and the time of entry. So buy your tickets when you arrive to the Harbor first if you decide you want to see it. Then you can walk around the Harbor afterwards while you are waiting to get in.

    HOURS: Open 10am to 7pm daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fridays open from 10am to 10pm. (Ticket office closes 2 hours prior to closing).

    ADMISSION:
    Adults - $17.50
    Adults - $14.50 (older than 60 years)
    Children - $9.50 (between 3-11 years)
    Children - Free (under 3 years)
    Fridays - $5 admission after 5pm

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    The Dolphin Show

    by N_philly Written Aug 17, 2004

    If you are plan to take a trip to Baltimore MD you absolutely must vist the National Aquarium. This is a great family getaway. We had such a wounderful time there. We decided to go there for a day trip. We got our tickets online so there was no wait and we were there on time (around 1:00pm). However it was very crowed. It's a 5 level self-guided tour. That took us about 5 hours in total (including the dolphin show) because we wanted to see everything and it was crowded.The absolute best thing there for me was the dolphin show. It took a while for the actual show to start because they had us audience members participating in games and watching a video show. The dolphin show lasts for about 30min. I also enjoyed the bi-level Tropical Rain Forest which had birds ,iguanas, sloths, frogs, tarantulas and much more. I was a bit squimish when I first entered the rain forest after a bird flew past my face, but it was very exciting. They also had a huge shark exhibit on the 4th level which I really enjoyed. It was a little dark in this area so be prepared. We were lucky enough to be there for feeding time, that was a great site to see. In all the National Aquarium is a wonderful experience for all ages!

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    National Aquarium Baltimore

    by Imaniac Written Jun 11, 2004

    The National Aquarium is said to be the biggest aquarium in the US. And I can assure you, it's big. There are dozens of fishtanks with all kinds of native, local and tropical fish. But that's not what makes this aquarium so special. It's the bigger projects that make the difference.

    There's a coral reef, in which you can descend from the top of the building all the way down to the bottom of the reef. Then there's also the extremely fun dolphin show. And last but certainly not least the tropical rain forrest. Here you can see all kinds of tropical birds, monkeys and of course also some fish.

    A ticket costs $ 17,50 for adults, with some discounts available. In the summer the aquarium is opened from 9AM to 8PM on weekdays and it closes at 10PM on weekends. In the winter months the aquarium is opened from 10AM to 7PM with extra hours on fridays to 10PM

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    A must see!

    by five0rob Written Dec 15, 2003

    This is A must for Families. I suggest that you go early in the morning to beat the crowdes especially on holidays. I went with family members during the Thanksgiving weekend and it was so crowded that we totally did not enjoy the experience.

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    Get Uncomfortably Close!

    by fa330 Updated May 4, 2003

    That's the motto for the aquarium. Here you can see many kinds of sea critters up close, like sharks, stingrays, and dolphins. They have a brand new seahorse exhibit showing many different types of seahorses from different parts of the world.

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    National Aquarium

    by Easty Written Apr 18, 2003

    One of the best aquariums in the world. The National Aquarium is Baltimore's most popular tourist attraction. The aquarium consists of exotic fishes and sea mammals. In my opinion, one of the best well kept aquariums. Allow 3 hours minimum for the aquarium

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    National Aquarium

    by seagoingJLW Written Mar 5, 2003

    In addition to the regular exhibits the aquarium offer Immersion Tours:
    1. Gallery Tour - offrers breakfast in the aquarium and tours before the aquarium opens.

    2. Dolphin Discovery Tour - Behind the scenes and special question and answer session with trainers.

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    National Aquarium

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    The Baltimore Aquarium is a marvelous place. Can't say enough good about it. They call it the National Aquarium even though it is not in D.C. There used to also be a small aquarium in D.C.

    You can eat at the restaurant there. We tried to have a big reunion dinner there, but they weren't flexible enough to serve the children earlier than the hour the dining room closed.

    Note: You may tour for two hours after closing on all days.

    July and August Only:
    Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    Friday - Sunday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

    March, April, May, and June, and September and October:
    9 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day except Friday.
    Friday only in these six months: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

    November, December, January, and February:
    10 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day except Friday.
    Friday only in these four months: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

    Tickets: Adults $17.50
    Children 3 to 11 years of age $9.50
    Adults sixty years and older $14.50

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    Baltimore National Aquarium

    by Rhondaj Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Beautiful aquarium with over 5,000 aquatic animals. Most important! :
    You have to get in line to get your tickets that will let you in at a later time. So,don't think that when you are in line, you are going right in.Your entry time will be posted on your admission ticket. While you are waiting you can go to other nearby attractions. The aquarium also puts on little mini-exhibits outdoors in the large waiting area to help keep you occupied!

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    National Aquarium

    by littlesam1 Written Jan 12, 2003

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    The National Aquarium at Baltimore's Inner Harbor is really worth taking your time to visit. The many aquariums, the Rain Forest, the sea horse, the seals, the dolphins are all fun entertaining and educational. Take some time, take a kid, and have a great day.

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    go to the baltimore aquarium!...

    by melancholia Written Aug 26, 2002

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    go to the baltimore aquarium! ..$16 per adult.
    there's a unique rainforest type setting area, and a lovely dolphin show every half hour or so. also, they have a great shark exhibit! the most interesting to me was the shark with the mouth that looks like a saw, i'm not actually sure of the shark's name, but it looks almost prehistoric!..very cool.

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