National Aquarium, Baltimore

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    YOU HAVE TO VISIT THE AQUARIUM!!

    by zanzooni Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    The National Aquarium officially opened in August of 1981. It was the beginning of Baltimore's Inner Harbor redevelopement. It has gone through a myriad of changes of the last few decades, and recently they opened a "Rain Forrest" section that houses birds, reptiles and other indigenous species from the rain forrest areas. They also have an area at the aquarium:"Australian exhibit, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, depicts amazing stories of survival in an extreme environment." There's a frog exhibit as well as a Dolphin Amphitheater.

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    The National Aquarium

    by starship Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    National Aquarium - Modern Architectural Structure
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    Since its opening in 1981, the National Aquarium has been one of the major sights at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Its striking modern architecture of a pyramidal roof, colorful rectangles and cylindral sections are not what you may think an aquarium would look like, but once inside there is no doubt that the aquarium is all that you hoped it would be and more.

    Visited only once until this trip at the end of June (2009), the aquarium much larger now. It is divided into pier pavilions, each housing unique eco systems such as "Animal Planet Australia," "Atlantic Coral Reef," "Upland Tropical Rain Forest," etc. We saw waterfalls, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, dolphins, native Atlantic fish, birds, crocodiles, turtles--the list is endless.

    Pier 4 Pavilion houses the large amphitheater where the Dolphin Show is performed and where you're likely to get splashed if you sit in the lower seating rows!! The 4-D Immersion Theater is located in the Glass Pavilion, also home to Animal Planet Australia. Both of these special attractions were included on our timed ticket, and we made sure we were at the designated spot for our prescheduled time to see both of these shows. The 4-D Immersion Show was a movie in 4-D as the name suggests---you experienced sights, sounds, smells and touch while watching a fascinating film about wildlife---was extremely well done and worth the time. Also while in Pavilion 4, take a minute to see "Jellies Invasion:Oceans Out of Balance." The upside-down jellyfish were little luminous beings I had not seen before.

    It is worth spending at least 2 hours in the aquarium (maybe more). For the tired and hungry, each pavilion has a cafe of its own, and a souvenir shop relating to the eco-system on display in that pavilion. Some of the souvenirs are actually for grown-ups and are artistic.

    Because we had a group ticket which included admission to the Aquarium, Dolphin Show, 4-D Theatre and our transportation to Baltimore for $25, it was an amazingly good bargain for us.

    As of August, 2009, prices are:
    Adult - ages 12 - 59, Aquarium only: $24.95; ticket with extras: $29.95
    Senior - ages 60+ Aquarium only: $23.95; ticket with extras: $28.95
    Child - ages 3-11 Aquarium only $14.95; ticket with extras: $19.95

    Check website for hours, but for August, 2009:
    Monday - Thursday: 9 - 5
    Friday & Saturday: 9 - 8
    Sunday: 9 - 6

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    NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE

    by LoriPori Written Sep 26, 2006

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    National Aquarium

    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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    The Ever-Expanding National Aquarium

    by AKtravelers Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    The National Aquarium seen from the Constellation

    If you haven't been to Baltimore's Inner Harbor in a few years, you have missed the big expansion of the National Aquarium. Always the centerpiece of the Inner Harbor rennaissance, the National Aquarium just keeps getting better and better. Is it the best aquarium in the United States? Arguably, it is.
    The most recent addition is the Australia Exhibit, which takes a look at the world's driest continent from a hydro perspective. About 10 years ago, they added on a marine mammal pavillion that includes dolphin shows that come with the price of admission and are guaranteed to entertain. But my favorite place is still the tropical rainforest, located in a glass pyramid atop the building. Oh yeah, and being an aquarium, it does actually have tanks with fish in it , too, with a special focus on the Chesepeake Bay.
    If you live locally, ask the aquarium staff about sleepovers for your kids.
    We have no idea how much it costs because the last few times we visited, we were members.

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    A FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF MARINE LIFE!

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    The National Aquariam in the distance

    The National Aquarium (1981) is the highlight of the Inner Harbor, so plan to tour this "must see" attraction.

    You'll find several floors of immense aquariums, home to hundreds of species of sea creatures. The huge windows allow for easy viewing as you wind your way along ramps, which snake throughout the exhibits. As they swim in their strikingly beautiful habitat, you'll notice the staggering variety of fish. The aquarium is home to 11,000 creatures!

    Important tips for visiting the Aquarium: Buy advance tickets if possible or before you begin touring the Inner Harbor and on busy times of the year visit either at the beginning of hours or towards the end.

    When we purchased our tickets, we were given a specific time to arrive. We had to wait a couple of hours because there was quite a crowd, so while waiting for our turn we visited other sights. There was plenty to see!

    Admission for adults is $21.95; seniors $20.95; children 3-11 $12.95 and under 3 free. Hours are seasonal.

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    National Aquarium

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Cool sharks & dolphins

    This is a really cool aquarium. I must say they did such a wonderful job in how they display so many species of fish. The have a great Dolphin Show and a tropical rainforest that you can walk through. It does take some time to go through it, but everyone will enjoy it.

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    National Aquarium

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    Aquarium from the end of the harbor

    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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    The Dolphin Show

    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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    National Aquarium

    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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    National Aquarium

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 15, 2007

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    This is one of the best aquariums that I've ever seen. And, as you can tell from my other pages, that's saying a lot. It rates second only to Sea World in San Diego.

    Here is an enormous collection of sea creatures from around the world. There is a tropical rain forest, with an exhibit of river life; a very impressive collection of frogs, both tropical and temperate; several exhibits on the Atlantic coast, including the beach, tidal marshes, coral reefs, and upriver areas; and the largest display that I've seen of Australian creatures (no large mammals, but lots of small reptiles and fish).

    The big favorite is, of course, the dolphins. They put on a magnificent show, with a variety of stunts and some audience interaction. Maybe you'll get to be a "volunteer."

    The entry fee is $21.95, and three dollars more with the dolphin show. But if you have at least several hours, then it's worth it. You need that long to get your money's worth. There are three large buildings to explore.

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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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    Incredible adventure at the National!

    by dustmon Written May 26, 2010

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    Blind seal in Baltimore (sounds like a band!)

    My girlfriend and her 2 girls and I went to this in the spring and had a blast---especially photographically wise.....Some of what I loved---the seals (check out the blind one in the photo!) the jellyfish (ooohh) and the penguins. It may seem crazy, but I just don't like dolphin shows---probably wouldn't like monkey shows or whale shows either.....just doesn't seem right, but who's to say that jellyfish shouldn't be treated the same way? I do not have the answer, but in any event, this is a cool place to visit for anyone, especially kids.

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    National Aquarium

    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.

    (The USS Torsk is in the foreground of the photo.)

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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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    Go to the National Aquarium in...

    by holligolytly Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to the National Aquarium in Baltimore!
    This Aquarium is amazing. For only $16 per adult, you can watch the dolphin show in the Marine Mammal Pavilion and then make your way across to the Main aquarium to see 5 levels of attractions. My favorites where the puffin display, the sharks(quite scary), the seahorses, and the sting rays.

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