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National Aquarium in Baltimore

  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/07/2014

Fodor's Review

The most-visited attraction in Maryland has more than 16,000 fish, sharks, dolphins, and amphibians dwelling in 2 million gallons of water. The Blacktip Reef exhibit mimics a coral reef in the Indo-Pacific waters. It features pufferfish, stingrays and more unusual creatures, such as the tasseled wobbegong, a carpet shark. The aquarium also features reptiles, birds, plants, and mammals in its rain-forest environment, inside a glass pyramid 64 feet high. The rain-forest

ecosystem harbors two-toed sloths in calabash trees, parrots in the palms, iguanas on the ground, and red-bellied piranhas in a pool (a sign next to it reads "do not put hands in pool"). Each day in the Marine Mammal Pavilion, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are part of several entertaining presentations that highlight their agility and intelligence. The aquarium's famed shark tank and Atlantic coral reef exhibits are spectacular; you can wind through an enormous glass enclosure on a spiral ramp while hammerheads and brightly hued tropical fish glide by. Hands-on exhibits include such docile sea creatures as horseshoe crabs and starfish. Arrive early to ensure admission, which is by timed intervals; by noon, the wait is often two to three hours, especially on weekends and holidays.

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Sight Information

Address:

Pier 3, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202, United States

Phone:

410-576–3800

Website: www.aqua.org

Sight Details:

  • $34.95
  • Nov.–Feb., Sat.–Thurs. 10–5, Fri. 10–8; Mar.–June, Sept., and Oct., Sat.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. 9–8; July–Aug. 19, daily 9–8; Aug. 20–31, Sat.–Thurs. 9–6, Fri. 9–8; visitors may tour for up to 1½ hrs after closing

Updated 10/07/2014

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By Brian

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May 15, 2006

Friday After 5!

the rule here is try to go friday after 5... not only will it be less crowded but, you'll pay $7 for a ticket instead of $21. It's a great aquarium though and there's plenty of cool stuff to see. Not to mention it's in the middle of the Inner Harbour which is probably the must see area of Baltimore.

By Linda

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May 24, 2005

My Favorite Aquarium

In spite of the crowds and the high price of admission, this aquarium is well worth a visit. The large pool holding the ray fish and other large sea life must be seen from all levels, especially from the lowest level. I've been there three times and look forward to more visits.

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