National Aquarium

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501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD, USA - 410-576-3800

National Aquarium Baltimore Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Baltimore's most famous attraction Aug 25, 2017
Located on the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium is one of the most well-known attractions of Baltimore. Often, it is one of the recommended sights to see for any visitor to Baltimore. And considered one of the best aquariums in the country, if not the world. So does the aquarium live up to the hype?

Well, as you enter into the aquarium, there is the Maryland Waterfall, which is nice to see. And it is only the beginning, as there are some really nice exhibits to see after that.

Let start off with one of the well-known parts of the aquarium, which is Dolphin Discovery! This is where you can see bottlenose dolphins, inside a large pool at an amphitheater. There are talks throughout the day, where a keeper shows some of the things that a dolphin can do. This is okay, and worth a look, if you really like dolphins. And nearby is the underwater views of the dolphins, which is always a delight. I’d say, definitely make time to see this.

Other notable parts include the 2 aviaries, along with animals from that part of the world. One is the Australia: Wild Extremes, and the other being Upland Tropical Rainforest. Both are really nice to walk through, and give a little feel of those part of the world. Plus Shark Alley, where it is a multi-level walking path, which allows you to see the different types of sharks. And the Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance, which has the different types of jellyfish.

Of course, there is a lot more to see, and would be too numerous to list here. While I will agree that admission is very pricey at about $40, I do think that it is not a rip-off at all. And if you can, visit Friday after 5pm, and admission is half off. Also, Fridays is the only day of the week, when it is open late, until 9pm.

If there are any setbacks or issues with this place, one would be the assigned entry times. As each half-hour has a limited amount of tickets, you could find yourself waiting a while if you go during the more busy times. Also, some parts of the aquarium close earlier than others. For example, I believe that Australia: Wild Extremes close one hour earlier than the stated closing time. So you may have to ask, and try to visit those parts first, if you arrive in the later in the day.

With very impressive exhibits to see, the National Aquarium is a great place to visit, as I do think it is the top attraction in Baltimore. To answer my earlier question, I do think it does live up to the hype. So if you are already in Baltimore, definitely make time for this attraction.
aquarium building
pool at Dolphin Discovery
bottlenose dolphins looking at the…
dolphins splashing at the front row
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WalterC says:
It is very big, and not a place to rush through. Especially since the admission price is pretty high.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2017
vulindlela says:
This place looks great!
I had been to the aquarium that was actually in DC.
Definitely a lot smaller.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2017
Walter, congrats on your featured review. Well done.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2017
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