Seeing the Aquarium and Inner Harbor

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me at the Inner Harbor

Arriving back into Baltimore at Penn Station, I went to the bus stop for the free Charm City Circulator. But after looking at the arrival times, I decided to walk part of the way, then take the Light Rail towards the hostel. Then walked to the hostel itself, where I checked in. And turns out the girl at the front desk, is from Philly as well.

I went to the room, unpacking and dropping my things there. Then I went to the computer, to buy the Greyhound ticket, to get back home the next day. I learned that it would be free taco dinner night, but I already had plans, going to the National Aquarium. A short time later, I left the hostel, and walked through downtown.

I made a couple stops, to get a Subway sandwich, and a large $1 drink at 7-Eleven.

me near the aquarium building
Then walked to the Inner Harbor area, where I got to the National Aquarium. There was a line, and turns out that it was timed entry only. And since each time entry has a limited number, I would have to wait 90 minutes until I can enter the aquarium. So I went to eat my sandwich first, as my dinner. Then looked around.

The area does look nice, and a good place to hang out for a bit around the waterfront. I considered going inside the Top of the World Level building, with a trip to the top. But with a limited time frame, I did not want to rush through it. So I had to pass on it. Also, there is a steel beam from the World Trade Center of New York, which was a memorial to the Maryland people that died on 9/11.

I just walked around some more, and even went inside the bookstore there.
dolphin floating at Dolphin Discovery
Then back out, and just sat around until my time came. I went to the line, and waited until I finally got inside the National Aquarium. 

I would start this visit with a walk to the other part of the building, to Dolphin Discovery. This was an amphitheater with a large water tank. And where the dolphin talks take place, and get to see some dolphins do some of their tricks. There used to be a dolphin show, but that ended a few years ago. After the talks, I went to see the underwater view of the dolphins.

I went to see the rest of the place, as I would have a total of 3 hours to see it. As some parts would close earlier than others, I start off with those parts, just to get it out of the way. Like the Australia: Wild Extremes part, which closes about an hour early. Then to the multi-level part, where I would see different sections on each level, with the top one being an aviary.
colorful fish tank
And ended the visit, with Shark Alley, that can be seen as I was going down.

Closing time came, and time for me to go. I did fill out a survey about the place before leaving. More about the aquarium, and more photos, in the review here.

I went to the Circulator stop, where I waited for some time, until the bus came. When I got on it, I rode it to the hostel. Once there, I did check if there were any leftovers from the taco night, there were some taco shells and salsa sause, among other food that past costumers have left behind. So I would end up eating pasta with salsa sauce. It was okay, as I did not eat much of it. I also used the computer to check on some things, after struggling to figure out where the power button was.

Back to the room, where I would take care of a few things, before going to sleep.

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me at the Inner Harbor
me at the Inner Harbor
me near the aquarium building
me near the aquarium building
dolphin floating at Dolphin Discov…
dolphin floating at Dolphin Disco…
colorful fish tank
colorful fish tank
steel beams from the World Trade C…
steel beams from the World Trade …
the harbor, with dragon paddle boa…
the harbor, with dragon paddle bo…
Top of the World Observation Level…
Top of the World Observation Leve…
Inner Harbor area
Inner Harbor area
Barnes & Noble, under a Hard Rock …
Barnes & Noble, under a Hard Rock…
view of Inner Harbor, from inside …
view of Inner Harbor, from inside…
trainers feeding the dolphins
trainers feeding the dolphins
dolphin putting on a little show
dolphin putting on a little show
underwater view of bottlenose dolp…
underwater view of bottlenose dol…
Lions mane jelly
Lion's mane jelly
Atlantic sea nettle
Atlantic sea nettle
northern death adder
northern death adder
top of the Maryland waterfall in a…
top of the Maryland waterfall in …
snake-necked turtle
snake-necked turtle
red bird inside aviary
red bird inside aviary
freshwater crocodile with a turtle
freshwater crocodile with a turtle
view of submarine in harbor
view of submarine in harbor
part of Blacktip Reef
part of Blacktip Reef
wood turtle
wood turtle
hermit crab
hermit crab
clearnose skate
clearnose skate
different colors of anemones
different colors of anemones
Atlantic puffins
Atlantic puffins
a ray and turtle
a ray and turtle
big-headed sideneck turtle
big-headed sideneck turtle
sunbittern
sunbittern
Panamanian golden frog
Panamanian golden frog
part of Shark Alley
part of Shark Alley
Baltimore Sights & Attractions review
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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 … read entire review
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