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National Aquarium in Baltimore Baltimore

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National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore
MD
MD 21202
Tel: 410 576 3800

Directions

From New York, New Jersey, and points north via I-95 Take I-95 south to Baltimore and go through the right tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Once through the tunnel, stay in the right lane and take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395. On I-395, stay in the center lane until you come to Pratt Street. Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be on your left. Turn right on Pratt Street. The Inner Harbor will be to your right. The Aquarium is 8 blocks on the right. Buses and cars dropping off visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking. From Frederick, Maryland and points west Follow I-70 east to I-695 south to I-95 north and take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395. On I-395, stay in the center lane until you come to Pratt Street. Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be on your left. Turn right on Pratt Street. The Inner Harbor will be to your right. The Aquarium is 8 blocks on the right. Buses and cars dropping off visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking. From Washington, DC and points south via I-95 Take I-95 north to Baltimore. Take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395. On I-395, stay in the center lane until you come to Pratt Street. Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be on your left. Turn right on Pratt Street. The Inner Harbor will be to your right. The Aquarium is 8 blocks on the right. Buses and cars dropping off visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking. From Pennsylvania via I-83 Take I-83 south to Baltimore. Follow I-83 until expressway ends in Baltimore City. Turn right on Lombard Street and stay in the left lane. Turn left at Commerce Street and then left on Pratt Street. The Aquarium is 1 block on the right. Buses and cars dropping off visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking.

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The Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals.
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    This place is amazing. I could look at the sharks all day. There's something very peaceful about being here surrounded by the water and the fish and everything else. As soon as I walked out I realized that I needed to get a membership so that I can keep coming here as cheaply as possible. I love the birdhouse at the top.

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    If you are looking for something to do in Baltimore, this is worthwhile. As mentioned in some of the reviews, it is a bit pricey ($35/adult)...but so are a lot of things in town (like parking). There is much to see, and many descriptions of the fish. This visit will take time, so set aside at least a few hours. You might be surprised by some of the displays. For example, I didn't expect to find a rain forest here, but it is upstairs and loaded with birds and monkeys. There is also a dolphin show. If you get hungry, there is a cafeteria in-house....Read More

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    Of you're a marine life lover, this is a must. You can see different sea creatures from every type of water surfaces on the planet. This is an aquarium, but you can also see Amazon rainforest creatures and different birds and lizards from Australia. You do want to come for water life since it's the main attraction. Blacktip reef gives you a glimpse into diverse life at a coral reef. This artificial reef is huge and gorgeous. You can view from the top or down under and both views are beautiful. There is also a shark tank and couple of coral reefs...Read More

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    Yes Overpriced... but worse ... it is not Disability friendly. My cousin who is blind is visiting from Ireland with her son who is a Downs Syndrome young man. I decided to take them to the Aquarium as I thought the young man would like to see all the fish. Granted, National Aquarium is a business and under no obligation to provide discounts but when I asked if there was any discount my blind cousin I was told no. The supervisor actually came out and told me no. We went through the Aquarium and my cousins son did enjoy but there was no consideration...Read More

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    cost is very high. sharks were cool. def worth closer to 20 bucks. got 5 discount on parking if they validate your parking ticket

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by John Lewis

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If you are looking for something to do in Baltimore, this is worthwhile. As mentioned in some of the reviews, it is a bit pricey ($35/adult)...but so are a lot of things in town (like parking). There is much to see, and many descriptions of the fish. This visit will take time, so set aside at least a few hours. You might be surprised by some of the displays. For example, I didn't expect to find a rain forest here, but it is upstairs and loaded with birds and monkeys. There is also a dolphin show. If you get hungry, there is a cafeteria in-house. My advice would be to wait until the tour is over, because there are restaurants surrounding the aquarium (such as Panera Bread). Oh yeah, if you want a discount on parking (assuming you parked in the Lockwood garage on Gay Street), go to the information counter on the first floor of the aquarium. They will stamp your ticket, which is supposed to knock $4 to $5 off the price. This is what the aquarium claims. It didn't work for me. I plugged the ticket into the machine, and it wanted $24 for 2.5 hours. It didn't acknowledge the discount. As explained to me by a worker at another garage, "we are here to collect revenue." Thanks, Baltimore. My credit card bill couldn't agree more.

by Vladimir Jovanovic

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Of you're a marine life lover, this is a must. You can see different sea creatures from every type of water surfaces on the planet. This is an aquarium, but you can also see Amazon rainforest creatures and different birds and lizards from Australia. You do want to come for water life since it's the main attraction. Blacktip reef gives you a glimpse into diverse life at a coral reef. This artificial reef is huge and gorgeous. You can view from the top or down under and both views are beautiful. There is also a shark tank and couple of coral reefs they grow there, one with life from The Atlantic Ocean and the other from The Pacific. Dolphin show is also nice and great for kids. If you're there at the right time you can see divers feed the fishes and other creatures. Do take their advice from the website and go on a weekday or early in the morning on weekends if you can for best experience. I went on Monday and was able to see all exhibitions without having to wait too much. One downside might be that a lot of exhibitions are in dark hallways and it might be difficult to keep track of your group or kids because of that, but if it was any brighter the experience probably wouldn't be so awesome. Touchscreens and explanations for every exhibition are well written and easy to use. Be prepared to spend many hours here if you're a first timer and want to see everything properly. Staff is just wonderful and ready to answer all your questions and give you better input in specific creatures you want to know more about.

by Marty Kelly

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Yes Overpriced... but worse ... it is not Disability friendly. My cousin who is blind is visiting from Ireland with her son who is a Downs Syndrome young man. I decided to take them to the Aquarium as I thought the young man would like to see all the fish. Granted, National Aquarium is a business and under no obligation to provide discounts but when I asked if there was any discount my blind cousin I was told no. The supervisor actually came out and told me no. We went through the Aquarium and my cousins son did enjoy but there was no consideration at all for a blind person.

While it was nice to wonder through, I won't be taking guests back ....

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