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Trip Advisor Great place for a fun filled day
Mar 31, 2015 by: amhunter17 from Sunbury, Pennsylvania
My son and I bought our tickets ahead of time and walked right in when we got there. We checked our stroller and began our journey. We walked on the ground floor and view the bubbles and shark tanks. We then made our way up the elevators to the four floors above us and stopped along the way to see the different exhibits. We then walked ALL the way down to the bottom to see the sharks and fish in the tanks. I was a little bummed at first because I thought that was the entire aquarium however we then walked over and saw the jellyfish and dolphins. The dolphin show was awesome! We didn't get to see the Australian exhibits because my son fell asleep. Great place for a day trip, I would recommend this and can't wait till they put the touch tanks in this summer!!

Trip Advisor Undergoing changes...hopefully for the better.
Mar 31, 2015 by: Kmwolffbalt from Baltimore, Maryland
The National Aquarium is a great venue situated right downtown at the Inner Harbor. A few things to know before you go are...1) buy tickets online because it shows you how many tickets are still available and you can guess how busy it is 2) they do not allow strollers in the exhibits themselves. 3) there is no longer a dolphin show and the dolphins are only supposed to be there another year or two. You can watch them but it is not what it used to be. While we visited there was a large attraction on one of the floors that was curtained off. I think they are opening a new exhibit in a few months but there is currently no "petting" option. We still had a great time but as member who visit a couple times per year there were some things that were missing on this trip. Don't miss the 4D theater...the shows are short but very good and approx $5 per show for members.

Trip Advisor One visit just isn't enough!
Mar 31, 2015 by: Hbmonaghan from 
I have been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore several times now as my sister and brother-in-law are members to the aquarium. It is a place which you can attend over and over and still never tire of it. This aquarium is one of the best I've ever been to, and I hope to continue visiting it! The aquarium is a bit expensive, but it is completely worth the price. When you first enter the building you are greeted by large tanks of fish, a stone wall, and a small waterfall. The aquarium works hard to generate a beautiful atmosphere, and it definitely accomplishes this. The tanks throughout the aquarium are massive and clean; most of them are brightly decorated and there is plenty of space for everyone to crowd around and look without being claustrophobic. There is always something to look at. I absolutely love the main room of the aquarium- it is an architectural beauty as slanted escalators criss-cross upwards, allowing you to see the massive center tank at many angles. The star of the show, Calypso, a giant 500-pound sea turtle with a missing fin, can be seen in this main center tank. We had the enjoyment of witnessing her being fed by a scuba diver- it was very fun! As you continue to the upper levels of the museum, you can always see that main tank from above- it's unique and very beautiful. I also love the shark exhibits in which you can view many different kinds of sharks swirling around the room. There was also a dolphin show when I visited; the trainers showed how they interacted with the dolphins, tossing them treats and toys to play with. There is always something new to see at this aquarium. Many different, absolutely beautiful exhibits and habitats for the animals; they are all clearly well cared for. The layout of the building is great and requires minimal walking and many tanks. On top of all this, outside of the aquarium you get a fantastic view of the Inner Harbor!

Trip Advisor Amazing place
Mar 31, 2015 by: jejeel3 from Karachi, Pakistan
We were fortunate to have a look behind the scenes. Amazing place run by dedicated staff. Gotta see it.

Trip Advisor Great visit!
Mar 31, 2015 by: seanzik from Montreal, Canada
During a business trip I took 2 hours to check this attraction out. I was amazed at the beauty and scope of the tanks and fish within. Very well organized with many themes for each of the very different ecosystems. I could have spent a full half day. The shark tanks allow you to see up close these amazing creatures. The Australian hall, not as busy and packed with visitors as the rest of the aquarium, was fascinating. The kelp forest displays and tanks great as well. Certainly a great place for families with kids of all ages.

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