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National Aquarium, Baltimore
Based on 2330 traveler reviews
Not all that interactive, dissapointed
Aug 29, 2014 by: whitehorseNJ from New Jersey
We were not all that impressed with this aquarium. To sum it up, we felt like we spent the day looking at giant fish tanks. My dentist office has a pretty neat fish tank and it's free to look at! The dolphin exhibit was the most disappointing, with a not so great view of the dolphins and no show. There are a couple of workers who talk to gatherers about dolphin facts, but it is boring and non interactive with the dolphins. We saw on the schedule that divers were going to be doing a feeding, so we got to the location early for a good spot. This turned out to be a disappointment and a waste of time. The windows to view the divers are very small and you can only see the diver in one window at a time, so if you happen to be next to another window, you can't even tell anything is happening. The 4D theater show (We saw Spongebob) was neat but hard to focus on since there were many young, scared toddlers crying during the show. It is a very large aquarium, so expect to spend a few hours there walking around and peering into large fish tanks. On a positive note, they did open the Black Reef which allows you to view different ocean life from the top of the tank. I could have stood there all day! Also, saw on their facebook page that they plan to open an interactive pool next year, so maybe they are reading these reviews and responding appropriately. As of now, I have to say it's not worth the steep price in comparison to smaller, more interactive aquariums that I have visited for less money.
Lots to see!
Aug 29, 2014 by: Boutip from Gatineau, QC
This place is definitely bigger than i had expected and you will need more than 1/2 day to see everything. The giant aquarium in the main building was a top draw with loads of different type of sharks that can be easily observed. The pool with the dolphins is always a great show for the kids. The 4D movies are a bit short but still well worth seeing.
Aug 29, 2014 by: Alysia R from Glenview, Illinois
It's a nice aquarium. It's not too different from other aquariums that I've seen though. Also, the regular admission is quite high (I believe it's over $30 per person). However, my fiance and I were able to get in for half price for some promotion, so that was nice. Visit the aquarium if you have the time or money. If not, then skip it.
So Much To See...
Aug 29, 2014 by: schmid3354 from Pennsylvania
We visited on a Friday evening when the ticket price was discounted. Therefore, I wasn't sure how crowded it may be but was pleasantly surprised when it was not. We had ample opportunity to get close to the glass and see the exhibits. Our 18 month old son was mesmerized with something to see around every turn. We elected to use one of the complimentary backpacks for carrying our son, however; it made it difficult for him to get up close and was a bit bulky and would hit others when you'd turn or walk away. It was much easier to let him walk on his own. Definitely plan to visit again.
Great attraction for kids and adults
Aug 29, 2014 by: JIm V from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Visited the aquarium in August and had a wonderful day. Its laid out very nicely and is entertaining for all ages. The sharks are certianly the attraction everyone comes to see and we were not disapointed. Add it to your list of places to visit. It does get crowded so try to ge there early or possibly a weekday. You can pre-purchase tickets to avoid the line and pick them up at the will call window to avoid lines.
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