This aquarium is perhaps the greatest attraction in Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. The exhibits start small with ... More
National Aquarium in Baltimore
This aquarium is perhaps the greatest attraction in Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. The exhibits start small with samples of marine life from local waters, but visitors soon find themselves eye-to-eye with sharks, rays and other very large creatures. A simulated rainforest ecosystem and regularly scheduled dolphin shows round out the attractions.
Our experience here was awful. A dark crowed place where we were kept waiting and herded around with our handicapped child who was clearly struggling. Adult staff was very unaccommodating. Would *never* return. Very poorly designed and staff is rude and uncaring
Crowded!! They herd everybody along dark hallways to see animals crowded into tiny dismal spaces. Visitors stand 4 or 5 people deep. Conservation and animal info is written so small (and don't forget it's dark!) that you cant read it.
What a waste of money.
I have been to multiple aquariums in multiple cities throughout the US (Seattle, San Fran, NY, Portland, Baltimore, Boston) Being from Baltimore I really took it for granted. Saying that... Is it the best in the country? NO, But it is a big, open, multi-exhibit, varying staged, aquarium with a full submersion area with sharks and a coral reef, not to mention the ray and sea turtle area and the entire Australia exhibit. A particular area of interest that is unique to the Baltimore aquarium is the rain forest on the top level. I usually go during the week, during the day and take a little time off work to check out all the exhibits. It is rarely over crowded at this time even if there is a field trip. For any out of towners, be ready to pay a bit more than most. Typically, it’s a 10-15 dollar admission in other cities, but in Baltimore it’s like 25-30 per person. Again, I would highly recommend that you plan to go during non-peak times... You’ll have a chance to really see some awesome things and actually get a chance to learn about all the different species.
I'm a student of Johns Hopkins University and I went to visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore with the cast and crew of my video show for the admissions office. The aquarium is clean, exciting, and a hotspot for families and students alike. The Australia exhibit is unlike anything you've ever seen before--from the outside, it's a spectacle, and from the inside it's as if you've entered another world. Go to YouTube and type "Learn More, See More, B'More National Aquarium" to watch a short video that my team created for prospective students of JHU (as well as prospective visitors of Baltimore)!
My 9yr. old twin girls and I from Pensilvania came to baltimore and went to the aqarium.I have been to several aqariums and this one is the nicest one yet.From the time we walked in we found the staff was extremeley nice and welcoming to us.This was very interactive.You could even touch some unde sea creatures. I also bought three other family members and paid for all 6. The price was a little steep for around $100,but it was worth it to see their smiles.They had plenty of seating and clean facilities.I reccomend it to families of all ages.
Even two adults without kids enjoyed this aquarium. We spent several hours strolling through all of the exhibits and learning more about the aquatic life than we ever knew. We had been to the Camben, NJ aquarium before, and by far, Baltimore is the best!
Not worth the price of admission. Bought my tickets on line and waited 45 min to get in only to see a lot of birds and turtles. Experienced small weak exhibits , extremely over crowded which made it very stuffy and hot. Best thing to do is go to your local pet store and check out their exhibits and save 100.00+ dollars or go to San Francisco Aquarium. Everything else in the Baltimore was ok a lot of rude people (but there was a Red Socks game in town) City was clean and felt safe. Pricey food and parking. Bring lots of money.....
My family was really looking forward to our trip to the aquarium. What we didn't realize is that we had to buy our tickets, then wait three hours to enter. It was very busy, being a Sunday.
The price of admission was unbelievable...$25 for an adult and not much less for a child. There were four adults and two children in our party...ouch.
We enjoyed the exhibits, but it was very hot and crowded.
Knock $10 off the price, crank the air up and do a better job of controlling traffic and the aquarium would get four stars.
I suppose if I had never been to an aquarium I wouldn't have been so disappointed. There is no comparison between the aquariums in New Orleans before the hurricane or to the aquarium in Chattanooga. It was very crowed, hot and noisy. The exterior of the Aquarium was impressive, but not the displays. It certainly wasn't worth the 11 hour bus trip to and from this aquarium. The Dolphin show was below average. Perhaps if I had attended during the middle of the week when school is in session it may have been less crowded and more enjoyable. Will never know as I do not plan on going again. First time goers to an aquarium will probably like it here.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is an exceptional aquarium!! The immersion exhibits like the rainforest and austrailia are amazing like your really there and while it may seem that there is very few animals when you stop and look around you realize that you are surrounded by amazing animals like slothes and kookaburras that you may not have noticed. The other exhibits are fantastic as well and the layout flows very well. I saw animals that I had never seen before like a zebra shark. You can also learn about their research and rescue efforts and in the ray tank you can see the rescued sea turtle! The guides in the exhibits are very helpful and really know their stuff too! They weren't stumped by any of my sons questions or mine and they were really friendly. I can't wait to go back! Just a tip, to really stop and look at the exhibits and around you and you will appreciate it so much more!
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