National Aquarium

In the heart of downtown Baltimore on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium is one of the most popular destinations that has offered a can’t miss experience since 1981. With unmatched clarity of marine habitats, the aquarium covers numerous species of aquatic mammals to fill your itinerary in Baltimore. The aquarium is home to more than 20000 marine creatures in the tanks, which feature more than 2200000 US gallons of saltwater, having an annual attendance of 1.5 million visitors. It has plenty of awe-inspiring exhibits of colorful mammals like exotic fish, sharks, rays, and dolphins to travel through the underwater universe of the world. There is a diverse collection of animal species of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and crocodiles that delivers an unforgettable experience for all generations. The National Aquarium is dedicated to preserving aquatic treasures and wonders, aiming to restore, rescue, and protect endangered and rare species of the water world. The aquarium is one of the top three aquariums in Maryland, consisting of impressive exhibits, a wide collection of plants, a dolphin show, shark tanks, and a beautiful selection of tropical fishes all over the world from the canopy of the rainforest to the bottom of the ocean.


  Blacktip Reef Exhibit

 The stunning aquarium which preserves underwater creatures of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The award-winning exhibits offer views of blacktip reef sharks, clown triggerfish, and whiptail rays to experience the ecosystem of the mammals. Divine to the depth of the Indo-Pacific Ocean through the exhibit! The exhibit has sloping walkways downward to the bottom, featuring multi-floor views for visitors.

Behind-the-Scene Tour

 Behind-the-Scene tour is an amazing way to get up close with majestic animals. There are numerous animals like exotic fishes, reefs, Australian reptiles, and bottlenose dolphins to get a closer look and play with them. The tour offers sleepovers for the family in the aquarium to relax and have fun watching or learning about the water world.

4D Immersion Theater

 A 4D experience of swimming with dolphins and being surrounded by sharks, the theater has real underwater views and wonderful animals to see. The 4D immersion film shows how the aquatic characters behave, live, and play in the ocean. The theater offers special sensory effects with on-screen virtual images of water life, which gives high-definitions drama to the guests. Tease your senses at the 4D immersion theater!

Facts: –

  1. The National Aquarium opened on August 8, 1981.
  2. In 2018, the aquarium opened the Animal Care & Rescue Center for sick or rescued animals.

Activities: – National Aquarium of Baltimore is a world-class destination for animal lovers, featuring shark tanks, millions of gallons of water, and tropical fishes all over the world to explore. The aquarium offers interactive animal encounters, 4D immersion films, and exciting exhibits to experience behind the glass. Learn about the natural seawater sanctuary that provides a healthier environment for the aquarium animals. Discover the incredible intelligence of dolphins and lots of other colorful underwater wonders. Enjoy yourself with sharks and diving in the Atlantic Coral Reef. There are many outdoor spaces for weddings and other venues.

What to expect: – With a beautiful selection of water universes around the world, the National Aquarium is the most famous aquarium in the state of Maryland, where you can come face-to-face with the animals, and engage with small and large mammals including jellyfish, sharks, bearded dragons, tiger salamanders and many more. You can touch or pet sea creatures from the Mid-Atlantic such as stingrays or moon jelly. You can have multi-floor views of the Indo-Pacific Ocean’s characters, and watch dolphins play or their enrichment intelligence developed in human care. There are many gift shops, food, picnic tables, benches, and beverages to enjoy. You can take part in conservation efforts, animal rescue, and protecting threatened species.

Plan your visit: – National Aquarium opens all year round for animal lovers from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday to Thursday, and 9 am to 8 pm on Friday. The admission includes all-day access and the entry fee for adults is $39.95, $29.95 for children ages 3-11, $34.95 for seniors ages 65+, and free for ages 2 and under. Get a closer look and personal with water creatures. Go behind the scenes to get closer to awesome characters in the water. Enjoy watching underwater wonders!

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