National Aquarium
National Aquarium
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Considered one of the world's best aquariums, the National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world's natural resources and living systems. The National Aquarium delivers meaningful experiences through its living collection of more than 20,000 animals from more than 800 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals and sharks, as well as through exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences like sleepovers and tours, science-based education programs and hands-on experiences in the field.
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  • Andrew H
    Knoxville, Tennessee172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend the Early Tour
    Highly recommend the "Early Access" tour. It is an add-on to the basic admission, which allows you a couple hour private tour that starts 30 mins before the aquarium opens for the general public. Our guide was great. The early tour allows you to pretty much experience the whole aquarium without crowds pushing you along or blocking views and stuff. We also did the shark tour, but if you do the early tour, I don't think the shark tour is worth it. All in all, a great time and our kids loved it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • engk9800
    Ewing, New Jersey58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Fun with Children
    This was our third trip to the National Aquarium and it was still interesting to learn about the different fish, sealife and birds even though our children our now young adults. Love the interactive areas so you can touch and participate. The Dolphin show and information they used to impart is now closed, that's too bad it was always a highlight. We went on Wednesday so it was great that it was not too crowded but there also less going on.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,096 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Aquariums in the Country but Quite Expensive
    The National Aquarium was one of the best aquariums I have experienced and ranks right up there near the Monterey Aquarium in California and the Shed Aquarium in Chicago. Well organized and impressive displays. My favorites were the Shark Alley and the jellyfish display. You can easily spend 3 hours here. Luckily not very busy when I visited which may have added to my experience. The discontinuation of the dolphin show was disappointing, and the cost of entry at $50 for an adult and $40 for a child is quite high. I would hate to try to bring the whole family here.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 11 June 2023
  • jilejon
    Gilbert, Arizona203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent amount of exhibits
    Went there today and it took us about 2.5 hours to go through the exhibits while reading a lot of the informational signs. The shark tank didn't have an overwhelming number of sharks and I would have liked a place to sit just to watch them go around. We like the display of different tree frogs. I only saw 3 dolphins in the dolphin pool, not sure if they have more than that, but there aren't any shows that are done with them. Just an area you can sit and watch the dolphins swim around. They have membership discounts, but no military/veteran discounts, and I agree with some other reviewers that it was a little expensive for adult entry.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Mike J
    Nazareth, Pennsylvania419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A site to Sea
    What I would consider the crown jewel of inner harbor attractions. The price has definitely risen but compared to museums and NYC and other major cities, still seems worth it. (AAA does offer discounted tickets in advance.) We visited on a Friday thinking it would be a little quieter (forgot about summer camp trips!) Was pretty busy (weekend probably even more so) so had to wait to get closer to exhibits at times. But upside there is a lot of to see. Overall felt there is a wide variety of aquatic life and exhibits to learn about our oceans, waterways, environment and more. See fish, puffins, dolphins, sharks, rays, even tropical birds and frogs. Food available on site, on the pricey side. More variety than just burgers and chicken fingers (although those are offered). Nice gift shop, very pricey though which is unfortunate (don’t price gouge families)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Forbin
    New York City, New York15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Earns its "national" title
    The national aquarium deserves its "national" title. You can get lost in here for hours. There's sharks, amazon rainforests, and some areas for kids to get hands on. We went on Labor Day, so it was pretty packed, but still enjoyable all around, and our child loved it. The dolphin exhibit is kind of a letdown, since they don't do shows, so you basically just watch dolphins swim around in an auditorium originally meant for shows. I get the reason the shows were stopped, but probably time for a new exhibit entirely then in its place. I still give the place 5 bubbles though because everything else is excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Boombox Stocks
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwater wonderland
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, is an underwater wonderland that's bound to captivate visitors of all ages. From the mesmerizing jellyfish exhibits to the playful dolphins, it's a truly immersive experience that offers a deep dive into marine life. The rainforest section, complete with exotic birds and lush vegetation, adds a unique twist to the adventure. However, it's important to note that tickets can be a bit on the expensive side, especially if you're visiting with a family. While the experience is undeniably fantastic, the cost can be a drawback for budget-conscious travelers. Nevertheless, the educational and awe-inspiring journey through the aquatic world makes it a worthwhile visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • JenVR12
    Wisconsin46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Group event
    In town for a group event and the closing reception was here. They had specialty cocktails, champagne and water as a welcome drink. You could walk around at your lesiure and have appetizers, drinks or other food as you were looking at the fish, sharks, turtles, snakes and frogs. They have a nice sized gift store and I enjoyed the experience. Could have spent more time there enjoying the views and looking at the fish.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Bob L
    Southlake, Texas44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun few hours
    Great location on Inner Harbor. A little pricy but once inside you see why. There is plenty to see and exhibits are VERY well done and spectacular! We worked our way leisurely through and took over 2 hours trying to see it all.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Jen R
    62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun activity
    It's a huge aquarium, many levels to it. There is so much to see there even though it took us about an hour to get through. We went on Friday after 5pm where tickets are cheaper. $20 kids, $25 adults.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 December 2023
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Wayne W
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great time! Went to sea world, took great photos.finished off my all you can eat 🦀..Great weather, fresh seafood, what’s better than that…
Written 22 May 2024
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satchmo44
Elkton, MD9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Fire Mashall??? Fire, safety trap, overcrowding 100%, cannot believe local official do not monitor and allow overcrowding with assembly an F. staff do not have a clue on crowd control or customer service, very poor another F. Animals, luck for them or maybe not with fire safety B. Shameful that it's called "National". Go to the bay or ocean for a better experience. If i could give a zero on the experience, we would of. Price, outrages, do not go to dining areas, terrible.
Written 13 May 2024
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Alexandra C
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The price was a bit of a deterrent at first but I am glad we went as they had some animals that I have not seen before. The layout of the aquarium is really cool and the exhibits are top notch. The exhibits are very informative and easy to read. There is a jellyfish touch pool which of the likes I have never seen before. A few of the fish they have there were some of the biggest I have seen of those species. The highlight of the experience was getting to see the “Irwin’s Turtle,” the “Australian Lung Fish” and the absolutely massive fish in the Amazon exhibit. I loved the layout of the main exhibit when you first walk in and the seemingly stacked tanks when you get to the shark/reef exhibit. The only thing I did find upsetting was the dolphin exhibit as it was basically a big tank which is good as they have room to swim but yet the only enrichment the animals had was a ball that we saw. There were no rubbing rocks or anything like what we have seen at other aquariums that had dolphin exhibits. The national aquarium needs to look at how the Georgia aquarium has its dolphin exhibit set up as it’s much more cetacean friendly versus a big empty metal tank.
Written 10 May 2024
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Rosetta L
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This review is for the aquarium sleepover only. It was horrendous. The aquarium overbooked the sleepover and we were not allowed to sleep in the same area as our kids. Our whole party had to sleep split up on multiple levels of this five floor walkway. On the lower levels small groups were all spread out, but our school group was cramped together on several different levers in the higher floors.. Although some had air mattresses, others were told there wasn’t enough room. The attendants were downright hateful about it. There is zero hospitality in the sleepover attendants. The main person is terribly gruff and the other workers, mostly female, seem like they really don’t know what they are doing. The “snack” is a homemade rice crispy bar and they don’t give you anything to drink. I was so thirsty and I asked one of the female attendants for a cup for water and she would not give me one. Instead she directed me to a water fountain three floors up. I walked all the way up those levels and neither the fountain nor the water bottle filler would worked. The power gets turned off at a certain time. I went to the. Bathroom for a drink and only warm water came out.

They turn the lights out (they are on automatic timers for the animals) and you can’t see to walk past all the overcrowded sleeping areas that you have to cross to get to the bathrooms. Most importantly, the lights are out and you can’t see any of the fish. So the “sleepover with the fish” is deceiving because you can’t see any fish. Do yourself a favor and skip the sleepover. Good thing this is a national aquarium because I can’t imagine anyone would come back for a sleepover after suffering through conditions we were forced to endure. They also wake you up at 6:45 am and you have to have all of your things out of this tiny, overcrowded classroom you have to keep them in by 9:00 am. Probably over fifty people in our total group and we all had to change clothes and brush teeth, etc. in a tiny three stall bathroom with one sink that didn’t work.

The aquarium itself is nice to visit and our tour guide and private tour was interesting, but the overnight sleepover portion was not at all well planned; a fire hazard the way they had everyone piled in all these platforms on a ramp, and just an overall disappointment.
Written 4 May 2024
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P C
North Wales, PA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So crowded! Very rude patrons who pushed and shoved to see the exhibits including not controlling their children ! Have been to Beijing museums who are notorious for crowd pushing. This was worse than Being! Lockers cost $5 we had to stuff raincoats sweatshirts in our backpacks and lug them around all day !
Don’t go ! I could go on !
Written 28 April 2024
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LoJo466
Bayville, NJ396 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Second time here and it has changed. Price was not worth it, they could just keep it at 25 and it would be fine. Yes there was some neat stuff, cool to see, but nothing really wow unless you were a kid I guess. I found myself playing I spy with my little eye in the exhibits and can you find me more than I would have liked. It was a lot of walking for blank or empty show cases. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed a second time but I guess that’s how that goes.
Written 15 April 2024
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Linda S
CA11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
There are dolphin training sessions but they refuse to publish the times to view this activity. Why? These sessions might be prime viewing times.
The monkeys have arthritis and are not in the rainforest. The sloths can be seen at 3 PM by looking up at the ceiling. Be prepared. As advertised, it is quite warm in the rainforest.
The stroller “parking attendants” were the most friendly and helpful folks employed by the aquarium.
The scuba divers were friendly and seemed to enjoy interaction with folks and the fish. They were the best!
We went on a Monday at 10 when it was not crowded. Reserve your parking before you go and drive directly there.
Written 15 April 2024
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Ray R
Grand Rapids, MI85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful aquarium! The exhibit/tour is setup very well and easy to follow. They don't do dolphin shows anymore but you can still watch the dolphins swim and play. Lots of options for food, nicely appointed gift shop, and some very cool exhibits! Right on the pier in the harbor.
Written 9 April 2024
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CatherineCello
Avon, OH100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I thought my husband was crazy to have us leave DC to go to Baltimore for the acquarium and Fort McHenry, but I'm so glad he did! This acquarium is huge. We were there for 3 hrs with no problem. It's all really well planned- there were even snack streams right when my kids got hungry. The 4D theater is so fun (if your children are sensory avoiders or are easily shocked, the 4D theater is not for you). The dolphin area is so relaxing. You can just go there and sit and watch them for as long as you want. If we hadn't been with small children, we probably would have spent another 90 minutes there- that's how large and in depth it is. Parking is down the street in a garage. Hard Rock Cafe and Phillips seafood are right there on the same plaza.
Written 4 April 2024
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Amanda V
French Lick, IN40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
One of the nicest aquariums we've visited. Not crowded at all on a weekday during Spring Break. Tropical birds exhibit was a nice surprise. Wharf location makes for extra experience with large windows and nice views. Only downside was no one offered to take our picture at the camera station when we came in despite workers standing there and greeting us.
Written 20 March 2024
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