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National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 East Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD 21202 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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One of the most well-known attractions in Baltimore, the National Aquarium is made up of more than 16,000 animals representing more than 660 species. The aquarium revolves around a bottom-level, open pool, which is filled with stingrays and fish. Continue upstairs and you'll discover a wide variety of marine animals, before you encounter the humidity of the rainforest replica at the top of the building. Visitors can return to the first floor down a spiraling path, which is enclosed by a giant shark tank.

The newest addition is the "Blacktip Reef" exhibit, a $12.5 million space designed to model the elaborate Indo-Pacific reef system that displays 20 blacktip reef sharks along with 60 distinct species of fish, including zebra sharks, clown triggerfish and a 500-pound green sea turtle named Calypso.

Brace yourself for thick crowds. Though recent visitors rave about the aquarium's accessibility and up-close encounters with underwater creatures, many caution that it's best to plan ahead to get the most out of your trip. "Everything was well laid out and with a map you could easily go from exhibit to exhibit," sums up one TripAdvisor reviewer, adding, "Go early before school classes visit."

The aquarium is conveniently located on the Inner Harbor, and is easily accessible with the free Charm City Circulator. (Parking is also available at nearby garages.) Adult admission costs $34.95; admission for children costs $21.95; and entry for seniors costs $29.95. Museum visiting hours vary. Consult the National Aquarium's official website for current hours and exhibit openings.

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