National Aquarium in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The National Aquarium in Baltimore in Baltimore is one of the world's leading aquatic facilities, home to more than 10,500 specimens and 560 species of animals. Baltimore City's most-visited tourist attraction, the Aquarium was recently ranked as the nation's 18th top-rated attraction in a Zagat Survey for its appeal to both adults and children and the quality of visitor service.

The Aquarium opened in 1981, the anchor to the revitalization of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Through live exhibits, innovative habitat restoration projects, and quality educational programming, the Aquarium educates 1.6 million visitors annually about the fragility of the world's aquatic ecosystems.

In 2003, the Baltimore attraction broke ground on a 65,400-foot expansion that poises the facility to become the first of the next generation of Aquariums. Outside of the current buildings, visitors can expect to see towering rock cliffs emerging from within a crystal glass pavilion. The future home of immersive exhibits will lead visitors on a journey across the state of Maryland, through the Chesapeake Bay watershed and around the world to Australia – a land of flood, fire, and famine.

Location / Directions:

From points north via I-95: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and elsewhere

Follow I-95 South toward Baltimore (portions toll).

  1. At Fort McHenry Tunnel, continue through right-hand tube.
  2. Take the I-395 North exit (Exit Number 53) toward Downtown.
  3. Take I-395 North toward Downtown/Inner Harbor.
  4. Road divides, take left fork.
  5. I-395 becomes South Howard Street. You will pass Camden Yards, on left.
  6. Turn right onto West Pratt Street.
  7. Continue past Baltimore Convention Center and Harborplace, both on right.
  8. National Aquarium in Baltimore is on right, shortly before the ESPN Zone.
  9. Buses and cars dropping off handicapped visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking.

From points north via I-83: Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, and elsewhere

  1. Follow I-83 South toward Baltimore until expressway ends in Baltimore City.
  2. Turn right onto Lombard Street and stay in the left lane.
  3. Turn left at Commerce Street.
  4. Turn left at Pratt Street. The Aquarium is one block on the right, shortly before the ESPN Zone.
  5. Buses and cars dropping off handicapped visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking.

From points south via I-95: Washington, D.C., Virginia, and elsewhere

  1. Follow I-95 North toward Baltimore
  2. Take the I-395 North exit (Exit Number 53) toward Downtown.
  3. Take I-395 North toward Downtown/Inner Harbor.
  4. Road divides, take left fork.
  5. I-395 becomes South Howard Street. You will pass Camden Yards, on left.
  6. Turn right onto West Pratt Street.
  7. Continue past Baltimore Convention Center and Harborplace, both on right.
  8. National Aquarium in Baltimore is on right, shortly before the ESPN Zone.
  9. Buses and cars dropping off handicapped visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking.

From points west via I-70: Frederick, Hagerstown, and elsewhere

  1. Follow I-70 East
  2. Exit to I-695 South (toward I-95/Glen Burnie).
  3. Exit to I-95 North towards Baltimore.
  4. Follow I-95 North toward Baltimore
  5. Take the I-395 North exit (Exit Number 53) toward Downtown.
  6. Take I-395 North toward Downtown/Inner Harbor.
  7. Road divides, take left fork.
  8. I-395 becomes South Howard Street. You will pass Camden Yards, on left.
  9. Turn right onto West Pratt Street.
  10. Continue past Baltimore Convention Center and Harborplace, both on right.
  11. National Aquarium in Baltimore is on right, shortly before the ESPN Zone.
  12. Buses and cars dropping off handicapped visitors may pull into Gunther Circle, on right. All others continue toward parking.
Address: National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Visitor Phone: (410) 576-3800
Activities:

A general tour of the Aquarium takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore's highly-anticipated new exhibit, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, will open December 16, 2005. The exhibit depicts a typical river gorge in Australia's Northern Territory, and when fully inhabited in December, it will be home to 1,800 individual native animals representing 120 species, including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, fishes, and free-flying birds and flying foxes.

Dive beneath the surface with the Aquarium's Immersion Tours. Expert guides offer an opportunity to experience life at the Aquarium from an insider's perspective. You'll discover a world behind the glass that is fascinating and full of surprises. Tours are a great way to celebrate a special occasion. For specialized tours and larger tour groups please contact us at 410-576-3843. Find out more information on immersion tours.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

Hours vary from season to season and on holidays. The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

The best times to visit are during off-peak hours. Visiting as soon as the ticket center opens is a great way to avoid crowds and see early-morning animal behaviors that most guests never see. Late afternoon and evening hours are also a great time to visit, especially on weekdays. See the aquarium website for more information on hours

Fees:

Adults, $21.95,
Children, ages 3 to 11, $12.95,
Adults, 60 years and older, $20.95
Children under 3, admitted free

Visitor Facilities: The Aquarium is home to approximately 10,500 specimens and more than 560 species of animals. Experience them through a variety of exciting and educational exhibits, ranging from the Amazon River Forest to the Atlantic Coral Reef.
Accessibility: A variety of services are available for individuals with disabilities. Audio wireless tours, Assisted listening devices, Braille tours, wheelchairs and numerous special services and resources can be arranged. More Information is posted on the Aquarium website.
Website: http://www.aqua.org

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