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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Family Fun at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland

The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is open year-round. Before visiting the facility you'll want to visit the aquarium's website for their hours of operation and schedule of events. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. You'll need to obtain paid parking once you get there at a nearby parking facility. They don't have their own parking lot.

We recommend that you allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours in your schedule to see all of the exhibits and to participate in offered activities. You'll want to wear comfortable walking shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking. They recommend that you leave all packages and bags locked up in your vehicle. Only take in what you absolutely need. 

The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland

Families are welcome to bring their own strollers, diaper bags, etc. that you may need for the children while you're there. Cameras are permitted but please be respectful when taking photographs in the facility to not disturb other visitors or the animals. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, wear your mask, wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer), and practice social distancing at all times.

The National Aquarium is broken down into several different types of areas: Amazon River Forest, Atlantic Coral Reef, Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion, Shark Alley, Living Seashore, Maryland Experience, Atlantic to Pacific and more! You can visit all of them or pick and choose what you want to see. 
The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland
They have a beautiful exhibit called "Living Seashore" which is a hands-on exhibit where you can touch jellyfish, snails and other animals. This is the ONLY area where you are permitted to touch the please remember that as you are visiting. In addition, you are NOT allowed to tap or beat on their aquariums or walls to get the animal's attention. You're not permitted to feed them. Please be respectful. 

One of my favorite exhibits was the Upland Tropical Amazon Rain Forest where they had several different kinds of tropical birds, an adorable and furry sloth, golden lion tamarin, a few frogs, a gorgeous yellow-footed tortoise and more. I'm a big fan of primates and I really adore sloths, so this was definitely one of my favorite areas in the aquarium. 
The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland

After you're done visiting the National Aquarium you can walk to other nearby attractions. You can rent a paddle boat, take a dinner cruise, visit the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, take in an Orioles baseball game, enjoy a nice dinner with drinks on the waterfront, do some shopping, etc. There are a lot of great things to see in Inner Harbor. 

We really had a great time during our third visit to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and look forward to making it an annual tradition to visit with the grandchildren every year. It's just a 2 hour drive or less from most locations in south central Pennsylvania. A great destination for a family road trip! 
The National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland

You can learn more about The National Aquarium by visiting their site online. You can get their hours of operation, schedule of events and even reserve/buy your admission tickets online. Connect with the aquarium on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter. They love to hear from their fans! 

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