National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium in Baltimore

When you walk into the National Aquarium in Baltimore, you are almost immediately feel as if you’ve gone underwater too. It is a dark environment, save for the blur of excited kids who are seeing a shark for the first time. Huge pillars of floating bubbles greet you at the entrance, and just beyond that, there is a tank full of rays that are gliding effortlessly through the water.

Ray Tank at National Aquarium Baltimore

The big draw at the Aquarium used to be the dolphin show. I’ve seen it several times and always enjoyed it. However, the Aquarium discontinued the shows in 2012.  Here are a few photos from the last one I saw.

Dolphin Show at National Aquarium Baltimore

Dolphin Show B at National Aquarium Baltimore

The Aquarium announced just yesterday that they will be moving their dolphins to an oceanside sanctuary by the end of 2020. What does that mean for you? Well, you can still watch the dolphins and get a glimpse into the daily life of a dolphin — how they learn, play and interact with each other.

There is even a free mobile app for Apple or Android devices that will let you know when the Keeper Talk times are scheduled to take place. The keepers will help you discover what it’s like to care for, teach and build relationships with these incredible animals.

But just because the dolphins are leaving, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see and do at the Aquarium. The upper level of the main building has a simulated rain forest. (Fair warning, it will absolutely wreck your ‘do if your hair is sensitive to humidity!)

A special exhibit on Australian wildlife has everything from snakes to birds to this menacing-looking freshwater crocodile:


There are is also a puffin display (they are so cute!) and many tanks of tropical fish. You might be able to guess who the two most popular ones are:

Clownfish at National Aquarium Baltimore


Blue Tang at National Aquarium Baltimore

As you can see from the above, taking pictures in an aquarium is not without its challenges. However, jellyfish are amazingly easy to photograph, and visually striking. Here’s a Pacific Sea Nettle from the Jellies Invasion Exhibit.

Jellyfish at National Aquarium Baltimore

Also, they are absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Very soothing.

Before or after your visit to the Aquarium, be sure to enjoy a stroll around the Inner Harbor. It’s one of the prettiest places in Baltimore, and there is a lot to see and do, drink and eat there.


The National Aquarium in Baltimore is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at 501 E Pratt Street.  Telephone 410-576-3800. Hours vary by day and season, so please check ahead when planning your visit. Admission is by timed entry, so purchasing tickets in advance is my recommendation. (If you wait until you get there to purchase tickets, you may not be able to get entry right away.)

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