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“Great way to spend the day”
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 234 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 17,000 animals from more than 750 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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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great way to spend the day”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This is a great place to go for the weekend. You can tour the aquarium in a day, seeing all kinds of aquatic life, help feed the animals, watch a 4D movie, and have fun cruising the items in the gift shop. There are a few reasons I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. 1 would be the price. I went with my husband and that was expensive enough, so I can't imagine what a family spends there in 1 day. The other reason was the lame "dolphin exercise" or whatever they called it that we saw. I think we waited longer in the bleachers for the event to start than it actually took. It was interesting, but way to short and anti-climactic. The other good thing about the Baltimore Aquarium is you are so close to Inner Harbor, with all the shops and restaurants. Note to families with small children - NO strollers allowed inside, however they do have front packs to carry loan you (for free) for you to tote your baby in.

Visited June 2012
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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188 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Too much to see, but worth trying to see it all.”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This place can take all day and you still won't see it all. We enjoyed the shows and picked up a great t-shirt of penguins mimicking a Beatles album.

Visited August 2011
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Loved the aquarium, nicely done”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I've been to lots of aquariums and this one ranks as one of the best. Love the Ray and turtle exhibit!

Visited June 2012
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Feels like they have done this a few times”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

The Aquarium has this experience planned out to a T. They have timed tickets, which means they only allow a certain amount of people in at one time. And, they pretty much have it set so that you go in and then leave within 3 hours. They have a "path" basically of which way you are to see the exhibits. I liked all the exhibits, and there were plenty of volunteers to help throughout. It is hard to take photos inside because a lot of the exhibits are dark. We had a good time. Little pricey, but something to see while you are in Baltimore. My 4 year old says her favorite things were the dolphins, Nemo and Dori.

Visited July 2012
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Wichita, Kansas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great for the whole family!”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Our kids with age range of 16 years to 11 months, all loved this place. Sharks and fish and great views galore.

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