Don’t have kids? Not into Aquariums? Wait. Wait. Don’t stop reading. We’ve never been into aquariums either(!!), which is weird since we are absolutely fascinated with the ocean life. So much so that we have been convinced to get our scuba diving license (that’s for another post). And yet, the notion of sea life in a “confined” space just doesn’t fascinate us. But, since Saadia was sent to Aberdeen for work and the closest thing to anything “fun” to do around there was in Baltimore, we decided to check out the National Aquarium. So glad that we did! It was awe-inspiringly beautiful. We only wish we had our camera on us or that our phone batteries did not die 20 minutes into the visit; alas, we must rely on our memory of the beautiful marine life we saw to write this article.
We walked in at 4:45pm (5:00pm is the last allowed visit entry time on a weekday) and it was perfect timing. With barely any visitors, it was like having our very own tour (without the guide). We began with the dolphins and though we find them absolutely adorable, we don’t like the idea of dolphins being restricted into an aquarium setting. Instead, we went downstairs to the jellyfish section; and that was the moment Saadia decided that she loves aquariums. Kapil had his epiphany a bit later when we walked through a circular alley space, surrounded by sharks of varying sizes and species inside a 225,000-gallon, ring-shaped exhibit. That is a LOT of sharks.
Unfortunately, we have no photos from the shark alley, but we have a few amazing shots of the jellyfish and others to share.
Blue Blubber Jelly
Northern Sea Nettle
After exploring all that our eyes could take in, we headed to what Saadia feels is one of the most important stops at any museums, the gift shop! Picked up an adorable stuffed penguin on sale (turns out, they exists in many aquariums around the country — an unknown fact at the time). Meet Pengs, the penguin. Pengs currently resides in China with Saadia’s brother.
Now that we feel like we can add aquariums to our list of places to explore, perhaps a visit to the Zoo (another place we avoid like the plague) is on the horizon? We shall see.
Address: 501 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours (subject to change depending on month, so check online before heading over):
- Mon–Thu 10 am–4 pm
- Fri 10 am–8 pm
- Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm
- Adults: $39.95
- Children (3-11): $24.95
- Seniors (65+): $34.95
Best Time to Visit: Consider visiting on weekdays or before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Parking: Although the Aquarium does not have its own parking facility, they have two official parking partners nearby. Tickets pulled from both Lockwood Place & the LAZ Inner Harbor Garage, can be validated for a discount to Aquarium guests.
Have you been to the National Aquarium? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.
Till next time, Happy and Safe Travels!