The National Aquarium, formerly known as the National Aquarium in Baltimore, is perhaps the greatest attraction in Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. This unique venue shows that Baltimore City really knows how to present fish - in ways other than filleted, broiled or steamed.
View of the Baltimore Aquarium as seen from a ride on the Water Taxi.
Baltimore's National Aquarium provides a fun and educational visit for all! Anchored on the north shore of the Inner Harbor, this fish aficionado's delight is located within the triangular glass building that remains a familiar sight along the Baltimore waterfont. Each of the four levels of the museum showcases marine mammals, amphibians, birds and fish.
The aquarium features dolphin performances, over 10,000 sea creatures, a rain forest environment with exotic birds, dart frogs, live piranhas and a running stream, a petting area, a coral reef exhibit, and much more. The Shark pool offers visitors a close view of the sharks as they swim about. A genuine treat for the entire family!
The exhibits start small with samples of marine life from local waters, but visitors soon find themselves eye-to-eye with sharks, rays, and other very large creatures. A simulated rainforest ecosystem, and regularly scheduled dolphin shows round out the attractions. Admission is high (opinion here), and the wait can be long, but both are well worth it.
Disabled access is available.
The Baltimore Aquarium as seen from the south promenade of the Inner Harbor.
The National Aquarium, located in Baltimore, as seen from the Columbus Center Building.