National Aquarium in Baltimore

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring creatures from sharks to dolphins to giant octopi to exotic fish from all over the world. Here you’ll find approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. And it’s not just fish. The aquarium is also home to a variety of birds, amphibians, and invertebrates. The top floor is a rainforest where visitors walk among real rainforest fauna and flora.

Exhibits have included Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, Frogs! A Chorus of Colors, and the 4D Immersion Theater, which brings you closer to the sights, sounds, and even smells of the action.

There’s also a dolphin show. And, if you’re really adventurous, you can try an Aquarium Immersion Tour, tours that really let you dive beneath the surface behind-the-scenes. There’s no actual diving, of course, but immersion tours take you behind the scenes to where the public normally isn’t allowed to go. You can walk a catwalk where sharks swim just inches under you, engage in a private dolphin training and play session, and even participate in feeding the animals. If you have the night free, try a sleepover. There’s a Sleepover With the Sharks, where you’ll bed down in the underwater viewing area with the sharks sleeping close by, and there’s also the Rainforest Sleepover and Wild Extremes Sleepover.

And if you ARE a diver, there’s the Guest Diver Program, where you really do get to dive in for two 30-minute dives!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, located on the pier in the heart of the harbor, is an exciting tour through worlds humans normally never get to see.

501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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