The Future of Our Waterfront

Model Urban Waterfront Rendering

©2016 National Aquarium, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

The National Aquarium is moving beyond its walls to inspire conservation action on its campus. Working with other citywide plans and organizations, such as Inner Harbor 2.0, we’re embarking on an effort to create a model urban waterfront that connects people with water in new and innovative ways.


National Aquarium Waterfront Aerial View

©2016 National Aquarium, Ayers Saint Gross Architects


©2016 National Aquarium, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

The Big Idea

Our urban waterfront around piers 3 and 4 will encourage Baltimore neighbors and our guests to embrace their place and impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Goals for the project include:

  • Creating a welcoming and engaging green space for everyone to enjoy
  • Fostering stewardship and a vision of a healthier, sustainable future by demonstrating how we can work together to improve the well-being of the Inner Harbor
  • Showcasing working ecosystems to serve as living laboratories for our Baltimore neighbors and guests to learn about habitat restoration, native species and water-quality improvement in urban waters
  • Nurturing a sense of pride and an emotional connection to the Inner Harbor and National Aquarium by offering residents and guests unique experiences to foster social interactions and explore nature

What to Expect

Over the next few years, you can expect to see the following enhancements to the waterfront around the National Aquarium.

  • An Urban Wetland in the water between piers 3 and 4, consisting of habitats like floating wetlands, underwater shelves with bay grasses and terraced edges to bring guests closer to the water
  • Enhancements to the Chesapeake Bay plantings and Maryland habitats at the Aquarium entrance in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park
  • Interactive stations designed to enhance understanding of the watershed and invite people to view the water in new ways
  • A Chesapeake Bay habitat on pier 4 that will green the space at the entrance to the campus from the east
  • New branding and wayfinding to promote public access around the piers and enhance the comfort of those visiting the harbor

For more information about philanthropic opportunities, please contact Jackie Bowie at or 410-659-4204.