Star-Spangled Spectacular

Star-Spangled Spectacular at the National Aquarium

This September there’s an even better reason than usual to celebrate both our nation and our city! It's the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key’s poem that was inspired by the War of 1812 and eventually became the national anthem we all know today.

To celebrate this milestone and flaunt our city, state and national pride, the National Aquarium has loaded up its summer schedule with special offers and exciting events—so get your calendar out, and start making plans!

September 10-16, 2014

fort mchenry cannonsOn a scale of apple pie to Uncle Sam, the patriotism surrounding Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular ranks higher than a bald eagle wearing an American flag and dancing to Willie Nelson while drinking a craft beer. That’s off the charts, my friend. And we’re joining in on the fun!

Evening Lecture

The Rockets' Red Glare CoverCheck out our September 10 lecture, “The Battle of Baltimore: How Our Harbor Helped Define America.” The first in our fall Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, this special program explores the history and lasting legacy of the Battle of Baltimore with an expert panel of historians and authors, alongside our host, Aquarium director John Racanelli.

Free Entertainment and Activities

The Octonauts. Image courtesy of MEOMI.During the weeklong commemoration, we’ll be offering free outdoor entertainment and activities for all ages right on our own Pier 4. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) oceanic exploration ship, the Okeanos Explorer, will be docked on our pier all week for you to climb aboard and tour.

Additionally, from Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14, more free outdoor entertainment and interactive activities, including live music and special appearances from Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazzi Kitten of The Octonauts will be available under the Pier 4 tent from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Google+ Hangout: Exploring Our Underwater World!

okeanosJoin the National Aquarium on September 9 at 3 pm (EST) for an underwater Google+ Hangout on Air with NOAA’s research vessel, the Okeanos Explorer. Commissioned in 2008, the Okeanos has traveled the globe exploring our largely un-discovered ocean. In recent months, the Okeanos team’s discoveries and innovative live stream from the ocean floor have garnered interest from the international community!

On September 9, National Aquarium staff will host a live Hangout with exploration teams from Okeanos and the Nautilus research vessel about their latest missions and the future of ocean exploration!

Special Offer, $18.12/ticket

Star-Spangled Friday NightsDon't miss the last of our summer long Star-Spangled Friday Nights, which will take place on Friday, September 12. Thanks to Francis Scott Key, you'll have full access to the National Aquarium on Friday evenings for $18.12 per ticket beginning July 11. In honor of his poem and the Baltimore pride that inspired it, we're offering this special admission every Friday between 5 pm and 7:30 pm through September 12. (You're free to roam the exhibits until 9:30 pm.)

Why $18.12, you ask? It's a subtle nod to the War of 1812 and the role it played in our nation's history. What better way to honor Baltimore's inspirational past than spending the evening in the heart of the Inner Harbor where it all happened? Refreshments will be available for purchase, and admission includes a free scavenger hunt for the younger patriots.

Celebrate 1 Year of Blacktip Reef!

Blacktip reef sharksOn August 8, 2014, the National Aquarium celebrated its 33rd birthday and the first anniversary of the Blacktip Reef exhibit! Since opening, Blacktip Reef has become home to 779 animals, representing 70 different species including blacktip reef sharks, clown triggerfish, tasseled wobbegongs, humphead wrasse, stingrays, a green sea turtle and more. The 270,000-gallon exhibit replicates Indo-Pacific reefs and offers an up close and unique way to experience an environment of sharks and an endangered coral ecosystem without traveling thousands of miles or getting wet.

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