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National Aquarium – Atlantic Coral Reef

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Black Tip Reef Shark Buy Online: Pick a Time and Skip the Line
Purchasing tickets at means you can pick the entrance time that works best for you. Our timed entry is designed to ensure that everyone has a great experience. And best of all, there’s no waiting in line! What could be better than that? 


Fish Join Our Family
Apply your ticket purchase to a membership today and maximize your Aquarium experience all year! Support from our members is critical to the amazing work we do to conserve the world’s aquatic treasures. And, with unlimited admission, discounted parking, member-only events and other great perks, membership makes sense (and cents) for everyone who loves the Aquarium. 


Finch Be an Early Bird
Start your day off right—with US! Arriving before 11 am gives you a head start checking out Blacktip Reef and our other great exhibits. There's so much happening as the animals begin their day, and you can be a part of it. More of a night owl? A visit after 3 pm lets you experience our animals during a less busy time. 


Dolphin Turn Your Visit into an Adventure
Go behind the scenes with your favorite animals and exhibits! Whether it’s a quick 45-minute experience or an entire overnight adventure, Immersion Tours give you an insider’s look at what makes the Aquarium and all of its inhabitants so special. 


Blacktip Reef View Blacktip Reef From Every Angle
Blacktip Reef is a wonder from every perspective. Whether you’re in our floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing area or watching from above as you make your way up multiple levels of the Aquarium, there’s always something exciting to see in this breathtaking Indo-Pacific reef. Travel and Leisure Magazine raves, this exhibit is one you don’t want to miss this summer!


Lion Tamarin Make a New Friend
Beginning at 9 am every morning, special meet-and-greets let you get up close with a new best bird or lizard buddy, like our hyacinth macaw! Throughout the day, Aquarium staff members are on-hand to share what they love about the ocean and all of its inhabitants. From animal encounters and educator talks to feedings and diver presentations, there’s something going on at all hours, starting as soon as our doors open. When you get here, check the digital message boards or the back of your guide map for the day’s schedule.


Clownfish Look in Every Nook and Cranny
There’s something special to discover in every exhibit here at the Aquarium if you just take the time to look beneath the surface. See if you can find the sandbar shark pup in our Atlantic Coral Reef. Search for hidden gems (Upland Tropical Rain Forest is filled with them!) like the tarantula who makes its home in a log among the leaf litter. Check out the wolf eel tucked in the rocks of the Kelp Forest and the amazing mantis shrimp in our Adaptation gallery. Take your time—no matter where you look, you’ll spot something incredible. 


Sea StarFridays after Five
Friday night is your night! A long time part of the National Aquarium experience, a visit to the National Aquarium on Fridays after 5 pm at a special price will now be year-round. Tickets are $12 and are available online or Friday evenings on-site.
*Last entry time is 8 pm, and you can tour the exhibits until 9:30 pm. Blackout dates apply.*


Jellyfish Get Great Aquarium Photos
Capture an amazing visit with incredible photos. It’s dark in here, but skip the flash and boost your camera’s ISO (if it has that ability!), aim straight into the tank and be patient. By experimenting with your camera’s settings and taking tons of shots, you’re bound to get a few gems. Planning to post your photos online? Be sure to share them with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we might just highlight YOUR photo! The jellies are ready for their close-ups... 


Webcam Take the Aquarium Home with You
Your visit doesn’t have to end when you leave the building. Keep up with our animal residents by watching our incredible Blacktip Reef webcam and following our blog. Join our conservation team in the field for a cleanup, and connect with us on social media to stay up to date on all of the amazing things happening at the Aquarium! Explore your own backyard to discover amazing reptiles, amphibians and other animals that make their homes near the water. Visit the local library or explore online resources to learn more about the animals you met during your visit. Make sustainable choices that will help conserve our oceans and waterways.

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Mon –Thu 10 am–4 pm
Fri 10 am–8 pm
Sat –Sun 10 am–5 pm


  • Sat–Mon, Feb 14–16: 9 am–5 pm

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

Mon –Thu 9 am–5 pm
Fri 9 am–8 pm
Sat –Sun 9 am–5 pm

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

Mon –Thu 9 am–5 pm
Fri 9 am–8 pm
Sat 9 am–6 pm
Sun 9 am–5 pm

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.


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