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National Aquarium Announces Return of Pay What You Want Day


As part of its continuing effort to extend community access to Marylanders, the National Aquarium announced the return of Pay What You Want Day on November 1. Made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price, Maryland residents will once again be allowed to donate an amount of their choice for Aquarium admittance.

“We’re pleased to offer opportunities for our community to visit for less, through programs like this and many others,” said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “Our conservation mission starts at home, and ensuring that our local residents can visit their aquarium and connect with their 20,000 aquatic neighbors is one of our top priorities.”

The National Aquarium, and official partner parking facilities, are pleased to offer $10 parking to those attending our 2015 Pay What You Want Day. To redeem this special price, please bring proof of your Aquarium visit to the LAZ Inner Harbor Garage or Lockwood Parking facilities located at 100 S Gay Street or 124 Market Place, and they will provide you a ticket for $10 exit.

The National Aquarium welcomed more than 7,500 people to its first-ever “Pay What You Want Day” on Jan. 11. Pay What You Want Day is part of the National Aquarium’s continuing effort to encourage Marylanders to reconnect with the world’s aquatic treasures and commit to protecting the Chesapeake and all aquatic habitats. Other opportunities include:
  • the Aquarium’s Half-Price Friday Nights program presented by M & T Bank, which offers guests special pricing on Friday nights after 5 p.m.; 
  • Maryland Mornings, which launched in 2012 and runs from September through February, providing Maryland residents who visit before noon Sunday to Friday $10 off adult tickets and $5 off senior/children tickets; 
  • and Dollar Days, where visitors can enjoy a $1 admission fee for two days every December in conjunction with many other local cultural organizations.

For more information on the National Aquarium’s community programs, or to plan your visit, go to