Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation October Hours at the Aquarium

Guests may tour up to 90 minutes after the last entry time.

Monday-Thursday
9 am - 4 pm
Friday
9 am - 8 pm
Saturday
9 am - 5 pm
Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
October 11
9 am - 5 pm
October 16
9 am - 4 pm

Getting to the Aquarium

The National Aquarium is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, easily accessible by all modes of transportation.

Address

National Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202)

Although the Aquarium does not operate its own parking facility, we have two official parking partners nearby. Tickets pulled from both Parkway Lockwood Place & the LAZ Inner Harbor Garage can be validated for a discount to Aquarium guests. Aquarium members receive an even bigger discount.

Please note that there is an early-bird parking discount for those who park in either of these garages before 9 am, Monday through Friday. If you arrive before this time, we recommend you do not validate your parking ticket at the Aquarium, as that will override the early-bird parking cost.

Garages

  1. Parkway Lockwood Place Garage (124 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202) Guests who are not Aquarium members can reserve a spot online in Parkway Lockwood Place Garage ahead of time.
  2. LAZ Inner Harbor Garage (100 S. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202) Guests who are not Aquarium members can reserve a spot online in LAZ Inner Harbor Garage ahead of time.

National Aquarium members receive a 25% discount at either of the Aquarium's two partner garages. Please note that we are unable to provide this discount to parking reserved in advance online. For information about the member parking discount, please visit the membership page.

Parking Discounts

How to Receive Parking Discount at Our Partner Garages

  1. Enter the chosen garage by taking a ticket, and take the ticket with you to the Aquarium.
  2. Get your parking ticket validated at the end of your visit when you exit the Aquarium.
  3. Take the validated ticket to the parking garage lobby, and the automated machines will discount the parking based on your length of stay.

No coupon is required, and the discount is valid for all Aquarium guests for any duration of stay.

Accessible Parking

All parking garages provide accessible parking spaces. Also, on-street parking is available with ADA-compliant meters.

Amtrak: Penn Station: 1500 N. Charles Street—only 1.06 miles from the Aquarium. Taxi and bus service are available from the station, as well as the free Charm City Circulator and ride-sharing services.

Light Rail: Convention Center and Camden Yards Light Rail Stops

MARC Train: Camden Yards and Penn Station MARC Train Stops

Metro Subway: Shot Tower/Market Place Metro Subway Station

Bus: Bus Lines 1, 7, 8, 10, 19, 61, 62 and 64

Charm City Circulator: Fast, free and eco-friendly! The National Aquarium is conveniently located on the Orange Line of the Charm City Circulator.

Bike racks are installed outside the Aquarium on Pier 3, next to the USS Torsk.

Admission and Ticket Information

General Admission Adult

Ages 12-64

General Admission Child

Ages 3-11

General Admission Senior

Ages 65+

Unlimited Access Member

All Ages


Varies

Maps & More Download Our Map

Before your visit, download the Aquarium map to help you navigate our award-winning exhibits and locate restrooms, water fountains, dining options and more. Or, pick up a printed version at the information desk, located across from the 4D Immersion Theater on Level 1 of Blue Wonders.


Dining at the Aquarium

The National Aquarium is pleased to offer guests a variety of fresh food options produced and served with eco-friendly methods. Please note that outside food and drink are not allowed inside the Aquarium, but picnic tables and benches are available just outside the building if you choose to bring your own food or visit our neighboring restaurants. For the health and safety of our animals, food, beverages and gum are allowed only within the Aquarium's designated dining area on Pier 4.

Food purchased from the Aquarium may contain ingredients unsuitable for those with allergies or dietary restrictions. We encourage you to speak with staff at our cafes about your specific concerns during your visit, or contact Guest Services at access@aqua.org or 410-576-8745 prior to your visit.

Harbor Market Kitchen, the Aquarium's largest cafe located on the ground floor of our Pier 3 building, is currently closed for improvements. Check back soon for more details!

Harbor Market Cafe is located on the ground floor of Pier 4, convenient to Dolphin Discovery and Jellies Invasion. It is open daily and serves a grab-and-go menu of snacks, beverages and more. Limited seating is available.

National Aquarium Gift Shops

Take a piece of the Aquarium home with you! The National Aquarium Gift Shop—located at the top of the escalator on Level 1 of Blue Wonders—offers souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, housewares, toys, books and more. For a limited time, you can also shop our Animal Rescue-themed apparel collection (only available online).

Amenities & Accessibility

Changing Tables

All bathrooms have changing tables, and there is a family restroom on the ground floor of Blue Wonders near stroller check.

Guest Relations Room

Located on Level 1 of Blue Wonders behind the bubble tubes, this area is available to parents of infants and young children, as well as guests seeking a private, quiet space during their visit.

Accessibility Guide

Guests with mobility issues can download our Accessibility Guide prior to visiting, or pick up a printed version at the Aquarium’s information desk.

View Your Photos

Head over to the Magic Memories website and enter the number on the back of your PhotoCard to see your photos, order prints and share online!

Stroller Parking

For the comfort and safety of all guests, the Aquarium does not accommodate strollers. There are a limited number of self-park spots available for stroller storage during your visit.

Lockers

Guest lockers are available and are located inside the Main Entrance on the ground level of Blue Wonders.

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