National Aquarium

Groups

An underwater world of beautiful and unusual animals and habitats awaits your group at the National Aquarium, located in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. School groups, corporate groups, senior groups, scout troops, family reunions and more can receive reduced admission when visiting in a group of at least 15 guests.

Admission Prices for Groups of 15 or More

Guest Age Group Price General Admission
Child (3-11) $19.95 $24.95
Adult (12-64) $31.95 $39.95
Senior (65+) $27.95 $34.95
Group Leader Free --

*Tickets to a 4D Immersion Film are an additional $5 per person.

Children ages 2 and under are free. Tour operators and schools receive additional discounts. Please call for details.

Purchasing Group Tickets

Group rates are available with advance reservation, subject to ticket availability. A $75 deposit is due three weeks in advance.

Fill out an online request form, call our Central Reservations team at 410-576-3833 or email reserve@aqua.org to inquire about group ticket requests.

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Parking Info for Tour Buses and Motor Coaches

Scheduled groups on buses and motor coaches may use Gunther Circle, located in front of the Aquarium across from the intersection of Pratt Street and Gay Street, for drop-off and pickup. Access is limited to 10 minutes.

National Aquarium Motor Coach Map

Learn more about motor coach parking options.

Special Programs for Groups of 15 or More

Enhance your group's visit to the National Aquarium with one of these all-inclusive, customizable programs.

Birthday Parties

Daytime birthday parties are available for groups of 15 or more guests and include group admission to the Aquarium, as well as lunch and cake in Harbor Market Cafe on Pier 4. Please contact birthdays@aqua.org for more information or to make a reservation.

Dine and Discover

Enjoy a gourmet lunch in the Aquarium's Harbor View Room while gaining an insider's knowledge of our fascinating animals with a presentation from one of our animal experts. Afterward, your group can explore the Aquarium at your leisure.

Available on weekdays September through May with a minimum of 25 people. Contact groupsales@aqua.org for more information or to make a reservation.

Sea and Tea

Sweeten your group's visit with a delicious assortment of scones, tea sandwiches, miniature desserts and hot and cold beverages. Enjoy your party, meeting or other occasion in the Aquarium's Harbor View Room, which has a spectacular panoramic view of the Inner Harbor. After a presentation from our animal programs team, your group can tour the Aquarium at your leisure.

Available on weekdays September through May with a minimum of 25 people. Contact groupsales@aqua.org for more information or to make a reservation.

Cocktails and Fish Scales

Enjoy charcuterie, beer and wine while you take in sweeping views of the Inner Harbor. This experience is offered in the Harbor View Room and includes a presentation from the Aquarium's animal program team. Afterward, your group can explore the Aquarium at your leisure.

Available on weekdays September through May with a minimum of 25 people. Contact groupsales@aqua.org for more information or to make a reservation.

Packages With Aquarium Partners

Aquatic Adventures | Watermark

Enjoy a 45-minute cruise of Baltimore's Inner Harbor from the deck of a Watermark yacht, where you can explore the harbor's treasures as you learn about the important history of the waterfront and its role today as a working port.

Field trip packages and group rates available. Contact Claudette McDonald at Claudette@watermarkjourney.com or 410-268-7601 x 100 for reservations.

Fish and Ships | Spirit Cruises

In addition to visiting the National Aquarium, your group will enjoy a unique view of Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor aboard Spirit Cruises on a scenic one-hour narrated tour. Or enjoy a delicious seated meal during the Commodore's Lunch Cruise, which includes a narrated tour and a DJ.

Contact group sales at Spirit Cruises at 866-845-7245 to reserve.

Giving Back | Uno Chicago Grill

Uno will donate 20% of your group's sales back to the National Aquarium's conservation programs. Save money, eat delicious food and give to conservation!

Contact Jennifer Martin at 866-216-1485 or jmartin@unos.com to book the National Aquarium for your group, as well as your reservation at Uno.

Rock On | Hard Rock Cafe

Your group can experience the authentic rock 'n' roll experience at the Hard Rock Cafe, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Don't forget to pick up one of the National Aquarium collectible Hard Rock Cafe guitar pins—$2 from every pin benefits National Aquarium Animal Rescue.

Contact Jamie Moore at jamie_moore@hardrock.com or 410-576-2210 to reserve your group.

Maryland Traditions | Phillips Seafood

After your visit to the Aquarium, walk just a few steps to nearby Phillips Seafood, where your group can enjoy your choice of a crab feast—between June and September—or dinner.

Contact the group sales department at Phillips at 410-685-6600 for more information on this package and to reserve your group.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay my deposit?

Deposits can be paid by credit card or check. Credit card payments can be made by phone at 410-576-3833, by email at reserve@aqua.org or by fax at 410-986-2334. Checks can be mailed to:

ATT: Central Reservations
National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

If mailing a check, please be sure to allow enough time for the Aquarium to receive the check 21 days before your trip.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

Reservations can be made as early as six months in advance. We suggest making reservations at least three weeks in advance of the requested visit date. Reservations can be made up to 24 hours before the requested visit, subject to ticket availability. If you are scheduling a group visit within 21 days of the requested visit date, a $75 non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of booking.

Is my deposit refundable? Does it go towards my overall balance?

Deposits are non-refundable if the reservation is canceled within 21 days of the trip, but the deposit can be applied to future reservations. The deposit is applied to the overall balance of your trip.

Do you accept purchase orders as a payment method?

No, we do not. Payment can be made by credit card, check or cash.

When is my final group count needed?

If you are adjusting your group number by 10 or more people, you must call Central Reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Adjustments of less than 10 people can be made at the will call window at check-in.

Do you have discounts for nonprofits?

Nonprofit organizations are eligible for the standard group discount, provided the group is 15 or more people. Maryland-based nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status can apply for donated Community Connection tickets.

Do you have discounts for special needs groups?

Special needs groups will qualify for group pricing for any group of 10 or more guests. Any individuals requiring one-on-one assistance will receive free admission for their aide or nurse.

Does my infant count toward the group number of 15 people?

Group rates are available for 15 or more paying guests. Children 2 years old and under receive free admission and therefore are not counted toward the group number.

Are there opportunities for my group to have a staff-led tour of the Aquarium? Can we visit behind-the-scenes areas?

The Aquarium offers both daytime tours and overnight experiences, and our sleepovers can accommodate up to 65 people. Learn more about behind-the-scenes tours at the Aquarium.

Please contact our Immersion Tours team by email at tours@aqua.org or by phone at 410-576-8822 if your group is interested in reserving a tour. Please keep in mind that only visitors ages 8 and up are permitted in behind-the-scenes areas.

What lunch options do you offer for groups?

Harbor Market Kitchen and Harbor Market Cafe are open daily. Guests are welcome to order food when they arrive, or groups can pre-order lunches.

We offer all-inclusive packages on weekdays from September to May for groups of at least 25 people. These include admission to the National Aquarium, a presentation from our animal programs staff and a meal in the Harbor View room. Email groupsales@aqua.org for more information or to make a reservation.

Outside food and drink are not allowed in the National Aquarium. Groups are welcome to eat their own food outside the building, and outdoor tables are available outside of Pier 4. Hand stamps are available at each exit to allow re-entry into the building.

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Harbor Market Kitchen

Dining at the Aquarium

At several convenient dining options throughout the Aquarium, you'll find fresh and healthy food produced with eco-friendly methods.

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