Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation December Hours at the Aquarium

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

Monday-Thursday
10 am - 4 pm
Friday
10 am - 8 pm
Saturday
10 am - 5 pm
Sunday
10 am - 5 pm
December 7
10 am - 2 pm
December 24
10 am - 2 pm
December 25
Closed
December 26-29
9 am - 6 pm
December 30
9 am - 8 pm
December 31
9 am - 6 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. Our address is 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

The National Aquarium has three official parking partners nearby—Harbor Park Garage, LAZ Inner Harbor Garage and Parkway Lockwood Place Garage. These garages offer discounted parking rates for National Aquarium guests and members. Guests and members must validate their parking ticket inside the Aquarium to receive the discount.

National Aquarium members receive the most generous parking discount at our partner garages. For information about the member parking discount, please visit the membership page.

There is an early-bird parking discount for those who park in 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 discounts.

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

Harbor Park Garage

Address: 55 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Distance from the National Aquarium: 0.3 miles

Aquarium general admission guests can reserve a spot in Harbor Park Garage online in advance.

LAZ Inner Harbor Garage

Address: 100 S. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Distance from the National Aquarium: 0.2 miles

Aquarium general admission guests can reserve a spot in LAZ Inner Harbor Garage online in advance.

Parkway Lockwood Place Garage

Address: 124 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Distance from the National Aquarium: 0.2 miles

Aquarium general admission guests can reserve a spot in Parkway Lockwood Place Garage online in advance.

Parking Discount Instructions

How to receive in-person parking discount at our partner garages:

  1. Enter the chosen garage by taking a ticket and parking. Be sure to bring the ticket with you into the Aquarium.
  2. Get your parking ticket validated at the end of your visit before 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.

For general admission ticketholders, if you reserve your parking online in advance, the rate you are charged is the discounted Aquarium guest rate. For National Aquarium members, please do not reserve parking online in advance as we are then unable to provide the member discount.

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 CityLink Yellow, CityLink Navy, CityLink Brown, LocalLink 54 and LocalLink 65

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

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, strollers are not permitted on our exhibit route. We do offer stroller check by our main entrance, but space is limited and we encourage you to leave your stroller at home if possible.

Lockers & Coat Check

For a small fee, lockers and coat check are located inside the Main Entrance, to the right, on the ground level of Blue Wonders.

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 areas.

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.

The Aquarium's largest cafe is located on the ground floor of Pier 3 near the Main Entrance and is open daily for house-made chicken tenders, smash burgers, sandwiches, bowls, coffee, draft beer and more. Place your order at the kiosks or the Pier 3 Cafe website in advance for convenient pick-up. Cashiers are available for customers who prefer to order and pay in person. Seating is available.

Located on the ground floor of Pier 4, Harbor Market Cafe is convenient to Dolphin Discovery and Jellies Invasion and is open daily for personal pizzas, sandwiches, mac and cheese, salads, popcorn, pretzels, drinks and more. Place your mobile order on the Harbor Market Cafe website in advance for convenient pick-up, or order with a cashier to dine in. Seating is available.

Harbor View Room is located on level 4 of Pier 3 and is open Friday through Sunday, as well as select weekdays. Serving bar-style food and snacks, this is an ideal place to take a seat, grab grown-up drinks and snacks for the kids and soak in the sweeping Inner Harbor view.

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.

There are also exclusive designs featuring sea turtles, jellies, sharks and more available in our new online gift shop!

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