The Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit is temporarily closed through Fall 2022.

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation August Hours at the Aquarium

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

9 am - 5 pm
9 am - 8 pm
9 am - 8 pm
9 am - 6 pm
August 29
9 am - 1 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.


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

Although the Aquarium does not operate its own parking facility, we have three official parking partners nearby. Tickets pulled from Harbor Park Garage, LAZ Inner Harbor Garage and Parkway Lockwood Place 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 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.


  1. Harbor Park Garage (55 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202) Guests who are not Aquarium members can reserve a spot online in Harbor Park 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.
  3. 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.

National Aquarium members receive a 25% discount at the Aquarium's three 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 parking. Be sure to bring the ticket with you to 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.

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 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


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 & 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 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 now open daily during renovations. From 10 am until 30 minutes before the day's last entry time, a downsized but delicious menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks, soft drinks, beer and hard seltzer is available to order in advance via the Harbor Market Kitchen order form or by using the convenient QR code located on Harbor Market Kitchen tables. Cashiers are available for customers preferring to order and pay in person. Limited seating is available during renovations.

Harbor Market Cafe is located on the ground floor of Pier 4, convenient to Dolphin Discovery and Jellies Invasion, and is open daily for hand dipped chicken tenders or fish, smash burgers, popcorn, pretzels and more, as well as soft drinks, beer and hard seltzer. Place your mobile order via the Harbor Market Cafe order form 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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