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Admire Underwater Creatures at the National Aquarium

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The National Aquarium was established in the early 1980s as part of the revitalization of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, the aquarium remains a popular attraction, drawing over a million visitors each year, which makes it one of Maryland’s busiest tourist sites.

In addition to its economic impact, the National Aquarium also holds an important educational and scientific role in the region’s marine conservation and research efforts. Inside, you’ll find thousands of species of fish on display in hundreds of fresh- and salt-water tanks, not to mention the marine mammals, amphibians and reptiles housed on site. The large animals draw the biggest crowds—dolphin shows, shark tanks, and the rainforest exhibit—but don’t miss out on the jellyfish and tidepool displays, as well. Keep an eye on the website for deals on admission and parking.

Note for families with small children: you’ll have to check your strollers at the door, as they’re not allowed within the museum area.

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