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Here’s to a Star-Spangled Summer!

We’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the launch of a new, limited-edition program here at National Aquarium, Star-Spangled Friday Nights!

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Kicking off July 11th, guests who enter the Aquarium after 5:00 pm will enjoy a special admission price of $18.12 on Friday evenings!

Our star-spangled nights will include themed scavenger hunts and animal encounters! Snacks and beverages, including beer and wine, will also be available for purchase.

Also in celebration of the anniversary, we will be kicking off our fall line-up of the Marjorie Lynn Bank lecture series with a special panel titled “The Battle of Baltimore: How Our Harbor Helped Define America” on September 10th. The lecture will bring historians and authors together to discuss the significant role the Inner Harbor played in the War of 1812.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research vessel, the Okeanos Explorer, will also be docked on Pier 4 and open to visitors from September 10-16th!

For more information about all things star-spangled here at the Aquarium, visit aqua.org/summer.

Celebrate Love With Us All February Long!

Fishing for love this month? You just might find it at the National Aquarium, where we’re celebrating love throughout the month of February with special deals, events, features right here on WATERblog and MORE!

  • Planning a special visit to the Aquarium for your loved one? Couples can receive two adult admission tickets and two tickets for a 4D Immersion Film for just $59.95! Valid only for the month of February, this special offer can be purchased online at aqua.org/love with the promo code CUPID (blackout dates may apply).
  • For those looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, join us for Date Night on Saturday, February 15! Couples 21 and older can enjoy crowd-free exhibits, live music, light fare and an open bar of beer and wine from 7-10 pm (Price: $99 for non-member couples, $69 for members).
  • For more information on “roe-mantic” events and promotions around town, head to aqua.org/love!

Help our friends at Sinai Hospital spread some love this Valentine’s Day! 

Sinai Hospital has launched a special Valentine’s Day e-campaign to benefit their Children’s Hospital. Their goal is simple: send 2,000 aquatic-themed valentines to their pediatric patients!

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To help support Sinai’s pediatric work, head over to their website and choose your favorite aquatic valentine to send to a patient. It’s that easy!

Stay tuned to WATERblog for upcoming love-themed features on some of our favorite species! 

Take a Trip Back in Time This Holiday Season!

We’re celebrating the arrival of our all-new Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D Experience, by introducing you to some of our favorite “prehistoric” residents here at the Aquarium!

Chambered Nautilus

The chambered nautilus is a mollusk, related to the octopus, squid, clam and snail! Did you know? Nautili are the only cephalopod species that has a fully-developed protective shell.

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The nautilus is considered to be a “living fossil,” as the species has undergone little change in the last 400 million years. The nautilus first appeared about 265 million years before the first dinosaurs.

Did you know? There were about 10,000 different species of nautilus in prehistoric times. Currently, there are six living species of nautilus – all found in the Indo-Pacific.

Horseshoe Crab

Scientists can trace this species back to the Paleozoic Era (before dinosaurs and even flowering plants were around!) – which began 540 million years ago. Incredibly, these “living fossils” have also changed very little over time!

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Although they’re commonly known as “crabs,” these animals are actually more closely related to arachnids than they are to crustaceans. Their entire bodies are protected by a hard carapace (or shell). Its eyes are able to detect both visible and UV light.

The four remaining species of horseshoe crab can be found worldwide! Limulus polyphemus is the species that we have here – they’re found off the East Coast, from Maine to the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico).

Gar

With some species weighing in at 400 lbs, gar are considered the largest freshwater species in North America!

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Gars can be traced back to the Cretaceous period, which began about 145 million years ago.

Although their ancestors could be found worldwide, today’s living species of gar only live in North and Central America. Young gar are preyed upon by larger fish and aquatic birds and reptiles. Once they reach adulthood, they have very few natural predators other than humans.

Sawfish

Survivors of the Cretaceous period, relatives of these elasmobranchs (subclass of cartilaginous fish, such as rays) can be traced back almost 145 million years ago. Historically, the rostrum of the sawfish has been used in religious offerings and traditional medicine.

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Did you know? Sawfish are actually considered to be fairly docile animals. However, when provoked, they can cause major damage by swinging their tooth-laden rostrum from side-to-side.

Currently, there are six species of sawfish found worldwide – their distribution ranges from the warm, temperate waters of the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific! Sawfish are actually a “euryhaline” species, which means they can move between freshwater ad saltwater.

Sturgeon

Sturgeon date back as far as 70 million years! The 25 species of sturgeon around today can be found commonly along the Atlantic coast of North America and Europe.

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Did you know? Sturgeon are prized for their eggs, known more commonly as caviar. In fact, the Beluga sturgeon is responsible for the world’s most expensive caviar. Sadly, populations of sturgeon have faced rapid depletion in recent years because of overfishing.

Arowana

This species belongs to the ancient group of Osteoglossids, which existed in the Jurassic period (close to 220 million years ago)!

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There are currently 10 living species of this primitive fish, found in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Did you know? All species of arowana are “mouthbrooders,” meaning parents will care for hundreds of eggs in their mouths until the young are developed.

Want even more prehistoric fun? Stop by the Aquarium and catch our next screening of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas!

More Fish, Less Clams: Affordable Access to National Aquarium

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I am sure I speak for other Aquarium staff when I say that one of the most fulfilling aspects of our jobs, especially after a rough day, is to live vicariously through our visitors – witness their anticipation as they enter the Aquarium beneath a 35-foot replica of a Maryland waterfall, experience their enthusiasm as they see our new Blacktip Reef exhibit, hear all about the dolphins or sharks from the excited (and excitable) children in the parking garage elevator.

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The Aquarium experience is made even more inclusive as the weather gets colder and the crowds filling the Inner Harbor get smaller. The coming of autumn signals my favorite time of the year – affordable access season at National Aquarium.

Despite our “national” designation, we are still very much Baltimore’s Aquarium. To celebrate our local roots and to give back to the community that has given us so much, the Aquarium is proud to host a number of programs that allow locals to visit their Aquarium for less:

  • Fridays After Five has been a cornerstone of the National Aquarium for decades in the fall and winter as college students visit for the first time, families from around the Baltimore region come back to see what’s new and couples on first dates share a romantic stroll through the world’s aquatic treasures. Visitors pay just $12 on Friday evenings between September and March.
  • Launched last fall, Maryland Mornings provides Maryland residents with $10 off for adults and $5 off for children from September through February, Sunday through Friday, with entrance before noon – all with just a valid proof of state residency.
  • Annual Dollar Days (the first weekend of December) provide access to our more than 17,000 animals for – you guessed it – $1.

So brave the brisk weather, be a tourist in your own backyard and take advantage of these terrific programs. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring the entire family – just don’t forget your driver’s license!

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Our 7-Day Pass is BACK – just in time for Grand Prix!

Our animals are ready for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, are you?! 

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We’re excited to announce the return of our special 7-Day ticket, which allows guests to visit National Aquarium, Baltimore as many times as they like for seven consecutive days!

We’re providing this offer In celebration of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT and this exciting time for our home city of Baltimore. There is so much to see at National Aquarium and the Inner Harbor – with this special National Aquarium seven-day ticket, you will have the opportunity to leisurely explore it all!

Guests visiting between Monday, August 26, and Monday, September 2, can purchase the special ticket and visit the Aquarium as many times as they like for seven consecutive days beginning with their first admission. The seven-day ticket is just one of several special offers for ticket buyers during Grand Prix week! The seven-day ticket offer is available to purchase online at aqua.org or onsite at National Aquarium, Baltimore. All tickets issued for August 26 through September 2 will be valid for seven full days. Visit aqua.org/grandprix for full rules and regulations. 

Grand Prix of Baltimore ticket holders can enjoy the additional benefit of accelerated entry by presenting their valid Grand Prix of Baltimore entry (e.g., pass, hand stamp, wristband) and a valid National Aquarium entry ticket between Friday, August 30, and Sunday, September 1. Accelerated entry enables these ticket holders to bypass the general admission line. Entry is subject to timed and maximum building capacity restrictions.

One of the many things visitors will be able to experience during their visit to Baltimore and National Aquarium is Blacktip Reef, our newest, coral-filled exhibit replicating an Indo-Pacific reef! The exhibit is active with life that you can experience from many vantage points, including a floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing window that allows you to virtually come face-to-face with the 20 fast-moving blacktip reef sharks; Calypso, the 500+-pound sea turtle and more than 700 other animals!

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Our newest exhibit, Blacktip Reef, is just one of the many things visitors will be able to experience during their visit to National Aquarium this week!

To further encourage downtown visitors, the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will offer 10% off all adult race tickets (except Andretti Club and Kona Grill Turn 1 Club tickets) with purchase of a National Aquarium ticket through Sunday, September 1. Customers will receive a promotional code from the Aquarium that can be redeemed online via Mission Tix by entering the code on the “Promotions and Special Offers” tab or at any Grand Prix of Baltimore box office location. Code must be presented to redeem discount. For tickets and event information, visit the official event website at RaceOnBaltimore.com.

We hope to see you downtown during Grand Prix week! 

Date Night Giveaway!

Calling all lovebirds! Looking for a unique setting for date night?

National Aquarium is giving one couple two tickets to our upcoming date night on May 30th!

Come experience the ambience of the Aquarium after hours. Enjoy drinks while you wander leisurely through the peaceful, crowd-free exhibits, and sample cuisine from a buffet of light fare.

How to win:

1. Follow us on Twitter.

2. Retweet this tweet from now until 11pm on May 28th. The winner will be announced the morning of May 29th.

Entrants must be 21 or older to win.

So what are you waiting for?! Show some love and win two tickets for a ROEmantic night out at the Aquarium!

Fishing for Love This February? Find it at National Aquarium!


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Fishing for love this February? You just might find it at National Aquarium where, throughout the month, we’re celebrating with special deals and events for couples including reduced ticket pricing, a Valentine’s Date Night, couples membership pricing, an Instagram contest and MORE:

Instagram contest

Those planning their visit to National Aquarium during February can enter our Roe-mantic Instagram Contest for a chance to win a yearlong couples membership to the Aquarium. Anyone interested in entering can share a photo of themselves and their loved one on Instagram using the hashtag #roemantic anytime during the month of February. Entrants must follow National Aquarium on Instagram to be eligible.

For more information on the National Aquarium’s specials and events during the month of February and to purchase tickets, visit http://aqua.org/love.


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