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More Fish, Less Clams: Affordable Access to National Aquarium

government affairs and policy update

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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With YOU, we make a difference

Tis the season for family, friends, and fish!  All three were in abundance last weekend as the National Aquarium celebrated Dollar Days Weekend and welcomed more than 13,000 people with $1 admission price despite the snowy, cold weather. Near-capacity crowds filled the Aquarium on both days, eager to escape the cold, enjoy the tropical temperatures of the Rainforest and see the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Jellies Invasion.

Dollar Days Weekend has been a tradition since the National Aquarium opened in 1981. It started as a way to thank our local community for welcoming the Aquarium to Baltimore, and it remains an important community event on the Aquarium’s calendar, and a celebration of the holiday season!

The holiday season is a time to give thanks and reflect on what is important to us. At the National Aquarium, we are grateful that we live on a watery world, full of mystery and life.  Our community includes individuals who share values of family, education, and environmental responsibility. We put these values into practice year after year through our conservation initiatives, engaging education programs, and world-class exhibits.

The video below takes a look back on all we shared in 2009.  Thank you for being a part of our work and success this past year.


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