Revisiting Childhood at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

Growing up in Owings Mills, MD has defiantly left some impressions. For starters, I will eat anything that comes from the ocean with no opposition. Purple and black seems like the most natural color combination and , as most from the neighborhood will attest, the Inner Harbor seems more like the local playground than a tourist attraction. I grew up 30 minutes away from the harbor and the area was the setting of numerous class trips, birthday expeditions, and nights out as a teen. A few weeks ago, I got to return to the harbor. It didn’t feel like a thing changed at all and, in this case, that was a good thing.

 The Harbor

Inner Harbor

Inner Harbor with Baltimore Sky Line

Reflecting off of the Chesapeake Bay are the impressive buildings that make up Baltimore’s famous skyline. Both chain and traditional restaurants line either side of the bay. Most places have outside seating where you can enjoy your fish while, well, watching the fish.

Shopping is also plentful in this area thanks to souvenir shops and the Harbor Place mall. My favorite stop, of course, is the gigantic Barnes and Nobles that was converted from a power plant.

Barnes and Noble Power Plant

Barnes and Noble Power Plant

If you’re not keen on taking one of the many boat tours , you can view them from afar in one of the shaded seating areas . Or if you’re lucky, there might be an impromptu break dancing or  jazz performance.

The Main Attraction

The National Aquarium looks huge from the outside but can be seen in its entirety in four or five hours. If you go on an weekday during the school year, as we did, you can zip through with no problems.

Waterfall at Entrance to Museum

Waterfall at Entrance to Museum

Among my favorite exhibits was the Amazon Rain Forrest. With the humid and oppressive heat, the oversized leaves that canopy the ceiling, and wild parrots, sloths, and tarantulas, it ‘s more than easy to forget your in a building in the middle of a large city.

Rainforest Parrot

This parrot stared at me for 3 minutes straight

National Aquarium

Gator

Green & Black Poison Dart Frog

Green & Black Poison Dart Frog

Indoor Amazon Rainforest

Indoor Amazon Rainforest

The Shark exhibit winds up along several, dark floors. With the sharp- tooth sharks swimming past you as you go deeper and deeper underground, it feels like your walking through the deep , dark sea.

Diver in the Tank

Diver in the Tank

I also enjoyed  The Jellyfish Exhibit

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

JellyFish

JellyFish

 Another highlight of the day was getting to view the 4-D movie. We saw Happy Feet and for about 15 minutes we were snowed on, splashed with ice cold water, and pecked by Penguins as  they danced across the screen.

If you need one more reason to visit The National Aquarium, here it is: The people who work there not only seem to enjoy their jobs but are actually quite good at what they do. We ran into the same employees throughout the day and they would always stop, ask us how we doing, and then lead us over to wherever we were heading next. One of the people in our party had trouble walking and needed a wheelchair. The employee at the service desk not only helped her get into the chair but then got down on her knees to tie her shoe lace. It might not seem like a big deal but it unusual for me to experience customer service like that, especially at such a large attraction. Heck, it hard enough getting the cashier at CVS to make eye contact.

Coral Reef

Coral Reef

Don't know what this is , but it's pretty

Don’t know what this is , but it’s pretty

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8 thoughts on “Revisiting Childhood at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

    • That’s great. I don’t know if I remember Lexington Market, there was a big market I remember so that’s probably it. Such a small world.

  1. We were so happy to read about your experience at our Baltimore venue! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and for sharing your experience with our staff. It is through communications like these, positive and negative, that we learn how to best grow as an organization. We hope to see you again soon!

    • Thank you maintaining such an enjoyable business and experience. It was great and I too hope to be back soon. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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