Star-Spangled Summer at the National Aquarium

Summer is a time for celebration. It’s a time to enjoy the outdoors, barbecue, go boating, have cocktails with friends and watch fireworks—in a nutshell, all the fun things about being an American. And this summer, there’s an even greater reason to celebrate both our nation and our city: September marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key’s poem that was inspired by the War of 1812 and eventually became the national anthem we all know today.

To celebrate this milestone and flaunt our city, state and national pride, the National Aquarium has loaded up its summer schedule with special offers and exciting events—so get your calendar out and start making plans!

Star-Spangled Friday Nights, $18.12 per ticket

Fridays, July 11, 2014 - September 12 between 5 pm and 7:30 pm

Thanks to Francis Scott Key, you'll have full access to the National Aquarium on Friday evenings for $18.12 per ticket beginning July 11. In honor of his poem and the Baltimore pride that inspired it, we're offering this special admission every Friday between 5 pm and 7:30 pm through September 12. (You're free to roam the exhibits until 9:30 pm.)

fort mchenry cannonsWhy $18.12, you ask? It's a subtle nod to the War of 1812 and the role it played in our nation's history. What better way to honor Baltimore's inspirational past than spending the evening in the heart of the Inner Harbor where it all happened? Refreshments will be available for purchase, and admission includes a free scavenger hunt for the younger patriots.

Tip: Buy your tickets online so you can skip the line, and be sure to secure a time slot between 5 pm and 7:30 pm!

Star-Spangled Spectacular

September 2014

On a scale of apple pie to Uncle Sam, the patriotism surrounding Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular ranks higher than a bald eagle wearing an American flag and dancing to Willie Nelson while drinking a craft beer. That’s off the charts, my friend. And we’re joining in on the fun!

okeanosDuring the weeklong commemoration, we’ll be offering free outdoor entertainment and activities for all ages right outside the Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s oceanic exploration ship, the Okeanos Explorer, will be docked on our pier all week for you to climb aboard and tour. And don’t miss our September 10 lecture, “The Battle of Baltimore: How Our Harbor Helped Define America.” The first in our fall Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, this special program explores the history and lasting legacy of the Battle of Baltimore with an expert panel of historians and authors, alongside our host, Aquarium director John Racanelli.

Meet the National Aquarium’s Most Patriotic Residents

  • Blue Crab

    In spite of their colorful name, blue crabs are mostly grayish- to bluish-green.

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  • Blue Poison Dart Frog

    This colorful frog was not discovered by scientists until 1968.

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  • Creole fish

    This fish can be any color from gray to a very bright red. It inhabits coral reefs and hard bottoms, preferring the shallow water but is found as deep as 165 feet.

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  • Giant Pacific Octopus

    These masters of camouflage can quickly change the color and texture of their skin to match the background.

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  • Humphead Wrasse

    The colossal Humphead Wrasse, also called the Napoleon Wrasse, is one of the largest fish inhabiting coral reefs. It is easily identifiable by its thick lips, prominent bump on its forehead, and two black lines behind its eyes. The coloring of Humphead Wrasses can range from a dull blue-green to brilliant shades of green or purplish-blue.

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  • Sea Stars

    There are nearly 2,000 species of sea stars in the world’s oceans.

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  • Toby the Blue Lobster

    American lobsters, like Toby, are found along the eastern coast of North America. They like cave-like structures and the continental shelf habitat of the coastline. Lobsters are bottom dwellers and tend to settle on the ocean floor, where they hide in caves and crevices.

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