Directions & Parking

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Conveniently Located in Baltimore's
Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium is located in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor, convenient to reach by all modes of transportation.

By Public Transit

Metro Subway: Shot Tower/Market Place Metro Subway Station

Light Rail: Convention Center and Camden Yards Light Rail Stops

MARC Train: Camden Yards and Penn Station MARC Train Stops

Bus: Bus Line Nos. 1, 7, 8, 10, 19, 61, 62, and 64

Amtrak Rail: Penn Station: 1500 N. Charles Street—only 1.06 miles from the Aquarium. Taxi and bus service are available from the station, as well as the free Charm City Circulator.

Charm City Circulator: Fast, free, and eco-friendly: The National Aquarium is conveniently located on the Orange Line of the Charm City Circulator.


By Bicycle or Foot

Bike racks are installed outside the Aquarium at Blue Wonders: Reefs to Rainforests.

Get turn-by-turn walking or bicycling directions to the Aquarium from Google Maps.


By Car

Use the directions below to drive to the National Aquarium, or get turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps.

From Points North via I-95:

  1. Take I-95 South to Baltimore. Go through the right-hand tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (toll).
  2. Once through the tunnel, take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395 N.
  3. Take the left fork (downtown) and stay in the center lane (becomes Howard Street). Stay straight. You will pass Camden Yards on your left.
  4. Make right onto Pratt Street (third traffic light). The Aquarium is eight blocks on right.
  5. Park at convenient facility (see parking garage partner) or turn right into Gunther Circle for bus and motorcoach unloading.

From Points South via I-95:

  1. Take I-95 North to Baltimore.
  2. Take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395 N.
  3. Take the left fork (downtown) and stay in the center lane (becomes Howard Street). Stay straight. You will pass Camden Yards on your left.
  4. Make right onto Pratt Street (third traffic light). The Aquarium is eight blocks on right.
  5. Park at convenient facility (see parking garage partner) or turn right into Gunther Circle for bus and motorcoach unloading.

From Frederick/Hagerstown via I-70:

  1. Take I-70 East to I-695 South (toward I-95/Glen Burnie).
  2. Take I-95 North toward Baltimore.
  3. Follow directions above for travel via I-95 North.

From Pennsylvania via I-83:

  1. Take I-83 South to Baltimore. Follow I-83 until expressway ends in Baltimore City.
  2. Turn right on Lombard Street and stay in the left lane. (To park in Lockwood Place Garage, cross over Market Place and enter the garage on the left.)
  3. Turn left at Commerce Street and then turn left onto Pratt Street. The Aquarium is one block on the right.
  4. Park at convenient facility (see parking garage partner) or turn right into Gunther Circle for bus and motorcoach unloading.

Parking

Although the Aquarium does not operate its own parking facility, Lockwood Place, our official parking partner, offers a discount to Aquarium visitors. Aquarium members receive an even bigger discount.

Lockwood Place Garage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

National Aquarium - Parking Lockwood entrances


How to Receive a Discount on Parking at Lockwood Place Garage

  1. Enter Lockwood Place Garage by taking a ticket, and take ticket with you.
  2. Get parking ticket validated at the Aquarium's information desk.
  3. Take validated ticket to parking garage lobby and the automated machines will discount the parking fee by $4 (if under one hour) or $5 (if over one hour).

No coupon required. Discount valid for all Aquarium visitors for any duration of stay.


Driving Directions to Lockwood Place Garage

If you are traveling east on Pratt Street toward the Aquarium, turn left onto Gay Street and enter Lockwood Place Garage on the right.

If you are traveling west on Lombard Street, cross Market Place and enter Lockwood Place Garage on the left.

Lockwood Place Garage is only a few steps from the Aquarium and has three convenient entrances on Gay Street, Lombard Street, and Market Place.

Accessible Parking

All parking garages provide accessible parking spaces. Also, on-street parking is available with ADA-compliant meters.

Tour Buses and Motorcoaches

Buses and motorcoaches of scheduled groups may use Gunther Circle, located in front of the Aquarium off Pratt and Gay Streets, for drop-off and pick-up. Access is limited to 10 minutes.

Alternative loading and unloading locations for buses and motorcoaches in the Inner Harbor include: Key Highway at the Maryland Science Center (10-minute staging), and the northbound lane of Light Street, between the Science Center and Harborplace (no staging).

Motorcoach Parking Options

New! 1100 James Street, Behind the B&O Railroad Museum

Baltimore's new motorcoach parking facility offers the following:

  • Staffed driver lounge with Wi-Fi access, food vending, cable TV, and clean bathrooms
  • Lighted, locked, and secure lot with 61 spaces for motorcoaches and school buses
  • Free pump-out and water replenishment services
  • In/out privileges
  • Free transportation via Charm City Circulator to area hotels, restaurants, and attractions
  • Free admission for drivers to the B&O Railroad Museum

Parking rates are $5 per hour, $25 for 12 hours, and $35 for 24 hours. Learn more and download a fact sheet with a map here.

Camden Yards Sports Complex, Maryland Stadium Authority, Lot C and J

From Light Street, head west on Conway Street. At I-395, stay in right lane and continue straight into the Camden Yards parking lot. Follow the drive aisle to the left and stop near the far end of the Warehouse Building. Enter the Office of Central Parking Systems to pay fee. Directions will be given to lots C, J, or other suitable parking. Daily and overnight parking is available.

Rates fluctuate depending on season. Call Central Parking Systems at 410-347-9330, ext. 11, for reservations and other information. 

Guilford Ave./Saratoga Street Parking Lot, 315 Guilford Avenue

This is an unattended outside lot. Motorcoach parking is $8.00 per 24 hours. Credit card access only. Display the printed ticket on the dashboard so that it can be easily seen. Drivers can use the Charm City Circulator to get to their hotel. Stop number 317 on the Purple Route is the closest stop and is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Saratoga and St. Paul Street.

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National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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