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The National Aquarium introduces new ways to visit 20,000 of your favorite neighbors. With year-round Half-Price Friday Nights and a new Pay What You Want Day added to our popular Dollar Days and Maryland Mornings, the National Aquarium welcomes you—with more opportunities than ever before—to stop by and say hello!

Half-Price Friday Nights

Friday is your night! Get access to our award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of our Fridays After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with our 20,000-plus animal residents. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site.

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Maryland Mornings

Show your state pride! From September to February, Maryland residents can visit the Aquarium from Sunday to Friday before noon and receive a special residents-only rate. That’s $10 off adult tickets and $5 off children tickets. NOTE: Under Maryland Mornings, Senior/Military guests will be eligible for the same special price as adult guests. Simply reference Maryland Mornings at the ticket window and show proof of residency to receive the special pricing. Tickets must be purchased on-site. Please note that blackout days may apply and can be changed without notice.

Blackout Dates for 2015-16 Maryland Mornings

  • Black Friday (November 27)
  • Saturday and Sunday of Dollar Days (December 5-6)
  • Holiday dates (December 26-31)
  • Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend (January 17-18)
  • Sunday and Monday of President’s Day (February 14-15)

Read to Reef

The National Aquarium and the Enoch Pratt Free Library system are connecting Baltimore youth’s love of reading to the aquatic world with Read to Reef, a book club for kids 5 years and younger through fifth grade. In exchange for reading five or more aquatic- and conservation-themed books, Pratt Library cardholders have the opportunity to earn four tickets (while supplies last) to the National Aquarium. The Read to Reef program will distribute 10,000 free Aquarium passes between February 1 and April 30, 2016. Visit our Read to Reef page to learn more about the program.


Pay What You Want Day

In 2015, the National Aquarium hosted our inaugural Pay What You Want Day events, made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price. Pay What You Want Day encourages Marylanders to protect the Chesapeake Bay in keeping with the National Aquarium’s mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. Guests can choose their admission price to access nearly 20,000 animals in award-winning exhibits and may elect to add a 4-D Immersion Film for only $5 more.

In addition, the National Aquarium and our official partner parking facilities are pleased to offer $10 parking on Pay What You Want Day. To take advantage of this special rate, please park at LAZ Inner Harbor Garage (100 S Gay Street) or Lockwood Parking (124 Market Place). After your visit, bring proof of your Aquarium admission to either garage office and you will be provided with a ticket for $10 exit.

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Dollar Days

The National Aquarium joins our downtown neighbors in offering admission for just $1 on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Tickets can only be purchased on-site the day of your visit.

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