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Locals Visit for Less through National Aquarium’s Community Programs


As part of the organization’s commitment to providing access to Maryland residents, the National Aquarium is pleased to offer an ever-expanding lineup of community programs, upcoming this fall and many available throughout the year. These opportunities are focused on providing locals, whether frequent guests or first-time visitors, free or reduced admission to their world-class Aquarium.
“Since 1981, generations of local families have walked through our doors and shared in the wonders of the underwater world,” said Jenny Hamilton, community programs manager for the National Aquarium. “These programs ensure our neighbors can continue to connect with us, inspiring thousands each year to love – and protect – aquatic environments around the world as well as those right here in our city and state.”

One of the most popular opportunities to visit, the Aquarium’s Maryland Mornings, returns September 5, 2017, and runs through the end of February 2018. Maryland residents receive $10 off adult admission and $5 off child admission before noon, Sunday through Friday.

The Read to Reef Book Club, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, offers free admission to the Aquarium for participating Baltimore-area children fifth grade and younger with a Pratt Library card. Starting October 1, children can visit their local Pratt Library branch, read aquatic-themed books, and receive Aquarium admission for the reader and up to three guests. The program has already welcomed close to 15,000 young readers and their families since launching in 2016.

The National Aquarium also offers several special access days this fall and throughout the remainder of the year.

  • New this year is Free Fall Friday Night. As part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts' citywide celebration of culture, Free Fall Baltimore, the National Aquarium will offer free admission after 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27.
  • Pay What You Want Day, made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price, will return on Sunday, November 5. Guests can donate an amount of their choice for admission to the Aquarium, knowing their contribution supports conservation efforts.
  • Additionally, Dollar Days, an annual holiday tradition in collaboration with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will return on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, with one dollar admission on both days.
  • As always, guests can take advantage of half-price admission year-round every Friday after 5 p.m. through Half-Price Friday Nights, presented with the generous support of M&T Bank.
Guests planning to take advantage of these special access days should be aware that, due to anticipated popularity, crowds may be heavier than usual and the Aquarium may sell out. Tips to plan a visit can be found on

In 2016 alone, the Aquarium welcomed over 100,000 guests for free or reduced admission through these community programs, sharing educational and enjoyable experiences with local and state residents.

For more information on these National Aquarium programs, visit

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