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National Aquarium's Community Programs Welcome Locals for Less


The National Aquarium is pleased to once again offer robust community programs this fall as part of its continuing commitment to serving Maryland residents. These opportunities aim to provide locals, whether frequent guests or first-time visitors, free or reduced admission to their world-class Aquarium.

"As the Aquarium works towards inspiring the next generation of hopeful conservationists, we strive to offer expansive programming for locals to visit for less and share in the wonders of the underwater world," said Jenny Hamilton, National Aquarium community programs manager. "Our commitment to conservation begins right here at home – inside the Aquarium. Guests not only explore their hometown Aquarium, they also return to their communities ready to take action."

The Aquarium's popular Maryland Mornings program (available September 3, 2019 — February 28, 2020) offers Maryland residents $10 off adult admission and $5 off child admission before noon, Sunday through Friday.

Back by popular demand, Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger with a Pratt Library card are invited to participate in the Read to Reef Book Club, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Starting October 1, children can visit their local Pratt Library branch, receive a special bookmark (while supplies last), read aquatic-themed books and receive Aquarium admission for themselves and up to three guests. Since the program launched in 2016, more than 37,000 young readers and their families have visited the Aquarium after reading more than 51,000 books.

The National Aquarium also offers several special access days this fall and throughout the remainder of 2019:

  • The National Aquarium will offer free admission after 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25 during the Free Fall Friday Night event. This is in collaboration with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts' citywide celebration of culture, Free Fall Baltimore.
  • Additionally, Dollar Days, an annual holiday tradition in collaboration with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will return on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, with $1 admission on both days.
  • As always, admission is half-price 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 2018 alone, the Aquarium welcomed 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 about these National Aquarium programs, visit