Sharks are the predators of the sea, and there were lots of predators last weekend, in one of my favorite exhibits at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Sharks are large, and lumbering, yet somehow able to move with speed and grace. The Aquarium’s swim tank allows visitors to view sharks from both above and below the water. From below, you can view them close enough to look into their eyes and get a long, hard look at the sharp, jagged teeth. I wouldn’t want to mess with any of these guys.
Another favorite exhibit was the stingray pool. These guys glide and flit through the water, turning sharply and rolling about, in what looks like a playful, sassy manner. One minute they are darting about, the next resting motionless on the bottom of the tank.
There is a lot more to see at the Aquarium, including coral reef and coastal displays, seahorses, and two featured exhibits: Animal Planet Wild Extremes (about Australia) and Frogs! A Chorus of Color. I never knew there were so many poisonous frogs.
Lots of families were at the Aquarium on the Saturday we visited, but the exhibits will hold the attention of adults as much as children.
The Aquarium is located at 501 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, along the city’s Inner Harbor. Plan for a walk along the harbor before or after your time at the Aquarium.
Three hours will give adults ample time to see all the exhibits, and linger at a few of your favorites. Allow additional time if children are along.
Aquarium hours are Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm; Friday 9 am-8 pm; Saturday 9 am-6 pm. Extended hours start in July, with the Aquarium open until 8 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Aquarium. A service charge is applied to all online purchases. Tickets prices: $21.95/adult, $12.95/children 3-11, $20.95/seniors 60+, Free/children under three.