Waste of $22.00. I went to this aquarium with my daughter, who is a senior biology major. We've been to many aquariums around the world. This has to be one of the worst.
Over crowded, murky tanks, hot, narrow passageways. A major part of the crowds are infants and toddlers who were visibly and QUITE audibly every BIT as miserable as those they constantly offended. this is NOT good parenting taking such little children to a place such as this. A pet store or a personal goldfish is a much better bet.
The much-touted Australian exhibit is a HUGE joke. It was absolutely the BIGGEST waste of time I've spent in years. I lived in Australia for a year so I am somewhat biased, but this "exhibit" makes no sense whatsoever. Cheezy thunder effects, few and scattered examples of wildlife, though the fake waterfall was very pretty. But, it's FAKE! I go to an aquarium to see the sea life!
This aquarium is also guilty of false advertising. Claiming to have penguins and other exotic animals, yet the place has only back lit photos of many of these promised attractions.
The gift shop was chock FULL of Australian-themed items with prices that would make any Aussie laugh out loud. In fact, there were WAY more toys, stuffed animals, and t-shirts with the Australian theme than there were examples of Australian wildlife! What makes them think their exhibit is so special? It was PATHETIC!
We had been in this place for about 10 minutes when we both said, "We PAID good money to be TORTURED this way?" I kept waiting, wondering, when will it end...when can I get OUT of this hole!?
We recommend the Monterrey Aquarium in CA, the Virginia Marine Science museum in VA Beach, and the Chattanooga Aquarium. DON'T waste your time and money at this one. Unless you have VERY low standards (apparently all of the reviews posted at this site don't ask for much...) you will be SO sorry you went.
My daughter (who is a senior college biology major) and I have visited a number of aquariums in the US and abroad. We had never been to the "national" aquarium, but on a recent trip to Baltimore we decided to give it a try.
Do NOT waste $22.00 to see this particularly weak effort at bringing the great outdoors and waterways to the public.
Murky tanks, hot, narrow, crowded passages OVERFLOWING with people bringing their *infants* and todddlers along (with the attendant noise and smells). I am all in favor of exposing kids to nature but infants and toddlers do quite well with a home freshwater aquarium, books, video, or even a goldfish!
It was disgusting seeing this "parents" so smug thinking they are so good at their job, while the little ones were clearly miserable and confused.
Also a good example of false advertising. This place claims to have penguins and other forms of sea life that are present only in the form of *oft-used* lit photographs.
The much-touted Australia Northern Territory exhibit is a HUGE joke. Ok, I once lived in Australia for a year, so I do have some bias. But this exhibit was PATHETIC, very few forms of wildlife visible, stupid-sounding fake thunder effects and few trees that I personally remember seeing when I was down under. What makes this particularly sickening is that in the aquarium gift shop there are MOUNDS and PILES of Australian-themed items...there are more stuffed animals, toys, t-shirts and fake boomerangs (at prices that would make any Aussie laugh) in the shop than there were on show in the exhibit!
Major let down. About five minutes into the "tour" we said, "We PAID good money to be tortured like this??"
Much better choices in our view: the Virginia Marine Science Museum at Virginia Beach, the aquarium at Monterrey, CA, and also the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN were far superior to this "national" joke.