The Baltimore Aquarium

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The Baltimore Aquarium is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, right on the water, on a promontory that looks as if it was man-made for the specific purpose of accentuating the Aquarium. It was built in 1981, during Baltimore’s urban renewal period, when the city made a concerted effort to rebuild its waterfront. Their efforts certainly paid off nicely in time, as anyone who’s visited the waterfront lately will attest.

Aerial view of the Baltimore Aquarium


In spite of my less than lukewarm review of the Aquarium’s Dolphin Show, the Aquarium itself is a great place to visit. The location and the modern design ideas, which can be seen both on the outside and the inside, plus the many species of fish and other marine life that are inside, and the dramatic ways in which they are showcased, make it a must-see destination. Others agree. The Aquarium is considered one of the best in the United States, if not the world. It is also the largest tourist attraction in the State of Maryland.

Its official name is the National Aquarium in Baltimore, but I call it the Baltimore Aquarium, so as not to confuse it with the National Aquarium in DC (which, by the way, has been operated by the Baltimore Aquarium since 2003).


Whale of a story

Hey, mac, come here



The nosejob






The neocons are at it again





Another point of interest at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Also not to be missed is a walk through Baltimore’s downtown area, which is full of all sorts of interesting architecture. You can see more photos from the Baltimore Aquarium and from Baltimore in my photo catalog.



Kuroshio Sea

Video from Kuroshio Sea, the 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world, by Jon Rawlinson. Set it to play full screen and enjoy it. It’s quite peaceful. Seeing the silhouettes of the people set against the backlit aquarium will give you the proper scale for all the fish in there. Great stuff.

Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – (song is Please don’t go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.


Baltimore Aquarium’s Dolphin Show

During our last trip to Baltimore, we visited the Baltimore Aquarium and also attended their dolphin show, called “Play!”. It lasts about a half hour or so and it’s geared toward kids — which means quite a bit of talk about dolphins and not so many jumps. If you expect a show packed with acrobatics and non-stop jumps, try the Miami Seaquarium.

I got a bit annoyed with the constant solicitation of applause for the simplest tricks.