Time sure flies by! It's hard for me to believe the Attic Baby is turning 2 very soon. Her grandparents came down to visit for the weekend to celebrate a little early with us so we could go to the National Aquarium in Baltimore for Dollar Days.
Dollar days is an annual tradition in December where admission is only $1 at many Inner Harbor attractions! It's a busy weekend as far as crowds go, but is definitely worth the trip when normal aquarium admission is $29.95 for adults. All 5 of us were able to get in for $4 (little miss was free). Plus we were able to save $4 on parking by going to the Lockwood Place garage and having our ticket validated at the aquarium.
We got up fairly early and arrived in Baltimore about 8:30 AM to get in line. (The line fills up fast and weaves around the front and back of the building) Originally, the aquarium was supposed to open at 10 AM, but we were pleasantly surprised that they opened at 9AM. We were able to get a spot toward the front of the line and only had to wait for about 45 minutes. That is not bad at all considering we were expecting at least an hour and a half wait. It was a little chilly and damp, but compared to past years the weather was not bad at all.
Strollers are not allowed inside the aquarium, so little miss walked quite a bit or was carried by her daddy. We went through the Maryland and Atlantic exhibits to our favorite big tanks in Shark Alley. The Attic Baby was afraid of the big fish at first, but she warmed up as we went along. She especially liked the turtles!
rainforest was pretty warm and it was difficult for her to spot the
birds up high since she's so little. The poison dart frogs were pretty neat to watch though.
In Shark Alley, we were able to see divers cleaning the tank. (You certainly wouldn't see me brave enough to go in there with those sharks and sting rays)
Although there isn't a formal dolphin show, we went to the Dolphin Discovery and saw the dolphins interact with trainers. The dolphins were very playful and she liked seeing them splash! It was also fun to go down to the viewing area and see them under the water.
We figured we'd beat the lunch crowds and eat early. On Dollar Days, you can get slices of pizza at $1 a slice, small french fries for $1, and small drinks for $1. We fed most of us for around $11 which was a great deal!
After lunch, it was time for the Jellyfish Invasion. These are really fascinating critters! Baby girl loved watching them move through the water.
Our last stop was the Australia exhibit. Since it was around normal lunch time by then, it wasn't super crowded. I was able to get some fun shots. The tanks are a bit hard to photograph there because of all the light and reflection off them. We watched some neat looking skinks, scary looking snakes and the turtles getting fed. (you can see me putting my hands on some aboriginal handprint artwork ironically near a fire alarm box)
The National Aquarium in Baltimore was a wonderful way to celebrate a 2nd birthday! There is a great variety of animals to see and the savings on Dollar Days can't be beat. This is one of my favorite traditions in our family during the holidays and I'm excited that now the Attic baby can enjoy it with us!
Disclosure: This is not a paid post; I love sharing great deals on area attractions with my readers.