National Aquarium Baltimore
I couldn't have asked for a better experience from a venue. While getting in touch at the pre-planning stages was tricky, once we had a signed contract they were responsive and available.
The aquarium has 3 options for rentals: the main aquarium building, the dolphin building, or an outside tent. All seemed lovely, and varied in price (but not by much). I thought the pricing was fair and not much more than other inner harbor venues. The only downside was only having 2 caterers to choose from, and both were quite expensive.
The night of the wedding we were surprised to find that there were aquarium staff there to help things run smoothly (we thought it would just be the caterers there). They were so professional, and so incredibly helpful. Everyone had a great time. I wholeheartedly recommend this venue.
We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding at the Aquarium! It was a perfect waterfront venue and the guests loved the fact that they were able to see the exhibits too! Only downfall is that you must use their caterer... you can't bring in your own team. Otherwise, excellent venue and a great price too!
Everyone loved the venue!
We held our wedding (ceremony, cocktail, and reception) at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and were very happy with the overall experience. We got a lot of comments from guests that they loved the location. People really enjoyed being able to tour the exhibits and the location itself has a beautiful view of the city. The event manager we primarily interacted with ahead of the event, Victoria, was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive to our requests and very friendly to interact with. She was not the on-site manager at the wedding though, and we would have preferred to have her there. The day-of event manager, who was the same person we interacted with when first checking out the aquarium, was not as friendly to interact with and apparently made our officiant nervous prior to the ceremony. However, everything was still taken care of as needed.
This is an amazing place to have a wedding. It was gorgeous! The staff was fantastic. Timing was tight, and they pitched in to help us get set up and started on time. When it was time to break down, they were right there to help us load and carry things out to the cars. This was the third wedding I have done in two years, and they were tip top!
The Aquarium Event Planners were very responsive the week before the event but failed to return phone calls during the begining stages of planning (or even to actually see the location was a few weeks later). I guess my best advice if you want to have your wedding at the Baltimore Aquarium is to be patient and eventually someone will call you back. Also be warned that all of the tanks and exhibits are on timers which this information was not volunteered to us so make sure you ask when planning your event if you want pictures in a certain area. The Classic Catering staff was wonderful and Alberto made his best effort to take care of everything we asked for. All together we were pleased and would recommend the Aquarium for events as long as you have the money to do so.
fun for children & adults alike
We’ve had the pleasure of working with The National Aquarium in Baltimore for over 20 years.
The National Aquarium is a distinct wedding venue, in that there are a number of extraordinary areas that can be utilized to accommodate events of all different sizes and styles. Intimate weddings from 50 – 120 guests can choose from views of the Harbor, or dine in the Under Water Viewing Area that has a 12'x60' glass wall beneath the dolphin pool. Larger weddings can transform the Atrium of Pier 4 or utilize the seasonal tent that sits on Pier 3 at the water’s edge. Nowhere else in Baltimore will you be able to find as many unique options at one venue!
The National Aquarium, with its breathtaking views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and five levels of award-winning exhibits, provides a magical and memorable setting for your special occasion.
Whether outside or in, spacious locations are available for as few as five guests or as many as 3,000, making the Aquarium the ideal place for corporate events, banquets, holiday celebrations, weddings, and more.
Unique options, like a private film screening in the 4-D Immersion Theater, provide an experience guests won't soon forget. Our professional staff is ready to assist you in planning your event.