At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, kids can explore more than 10,000 aquatic animals, including sting rays, jelly fish, dolphins, and sharks. Since there is so much to see, you will want to visit more than once and during non-peak times. The least crowded times are before 11am and after 3pm, and in the fall and winter. If you have little ones, bring an infant carrier or borrow one of the aquarium’s free backpacks since strollers are not allowed in the aquarium. Another great way to save money (although not beat the crowds) is to attend the Fridays After Five program held November to March. All basic Aquarium admission tickets are $8.00 for entry at 5 p.m. or later. Fees may apply for special exhibits and shows. Admission prices vary throughout the year, but start at $21.95 for children ages 3 to 11. Consider a membership if you and your child(ren) love the aquarium. You’ll more than make up your money in visits and support a great cause.