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1401 Constitution Ave.
Commerce Building basement
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
COST: $9.95 ages 11-59,
$8.95 military personnel and family members,
$4.95 ages 3-11,
free under age 3
A stowaway in the basement of the Commerce Building and accessed through a door that faces 14th Street, the National Aquarium is a favorite for families with young children and anyone who enjoys getting close to small sharks, puffer fish, moray eels, and baby sea turtles.
This is a small, manageable adventure into the underwater realm, a branch of the larger aquarium in Baltimore that is rarely crowded. Highlights include fish feedings and exhibits based on national marine sanctuary habitats.
It’s a great space for those with toddlers—no worries about losing them—and anyone who likes communing in the dark with the cast of Finding Nemo.
Beyoncé, the aquarium’s Giant Pacific Octopus, is a staff favorite, a huge cephalopod that needs numerous toys to keep her amused.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition