My husband recently surprised me with a very special date night. It’s not often we get to do more than maybe a dinner or movie out. Both because we’re too exhausted by all our other responsibilities and because we often don’t have the time or funds to devote to a really nice date night.
And surprising me? Well, that’s even tougher since it requires outwitting my observation skills and being organized enough to plan a babysitter in advance.
My husband was able to do both, but then the evening of our date night their was a snow storm. (Because that’s what happened all winter no matter what our plans were.)
The evening got rescheduled, but it was still a surprise to find out we were heading to Baltimore for the night. I kid you not, that night (around 10pm) we were supposed to be getting ANOTHER storm (this ended up being a snow/ice storm that took out our power for days). So, we went and planned to get out of town just in time to avoid the storm that was headed our way.
I was thrilled when I realized we were heading to the National Aquarium. The National Aquarium is one of our favorite places to go. We purchased a family membership because it’s LESS expensive than buying tickets for one visit. Tickets are $36.90 for adults and kids over 12, and $23.90 for kids ages 3-11. One visit would cost $182.40 for tickets while a one year family membership costs $175. Buying the family membership also gets us discounted parking plus 10% off in the gift shop and cafes. It all adds up to more reasons to go back to visit and savings that made it worth it.
We were there for a Fresh Thoughts dinner which is an after-hours event which means there are no crowds to contend with while you wander your way up to the top floor of the Aquarium for a meal and evening you won’t forget.
We had wine and appetizers while wandering around the top floor, and dinner was in the cafe area on the 4th floor called the Harbor View Café because of the amazing views of the harbor. It was a lovely backdrop all lit up for the evening.
Here’s a brief video about the Fresh Thoughts Dining Series:
More from the Aquarium:
Fresh Thoughts: Sustainable Seafood Dining Series at National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD
The National Aquarium’s Fresh Thoughts Series not only offers a delicious evening out, it’s a way to increase your understanding of sustainable seafood practices to help you make informed choices.
Fishing practices are damaging the world’s oceans. Byctach, loss of habitat and breeding grounds and overfishing all contribute to reduced species population.
Featuring Chef Joseph Cotton of the National Aquarium
Wine pairings by Boordy Vineyards
Local Maryland Cheeses, Oysters
Firefly Farms goat cheese, black and blue grilled breads, chutney
olive tapenade, flatbreads, spiced cashews and pecans, hummus, breadsticks
House-Cured Lock Duart Salmon
local field greens, melted grape tomatoes, braised fennel, citrus herb vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Maryland Rockfish
tricolor quinoa, local rainbow swiss chard, golden beet puree
Maryland Apples, Apple Cider Doughnut
The meal was delicious and we learned about some new menu items we can cook at home as well as learning about our main course local Maryland rockfish.
If you’re looking for a unique outing or a great place to visit in Baltimore the National Aquarium is it!