on April 11, 2008
The National Aquarium do not allow strollers making it impossible to bring small children. My three year old daughter could not wait to see the aquarium, however, it was much to large for her to walk for 4 to 5 hours to see it all. The bathrooms are poorly marked, so she wet herself before we found one. I had to carry my 25 pound 9 month old (she’s very tall) around for those 5 hours. They rent germ ridden backpacks which are coming apart and look unsafe - and filthy looking front carriers which my child is too large to carry. They use escalators and moving sidewalks which are unsafe for toddlers, the elderly and mothers carrying heavy loads. I almost fell down the escalator trying to assist my toddler, carry my baby and a diaper bag. The aquarium does offer lockers, but a baby needs to be feed on demand. The lockers are on the first floor and until you reach the TOP of the aquarium there is no way to get back to the first floor. And God forbid you try and use an elevator those are only for people in wheelchairs, not for people like my mother in law how is scared to death of escalators or children in wet pants. The other children with us ranger from 5 – 10 years old also had medication that needed to be taken, items that they had purchased on the lower level, that they had to carry, which could have easily fit in the bottom of the stroller but served to make the day more difficult and less enjoyable for everyone. If you ever visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, do it when your children are teenagers – it is NOT kid friendly.
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