Read to Reef
Baltimore-area students in fifth grade or younger with a Pratt Library card can earn free admission to the Aquarium by joining the Read to Reef Book Club, a reading program in partnership with the National Aquarium.
How to Participate
Participating children have through June 27, 2021 to complete the program and visit the Aquarium. Blackout dates are March 29, April 2-5, and May 29-31, 2021. Bookmarks are no longer available at Pratt locations.
Borrow, read or listen to someone read any five aquatic- or conservation- themed books and record them on your Read to Reef bookmark. You can also register and track your progress online with Beanstack.
Reserve Your Tickets
The National Aquarium is now open, with social distancing and other safety procedures in place. All guests must reserve their visit date and entry time in advance online using the reservation portal at aqua.org/read.
To reserve your timed entry slot, use the code printed on the bottom of your Read to Reef bookmark. This code can only be used once to redeem four tickets of admission. Children two years old and younger do not require tickets, and if you do not use all four tickets in your transaction they are forfeited and cannot be used on a separate day.
Before your visit, please review the National Aquarium’s updated protocols and procedures in response to COVID-19 before you arrive on-site.