Read to Reef

Read to Reef Book Club and the National Aquarium

Baltimore area students in fifth grade or younger can earn free admission to the Aquarium by joining the Read to Reef Book Club, a reading program in partnership with the National Aquarium. 

Please note, bookmarks are no longer available to pick up from Pratt Library locations. 

Due to COVID-19, participating children will now have through September 30, 2020 to complete the program and visit the Aquarium. Blackout dates are Saturdays in July and August, and Labor Day weekend (September 5-7, 2020). 

Get Reading!

Borrow, read or listen to someone read any five aquatic- or conservation- themed books and record them on your Read to Reef bookmark. Please note, bookmarks are no longer available to pick up from Pratt Library locations. Need ideas to get started? Check out a PDF list of recommended Read to Reef books. You can pick up library books in person with Sidewalk Service, or browse eBooks in our Digital Library.

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

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.