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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/ 6/2007

Fishing for a Bargain

By Anne Kenderdine

Both Saturday and Sunday this weekend are Dollar Days at the Baltimore Aquarium, so you can get in for just $1 per person, instead of the normal $22 admission. That's a serious savings on the best aquarium in the area, complete with its modern and stylish Australia exhibit and a 3-month-old, as of yet unnamed, bottlenose dolphin.

We would have named him Cuteness right away. (National Aquarium in Baltimore)

There won't be any dolphin shows this weekend, but the pools will be open, so you can talk with the trainers and see those smart swimming mammals hanging out. From the seating area, the nursery pool is on the back left, and depending how he feels, the little guy may decide to swim toward the front pool with his mom, Jade, or the two other female dolphins who share in taking care of him. At the very least, he should be easier to spy than a butterstick. The calf, who was 3 feet long when he was born on Sept. 9, is now about 70 pounds, the staff estimates.

If you haven't been to the aquarium since the days of school trips, part of it -- the blue-tinted darkened rooms with tanks of sharks and southern stingrays -- looks just like you remember, but the creatures are still mesmerizing. And a walk through the steamy, glass-topped rainforest can transport you far away from this frosty weather.

The admission doesn't count the 4D Immersion Theatre show, which is still an extra $4. (It's currently screening a 15-minute version of "The Polar Express," in which you'll feel the fourth dimension as piped-in cold air to accompany snow, for example.)

It's a crazy good deal, so you can bet the lines are long. I remember a previous Dollar Day that was bitterly cold, and all the tickets were gone by lunchtime, so arriving early is a must.

All tickets are timed-entry, so depending where you are in the line, your ticket may be for several hours later that day. If you end up needing to fill some time before you go in, take a walk around the harbor and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the quirkiest store around, the American Visionary Art Museum's gift shop.

-- Anne

By Anne Kenderdine  | December 6, 2007; 12:59 PM ET
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RE: Cleveland Park's Annapolis Crab dip question from the chat today.
As an Annapolitan for 3 years now, I have been on a mission to sample all crab dips in town. The best I have found (with a more upscale feeling as well) is the Severn Inn. Directly across from the Naval Academy it has spectacular views and crab dip loaded with crab and whipped so lightly. Sit in the bar area and still get a table without spending a fortune. its more casual. Right in downtown I would recommend Pussers Landing in the Mariott hotel. Also good views with a more central location. Second best crab dip in the city also IMHO. I do love to see Fritz's Eastport love (Boatyard and Davis')though!

Posted by: Eastport-orican | December 6, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Piped in cold air is not one of the FX. However snow, wind, water, bubbles, scent, and more draw the audience into the experience more than any other 4-D experience ever has.

Posted by: VegasDude | December 16, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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