The National Aquarium. Photo by Kimberlyshorter, via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s that time of the year again to pack the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and other downtown attractions, thanks to some steep holiday discounts for one weekend.

The aquarium and other museums are holding two “Dollar Days” on Dec. 9 and 10, according to the Downtown Partnership’s website. Admission, as you probably guessed, will cost just a dollar at the aquarium, a hefty drop from the normal admission prices of $39.95 for adults, $34.95 for seniors and $24.95 for kids.

The Maryland Science Center, Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and the Christmas Village in the Inner Harbor are offering the same deal. Others, like the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Reginald F. Lewis Museum, are picking Saturday or Sunday for the discount.

As always, you should expect it to be jam-packed. Tickets for most museums aren’t available ahead of time and must be purchased in-person, so expect lines if you decide to go. (The aquarium recommends you show up early, for what it’s worth. Lines have started as early as 7 a.m. in past years.)

But there are added perks if you do decide to brave the crowds. The aquarium is dropping the price of parking at three garages and lots to $10 (down from $15-20 on most weekends), and is selling tickets to 4D movies inside for $3 (down from $5). As is custom, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is back from Nov. 10 through New Year’s Day.

The Great Blacks in Wax Museum will be hosting a vendor fair with pop-up shops. Other deals and events will include live holiday music at Lexington Market and dollar trips to the Top of the World in the harbor.

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore organizes “Dollar (Or Less) Days” each year to draw crowds to harbor and downtown destinations at a discount before the holidays arrive. Click here for a full list and schedule.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...