Glen Echo Park Aquarium



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Glen Echo Park Aquarium, the newest resident program at Glen Echo Park,

is a Chesapeake Bay discovery center. 


Regular Programs

The Glen Echo Park Aquarium (GEPA) is a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center based in Glen Echo Park. The Aquarium is open on weekends and includes live animal exhibits as well as static displays that help visitors appreciate and learn about our nation's largest estuary. Follow water's journey from rain clouds through the watershed to the Chesapeake Bay in our aquarium exhibit. See what organisms are affected along the way. Experience aquatic animals up close in our touch tank and learn what you can do to keep our watershed safe. Outside the aquarium, explore the grounds and see our GEPA skipjack as you learn about fishing in the Bay -- or pretend you are a pirate on an adventure!


  • Touch Tank where you can actually physically feel some of the amazing animals that live in our Chesapeake Bay!
  • Pirate Ship! Come aboard the GEPA ship, alongside some experienced pirates, you can travel the Chesapeake and search for the TREASURE!
  • Sand boxes, filled with adventure!
  • Aquatic Animal Displays!

Parent-Child Classes and School's Out "Mini" Camps

Learn about Glen Echo Park Aquarium's Bay Buddies Parent/Child classes (Ages 18 months- 4 years) and a variety of Discover Nature Mini Camps. Children will learn about the great outdoors, focusing on aquatic life and examining the Park's picturesque stream, Minnehaha Creek, as well as learning about sea creatures. 


Additional Information

You can find out more information about Glen Echo Park Aquarium programs, Field Trips and Special Events at their website: www.gepaquarium.orgThe aquarium is managed by Under the Sea, a live sea creature outreach company based in Northern Virginia, and has a partnership with the College of Exploration.  Visit Under the Sea at


Hours & Fees



Entrance fee: $7 general public; $5 military and seniors; FREE for children under 2


DON’T MISS $5 FRIDAYS, including STORYTIME @ 11:30 AM

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Spring (March through May): 

     Monday - Thursday: Closed*

     Friday, 11am to 4pm; Storytime at 11:30am

     Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 4pm

     Note: Closed Easter Sunday


Summer (June through August): 

     Monday & Tuesday: Closed*

     Wednesday - Sunday: 11am to 4pm


Fall & Winter (September through February): 

     Monday - Thursday: Field Trips, Appointments, GEPA Video Classroom  

     Friday - Sunday: 11am to 4pm; Storytime, Fridays at 11:30am


*Hours subject to change; please call to confirm or visit for additional information.


Phone: 301-955-6256


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