• Children looking at Chesapeake Bay sea creatures in the water

    GEPA is open by appointment only due to COVID-19.


    The Glen Echo Park Aquarium (GEPA) is a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center based in Glen Echo Park. The Aquarium is open every day and includes live animal exhibits as well as marine artifacts 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 out GEPA skipjack as your learn about fishing in the Bay -- or pretend you are a pirate on an adventure!

    • Private or semi-private half hour marine biology tour with educators!
    • Live animal habitats with periodic feedings!
    • Touch Tank where you can 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!


    Also offered

    - Birthday Parties for all ages

    - Outreach lessons for schools, classes and daycares (both in person and virtually)


    Additional Information

    You can find out more information about Glen Echo Park Aquarium programs, Field Trips and Special Events at their website: www.gepaquarium.org. The 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 www.touchthesea.org.


    Hours & Fees

    Entrance fee: $8 general public; FREE for children under 2

    Spring (March through May): 

         Open 7 days a week
         9am to 5pm
         Note: Closed Easter Sunday

     Summer (June through August): 

         Open 7 days a week
         9am to 5pm   

    Fall (September through November):

         Open 7 days a week
         9am to 5pm

    Winter (December 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 www.gepaquarium.org for additional information.

    Phone: 301-955-6256


    For More Information About Glen Echo Aquarium

    Glen Echo Aquarium's Website         Glen Echo Aquarium's Facebook