Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
Shedd Aquarium contains over 1,500 different species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Opened in 1930, this venue was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. Located within walking distance of the city's natural history museum and planetarium, the aquarium draws over 2 million annual visitors. Highlights include an oceanarium designed to replicate the natural conditions of the waters off the northwestern coast of the U.S., containing beluga whales, white-sided dolphins, sea otters, and seals. You can also visit the shark exhibit, a replica of a Philippines reef ecosystem. Exhibits often sell out early in the morning, so ensure your entry by purchasing your tickets well in advance. Make Shedd Aquarium a part of your Chicago vacation plans using our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .
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Shedd Aquarium Reviews
I was having issues printing gift certificate, but staff at the ticket counter were extremely helpful. Recommend visiting during the week, after lunch. From what we noted, there is more traffic during... more »
We took our son here over spring break and the staff was so great! They were very helpful and the variety of fish to view and shows to see was well worth every penny spent. I would highly recommend at... more »
I really enjoyed this Aquarium. It was very easy to navigate and had wide hallways. I highly recommend buying you tickets ahead of time to avoid the line at the door. The exhibits were beautiful and well maintained. If you are looking for an experience without all the kids, look into their 21 plus nights. I hear it is amazing!
I loved it. It's the best place to go to for Spring break! The dolphins were amazing and gorgeous to watch. The seal was funny and very cute. All the dishes were interesting to see and read about. I Love it there!! I do wish we could touch or get an up close encounter with a dolphin though.
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