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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

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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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  • We have been to a lot of aquariums, the Shedd is among, if not the best of them. Good flow, excellent exhibits. The dolphin show is short (indoors) but good. The Shark 4D film is good. Only 12 mins bu...  more »
  • Very complete aquarium with all kinds of water creatures from every body of water. A few rays like I’ve never seen. The dolphin show was really well done, with huge windows allowing a great view of La...  more »
  • It seemed most folks began their day on the main floor, which worked to our advantage. We entered quickly via CityPass QR code, zipped downstairs to grab aquatic experience tickets, and then stayed do...  more »
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  • We had an absolute blast at Shedd. Yes, it's busy, yes it's a little pricey, but it's well worth it if you prepare before you go. We bought tickets online, got there before they opened, and used the stroller entrance and had no difficulties. We were able to see all the exhibits and aquatic show in a day with plenty of time to spare. The animals look very well cared for, every staff member we came across was pleasant, and for a 5 year old in love with the ocean, there was plenty of hands on activities. The only thing we weren't able to do was touch the stingrays as the line was so long. If we had gone earlier it probably wouldn't have been so bad. Overall, a great trip if you're prepared. If you just wing it, its probably pretty chaotic.
  • A amazing spot for people young and mature. I have been twice in my life and I really enjoyed both times each the same. It was great seeing so many aquatic animals and learning a bit each visit. Also this time seeing the Dolphin show as a bonus which was also phenomenal. Great atmosphere as a spot for kids, dates, even just a place to relax. The staff was on point and really assist with any questions that you might have. Highly Recommended.
  • I love aquariums, so I may be a bit biased. I really enjoyed my visit to Shedd last weekend. I was so excited to see that they had so many types of sea horses and even a mantis shrimp! Try to catch feeding time at the center tank, it was great! I didn't see any of the shows, so I can't comment on that. On the negative side, there were several dead specimens still on display but I suppose some of that is to be expected (probably?). It was still a great trip. I recommend getting the City Pass ahead of time.
  • A great aquarium to visit. It has a great layout to see all the various tanks. They have interactive areas for touching sting rays and starfish. They have scheduled talks about penguins and beluga whales. Best of all, they have live shows featuring different animals, such as dolphins, sea lion, owls, etc. None of these cost extra. I've been to the aquarium in San Francisco and Toronto, both of which are very good, but the Shedd is better than them both.
  • We really enjoyed visiting the Shedd. Our 13 month old loved all the fishes and sites to see here. She especially loved the shark exhibit where it was floor to ceiling aquarium. She loved being able to walk up to it as the sharks swam by. We also got to watch the dolphin show and it was really neat! We spent about 5 hours here , but you could make a shorter trip and see all the sites.

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