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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

(3.7/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your visit to Shedd Aquarium and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Chicago trip itinerary builder.
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  • The aquarium is a wonderful place to take a family. Maybe even good for a date who loves the sea, but lives in the city. Plan to spend at least four hours if you are taking in all the attractions Shed...  more »
  • Compared to other aquariums this one was so boring. We did not need to pay to see most of it. The exhibits were old and not interesting. I would skip this one. 
  • My wife and I, our two 18 month olds, and a (much) older son of mine together wis his almost three year old daughter visited The Shedd and had an exceptional time. The children were captivated by all ...  more »
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  • If you're looking for something unique, educational, and a part of Chicago's history, this is it! The building itself is magnificent, dating back to 1930. For general admission ($8 for adults, $6 for children) there is much to see. Sometimes "ain't nobody got time" (or money) for a full experience. Tip: If you have kids, surprise them and add on the Stingray Touch (additional $5/person). Overall, It's a great place for children and adults alike.
  • What is there not to love about the Shedd? It is one of THE treasures of Chicago. We have been going for years and we never get tired of it. Always something new to see. Been a Shedd Member for years and likely will continue to be one.
  • This is a nice place to go to when you have spare time. I enjoyed seeing different types of sea creatures and The aquatic show was nice. Although, you have to wisely choose the time and day you go visit because the line can get quite large at times.
  • Had been looking forward to this for a long time. Best part was the beluga whale and dolphin exhibit. The tank went super far down. They did kick us out early to start the show when we were looking at the dolphins. Shark tank was neat too! They have lots of smaller tanks and that wasn't that interesting. They do have a variety of price ranges which is awesome. Affordable for a family but only if you do the minimum. However, the bare minimum doesnt include a lot so this will be super expensive for a family (parking too).
  • We waited in line for about an hour but it was worth it. The exhibits are great & the staff members are very helpful & nice. A great family place. A bit over crowded but that would be expected on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.