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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

(3.8/5 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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  • I think the Shedd is a great place to visit if you are traveling to Chicago with kids. The first time I went I was probably 11 and had a blast here seeing all the exhibits. I recently went back as an ...  more »
  • 水族館裡面還有海豚及小白鯨的互動時間 ,入場前要記得研究一下表演時間, 提早找位子坐, 4D劇場時間雖然片場約10分鐘,但是相當的值得體驗。 這裡沒有禁帶外食,帶小朋友可以帶一點食物,來度過午餐時光。 從館外則可以看到相當美麗的芝加哥城市景觀。  more »
  • This is a wonderful aquarium with plenty to see and happy animals! From coral to beluga whales and sharks it is such a lovely place to spend an afternoon. If you are planning on going to more than one...  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.