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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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  • Almost gave up trying to get into the aquarium. The entrance was poorly marked and God help you if you didn’t want to use your smart phone to buy a ticket. Finally, what are the attendance directed... 
    Almost gave up trying to get into the aquarium. The entrance was poorly marked and God help you if you didn’t want to use your smart phone to buy a ticket. Finally, what are the attendance directed...  more »
  • This was a very well organised visiting experience, the lines were minimal and everything at the beginning flowed well. The aquarium was huge and housed a huge range of aquatic live from all over the....  more
    This was a very well organised visiting experience, the lines were minimal and everything at the beginning flowed well. The aquarium was huge and housed a huge range of aquatic live from all over the....  more »
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  • We wanted a fun day in Chicago with a family of five, it was between the shed and the Museum of science and industry.. there are many discounts but none for families very sad. Wound up buying the membership as it was the most economical.. there are many great exhibits to look at. We were able to catch one of the 10 minute main shows,. would've been nice if they were a little longer. We had an enjoyable day. Will have to go back to get use out of our one year annual pass now.
  • I went here with my family during the week and it was timed entry, which helped with the crowds earlier in the day. We spent a little over 3 hours there and by the early afternoon, it was pretty crowded. We saw all the attractions (no movie or shows), ate lunch in the cafeteria and went to the gift shop. There were a lot of great photo opportunities and it looked like all of the exhibits were open. The cafeteria offers awesome views of the Chicago skyline too! My family and I had a great time!

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