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Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive | Chicago, IL 60605 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 U.S. News Travel (3.8)
Value: 2.0 (2.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The John G. Shedd Aquarium is one of the world's largest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 aquatic creatures across more than 1,500 species of fish, ambibians, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates and birds. While you're here, you can feel stingrays float beneath your fingers, listen to sea lions bark and learn all about a variety of turtles. A visit to the Shedd Aquarium will lead you through a cornucopia of habitats, past penguins at the south pole, coral on a Caribbean Reef and pirhanas in the Amazon.

The Shedd Aquarium also offers opportunities to get up close and personal with a variety of animals. You can meet the aquariums resident beluga whales, feed sharks and even learn what it takes to be an animal trainer at the aquarium. You can also tag along on a behind-the-scenes tour for a glimpse of how the aquarium cares for its creatures.

The only issue travelers have with the Shedd Aquarium is its high price tags. Although general admission to the facility only costs $8 for adults and $6 for kids ages 3 to 11, a basic ticket does not cover entry to such popular areas as the Wild Reef or the Abbott Oceanarium. To access more of the aquarium's exhibits, you'll need to purchase a Shedd Pass, the cost of which ranges from around $31 to $40 for adults and $22 to $31 for children; tours and feedings cost even more. But if you've purchased a Go Chicago Card or a Chicago CityPASS, you'll spare yourself the high-priced extras (and save on other top Chicago attractions). You'll find the Shedd Aquarium in the Museum Campus portion of Grant Park, sandwiched between the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. You can get there by taking the Green, Orange or Red "L" train lines to Roosevelt station, or by hopping the Metra rail's Milwaukee District North line to the Museum Campus/11th Street stop. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; during the rest of the year, the aquarium closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays, though it stays open until 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit the Shedd Aquarium website.

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