Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium information

Location
Chicago , USA
Address
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Telephone
+1 312 939 2438
Getting there
Bus: 146, 130
More information
www.sheddaquarium.org
Prices
adult/child $31/22
Opening hours
9am-6pm Jun-Aug, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 6pm Sat & Sun Sep-May
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Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Wild Reef exhibit, where there's just 5in of Plexiglas between you and two-dozen fierce-looking sharks, and the Oceanarium, with its rescued sea otters. Note the Oceanarium also keeps beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins, a practice that has become increasingly controversial in recent years.

The Shedd Pass includes all of the aforementioned exhibits. There is also a little-advertised option to buy a 'general admission' ticket for $8 ($6 for children). This allows you to see the basic tanks of fish, turtles and eels, but no sharks, sea otters or other more exotic creatures.

Lines can be very long at the Shedd, especially in summer. Tickets purchased in advance online provide faster, priority entry, but they cost more (adult/child $40/31).