Shedd Aquarium allows you to look nature in the eye, as you immerse yourself in seas, rainforests and reefs, right in the heart of Chicago! Explore the lives of aquatic animals, meet and touch some special species, indulge your inner penguin at the Polar Play Zone, and learn with hands-on exhibits and family-fun activities.
Meet the creatures of the deep at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. This action-packed aquatic adventure brings the oceans, reefs, and rivers to you via special exhibits, hands-on activities, and more.
Dive deep into coral reefs and see what lives in flooded rainforests – without getting your feet wet! Look for piranhas, tarantulas, stingrays, monkeys, and even a 14-foot anaconda.
Explore the rocky Pacific Northwest coast, the fresh Great Lakes, and the warm Caribbean waves. Visit a fishing village where residents saved their reef from destruction. See marine life at every turn, from beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea otters to native ducks, Asian carp, and touchable prehistoric sturgeons.
Worried there's not enough to do for the kids? Watch as they slip into a penguin suit and waddle around in the Icy South play area. In the Icy North they can even explore Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine! It's fun, educational, and will leave you with a profound sense of the ocean's current state and how we can all help.
Visiting with kids:
Shedd is a popular place and can get crowded, especially on weekends, in the summer, and on holidays. Sunday mornings, when the aquarium is least crowded, are a great time for relaxed family visits.
Make the most of your day by planning your trip around animal experiences/special presentations. Please refer to the venue website for the current program.
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