Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is known as one of the best places in the country to learn about marine life and see underwater creatures up close. When the Aquarium opened in 1930, it was the largest in the world, and since then, it has doubled in size.
The Shedd is home to over 32,000 animals, including beluga whales, dolphins, giant sea turtles, sharks, sting rays, penguins, otters, lizards, and jellyfish. Daily shows include shark feedings and dolphin trainings, and it seems like there is a new baby sea creature being born every few months.
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Admission: Adult admission passes are $24.95 and kids 3-11 cost $17.95. The museum also offers several free days throughout the year, with a full of week of free admission generally offered in January and February.
Hours: The Shedd is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm on weekends from September to Memorial Day, with extended hours during the summer. Check out the website for the calendar of special events and performances.
Getting there: The Shedd is located on Chicago’s Museum Campus along Lake Shore Drive. The #146 bus services the Shedd from State Street.
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