Whether you are just visiting the Windy City or you have lived here your whole life, an afternoon spent at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium will be an experience you’ll never forget. Resting on the outskirts of Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is as close to Sea World as you will find in the Midwest. This one-of-a-kind destination is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Chicago, a city filled with cultural monuments! Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Top 10 Things to Do at Shedd Aquarium
As one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is one of the landmark monuments of this great city and is home to over 1,500 species of fish and mammals. Here are a few things to check out while you are visiting the Shedd Aquarium:
#1 The Caribbean Reef
This assorted collection of oceanic life features sharks, stingrays, turtles, and more in a 90,000-gallon tank.
#2 Waters of the World
This exhibit brings to life the frozen waters of northern Alaska and the tropics of Australia all in one great venue.
#3 Amazon Rising Exhibit
Get inside the rainforests of South Africa and see how the lives of all living things are affected when water levels rise.
#4 Wild Reef Exhibit
Learn about the function of coral reef and view over two dozen sharks in this 400,000 gallon tank.
#5 Oceanarium Exhibit
Here you will find the biggest and largest saltwater marine life on display. This 3,000,000 gallon tank is home to Beluga whales and an underground penguin shore.
#6 Marine Mammal Presentation
This is the show everyone talks about. Stop by to see Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and their trainers put on a spectacular show.
#7 A Day in the Life of a Sea Otter Pup
If you want to see the cutest animal at the Shedd, be sure to visit this exhibit to watch Cayucos (a sea otter pup) eat, train, and play.
#8 Meet the Hairy Jellies
This seasonal species of rare jellyfish has a squarish bell top and filamentous reproductive organs that light up like a light bulb.
#9 Explore Black Tip Reef Sharks
These vicious animals are common in coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific, and you can see them up close at the Shedd Aquarium.
#10 Chill with the Sea Turtles
The great Green Sea Turtles grown up to 500 pounds from their strict seaweed diet!
There is plenty to see and enjoy for all ages at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, and there’s no better way to spend a day in the Windy City!