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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438
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Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful... more » Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful world of "Jellies" or the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs. « less
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

You will need snacks and beverages for the kids for the line to get in. The aquarium is wonderful but the hours long wait to get into the aquarium was not worth it. The kids were miserable during the wait and with such a long wait to get in, I was stunned they had nothing outside to pass the time... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Sunday of Labor Day. Got in line at 11. Huge line. Bought city pass because I was told it was a quicker entry. How wrong. There are 6 total clerks for admission. 4 for pay. 2 for city pass. It took an hour and half for us to get in and an hour for the cash customers. Don't buy city... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Shedd aquarium is one of the most beautiful aquariums I've visited in my life. They have very nice dolphins show and 4D experience theatre. Buying your tickets online will save you plenty of time. Enjoy!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The website for the aquarium suggests 3 hours to get through the place. I'd listen to it! Because I was staying in a suburb outside Chicago, we got there mid-afternoon and wanted to visit both the Aquarium and the Planetarium. We ended up missing the show we wanted to see, and stalled a bit due to the crowd that was... More

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Mapleton, Iowa
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We researched and discovered that 2 adults can visit this museum for a total of $16 even though that price was NOT listed on among their choices. Oh the marketing! We spent about 3 hours here and the displays were wonderful. We didn't feel the need extras nor did we feel that we missed anything by opting out of all... More

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Clarkston
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We spent about 5-6 hours here. Wonderful for children and adults! You are able to touch stingrays, starfish, urchins, and fish. There is a dolphin show and 4-D movies. Wonderful displays of fish and marine animals! Had lunch on the outside patio with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. All in all, it's a beautiful building and... More

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Gran Rapids, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We visit the Shedd nearly every time we visit Chicago! General admission for adults is just $8 and $6 for kids 3 and up. As we were travelling with a 3 year old, the general admission was plenty to see for his attention span. There are a lot of neat things to see, especially the giant cylindrical aquarium in the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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64 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This was a nice aquarium but I'm not sure what all the hype is about. I heard it's one of the best aquarium's in the world. It was about on-par with the new Ripley's aquarium in Toronto. You'll probably need 2 hours or so to see everything. Definitely go when the aquarium opens. There was a line up of about... More

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Roseville, Michigan
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We attend the SHED the last week of august and there were no crowds. We got a chance to view all the exhibits.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to the Shedd. We were in Chicago for the weekend and we wanted to visit at least one major site and this was the one we selected. We got tickets thru the hotel, recommended if your hotel does this. We saved the time waiting in line for tickets which can be lengthy. This being our... More

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