I can understand others frustration with long lines and high prices. Luckily, we must have gone on an off day, so we were able to get in quickly. My friend was a resident of Illinois so we got an additional discount which helped to offset the ridiculous pricing.
In order to really have a great experience, you really have to pay the additional $ to see the belugas, the caribbean reef exhibit and the special jellyfish one.
The original and old parts of the Shedd are showing signs of age, but are still interesting and the visuals of all the different sea life continues to amaze.
I could see how difficult a visit here would be if it was packed, as the exhibits are not designed to be seen from afar but up close and personal. I would probably call ahead and ask the staff the best days and times to visit.
We were delighted when we got to the Beluga tank as there was barely anyone there. We were able to get a great look both from above and below the water line. The newer Caribbean reef is really incredible. There is so much to see and learn here.
The jellies, with their delicate grace and beauty, were definitely some of the stars of our visit, but I was surprised that they only had a several tanks. We visited the Baltimore aquarium's version and it's was superior to this one. Nevertheless, enjoyable.
I would encourage folks to visit, but with warnings about crowds, lines and pricing. Just do a bit of homework and you might just hit an off peak time and get a coupon or other discount.
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