I would definitely plan on spending at least four hours here. There's so much to see that anything under four hours just isn't enough.
We had tickets for the show at the Oceanarium. The Oceanarium itself is just beautiful. We were there for the winter show which is a little hokey but still fun. I've seen several of the shows over the years and it's always changing so if you went a few years ago, go again. One of the highlights of the show were three penguins who walked in front of the audience. Very cute. The Shedd has a Penguin ticket option if you are into penguins. There is a small portion of the Oceanarium where they train the animals. If I had had more time, I would have hung out there a bit longer because it wasn't crowded and you could see the animals up close.
Any kid who has grown up in the Chicago area has spent at least one day at the Shedd Aquarium. The big tank in the front continues to hold a certain awe for me. I love seeing all the fish swimming together. It's beautiful and calming and provides a show that never ends.
The Shedd provides a great day of fun for the whole family. The Museum itself is beautiful. Be sure to check out the shell torcheres.
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