Friday, January 17, 2014

Visiting the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Hi! It’s Jilly. We met up with my Mom and sisters in Chicago for New Years, and while we were there we went to the Shedd Aquarium. It was SO awesome! Out of all the museums we visited, Shedd was by far our favorite! They have so many neat exhibits, and it’s all so well done.

The beautiful Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

They have a huge amphitheater, where they put on aquatic shows with beluga whales, dolphins, seals, and other animals. The kids loved the show, especially when the animals did their tricks. They even got to chat with one of the trainers after the show!

The Oceananium at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
Visiting the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
In fact, all day long they have free trainer chats, where you can learn about the different animals and ask questions. You can tell that all the people who work there love their job. They are excited to teach people about the aquarium, and the animals and plants that live there.

Trainer and Diver Chats at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The aquarium has really great displays throughout the aquarium, like these “mountains” with waterfalls.

Beautiful Displays at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The Wild Reef exhibit was amazing! It was breathtakingly beautiful. I loved that they had interactive monitors with information about all the different fish living on the reef, so you could find out the names of your favorite fish!

Wild Reef at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The kids loved getting up close to the beluga whales in the Polar Play Zone. They have tables right there, so you can watch the animals swimming underwater while you eat your lunch.

Beluga Whales in the Polar Play Zone at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The kids also liked dressing up like penguins and climbing around the Penguin Play Area. It was one of the kids' favorite parts of the aquarium, and they spent a lot of time there.

Penguin Play Area at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

It is a really kid-friendly aquarium, with lots of hands-on displays, places to play, and exhibits down on their level.

Hands-On Exhibits at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The Jellies exhibit was pretty awesome. Jellyfish are so weird! They're fun to watch, though.

Jellies Exhibit at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The 4-D movie was a lot of fun. They have two different movies to choose from; Sea Monsters: A Pre-Historic Adventure, or Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs- The 4-D Experience

Catching a 4-D Movie at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

We spent the whole day there and were not bored one single bit! There was so much to see and do, and it was so fascinating! If you are ever in Chicago, you should definitely  take the time to visit the Shedd Aquarium!!

Have you ever been to the Shedd Aquarium or another aquarium? 
What was your favorite thing you saw there? Katelynn's favorite was the penguins!

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*FYI-- In exchange for providing this information I was provided with free and/or discounted tickets. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own, and I will never promote a product or service that I do not like and trust. For more information, see my disclosure policy.*


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