Our Aquatic Adventure at the Shedd Aquarium!

Company Site:www.sheddaquarium.org
Ticket Price:General Admission - Adults $8 | Children $6 (ages 3-11)
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The Shedd Aquarium is located in Chicago on the Magnificent Mile and is one of the most recognized aquariums in the world.  If you have never been there it is so worth a trip…or two no matter where you are from. Spend the day exploring the waters of the world and learning about all their creatures and how you can help keep them safe. You can even grab a bite to eat while you’re there!

We went for the first time in March and it was so amazing we wanted to go back almost immediately. Luckily we got another chance to visit in November and it was even more amazing.

2014-11-21 16.27.06-1 copyWe saw a few new creatures, learned even more about creatures we knew (and thought we knew) and had so much fun we didn’t realize we spent the entire day there! We are already talking about when we can go back. If we lived closer we would be members and probably go all the time!

There were so many things we saw this time that we didn’t see last time and we spent an entire day there both times! One of the highlights was seeing the GIANT Spider Crab. My Geeklings thought it was a giant spider! The Wild Reef has over 35 Sharks! We spent some time there watching them and a giant Black Stingray that my son loved. We also found Nemo…and his dad Marlin while were there.

My favorite (besides Jellies!) were the sea snakes. These tiny striped worm looking things that bury themselves in the sand on the ocean floor. They bury themselves so that only their face sticks out and can come out when they feel safe or to eat.2014-11-21 18.07.25-3 copy

The Sea Star touch was probably THE favorite interactive place we visited. You actually get to touch various Sea Stars and each color seemed to feel different! Some were hard and some were soft.

We learned how they eat…it’s gross and weird…so I’ll share! Their “mouths” are really their stomaches in their center which come OUT of them to grab food and then go back in. Yeah…their stomach comes out of them to get the food….like some weird sci-fi movie! My kids thought it was gross and awesome…and my son now wants to know more about the Sea Star.

There are many areas for kids to play and explore that are safe for parents, kids and animal free. Perfect spots for photo ops too! Our favorite was the Submarine. We went on an adventure searching for sea monsters to study…or run away from. This was after we caught the 4D show of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure…that was so much fun.

 A 3D movie and the 4D part is where they add water sprays, vibrations, bubbles, smells and all kinds of fun things to make you feel like you are in the water with those creatures! Which was terrifying and fun at the same time.

We checked out the Soundings Cafe and had some tasty grapes and cheese and the part of the kids Turkey shaped cookies. Those were good…but the kids didn’t share much. They had all kinds of food AND Starbucks….yummy. There are two other restaurants in the Shedd in different areas including the Polar Play Zone!

If you are like us and don’t have a lot of money or have PICKY kids you bring your own lunch. Reasonably priced and sized lockers can be found to store lunches and coats and there is an area to take snacks and food to eat and purchase a few things if you want. I love that they have lockers first of all cause it gets cold in Chicago! and second I love that they have an area with tables to sit and eat your own lunch. You don’t have to leave for anything! Except closing time of course.

The Aquatic Show is something you do NOT want to miss. Beluga Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and Sea Lions (or Penguins!) all put on quite the show and you learn so much about them and where they live. The show teaches you how each animal is trained using positive reinforcement and affection and how each animal bonds with their trainer before any training begins. Remarkable creatures and an amazing show.

The one area you will want to visit BEFORE January if you can are the Jellies. This exhibit goes away early January 2015 and is worth checking out at least once. So many different species including an upside down jellyfish! One thing we learned this trip was that Jellies are not fish. They don’t even have bones, or blood or brains! How to they function!!! My mind was blown but my son thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Here is a gallery of our Aquatic Adventure at the Shedd Aquarium.

I cannot even attempt to explain all that we saw or did but I can sum it up (ish) in this video of our adventure. It’s a little longer than some of my other videos but worth a watch…though watching it makes me want to visit again as soon as possible. Enjoy!

There are so many wonderful creatures to see, things to learn and experience that you will have the aquatic adventure of a lifetime every time you visit.

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“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
~ Loren Eiseley

Author: sandyz