You'll be amazed by the amazing animals that live at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium – all 32,600 of them! Counting every coral polyp, there is actually more than a million that call this leading education and conservation institution home.
SPECIAL EXHIBITS & SHOWS
Enter into the amazing world of amphibians! Meet 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians and discover their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Within Amphibians, the newest Shedd habitat opening May 15, 2015, you can immerse yourself in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, frogs, toads, newts — including a 4 ft. giant salamander — all transforming from metamorphosis and beyond in today's world.
Step right up to the 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef, where you can take a 360-degree tour of an underwater reef community. Watch over 70 species including sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays glide through the circular tank. Check out the colorful corals and sponges, and if your timing is right, catch divers feeding the animals and talking to guests through underwater microphones.
Go on an exotic journey in Amazon Rising, and watch out for anacondas and piranhas, spiders, rays and crocodiles. Then visit the massive Wild Reef, housed in its own underground wing, to get a diver's-eye view of 540 species of aquatic life — sharks, stingrays and eels oh my! — PLUS the largest public display of live corals in the Midwest.
Visit the Pacific Northwest in the Abbott Oceanarium and get up-close and personal with whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, and more. Take a walk through a lush temperate rain forest, and head to the coastline where you'll discover the surprisingly diverse habitats in the cold waters along the ocean coast. Check out the various pools where you can find beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
Also, be sure to make a special journey to see the penguins! Since penguins don't live in the Pacific Northwest, they get their own special habitat within the Oceanarium. Finally, take your little explorers through the Polar Play Zone where they can pet sea stars, try on a penguin suit, and more!
Dive into oceans and explore lakes in Waters of the World. Get tickets for the fascinating 4-D theater where you'll watch a 3-D projection from "special FX" seats that will thrill you with wind, strange and wonderful smells, tickles, and other exciting surprises! Or check out the Aquatic Show to watch dolphins soar and belugas dance.