Once again, the ticket pricing is a little confusing. There is the General Admission price of $8, which easily presents the best value because it then jumps to $28.95 for The Shedd Pass which only gives you additional access to the beluga whales and the dolphins, but you still don't get to see the shows until you pay yet another $4 on top of that. Anyhow, right off the bat we can say that paying the $8 is the best way to go. Compare that to the $12 General Admission at the planetarium and this is FAR better for the money.
For the $8 admission you can spend about two hours seeing a lot of different and interesting stuff. How it then jumps to $28.95 for the next level, I have no idea. Further more, there was absolutely nothing stopping anyone with general admission from walking into the Polar Play Zone or the Abbott Oceanarium which you're not supposed to be able to do without the more expensive pass. Very strange.
But for $8 it's a great time and money well spent.
First, there is an Amazon exhibit with snakes and frogs as well as fish. Pretty neat stuff living out there!
The Giant Monkey Frog. This guy didn't even look real. You couldn't see any movement the whole time we watched him.
The Blue Poison Dart Frog. Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but you get the idea.
The Red Bellied Piranha. Tried to get a pic of his teeth but he wasn't cooperating!
The Emerald Tree Boa. I'm watching you...!
Don't know what it is, but this is the largest fish caught in the Amazon. 10 feet long, and 350 pounds!
Only one problem the day we were there. School kids! It was a little too crowded for my liking. I wonder if it's actually better on the weekends??
The penguins are fun to watch.
Ruth watching the beluga whales.
So The Shedd Aquarium is a neat place and the displays are very well done. Totally worth the $8 general admission price, however we'd have to say that it's NOT worth the $28.95 upgraded admission. Good stop for a fun couple of hours.
Now, on to the Field Museum of Natural History, which is right across the street.