There are lots of amazing places you can visit in the United States. From the west coast to east coast, you will find all the spots that can bring joy to your naked eye. The federal government of the United States strictly maintains its national parks, historical spots, amusement parks, etc. for the people and foreign visitors to enjoy it.
In every state, you have lots options where to visit its heart-pumping sceneries. But, if youíre into the water or marine life scenery and actually donít want to be in the water either, you should go to the city of Chicago.
Chicago in the state of Illinois is far from coastal United States. Even though the Lake Michigan gives a nice background for the city all year round, but you canít hardly call it a sea or an ocean. Still, the city of Chicago keeps something like to the ocean that is close to home.
Chicago, popularly known as the ďWindy CityĒ is the home of the worldís largest indoor aquarium and itís the Shedd Aquarium. The Shedd Aquarium is actually a gift of the late John G. Shedd to the city of Chicago, hence the name. After the Aquarium was finally completed and opened in 1930, although he never lived to see it, the Shedd Aquarium has sought to inform the general public about the marine world and for its preservation.
Inside the vast Aquarium and Oceanarium, you will find to a close of 8,000 marine animals that represents 650 species of reptiles, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, mammals, and birds from the waters around the globe. The Aquarium contains to over 1.5 million gallons of water while the Oceanarium contains to a close of 3 million gallons of water so itís like youíre under the ocean water.
Looking in the oceanarium, you will find all the Pacific inhabitants, from beluga whales, white-sided dolphins, Alaskan sea otters and seals, to penguins. Watching these mammals in a recreated Pacific coastal surrounding is fun. While in the Aquarium, the 90,000-gallon Caribbean-like Reef in the central part shows to a wide range of aquatic mammals that include sea turtles, sharks, and to more than 250 species of tropical Caribbean animals.
If you wish to visit, the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium is open to all from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and selected holidays. If Memorial Day and Labor Day fall on weekdays, itís open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. The place charge adults for $11, $9 to children ages 3-11 and free to children under the age of 3. Access to both the Oceanarium and Aquarium on Mondays charge adults $6, $5 to children ages 3-11 and seniors and is free to ages under 3. Entrance to the Aquarium only is free on Mondays.