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A sea lion opens its long snout wide to emit a loud, deep "bark".
The tip of a sea lion's very whiskery nose.

Highlights

  • Meet Shedd’s sea lions!
  • Go behind the scenes with animal care team members at Shedd Aquarium.
  • Participate in a session and learn all about sea lion anatomy, diet and unique behaviors.
  • Learn about the importance of rescue and rehabilitation and why these animals need our help!
  • Chat with an animal care specialist and ask all your sea lion questions.

Requirements

Minimum age is 6 years old. Guests ages 6-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult, age 18 or older.

Guests will need to understand information and instructions given in English or arrange for a paying translator to participate.

An electronic waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian for any participant 17 years or younger. This waiver will be found in the confirmation email you receive upon purchase.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes; sneakers are recommended. For your safety, please do not wear heels or flip-flops on this encounter.

We recommend guests with shellfish and seafood allergies do not participate in this encounter.

Accessibility

We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-692-3355.

Program includes

  • Crouching and kneeling
  • Standing for 30 minutes

Sea Lion Encounter FAQs

Questions?

Email us at [email protected] or call 312-692-3355 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Refund policy

No refunds. Participants who need to reschedule may do so up to 10 days before their scheduled experience. Otherwise, date and time exchanges cannot be accommodated. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.

Pricing

Adults (12+): $134.95

Children: $124.95

Members: $108.95

Admission to the aquarium is included with the purchase of a Sea Lion Encounter.

Entry

Check in at the Extraordinary Experience kiosk in the main galleries up to 15 minutes before your scheduled encounter. Late arrivals may not be able to join the encounter, in which case the experience is forfeited.

Questions?

Email us  or call 312-692-3355 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us in advance of your reservation. 

Photography

For the safety of the sea lions, pictures will be taken by a provided photographer. One free digital image is included. Opportunities to purchase additional photos are available onsite.

Refund Policy

No refunds. Participants who need to reschedule may do so up to 10 days before their scheduled experience. Otherwise, date and time exchanges cannot be accommodated. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.