Trainer for a Day

Experience Shedd like few people can… as a marine mammal trainer! Go behind the scenes to experience caring for belugas, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and penguins.


  • Walk with our trainers into the various habitats and come face-to-face with penguins, sea lions, dolphins and more
  • Interact with a dolphin or beluga whale
  • Go elbow deep in fish buckets to help prepare the animals’ meals

Includes admission:
The Trainer for a Day ticket also includes express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.


$360 a person ($300 for members) for 4 hours.

Add a professional photographer to capture your experience and receive digital photos to commemorate your special encounter for $30 a person. Contact us at 312-692-3355 for more information.

Includes Trainer for a Day Experience, express entry, and admission to all exhibits.


Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.


Each session is limited to 4 people.


Guests with special needs and/or special requests must contact our office at 312-692-3355 before making a reservation. For the health and safety of the animals at Shedd, each situation will be reviewed by the Marine Mammals team for approval. All participants must be able to walk for three to four hours without assistance and follow any directions given by our trainers.

Participants must be 12 or older. Children ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a paying adult age 18 or older.

Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience. Participating guests should meet at the Northern Trust Suite on the day of their visit.

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



Program includes:

  • Walking for 4 hours
  • Use of stairs
  • Walking on uneven surfaces

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 or 312-692-3355.

We look forward to assisting you. Please visit Shedd Aquarium’s Accessibility Guide to learn more.

Gift Certificates

An extraordinary gift idea! To purchase a gift certificate, please call us at 312-692-3224. Certain restrictions apply.


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

Refund Policy

Participants who need to reschedule may do so up to 10 days before their scheduled experience. Attempting to reschedule after 10 days will result in forfeiture of the experience with no exceptions. If a participant needs to cancel the experience and is unable to reschedule, no refund will be made. Please note that all Shedd experiences are nonrefundable. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.

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Ages 12 and older. Guests ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a paying adult age 18 or older.