Open 9 am - 5 pm
Tickets are selling out quickly for today, February 29. Please reserve your tickets in advance.
A trainer and sea lion stand on the oceanarium walkway, only feet away from guests watching the Aquatic Presentation.
A close look at the closely-packed, round suckers on the tentacle of a giant Pacific octopus.


  • Come face to face with a sea otter.
  • VIP seats at the aquatic presentation.
  • Enjoy a private animal encounter.
  • Lunch overlooking the Oceanarium

Includes admission

A general admission ticket is included. Participants have access to express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and VIP seating to the aquatic presentation.


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

Be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes such as sneakers. For your safety, please do not wear heels or flip-flops on this encounter.

Crouching and kneeling throughout the tour are required to participate in parts of the experience

Guests will walk/stand for one to two hours (with breaks) and must be able to follow instructions given by tour leader. 

If you or someone in your party uses a wheelchair, please contact our office at 312-692-3355 before making a reservation.


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.

Unbelievable Animal Encounters FAQs

The tail of a pacific white-sided dolphin forms a flat half-moon shape, the inner curve of the moon gently puckered toward the center.

Gift certificates

Encounters are an extraordinary gift idea! Purchase a gift certificate online, redeemable for Extraordinary Experiences, general admission, or membership. Or call us at 312-692-3355. Certain restrictions apply.


$750 for two participants


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


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.


Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience.

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.