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❤️ Gift an experience ❤️

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone who has it all? Why not gift your loved one an immersive experience they will never forget! Explore Valentine’s Day gifts for significant others by gifting a visit to the aquatic animal world in person or joining us for a virtual animal encounter. Or shop experiences for kids and the whole family with our virtual mini camps for kids, virtual slumber parties for families or a visit to the aquarium for the whole household.

  1. Virtual Shark Feeding Tour: Join the ocean's most dynamic and misunderstood predators — sharks — and other marine predators for brunch on this virtual feeding tour. Discover how each shark and ray species in Wild Reef has been trained to respond to an aquarist’s signal for mealtime.

  2. Virtual Penguin Video Messages: Switch to virtual cards this year and do something special for the next birthday on your list by sending a penguin video message. Not only do virtual cards help our planet, a penguin message is sure to bring an extra smile!

  3. Virtual Otter Encounter: There is never a dull moment while observing and learning about how sea otters eat, swim, vocalize, groom, dive, and play.

  4. Virtual Sea Lion Encounter: Meet the rescued sea lions at Shedd with a big bark and even bigger stories. Participate in a fun animal care session to learn about their incredible skills and behaviors.

  5. Visit in person: Plan a fun visit to Shedd with your loved ones to look nature in the eye and experience the aquatic animal world.

  6. Membership: Give a gift to a loved one that’s a great deal for them and means a great deal to us! Choose “Buy as a Gift” for recipients to get free admission to Shedd for a year—they'll get the gift now, but can choose to activate when they feel comfortable.

❤️ Give your valentine an aquatic gift ❤️

Do you love giving gifts inspired by your favorite aquatic animals? Explore our sustainable earth-friendly gifts from apparel to merch and much more! We have gifts $30 and below that make for a special Valentine’s Day treat like our penguin masks, #WheresWellington and otter t-shirts, animal plushes and more. Every item in our online store is inspired by aquatic animal life and protecting it. 

Last-chance! Otter products are limited-time only and go off-sale February 14.
Gifts must be ordered by Tuesday, February 9 to arrive by Valentine's Day.
Please note COVID-19 and weather-related events may cause package delays.


Please note the links in this section will take you to our online store which has a separate URL and different purchase pathway than this site. Orders are processed through a secure Shedd-certified site.

Every item you find in Shedd Aquarium’s store is inspired by aquatic animals. Not only do you support Shedd when you shop—you also help support our commitment to conservation and taking action for animals at the aquarium and in natural habitats around the world.

❤️ Make a donation for your valentine ❤️

Prefer something symbolic this Valentine’s Day? Share your love for the aquatic animal world by giving a gift that helps support aquatic life. With you by our side, we are able to care for resident animals, create learning programs for families and educators and take action for animals and our blue planet.

Contributions to Shedd ensure that our mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world remains resilient.

Honor a loved one with a special dedication

Recognize someone special this holiday season by making a contribution in their name. You can honor someone who has made a difference in your life or celebrate the memory of someone you love!


Adopt an animal

Have a special connection with penguins, belugas, otters or turtles? Symbolically adopt one and receive a matching plush! When you symbolically adopt an animal at Shedd, you support our mission and top-quality animal care.


Make a difference monthly

Looking for ways to simplify your contributions? Consider scheduling reoccurring donations monthly or annually. Save time on set up and start giving on an ongoing basis.