Visiting Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

If you are planning a trip to Chicago this summer, one of the areas you are sure to spend time around is Lake Shore Drive, which runs along the waterfront of Lake Michigan – and as you are spending time on Lake Shore Drive, one of the places you will probably stop by is the museum district. And as you explore the museum district, you should make sure you budget in some time to spend at Shedd Aquarium, which is one of the most popular (and most highly-regarded) aquariums in the world!

In order to get the full effect of Shedd Aquarium, you should make sure you budget at least half a day to enjoy it, and if you have children, you might want to have a little more time than this, as they are likely going to want to linger in a number of different areas.

Shedd Aquarium has a wonderful program and map that you can pick up at the front desk when you visit, which lists all the different areas of the aquarium as well as all the “talks” you can plan to attend during your time at the aquarium. The experts who conduct the “talks” at Shedd Aquarium are a treasure trove of knowledge, and in addition to being able to learn a lot by listening to these experts, you are also sure to come up with plenty of questions (questions that these experts are sure to know the answers to!).

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In addition to the incredible assortment of fish on display in the center tank, Shedd Aquarium also has a world-renowned shark display, several beautiful beluga whales, and a great collection of dolphins (the latter two of whom you can see from both above the water and from a glass front under the water!).

Shedd Aquarium is sure to give you everything you could want in an aquarium if you are an aquarium lover; but even if you are not an aquarium lover, you will certainly have a great time visiting Shedd and seeing all the beautiful animals.


Making The Most Of A Trip To New York City

For not only people from other countries, but for Americans as well, New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations; many people who travel to New York City, however, go without a specific plan that they want to follow, and this causes them to not get nearly as much out of their trip as they could. If you plan to take your first ever trip to New York City soon (or if you will be going there for a second or third time, but feel that you did not get the most out of your trip the first times you went), here are some things for you to keep in mind in order to make your trip to New York City as successful as you hope for it to be.

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One of the most popular destinations when people visit New York City is Central Park, as Central Park is an absolutely gorgeous jewel of serenity and green right in the midst of one of the busiest cities in the world; because of the fact that Central Park is so popular with tourists, however, it is often packed with people – so if you want to experience Central Park to the fullest, make the effort to wake up early (around 6 or 7 in the morning), and get out to Central Park when the locals are the only other people out there.

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Times Square stands alongside Central Park as one of the most popular tourist destinations; while part of experiencing Times Square is certainly that you experience all the people, it will likely be much more enjoyable for you to experience all the people if you go on a night when it is not tremendously busy – so consider visiting Times Square on a weeknight instead of a weekend night, so that you can experience the full effect without getting worn out.

And you are likely to have a lot more fun when you visit New York City if you make the effort to go off the beaten path; try to visit restaurants, museums, and parts of the city that tourists rarely take the time to see, and you will feel like you got a whole lot more out of your trip than you would otherwise have gotten!

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