Visitors can explore the ever-changing world of amphibians in the aquarium's new special exhibit. Guests can also discover the dolphins and whales in the Oceanarium and get a view from below after watching the aquatic show. In the Polar Play Zone, kids can get a diver's eye view of all kinds of sea creatures, including otters, dolphins and beluga whales, plus they can touch a live sea star. Sharks swim around visitors and stingrays swim below their feet in Wild Reef. For an extra fee, take a behind-the-scenes tour, become an animal trainer for a day, or get up-close to the penguins or beluga whales. Food is available at the aquarium's restaurants, or bring your own. Public, paid parking lots are located nearby on the museum campus or take public transportation. Shedd offers discount days for Illinois residents, but avoid the long lines by purchasing tickets online in advance. Be prepared for crowds in the exhibits on free days.