The John G. Shedd Aquarium or the Shedd Aquarium, located in the city of Chicago, is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. Located in the Museum Campus that also houses the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium is a definite must-visit when in the Windy City. Home to over 1500 species of sea life, including 32500 fish as well as a variety of birds, insects and amphibians, the Shedd Aquarium is one of the most-visited aquariums in the United States and is the ideal destination for a family outing. There are numerous exhibits to explore such as Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Polar Play Zone, Caribbean Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, At Home on the Great Lakes and Wild Reef. Visitors will also get the chance to touch dozens of animals, interact with them and also feed them. The Oceanarium is home to dolphins and beluga whales and is the Shedd Aquarium’s most popular exhibit. ...more

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The John G. Shedd Aquarium or the Shedd Aquarium, located in the city of Chicago, is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. Located in the Museum Campus that also houses the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium is a definite must-visit when in the Windy City. Home to over 1500 species of sea life, including 32500 fish as well as a variety of birds, insects and amphibians, the Shedd Aquarium is one of the most-visited aquariums in the United States and is the ideal destination for a family outing. There are numerous exhibits to explore such as Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Polar Play Zone, Caribbean Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, At Home on the Great Lakes and Wild Reef. Visitors will also get the chance to touch dozens of animals, interact with them and also feed them. The Oceanarium is home to dolphins and beluga whales and is the Shedd Aquarium’s most popular exhibit. 

Ticket Price

General Admission: Adult $8 Child $6 This only allows access to some of the attractions at the aquarium

Opening Hour

Monday to Friday: 09:00–17:00 Saturday to Sunday: 09:00–18:00 Opening hours tend to vary depending on the season

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 2 hours or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

The Oceanarium, Caribbean Reef and Amazon Rising

Prayer Facilities

The Shedd Aquarium does not offer prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. Muslims visiting the aquarium will therefore have to make use of the facilities offered at one of the many mosques in the city of Chicago. Masjid Al-Noor, Masjid Rahmat and Masjid Al-Ansar are a few of the numerous mosques in the city.

Halal Food

Those visiting the Shedd Aquarium will find a couple of fantastic dining options to suit their tastes and budgets. The Bubble Net, Deep Ocean Café and Soundings Café offer a plethora of dishes. While these items may not be Halal certified, Muslim tourists will certainly find vegetarian and seafood dishes here. Muslims visiting Chicago will also be able to find plenty of Halal restaurants in the city.

  • It's Time To Welcome 2019! Here Are 17 Destinations For Your New Year Celebrations!

    If you haven’t already gotten into planning mode, now is the perfect time. As December dawns, you must be wondering where to spend the New Year’s Eve. We have curated a list of 17 destinations that comprises of the most popular, attractive and liveliest of places around the world for you to welcome 2019! 10 Muslim-friendly destinations to visit in 2019 The U.S.A. When you hear about a New Year celebration in the USA, the first thing that pops up in your mind must be the iconic Miley Cyrus song. Eventhough America is known for their wild parties, we’re giving you a list of places that won’t make you feel terrible the next morning. Here are the best places to go on New Year's Eve in the USA. 1) San Francisco Surprised to see this on the list? Besides the regular fireworks displays, San Francisco is made up of very multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It would be an eye-opening experience when you to wander around the different neighbourhoods and have the option to celebrate New Year's whichever way you like. 2) Chicago Most of their top hotels have special New Year’s Eve packages. You can also opt for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Even though it might be very expensive, it is one of the best ways to watch the firework displays. 3) Orlando If you’re travelling with your family, what better place to spend New Year’s Eve than at the wonderful Disneyland Florida?! They have some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations with Disney characters that starts at 8pm. You know your kids will love you for giving them the celebration of their lifetime! It is ranges from parades, performances and pageants galore! 4) New York City Well, You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? Well, how could it not?! Possibly the most vibrant place in the world during New Year's Eve! This is where you can witness the iconic ball drop at the New York Times Square together with thousands of others. Need we say more? Europe Tour Here are the best places to spend New Year’s in Europe! 5) Barcelona, Spain Besides the usual revelry, you can ring in the New Year in a more traditional way – Spanish style, that is. In Plaça d’Espanya, the celebrations are centred around the Magic Fountain that looks incredible on a normal day, let alone when it is dressed up for a special event. Be prepared for a spectacular light show with music and special effects. 6) Rome, Italy First, pinch yourself because the beauty of Italy will make you feel like you're in a fairytale dream. You will find yourself staring at historical monuments that were built thousands of years ago. Second, have a feel of its rich history by having a ‘cenone’, which is a big dinner that you can have at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. That’s how the Italian tradition of ringing in the New Year begins. Then, head to the biggest celebration in town at the Piazza del Popolo. Take your own fireworks if you can get your hands on some and have a blast– it’s all in the experience! Of course, the city does put on its own professional display as well. 7) Venice, Italy What you can’t find in Rome are the plentiful Gondolas floating on the rivers that make Venice what it is. Imagine spending a peaceful night on a gondola by yourself or with a loved one, hidden in the fog, waiting for the light from the fireworks to cut through it. You can also join the huge crowd in Piazza San Marco as you count down the seconds until 2019 arrives. 8) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a very popular city, to say the least. Imagine starting your New Year in such a magical place. Such a picturesque old town deserves some celebration. There is no specific place where everyone would gather so take a walk around and decide which part you want to revel in. Charles Bridge offers the best vantage point for the firework display set against castles and the river. 9) Paris, France Looking for a more romantic destination to spend your New Year’s Eve? Nothing beats Paris! With the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, your photos will look as though it was straight out of a movie. If you desire for something even more romantic than watching the fireworks by the Eiffel Tower, you can bring your partner to a luxurious dinner at one of the few high-class muslim-friendly restaurants in town as you welcome the new year. Off the Beaten Path If big celebrations and crowded cities are not what you are looking for, fly off to the less travelled destinations and have a more unconventional New Year’s Eve. These are the more relaxing destinations for New Year's: 10) Iceland You can alway end the year without any fireworks if you want. An alternative would be heading north in Iceland to watch the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. What's a better light display than a stunning natural one? 11) The Caribbean If just the thought of cold weather makes you shudder, and you can’t quite make up your mind on where you want to go, why not take a cruise to The Caribbean? If money is not a problem, you can go island-hopping and experience different food and cultures. At the end of the night, or should I say the year, you can just chill in the sand while enjoying the breeze. 12) Tasmania Known for their incredible rustic beauty, Tasmania is the perfect place to hike around if you’re an adventure junkie and want to start your New Year fit. If you need a hit of adrenalin as well, you can go white water rafting on the Franklin River. Best Places to Travel in 2019 Want to ring in the New Year right? According to experts, these are some of the top destinations to visit in 2019, so why not get a head start on them? 13) Dubai A whole category in itself, Dubai is iconic in its firework displays. It's New Year’s Eve show has constantly been one the most spectacular ones in the world for a few years now. Crowds gather from many hours ahead to watch the Burj Khalifa light show and fireworks, but if you don’t want to get caught in the stampede, the beach is the best option. Have dinner at any one of the malls or restaurants nearby before heading to the beach, or pack up a little picnic to keep yourselves full. The weather in December can be a bit chilly by the seaside – even though you’re close to the desert – so bundle up a bit. The firework display that is visible from the beach may not be the Burj Khalifa display, but Atlantis and The Palm put up some breath-taking shows as well. 14) Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen has always been a tourist spot but the city is constantly developing. 2019 is definitely a great year to travel to this state now that more attractions are available. In addition to the perfect balance between their old and new architecture, the growing food industry gives you a solid reason to visit Copenhagen. 15) Shenzhen, China Picture: The Independent Everyone knows how popular China is as a tourist destination. Shenzhen is said to be the Silicon Valley of this famous country, with its immense new technology. Besides its technological rise, it has also developed its arts scene in line with the likes of London. You might be happy to know that it has a wide range of new cafes and spots to hang out as well. 16) Mexico City, Mexico A country steeped in their history and culture makes for a beautiful city architecturally. Mexico City won the award for The World Design Capital in 2018 – a nod to the way centuries-old buildings worked so well with modern structures. 17) Zadar, Croatia On the coast of Croatia lies a city that has taken its horrific past and used it to turn into the strong cosmopolitan city it is today. The ancient Roman ruins and buildings are reminders of what was, while its biggest attraction – the waterfront promenade – is a representation of what can be. As the locals gather at the promenade, be drawn into the culture of this small city. If you didn’t have any exciting plans for the New Year’s Eve, we hope this list inspired you to get moving now. If you take us up on any of our suggestions, or even if you decide to do something completely different, do tell us about your travel adventures via our HalalTrip App!  HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Get inspirations for your 2019 vacations...

  • I Heart Halal Festival Chicago 2018 - The First-Ever Halal Lifestyle Expo in America

    Differently-themed festivals around the world are such a hit these days. Many tourists, especially millennials, go to the extent of planning their holidays around such festivals to fill their travel diaries with experiences jam-packed with thrills and excitements. What I am about to share with you today is also about such a festival happening for its very first time, and for Muslim travellers who love travel, halal food, fashion, shopping, and new experiences, this event is just for you! The I Heart Halal Festival – Chicago 2018!!! The first ever Halal Lifestyle expo in the US! And yes, it's happening this year! Photo credit: So, better get that bullet journal out from your desk, and let the vacation planning begin!What's that, you ask? What makes this festival so good, that you must be a part of it?So many things!Even though this event is happening for the first time, the organizers are expecting over 20,000 people from all over the world (so yes, it's indeed, a very big deal!).And here's why! via GIPHY Get tickets for the I Heart Halal Festival, Chicago 2018Find a Mosque near you in Chicago THE LOCATION IS DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS! Picture Credit - Marco Verch, The I Heart Halal Festival 2018 is taking place at one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the area. THE NAVY PIER! The atmosphere of the surroundings is so beautiful, that you could spend the entire evening just simply sight-seeing with your loved ones. Picture Credit - Hbodine, The Navy Pier is a 3300 ft. long Pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It includes a variety of restaurants, parks, a theatre, a miniature golf course, a children’s museum, and above all, an amazing and huge FERRIS WHEEL which is absolutely the landmark of the place! (no wonder the Navy Pier is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago). What better way to set up an amazing festival right ? Photo credit: www.ihearthalal.comLocation address - Festival Hall A, Navy Pier, 300 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611Website  |   Contact: +1 312-595-7437 THE DELICIOUS, MOUTH-WATERING HALAL FOOD! Photo credit: Hui Ling, Halal food is going to be the spotlight of the event! Over 20 local vendors are expecting to deliver their varieties of halal food at the event. The event will not only feature traditional halal restaurants, but also restaurants going halal for the weekend, and one thing that the organizers are keen on is “diversity”. So, yes! There’s going to be more than just shawarma, rice, pita and all the traditional halal food we all know and love. There is also going to be a variety of Halal fast-food such as burgers, pizza, hot dogs and much more! Remember the times when you have a huge craving for a scrumptious burger, but it's hard to find a halal one? Well you're not going to have problems gobbling anything at the I Heart Halal festival, because simply each and every food item in the menu is HALAL! So surely without a doubt. it's going to be a food paradise for any Muslim traveller! IS FOOD THE ONLY THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO? The answer is NO! Of course the varieties of halal food are going be the things you are going to come running for if you're a foodie like me, but the I Heart Halal festival is much more than just delicious, mouth-watering food. Picture Credit - Kellie, There is also going to be a Grand Bazaar featuring halal products in a variety of categories such as fashion, beauty, health and wellness, sports and fitness, banking & finance and many more!!! Photo credit: So if you are a halal foodie and a shopaholic, this place is literally your dream come true ! An exclusive opening night party will be held with press and VIP guests attending to start the event off with a bang !! Apart from that, the festival will also be a stage for world-renowned speakers and celebrities, and the event will also include many more exciting events such as comedy shows, concerts , beauty classes, seminars and also an amazing fashion show which would be a platform for world-renowned designers to showcase their collections of modest fashion. Picture Credit: This is going to be such an exciting and happening event to look forward to! Photo credit: When is the I heart Halal Festival happening ? The festival would happen over three days from 13th April to the 15th April at the Navy Pier, Chicago ! Get ready for three whole days of absolute fun and excitement! How to get your tickets! To grab your tickets to the first ever halal expo in America, simply log on to the I Heart Halal website and book your tickets! The ticket price would be $6.45 per head (including service fee per ticket) If you need assistance with registering, please contact Nearby Hotels and Prayer Locations Since the Navy Pier is one most the most prominent tourist attractions of Chicago, there are so many hotels for you to choose from to make your stay grand and beautiful. Some of the well renowned hotels you could choose from are: Four Seasons Hotel- Chicago The Langham Chicago The Peninsula Chicago Wyndham Grand Chicago RVFRNT The above hotels have very good ratings and are also situated in close proximity to the venue. With regard to finding mosques and praying locations at Chicago, it's not a hard task, Masjiid Al Fathir and Downtown Islamic centre is located in close proximity to the venue and therefore can easily be accessed for prayers throughout your stay at Chicago for the event. How to get to the Navy Pier ? Since the Navy Pier is one of the most visited tourist attractions , it is easily accessible through any means of transport. You could choose from taking a taxicab, getting an Uber taxi, driving and parking, or even taking the shoreline water taxis which would add yet another  beautiful beautiful experience to your travel journal. via GIPHY Event Information April 13th-15th, 2018Friday, April 13 - 11am - 10pmSaturday, April 14 - 10am - 10pmSunday, April 15 - 10am - 6pm Find a Halal Restaurant near you in ChicagoFind the latest halal festivals and events in 2018  ...

  • 5 Best Muslim-Friendly Cities to Travel in February

    As January comes to a close it's time to welcome the month of February. For those of you who are fond winter travelling, all is not lost. In some places the end of January does not mean the end of winter so, keep your hopes high! You still might get a chance to see the winter beauty of different cities if you plan to go out in February. Here are the names of the cities that look their best in February. via GIPHY Follow our city guides Harbin, China: Happening in the capital city of China's northern Heilongjiang province, Harbin International Ice and Snow sculpture festival attracts thousands of foreign visitors each year. The festival begins in December and goes on till 25th February, so if you haven't visited it by March, pack your bags for December. Remember, The Harbin Ice and Snow festival is the largest winter, ice and snow festival in the world. Also, since Harbin is located at the northern tip of China it faces the brunt of Siberian winds, hence, temperatures can go well under -20°C. The Harbin Taiping Airport is one of the busiest airports in China, and is connected by various Chinese and international airlines, so getting there isn't a problem. Finding Halal food restaurants in Harbin could be challenging if you're a first timer but there's ways to make it easier to find Halal food restaurants near you, you can use mobile apps such as the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food eateries near you. Chicago, USA: Although, Chicago faces the full brunt of winter, in February things start to calm down. Chicago, IL is also one of the most diverse cities in the US that has a sizeable part of its population being foreign born. It is also one of the major go-to destinations for foreigners and other Americans living in different parts of the US. There are a variety of hotels in and around the city, ranging from extremely expensive ones downtown, to cheap ones in the suburbs, or you can rent a hostel room / student dormitory if you're a solo traveler. Finding Halal food in Chicago is easy since it's home to a large population of Muslims, therefore you'll find many restaurants and diners offering Halal food. Chicago has a number of attractions including the famous Willis Tower, and the metallic bean (Cloud Gate) located in the Millennium Park. Also, the Chicago River runs through the city, and has magnificent high-rise buildings on both sides.  These are a few things that you can see in Chicago, but remember, Chicago is much bigger than this. The Chicago O'Hare Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, and connects almost every corner of the Earth to Chicago, so getting there won't be troublesome. Vancouver, Canada: Photo Credit - Vancouver is located in the British Columbia, Canada, and is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Canada. It has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world by a number of organizations, and has an incredibly high standard of living. Canada is also famous for its intense winters, so I think I don't have to say much about it, except to remember that Vancouver remains cloudy and wet throughout February. There's plenty to see and do in Vancouver, you can take a stroll in Stanley Park or watch a colorful show at the Vancouver Aquarium. There's also the Science World inside a huge dome for those who are attracted to Science. Halal food can be found if you look for it, as there's a large Muslim community residing in the city of Vancouver, and since Vancouver is a very friendly city, you can ask citizens for guidance if you can't find a Halal food restaurant or eatery nearby. Getting around the city is quite easy, the city is connected through a skytrain system and several bus lines with road signs available in English, French and sometimes Chinese since Vancouver holds a large expat population from China. The Vancouver Airport is among the busiest in Canada, and is mostly used by those coming from East Asia, however, it connects all major cites in the world. Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and one of the oldest, yet most modern cities of the world. Tokyo is often visited in the summer season when the cherry blossoms bloom, however, during the fall season, the cherry trees adorn a new, mesmerizing look, and you might see snow if you're lucky. Japanese people are well mannered and care a lot about their culture and traditions, so, if you're in Tokyo, remember to abide by the local laws, and do not disrespect their customs. Tokyo is full of places that are worthy of visiting, and I believe you won't be able to explore most of them if you're on a short trip. There's The Tokyo Disneyland, The Tokyo Disneysea, Tokyo Skytree etc. Tokyo has a well-developed transportation system with rails and buses binding all of the city together but remember it does get a bit crowded, so move in an orderly fashion while using public transport. Finding Halal food may be difficult since Tokyo does not host a very large Muslim population, but there are a bunch of Halal food restaurants that you can find with the assistance of apps and maps. Furthermore, remember, they could be a bit expensive too. The Tokyo Narita Airport is the major airport of Tokyo, which connects most of the world to the city. International Airlines such as Emirates, Air China and Qatar Airways have Tokyo in their prime destinations list. Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world, and since it is strategically located between Asia and Europe, it was often the center point for rivalry between empires. Today, Istanbul is located in the Republic of Turkey, and is an established tourist destination. During the last few years Istanbul has seen an increase in the number of foreign visitors. Istanbul is a great destination for those interested in its history - the city is filled with spectacular buildings belonging to the Ottoman and Byzantium era. There are also structures dedicated to the foundation of modern Turkey, such as the Taksim Republic Monument. If you want to explore the religious side of the city, you can go to the Blue Mosque or the Hagia Sophia. Istanbul is usually cold in February. Halal food can be found everywhere since Istanbul is a predominantly Muslim city. In fact, Turkish cuisine is one of the best Muslim cuisines in the world, and you'll get to know what I'm saying when you try their Baklavas and Kebabs. Getting around Istanbul is easy, there's a large network of streetcars and tramways linking the whole city, and there's also the cruise service that is used as a tourboat-cum-ferry, since the ride offers a spectacular view of the city. The Istanbul Airport is a hub for one of the world's best airlines, Turkish Airlines, a major airline that connects several European and Asian cities with Istanbul. via GIPHY Find a Halal Restaurant near you...

  • 5 Best Muslim-Friendly Cities to Travel in January

    The world is getting more and more diverse, cultures are now interacting with each other more than they ever did before, idea sharing has become common. The world is now open to all. The Muslim Travel market is already booming, more and more cities are now becoming Muslim friendly. January is the best time to visit certain cities such as Sarajevo because of its winter festivities, Lucknow for its lower smog density and Singapore because of its relatively warm weather. When it comes to openness than you might think of Chicago or London or maybe New York City but if you want to find Muslim friendly cities and countries than your radar is a bit off. Below are some of the best places to enjoy a 'Halal Holiday'.    1. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia is a diverse and tolerant country and an emerging tourist destination in Europe but some people may ask "is it safe for Muslims to visit Europe?", the answer to that question is, of course, Europe has political issues just like other regions of the world but it's completely safe for Muslims or any other group of people to visit Europe particularly Bosnia. If you want to see the examples of religious coexistence you should go to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is famous for its tradition of coexistence and is often dubbed as 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Furthermore, finding Muslim specific things like Halal food won't be an issue since a lot of locals are Muslim. Sarajevo has a humid continental climate and remains generally cool throughout the year. The best time to visit Sarajevo is in January since winter is Sarajevo's main attraction and by the way, Sarajevo also got the honour of hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics. If you're into architecture than you can visit the Emperor's Mosque or the Sacred Heart Cathedral, if you like history then you should give the Bijela Tabija Castle in the east of Sarajevo a visit or if you're interested in nature than remember that there are tons of parks in and around the city. Find nearby Halal food places in Sarajevo  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sarajevo    2. Almaty, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan is a Central Asian country surrounded by land from almost all sides. The city of Almaty is located near the border with Kyrgyzstan. Just like Sarajevo Almaty is famous for its winters, so consider visiting it in January. Almaty consists of ski resorts, lakes and majestic mountains. Most of the population of Almaty follow Islam, with Christianity being the second largest religion. Almaty was always an important City even during the Soviet times, it was then known as Alma-ata and was a famous gathering place for USSR’s decision making bodies. The Kok Tobe Hill is one of the most famous tourist spots in Almaty, accessible by an aerial tramway which provides visitors with mesmerising views of the city and adjoining areas. Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Almaty   3. Singapore City, Singapore: Singapore is a city-state located at the tip of Malaysia. Singapore is located in a strategic spot near many major tourist destinations thus the Singapore Changi airport is one of the busiest in the world. Travelers travelling to Thailand or Malaysia often make stopovers at Singapore. Luckily, Singapore is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. Singapore has a lot to offer, from beautiful parks to sky touching buildings, furthermore, Singapore has been rated as one of the greenest and cleanest cities in Asia. Why should you visit Singapore? If you're a person living Russia or Canada you might already be fed up with the persisting cold winters at your home so why not make a change? Singapore remains mostly warm throughout the year, even in January the temperature remains in the upper 20's and mid-30s (Celsius scale). The most famous part of Singapore is probably the Marina Bay with its famous three towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotels. Singapore hosts a large Malay population and was once part of Malaysia.  Hence, you will find Muslim clothing, lifestyle and food prevalent in parts of the city-state. Halal food in Singapore can be found very easily,  Click here for more information on Singapore Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore   4. Toronto, Canada: Canada is already a very diverse country. Toronto is its multicultural utopia. Toronto has had a long history of acceptance and tolerance, it’s even present in the city’s coat of arms “Diversity, our strength”. This North American city is located in the Ontario province of Canada at the shore of Lake Ontario. A large number of different religious and ethnic communities coexist within the city and political violence is rarely seen as compared to the major North American cities. Toronto in January is fairly cold but that’s when it's best to visit as Toronto is famous for its winter decoration and markets, the city manages to keep its splendour intact even when it’s almost a month since Christmas. Now, let’s come to the food part, there are plenty of Halal food restaurants in Toronto and you will find everything be it Lebanese, Arabian, Indian, Singaporean or Malaysian. Click Here for more information on Toronto Find nearby Halal food places in Toronto,Canada Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Toronto   5. Lucknow, India: Picture Credit Lucknow City is the capital of Uttar Pradesh province of India. It is nicknamed as the ‘City of Nawabs (royals)’. Lucknow is rich with Muslim history consisting of magnificent mosques, mausoleums, parks etc. Several royals from the Mughal family are buried in the city. Apart from the history and culture, Lucknow’s Aminabad Bazar is famous for shopping. Halal food can be found easily, most Halal food shops will have Urdu languages written in their logo.  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Lucknow For more ideas on where to travel in 2018 check out our travel blog or top travel destinations 2018 page...

  • Best Muslim-Friendly Places to Travel in 2018 by Month

    A new year brings new beginnings and opportunities – and a reason to create a new travel bucket list with dream destinations to visit. There is nothing more exciting than exploring a fascinating destination and experiencing a new culture. These perfect destinations to visit for each month of the year are not only ideal for Halal holidays, but for unforgettable travel experiences too.   Top Muslim Holiday Destinations – Halal holidays 2018   January – Cape Town   Kick off the new year in Cape Town, South Africa! The Cape Town summer is ideal for fun activities such as swimming and to spend a day at the beach as well, so don’t miss out on Camps Bay or Boulder’s Beach. January is also very lively with festivities that include music festivals and outdoor cinemas – so you won’t be bored at all. Don’t forget to take a cable car ride up Table Mountain and appreciate the region’s magnificent scenery either. Cape Town is one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families too, with numerous Halal eateries and cuisines – and entertainment for everyone too.   Find nearby Halal food places in Cape town Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Cape town   February – Maldives   White sandy beaches framed by the sparkling blue-green ocean and fine weather – these are just some of the reasons to visit Maldives in February. You can enjoy the best of water sports, snorkeling, diving and island hopping to name few thrilling activities. The Maldives is also ideal for big Muslim travel groups where you can stay at gorgeous Halal-friendly accommodation with amazing ocean scenery – and easily find Halal food near you.   Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives   March – Morocco Travelers can enjoy the warm sunshine and chilly nights in Marrakesh or the cooler climate in Casablanca during spring in Morocco. Marrakesh is an interesting cultural hub where you can marvel at some beautiful architecture. Some top attractions to see include Jardin Majorelle and Koutoubia Mosque, and don’t forget to drop by the souks in Medina either. If you visit Casablanca, do explore the museums and galleries, including interesting historical places such as the Hassan II Mosque and La Corniche. Morocco is a great destination for Halal holiday vacations, and where you can easily locate Halal restaurants –the local cuisine is amazing too. Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives   April – The Netherlands   What could be more beautiful than tulips in the springtime? Visit the Keukenhof in Lisse to experience this truly spectacular scene in April. Whether you spend all day walking through the winding streets or decide to take a canal cruise and admire the old buildings – you will appreciate this charming, colourful city soon enough. Do visit the famous historical spots such as the Anne Frank Museum or the famous Rijksmuseum research library. Another intriguing city to visit is Rotterdam, where you can see Erasmus Bridge and the famous Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Finally, you can locate Halal eateries with no issues in the main cities, and the country is home to different cultures too.   Find nearby Halal food places in Netherlands Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Netherlands    May – France There is nothing like spending spring in Paris where you stroll through the streets visiting famous galleries, museums and fascinating historical landmarks. Paris is also a shopaholic’s haven too. From The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arce de Triomphe – France has a rich history. The cities of Nice, Lyon and Bordeaux are worth a visit too. France does have some of the most Muslim friendly cities in Europe including Paris where there is no shortage of delicious Halal eateries to try out.   Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France     June – Sweden   Atrip to Sweden in June is when you can enjoy the wonderful Swedish summer, during which the sun shines for 12 hours – the longest days of year for the country. Sweden is breathtakingly beautiful with lakes, lush green scenery framed by mountains and is also famous for the reindeer herds in the Lapland regions. Nature lovers can take a ferry ride to Djurgården Park to experience the Swedish landscape. The capital city, Stockholm has a rich history with interesting tourist attractions and museums to visit – don’t miss Drottningholm Palace and the Vasa Musuem. Some of the most Muslim friendly cities in Europe are in Sweden, where you can easily find prayer places and mosques near you –including Halal restaurants as well.   Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France     July – Kenya   If exciting adventure is your thing, visiting Kenya in July is just perfect. Nature lovers will get the opportunity to see wildebeest and zebras crossing over from Tanzania – so going on a safari for amazing wildlife encounters is the best thing to do. You can also observe all kinds wildlife gathering around watering holes and visiting places such as the Nairobi National Park is a rewarding experience. The colder climate is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking too. Kenya quite Muslim-friendly and it won’t be hard to find Halal food near you or mosques either.   Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Kenya      August – Malaysia   The fine weather during this time is perfect for outdoor activities and island hopping – ideal to plan beach getaways to Tioman Island, Redang Island or maybe a trip to Borneo. Langkawi is another fascinating place to visit for nature and wildlife lovers. Kuala Lumpur is also a great spot for shopping and it’s a great time to take a city tour to explore the famous attractions of the city. The famous Batu Caves is also another famous attraction that you cannot miss. Malaysia is an ideal budget travel destination in 2018 and is also perfect for Halal holiday vacations – locating Halal restaurants and prayer facilities is quite easy especially in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.   Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia   September – Germany   Travelers who would like to have Halal holidays in Europe should consider an exciting trip to Germany. This is where you can explore Muslim friendly cities in Europe such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But Germany has many interesting attractions and historical landmarks that you cannot miss – Brandenburg Gate, Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne Cathedral and so much more. Autumn starts around September, so the cities and countryside look especially beautiful where tourists can enjoy the pleasant weather too.   Find nearby Halal food places in Germany Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Germany   October – United States   This travel destination is one of the best places to enjoy autumn – especially in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. You can also find Halal and Muslim-owned restaurants in these states as well. When in New York, do visit Central Park or drop by the Statue of Liberty or if you prefer to visit San Francisco, don’t miss out on Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge. Chicago is just as interesting with the Field Museum of Natural History and many galleries that are worth checking out Find nearby Halal food places in the United States  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United States   November – Japan   The fall season in Japan is when you will get to see beautiful autumn foliage and enjoy cool-crisp weather. Visit parks or gardens in Tokyo and other main citiess to take nature’s beauty – or even take hike in Kamakura. But Japan also has some major attractions you cannot miss such the 17th century Tokyo Imperial Palace or the Shinjuku National Garden. Shopaholic should also drop by Ginza and Akihabara where you can get almost anything. There are a fair amount of Halal eateries in the main cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. But if unsure, always inquire if Halal food is served or if non-Halal ingredients are used before placing orders. Find nearby Halal food places in Japan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan   December – Dubai Dubai is exceptionally festive during December with so many events taking place, with the city getting ready for Christmas. People are also looking forward to the New Year celebrations and the impressive fireworks displays that start at midnight. Dubai has been among the most popular holiday destinations for Muslim families. Experience everything from thrilling amusement parks such as Aquaventure Waterpark to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa. You can shop until you drop in Dubai since the city is a shopaholic’s haven with spots such as The Dubai Mall and Mall Of The Emirates. Travelers can also taste a variety of cuisines at numerous Halal cafés and restaurants – finding Halal food and prayer facilities is very easy too.   Find nearby Halal food places in Dubai Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Dubai For a more Muslim-friendly experience during your exciting travels, have a look at some excellent Halal-holiday holiday packages or book Halal Hotels for a hassle-free vacation.       ...

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