I’ve been meaning to blog about our first visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to it. My son chose a visit as part of his birthday present for his 11th birthday this year.
Ripley’s is a relatively new attraction in Toronto, featuring 16,000 aquatic animals and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with 5.7 million litres of water and many interactive opportunities. The aquarium is divided into nine different galleries, from the Canadian Waters to Planet Jellies (my personal favourite). Beyond that, there is a huge gift shop, a café, and other great activities that we didn’t experience, such as a stingray experience.
When planning for our visit, I had heard stories about how busy the aquarium was during the day and it was so crowded at times that it was difficult to really see the fish or enjoy the viewing tunnel and interactive aspects to the aquarium. So we decided to head there late at night instead, since it closes at 11pm. We arrived just before 8p.m. which gave us about 2.5 – 3 hours to explore which is how long you really need to experience everything. If you have really little ones, I’d plan for longer for sure.
The visit really was for my kids’ benefit but I have to say I absolutely LOVED every moment we were in the aquarium. I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it. It was beautiful and very clean and so quiet, that it was an absolute joy just to be there and see all these incredible fish. In some parts of the aquarium they have this beautiful music playing and it really was relaxing and mesmerizing. Honestly, I couldn’t have walked slower if I tried.
The kids absolutely LOVED the viewing tunnel with the moving walkway. This particular gallery, called Dangerous Lagoon, featured stingrays and sharks and giant turtles. We were alone on the walkway so once we came to the end, the kids turned around and ran back to the beginning to experience it one more time.
My favourite part of the exhibit was definitely the gallery that held all the jellyfish, from teeny tiny baby ones, to giant ones that swam in this incredible backlit display that changed colours highlighting the jellyfish in different ways. SUPER LOVE.
Ripley’s Aquarium is a great day out for the family, providing hours of fun. If you’re coming from out of town, it is located right at the base of the CN Tower, between the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre. and next to a fabulous hotel within a five minute walk, the Renaissance Hotel.
This is not a sponsored post, and I wasn’t asked to review the Aquarium. We just really enjoyed ourselves and wanted to share it and our plans to definitely return this summer. We can’t wait to go back!