Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Phone: (637) 351-3474
If you are doing a day trip of Toronto in the Downtown touristy area of CN Tower, Harbourfront etc, then you should probably take a look at Ripley’s Aquarium. Its grand opening was in late 2013, still quite recent in my terms.
Even if you are not touring, the aquarium is a great location for dates and family time during weekends and holidays. It is very educational; amazing information on the species in the ocean and the Canadian Great Lakes. It is also extremely interactive, attention grabbing and very curiosity driven.
The aquarium begins with the Great Lakes. There were big tanks filled with fishes swimming in circles nonstop. With the lighting, the tanks look mysterious and magical. Aren’t they cute?
After the great lakes, we begin the ocean species.
Octopus tentacles suctioned onto the glass walls. I was in awe after seeing the details and size of those individual cups. They look so squishy and I can imagine the slime. I can not believe this is a species we eat.
There are tanks showing the different coral reef families on the planet. There were videos and boards telling us how they survive, the depth they live in and the overall environment. The tanks were well displayed, and extremely colourful. Doesn’t it feel so happy and joyful?
Everyone would love this. Let’s find NEMO, the famous clown fish and DORY, the blue fish. They look dopey, so amazing.
This is the BIG shark lagoon. You hop onto the moving walkway and it will take you through the whole lagoon, showing the different types of sharks and sting rays. I wish I saw the sea turtle. The lagoon was really awesome because it felt like a 360 panoramic view of the deep ocean. You have the species swimming above and around you. The darkness made it eerie or creepy but arouses your curiosity.
Seahorses! They are so pretty and funny. The species love to hook onto plants and each other because they have a funny S-shape. I just never imaged there are more than that one kind we are familiar with. There are camouflage seahorse!
The stingray tank
The jellyfish exhibition was the coolest of them all. It was so relaxing and gorgeous to look at. I enjoyed seeing the jellyfish floating freely in whichever direction. I also loved that bobbing or pumping position they make to move.
I think the Ripley’s Aquarium is definitely a place you can spend a day at in awe and joy. It is a great learning feature and the interactive areas are a place you can turn into a goofball and play your hearts out!