It’s been a long time since I’ve walked into a building and was whisked away to a place full of wonder and awe. Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, located next to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto, and is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium, and it managed to do just that! It’s an escape from the city like no other.
With 16,000 aquatic animals spread out over 130,000 sq. ft., the Aquarium might be the perfect place to escape for an afternoon! As you walk through the neatly organized Ripley’s Aquarium you will have the opportunity to explore places like the Rainbow Reef, Ray Bay, and the species of he Canadian Waters. Our group consisted of tourists from age 2 to 70 and there was truly something to capture everyone’s interest.
My favourite place in the Aquarium; The Dangerous Lagoon!
The moving walkway transports you through an underwater tunnel home to the Aquarium’s most fearsome-looking animals. These creatures strike fear in millions and are now circling above your head as you are slowly taken on a tour of the lagoon. It is amazing. So amazing, that I might have gone through that tunnel twice!
SassyNephew clearly had his favourite place too. The Discovery Centre.
Can you blame him?
I could have spent hours watching the five species of beautiful and yes, dangerous Jelly fish floating and swimming in their habitats. Their tanks were backlit and surrounded you on all sides, it was mesmerizing.
Before we left we took a moment to pet a shark and pose for a picture or two. It was a quick afternoon and one we will not soon forget!
What I liked:
Manageable Size: The Ripley’s Aquarium is easy to see in a morning or afternoon
Hands on Experience: There is lots to see and do!
Something for everyone: From Toddlers to Teens to Seniors there is something to interest everyone.
If you go: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the Rogers Centre and CN Tower.
Address: 288 Bremner Boulevad, Toronto ON
Hours: Open most nights until 11 pm, 365 days a year, 7 days a week!
Regular (14+) $29.98
Youth (6-13) $19.98
Child (3-5) $9.98
Senior (65+) $19.98
Buy your tickets ahead of time and skip the line!
Travelling with a Toddler and have a stroller in tow? You can check it at Guest Services so your little one is free to explore (and you can chase!)
Be sure to leave lots of time to explore the Discovery Centre.
You do have to walk through a Gift Shop on the way out. This can mean big melt downs for little one’s. Be prepared to make a quick purchase or a fast exit!