Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of the newest and hottest attractions in Toronto, Ontario and MomMomOnTheGo’s Toronto Correspondent, Fern, and her Little One’s went and checked it out. Here is what they have to say about Toronto’s newest attraction…….
Well I must say the ticket prices, adults $29.98 and Youth between 6-13 of $19.98 did absolutely nothing to keep people away from the new Ripley’s Aquarium on a PA Day in Toronto.
I arrived just before 10 am, with 2, 6 year old girls in tow to find a massive line. I must say they did a great job at keeping everyone in line and working their best to make sure that everyone got inside. And despite the amount of people you really do get a fair chance to see and explore everything.
You are immediately impressed the moment one walks in with the fish you see, even before you hit the entrance of the aquarium. This place is extremely spacious, well-organized and colourful. I had recently been to another aquarium in Vegas, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada puts that one to shame. Tons of interactive activities along the way for kids of all ages.
You begin learning a bit about the waters of Canada (Great Lakes, Oceans, Arctic, etc) and the various species which inhabit those waters (great that they added a Canadian touch). Next came the main section as you’re able to explore massive tanks dedicated to the habitats built around Pacific Kelp, Sting Rays, Star fish, tiny shark-like creatures. All amazing and totally picture worthy.
A moving sidewalk takes you though the Dangerous Lagoon, which was my favorite part. It was a huge tunnel where giant marine animals swim above visitors’ heads. All I kept hearing were oohs and awes from both the children I was with, as well as everyone else around us!
As you walk through and see crabs, jellyfish, shark and many other fish you then come to a totally interactive kids area for them to play in. From a slide, to mini aquariums that they can stand in allowing them to feel as if they are actually a part of the experience. Knowledgeable Staff were available to teach everyone how they should touch the giant crabs and sharks. It was so great that they were never told not to touch things, but rather to participate in the experience.
The whole trip through took us about 1 hour 20 minutes, and already my daughter is asking when we can go again with her brother.
This is surely to become a Toronto destination hot spot and would be high on my list of activities for visitors to see.
Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo’s Toronto Correspondent was provided tickets for the purpose of conducting this review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo and her correspondents only support companies and products that they love. All opinions are those of MomMomOnTheGo and her Correspondent.