Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto Ontario
If you’re a nature lover Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto, Ontario may be just the ticket for you. I happened upon a flyer or some sort of informational about the aquarium and I thought it might be an interesting venture to go to. Girl am I glad I decided to go. Ripley’s Aquarium turned out to be a treasure and must-see. The aquarium is located in the heart of the city, so if you’re exploring its perfect. You can leave the aquarium and be right at the center of it all, and continue on your exploring adventures. You do have to get tickets to enter the aquarium. I’ll forwarn you that the ticket prices are a little steep, but it’s so worth it. If you’d like a map of the site you have to purchase that too. I decided to buy the map because not only is the place huge and I’d need to know where to go, the map serves as a commemorative souvenir. Ripley’s is divided into two intertwining levels; creating a seamless experience. There are over 15 galleries to go to. Whether you love sharks, reefs, or whatever, there’s aquatic life you’ll enjoy. Each section is decorated to simulate and enhance the experience of what it would be like to be in the animals’ natural habitat. The lighting throughout the aquarium is also very soothing, and allows for your eyes to not get tired. There are unusually crafted learning posts throughout the space. It was really interesting because a lot of the learning activities are in the form of games and colorful boards. So you definitely don’t get board because the layout isn’t typical of what you’d find at a museum. For instance, there’s a life support system game that teaches you all about water and preservation, except YOU are responsible for making the water flow into the different areas, in order to ensure that the animals have what they need. Although this isn’t real, it gives you a sense of what’s needed for the animals and the vivarium to function. Plus it’s super fun! One of the best things about the marine museum was the jellyfish exhibit. It’s like you’ve stepped into a different world. The lighting changes so that you can really see the exquisite colors of the jellyfish and how they move. It was like a portal into another realm. So exciting! There was also a sense of serenity there. Like the jellyfish were inviting you to meditate. Or, maybe sharks are more your fancy? It certainly was shocking for huge sharks to be swimming overhead! Please give yourself a few hours to explore the museum given that it’s a huge space with tons to see. It took about 3-4 hours to see all the aquarium had to offer. There’s even a cafe inside. If you get hungry you can just fuel up and carry on. At the end of the aquarium there is a gift shop filled with stuffed animals, snacks, books, and other goodies to take home. Then it’s back out into the bustling city and on to more adventures.