Under the Sea – A Visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto

Even with the bitterly cold winter that we’ve been having, it’s been nice to force ourselves to get out of the house with Lucy to see friends and family. A few weeks ago, we met up with a group of friends to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto and had a blast catching up while looking at the amazing displays.

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With the Family Day long weekend coming up, I’m sure there are many people in Southern Ontario looking for fun activities to do with their families. The aquarium is one of the best I’ve ever seen and will not disappoint.

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Everywhere we turned there were different colourful fish from around the world.

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Lucy was fascinated with the fish and floating seaweed. All the kids with our group were under three years old and had a great time exploring.

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It’s was equally fun for us adults too. There aren’t many places that have something for every age range, but the Ripley’s Aquarium was perfect for this. I could have spent all day checking out the hypnotic displays of jellyfish.

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One of the coolest parts of the aquarium was this long moving tunnel through the lagoon. With schools of fish, turtles and sharks swimming overhead, it was an unbelievable sight.

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Just look at that shark! He was RIGHT above us!

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Even little Lucy was nervous about them swimming right alongside us.

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Lucy had a great time hanging out with her friends. It’s great to see them starting to interact with each other more. The older girls were quick to point out all the fish to her here (while Garrett was sitting right behind to catch her if she had one of those teetering 8 month old moments, ha!)

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The colourful creatures we saw everywhere seemed out of this world. Don’t these anemones look like some kind of flower in a Dr. Seuss book?

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There were great hands-on exhibits too, where you could touch these underwater critters, or in this case, the Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp came to you. I tried to put my hand in there but chickened out every time they got close. My friend said it felt like a very ticklish insect.

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By the time we’d made it to the Ray Bay at the end, our sweet little babe was konked out. We’d brought the stroller, but it was nice to have her tucked in close in our carrier, so that she could look at all the displays as we walked around.

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She had a great nap after all that excitement. I can hardly wait to bring her back next time we’re in the city.

 

Disclosure – Ripley’s Aquarium provided admission in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. This a great place to visit next time you’re in Toronto and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it! 

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