What better way to escape the heat than to be surrounded head to toe by water? Ripley's Aquarium offers shade from the sun with a fun and educational experience to boot. With over 20,000 marine animals, including over 450 different species of fish and invertebrates, and one reptile species, green sea turtles, you will be fascinated by the waters of the world and the creatures that inhabit it.
Opened in 2013, Ripley's Aquarium is relatively new to the Toronto region. With 5.7 million liters of water, 97 life support system pumps to purify and recycle 95% of the water, and 135,000 square feet of space, it is a vast facility chock full of activities for the entire family. Ripley's Aquarium offers 57 live exhibits in nine galleries. Among them are Rainbow Reef, a tropical coral reef tank with the aquarium's most colorful fish, and Canadian Waters, displaying aquatic animals from "Canada's own backyard," including kelp forests, fisheries, and aquatic wildernesses. Other galleries include the Discovery Centre, a hands-on interactive gallery; Ray Bay home to four varieties of stingrays; sharks swimming in the Dangerous Lagoon, and more.
Ripley's Aquarium has more than 100 interactive displays, including four pools where you can very gently touch horseshoe crabs, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays. There are six play zones for children, including Ripley's Explorer Research submarine. On weekdays, aquarists (people who care for marine life) give talks and answer questions in the galleries. There are also daily dive shows, where visitors can learn more about the creatures and their habitats from divers inside the tanks. Beyond the exhibits, there are amenities such as Ripley's Cafe, Photo Port, and the Cargo Hold Gift Shop. With so much to see and do, it's easy to spend time enjoying the sea and sea life without getting wet.
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