Opened in October 2013 Ripley’s Aquarium is home to over 16,000 animals with more than 5.7 million litres or 1.5 million gallons of water, featuring salt and freshwater habitats from around the world. The Aquarium is located at 288 Bremner Blvd, right beside the CN Tower just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel. We recently visited again and walked away in awe of this very impressive aquarium.
You should allow around 1 to 2 hours for your tour depending on how much time you want to spend at each of the exhibits. The aquarium is organized into ten galleries that you can tour at your own leisure: Canadian Waters, SWARM Nature by Numbers, Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, Discovery Centre, The Gallery, Ray Bay, Planet Jellies, Life Support Systems and the Shoreline Gallery.
Make sure you plan to attend one of the impressive daily dive shows shown at the following times: 11:15 am, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15 or 7:15 pm.
Although the Kelp Forest, Canadian Waters, Rainbow Reef and Planet Jellies were all very impressive the highlights of our visit were: 1. the Dangerous Lagoon. We stepped off the moving conveyer belt a few times to take in the awe-inspiring majestic views of the giant sawfish, beautiful sharks and majestic turtles. 2. Ray Bay. We could watch stingray and spotted eagle rays for hours with their graceful movements. 3. Having my fingers and nails cleaned by the tiny shrimps was really cool and so was touching the Horseshoe Crabs (P.S. – the females are the large ones with males on their backs).
We would definitely rank Ripley’s Aquarium as one of the top attractions in Toronto . You won’t be disappointed!
Plan your visit The aquarium is open (usually unless there is a private event) from 9:00am to 11:00pm. INSIDER TIP: You get a $5 discount after 7pm and also it tends to be quieter in the evening so this is a good time to go. BEST VALUE: Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the 5 attraction ( Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum Casa Loma and either Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre) included in the Toronto CityPass