You don’t need to be scuba-certified to get up close and personal with the beautiful and mysterious creatures of the deep. Thanks to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, ocean lovers of all ages and abilities can explore massive tanks filled with more than 16,000 colorful fish and other sea-dwelling animals, including fan favorites like sea turtles, jellies, rays, and sharks. So swing by this brand-new aquarium by the CN Tower on your next family day and educate your children on how the other two-thirds of the earth live.
Your kids will squeal at the sight of a real-life Nemo and point with excitement when a toothy sand tiger swims by. At Planet Jellies, you’ll all be mesmerized by the balletic dances of the jellyfish, who glow in the dimly-lit gallery. And the look-don’t-touch rule gets suspended at the Touch Tanks, where the little ones can reach down and feel the leathery skin of a stingray and the rock-hard armor of a horseshoe crab. For a truly immersive experience, brave the longest moving sidewalk in North America as it glides through the Dangerous Lagoon’s underwater tunnel in the company of sharks, barracudas and moray eels. Before you head to the exits, pay the requisite visit to the Cargo Hold Gift Shop, where your little marine biologists will convince you to buy them some toys and books because they’re “educational.” It’s a small price to pay to feed a child’s hunger for knowledge.