A Fascinating Trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto Ended on a Sour Note

Today I woke up early to meet with Christina, my “baby mama” and also, my delightful daughter. We took a day trip, about an hour and a half away, to the downtown core of Toronto where we visited Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. We’d been contemplating doing this or the Toronto Zoo before I began my full-time schedule at University, but we decided on the Aquarium because my daughter has an easier time tracking things which are nearby. The zoo seemed like it might be more fun next year, when she’s a little bit older. Plus, neither of us had ever been to this aquarium yet.The baby was happy and in good spirit’s today and Christina also surprised me with a little goody bag of back to school stuff, which was sweet.

After a mildly frustrating drive there with our stereotypically-Canadian Tim Horton’s coffees, we arrived at our destination and found ourselves some parking. The aquarium was right next to the stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays (for all of you baseball fans out there) and Toronto’s famous CN Tower could be found looming very closely nearby.

The admission ran us about 35$ each for our entrance, and Toronto parking was pricey but after all we’d seen and done, it was worth it. I’ve been in only one really impressive aquarium before this one, and it was in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne aquarium was awesome too, and it’s best feature was a penguin tank. This Toronto aquarium’s best feature, in my opinion, was that it had a very interactive feel to it which allowed for great photographic moments and it kept your attention.

There was a pool of manta rays and sting rays that you could reach in to and pet near the gift shop, and then there was a giant loop throughout the building which takes you past all of the different tanks full of beautiful and unique aquatic animals. They were mainly fish, sharks, turtles, some lobsters, crabs and sea plants, but there was a nice variety.

The baby could hardly contain herself with all of the lights and interesting new creatures to be discovered.

Dimly lit blue tunnels created a unique atmosphere, which made you feel like you were right in the depths of the ocean. It was peaceful and relaxing, or at least it would have been if it wasn’t for another thousand or so people trying to funnel their way through the aquarium with us. One thing I’ve found funny since becoming a father, is just how comfortable people are to start touching or talking to your baby. It’s as if you’re part of an official parenting club now and you’re immediately on good rapport. Funny how that works. Is it because baby’s are irresistible or do you just grow a fondness for all children after you’ve had your own? Nova was sung to and tickled by at least a few strangers today.

The best part of the entire aquarium experience was taking a stroll through a glass tunnel that runs beneath one of their largest aquatic tanks. In this tank, there were many sharks, sea turtles, fishes of all sorts and maybe some other creatures. Nothing beat looking right in to one of those shark’s mouths and seeing all of those razor sharp needles they have for teeth. Also, why do sharks look like they have no souls? Are they ugly or is that just what being a murder beast does to your face?

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By the end of it all, we were tuckered out trying to avoid people with our stroller, fighting for the best looking spots to view the tanks and trying to make sure none of our daughter’s toys were lost. We worked up quite an appetite and took the long dive back home for dinner at a restaurant.

“Hold on there wolf boy, I thought you said the day ended on a sour note?”

Oh yeah, well I wasn’t lying! Nova had a taste of her first lemon. She didn’t want to stop eating it, even though I could see on her face it was torture. Priceless. 😀

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What do you think, do you want to visit an aquarium now, or have you ever been before? Comment down below!

55 thoughts on “A Fascinating Trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto Ended on a Sour Note

  1. I have been to Toronto once for a wedding but didn’t visit the aquarium unfortunately :-(. If you ever travel to Denver, Colorado I highly recommend visiting the aquarium here. I can’t say I have been to tons of aquariums but I thought this one was spectacular and have gone more times than I can count with my daughter. They even have “mermaids” swimming in the tanks at times.

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  2. You gave that poor child a lemon to suck on!? Tut, tut. (And here I thought there was going to be interpersonal drama . . . ) One of the best aquariums I’ve visited is the one in Mystic Connecticut. The other one I liked was at Homosassa Springs, Florida, where you could get up close and personal with the manatees. One was named Amanda, and she was very greedy for carrots. I don’t know why naming a manatee Amanda made such an impression on me, but it did.

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    1. That sounds hilarious. I had no idea manatees would eat carrots of all things, and yes, I teased everyone a little with that title hahah. It’s called clever click-bait 😉

      I will have to keep that aquarium on my to-do list if I ever make it through Connecticut. I find it funny when any animal is given a human name. My mom had a dog named “Bob” once. Very strange.

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      1. The dog was a rescue named R.J.., and my husband and I didn’t like the name, so we gave him the name his initials stand for: Robert Johnson, the Mississippi blues singer of “Crossroads” fame.

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      1. Oh man, don’t listen to anyone who tells you that it’s just for kids. I visit the Zoo regularly as an adult just because I love animals 😛
        If you enjoy fish and aquatic life, then enjoy those aquariums all you like. I plan on never quite “growing up”. That seems like the death of all fun.

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  3. Haha man I spit my water out when I read the lemon part. A good twist, and makes the title even funnier. Your daughter is beautiful! I’ve never been to an aquarium myself. Your post makes me want to go now! Looks and sounds awesome.

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  4. Sounds like such a lovely trip!! I’ve been to Vancouver aquarium which was super impressive, the jelly fish were definitely my favourite part of it. One I hope to get myself to Toronto, this will for sure be on my list 😃

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  5. It all sounds so fun!! I love Tim Horton’s by the way!! There is a picture of me, lying on the glass floor at the top of the CN Tower. I will have to remember to visit the aquarium the next time I visit! I’ve seen the falls, but not at night, & that’s on my bucketlist!!

    I have been to the Baltimore aquarium. It’s fun, they have a “rain forest” & dolphin show. By far my favorite aquarium is in Monterey, California. Theres a dome glass tunnel you walk through & you can see all kinds of sharks & sea creatures swimming above you & around you. It’s very surreal!!

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    1. Ahhh you’ve been to Toronto. I’ve even written a poem about the CN Tower hahah. I think I went there for my tenth birthday. I was so proud to walk on the glass. Terrified me.

      I visit Niagara multiple times a year. It’s close to where I live. It’s Canadian Las Vegas lol.

      The California aquarium sounds fantastic. There’s a similar tunnel in this Toronto aquarium. Sharks and sting rays and turtles swam overhead. One lazy swordfish rested up top at one point.

      Aquariums are fun.

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      1. Oh, yes!! I saw “The Lion King” at the Princess of Wales Theate, we were going to go on Maid of the Mist, but it was kind of foggy. I went on a field trip with the Marching band in High School. I had so much fun. I’ve been wanting to go back!!

        Agreed, I love aquariums!

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  6. She is a cute little peanut. Unfortunately like the stroller it would a bit stressful both for me, and other visitors. I have to have a Geriatric chair dur to the damage to my back. If I could I would.

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    1. Oh ouch, sorry to hear that. There were actually quite a few visitors in there in wheel chairs and such though.

      On a slower part of the day I think you’d have no problem 🙂 It’s a really nice experience, but you do whatever you’re most comfortable with of course. Thanks for reading and commenting, take care.

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      1. I’m in a position where I love to do what I want to do. I’ll be writing a blog on it I’m in a nursing home, & have been for three years. Most of the patients here, could not make the trip safely. So like many things unless it’s in a few miles at the most, & you talking a lot of money for an Ambicab.

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