Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Ripley's Aquarium

Dangerous Lagoon, Ripleys Aquarium, aquarium, sharks, fish, field trip

Last week I volunteered as a classroom helper on my eldest son's field trip to Ripley's Aquarium. What an awesome place!

The Aquarium is organized into galleries of amazing aquatic creatures and exhibits.

The hands-down highlight of the aquarium is Dangerous Lagoon, a moving walkway that makes its way through a glass tube under the incredible 2.5 million litre exhibit full of sharks, stingrays, fish and sea turtles. Beautiful and breathtaking and beyond words amazing.

Dangerous Lagoon, Ripleys Aquarium, aquarium, sharks, fish, field trip

Dangerous Lagoon, Ripleys Aquarium, aquarium, sharks, fish, field trip

The Canadian Waters gallery habitats show life in the Great Lakes and the oceans surrounding our country. Our favourite part was the Pacific Kelp Exhibit, a 360,000 litre exhibit of the Pacific shoreline with a wave maker that simulates the surf, where our class was given a special interactive presentation about habitats.

Ripley's Aquarium

Rainbow Reef is a vibrant, colourful exhibit of the tropical Indo-Pacific waters and fish with a very cool interactive dive show.

The Sharks gallery is filled with different shark species and displays and a pop-up bubble that brings you right into the shark tank.

Ray Bay exhibits dozens of different rays from different species and a dive show where you can watch the rays feed right out of the divers' hands.

Ripley's Aquarium jellyfish

The surreal Planet Jellies gallery features five species of jellies in backlit and colour-changing displays, including the world's largest jellyfish tank and a ceiling exhibit overhead filled with translucent Moon jellies.

Ripley's Aquarium seahorse

The Gallery contains a collection of some of the more unique and delicate aquatic species found throughout the world - the Lionfish, the Seahorse, the Sea Dragon, the Electric Eel - and a gorgeous Live Coral exhibit.

Ripley's Aquarium stingraysThe Discovery Centre is filled with interactive exhibits - pop-up underwater viewing bubbles that bring you right into the middle of the exhibit with the fish, a pop-up "research submarine" that takes you inside Dangerous Lagoon, a tunnel to crawl right through the underwater exibits and open touch pools with stingrays and horseshoe crabs and sharks to touch.

The Shoreline Gallery is also filled with open touch tanks, where you can feel different kids of sharks and stingrays guided by aquarium educators.

What an amazing place. What a fantastic field trip destination for kids and adults alike. And what a wonderful way to spend a day with my oldest boy and his best friends.

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  1. OMG these pics are AMAZING!

  2. I've been wanting to go but it's so EXPENSIVE. You make it look and sound very tempting. Is it worth it, do you think?

  3. It was an amazing day and there's definitely a lot to see at the Aquarium; but it is expensive for what it is. I priced it out for the five of us and unless we had a coupon or deal of some sort I'm not sure we'd splurge.