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