I love aquariums. I have always loved visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore; as a child and teenager I looked forward to our trips to Baltimore to see the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor, and the historical sites.When I saw that Toronto had an aquarium, I had to visit!
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opened in Toronto in October 2013. Looking at Wikipedia, here is some brief history about Ripley's Aquarium:
A Ripley's Aquarium was originally planned in 2004 to be built in Niagara Falls, Ontario next to what is now Great Wolf Lodge around 2007, but plans fell through and Ripley's eventually relocated to Toronto. Construction began on the attraction in August 2011 with a final cost approaching C$130 million. The aquarium opened to the public in October 2013.
The project was a partnership with three levels of government. The federal government's Canada Lands Companycontributed $10 million to the project to develop the "John Street Corridor" linking Front Street with the aquarium, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. The Government of Ontario contributed $11 million to the project, and the City of Torontoprovided property-tax incentives amounting to between $8 million and $12 million over the first twelve years of the aquarium.
I wasn't disappointed with my visit. It took a good two hours walking around looking at all the breeds of fish. I loved getting selfies with sharks and rays. I also had the opportunity to pet sting rays. It was odd - they felt like wet rubber boots, but a cool experience too.
I also met many international people that I had fun chatting with. I met these students from Brazil and when it was time to go to Union Station, they had to go there as well and we walked together.