Summer is winding down and we are desperately trying to spend as much time together as a family, road tripping and making new memories. The Aquatarium in Brockville opened up in March and I had heard some great things about it. Living in Kingston, it is only 45 minutes away, well priced and we knew that it would be right up Isla’s alley.
We packed up the car, the kids and the million and one things we seem to need for every car ride now! We arrived around 11:30 am and we were able to find plenty of indoor parking. The place is gorgeous and super easy to find right off of the 401 highway. For adults the cost is $19.99 a person and kids under 3 years of age are free which is fantastic. Kids aged 4-12 are $9.99 and youth 13-17 are $14.99. There are also some extras you can take part in like a rope climbing course and dive school which will be offered soon!
This place was so much fun for Isla. She was able to see crabs up close, touch them and see how they lived. She got to play with sand, go rowing with her daddy, see all sorts of fish, meet Mr. Otter which was all she talked about (his snack time is at 11:30 am) and most importantly play in some of the most impressive water tables I have ever seen. I don’t know if it was Isla or Dana that had more fun pushing the boats around, playing with the ducks, making dams for hydro and building tunnels for the water to go through. Side note; maybe bring an extra change of clothes…for your husband!
The Aquatariam is right on the water in Brockville. Plan to make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, watch the boats come in, go to the playground, get some ice cream and you may even be lucky enough to catch some of the tall ships that come in. All in all it’s a gem of a place and I feel lucky that it’s close by. We will most definitely be returning.
Here are some things you need to know:
- It is easy to find right off of Highway 401. Just a few turns and you are there.
- They offer meeting rooms, summer camps and host special events.
- Give yourself some time to go through everything. On average it takes about 90 minutes. Sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the family.
- There is a gift shop with some reasonably priced mementos to purchase…that is if your little one has been good!
- There is also a restaurant in the building. The patio is beautiful and overlooks the water. The food was just o.k. and so was the service. We didn’t hear great things about the spot so bringing a picnic lunch would be a great idea if you want to save some money and don’t want to be disappointed. Two things the restaurant has going for it are the views and the fact that the food is well priced.
- Adding to the point above, no outside food is allowed so try to come with a full stomach or plan to take breaks to eat. You are able to go in and out as long as you still have your stamp.
- The Aquatarium offers yearly memberships and if we lived closer I would definitely take advantage of it.
- The entire building is stroller friendly. We didn’t have any issues getting around.
- We went midweek around lunch time. Seems like a great time to go. We weren’t bumping into people at every turn.
- Lastly, they are open 7 days a week, 10 am – 5 pm.
If you are looking for something to do before the kids go back to school, I would recommend it. Most importantly, so would Isla!