Aquarium of Niagara – Delving Into the Knowledge


Water and sea life have always gone hand in hand, even when the two aren’t necessarily directly linked. For example, when we go visit a great big waterfall, like Niagara Falls, we expect to see some water creatures, as well. Even though the possibility of actually going close enough to see water animals inside is… small. Still, the desire to see them remains, and that is how most of us end up at the Aquarium of Niagara . 

What can you see at the Aquarium?

One of the biggest attraction points of the Niagara Aquarium is that here, you can encounter several Humboldt penguins. A beautiful, friendly bird that is originally a native of South America, the Humboldt penguin is now ranked as a vulnerable species, which makes it incredibly valuable (and all the more worthwhile to plan your trip to the Aquarium). 

Another animal you’ll love to meet – the many marine mammals that have been rescued and brought to the Aquarium of Niagara over the years. Some of these beautiful creatures were wounded, or even abused, while others were suffering with severe infections or similar health concerns. Still, all of them have found new life at the Aquarium, after being deemed non-releasable (usually because it’s not believed they would survive in the wild). Here, you will meet your fair share of rescued sea lions and seals.

Then, of course, there is the shark and ray tank at the Aquarium, which you can explore freely. It houses all sorts of fascinating aquatic creatures, such as sting rays, crabs, conches, bamboo sharks and squirrelfish. It’s a delightful experience, particularly for your children, who will immediately fall in love with all the exciting sea life at the tips of their fingers.

Lastly, you’ve got a small army of different fish and invertebrates. Everything from a piranha fish to a dart frog, even to an electric eel, all of these animals can be found at the Aquarium of Niagara, and will liven up your visit. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about sea life, and to spend the day exploring the depths of the water… from a completely safe and comfortable Aquarium.

Often, we tend to think of Aquarium trips as something that the kids might like, but the truth is, you can learn something new about the world at any age, which is what keeps drawing such large crowds year in, year out, to the Aquarium of Niagara.

But how did the Aquarium come to be?

Interestingly enough, the Aquarium of Niagara has been here for longer than many of us have been alive. Founded in 1965 by a team of private chemists and scientists, it was one of the biggest aquatic attractions in the entire world for a very long time. For much of its 50+ years history, one of the biggest attraction points of the Aquarium were the dolphins in residence. And while the Aquarium has since moved on from the dolphins, one thing remains the same – that the Aquarium continues to be one of the funnest things to do when you’re near Niagara Falls!