terrifically engaging attraction for children of nearly any age, the delightful Biodôme houses replications of four ecosystems: a tropical rainforest, a Laurentian forest, the St. Lawrence marine system, and the Labrador Coast and sub-polar regions. Visitors walk through each and hear the animals, smell the flora, and (except in the polar region, which is behind glass) feel the changes in temperature. The rainforest area is the most engrossing (the subsequent rooms increasingly less so), so take your time here. Animals here include the capybara, which looks like a large guinea pig, and adorable golden lion tamarin monkeys that swing on branches only an arm’s length away. Bats, fish, and penguins are behind glass. The facility also has a hands-on activity room called Naturalia, a shop, a bistro, and a cafeteria.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber