The Vancouver Aquarium is located in the heart of Stanley Park. Dare I say Stanley Park is even more impressive than New York’s Central Park, but we’ll discuss that further down the list. The aquarium makes for an excellent family outing. It is on the more expensive side for a large family. Unfortunately, they don’t have a family rate for those like us with three kids.
That said, once you’re inside you can spend nearly the whole day here. They have great events you can watch and even take part in. Last time we were there our kids were up close with a sea lion getting a cleaning and a feeding while questions were answered from the crowd.
A particularly favourite exhibit is the world-famous sea otters who went viral 15 years ago for holding hands. Be sure to also visit the penguins (pictured above) and the amazing jellyfish tanks.
I would plan to spend the entire day in Stanley Park. See Stanley Park below for more information on it but there is a lot to do here. Also, the aquarium is already expensive enough as it is, and the food is as pricey as an airport. I would bring lunch and eat at the picnic tables outside the aquarium with amazing scenery.
If you’re here for an extended time with your kids in Vancouver – or if you are in the process of moving here – the Vancouver Aquarium has a seasons pass that pays for itself on the second visit.