Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 845 Avison Way Vancouver, BC
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Getting There: #19 Bus to Stanley Park
Admission: Adults – $34, Children under 12 – $20
Located in Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium is a center for marine research, conservation and rehabilitation. The many exhibits and galleries will have visitors of all ages entertained for hours. The Teck Connections & Engagement Galleries take you on a journey around the world through wrap-around screens depicting oceans and aquatic life on a giant globe. Canada’s Arctic exhibit highlights wildlife found in the desolate arctic climate. The Tropic Zone features reef sharks, moray eels and vibrant fish found in warm waters around the world. Observe sleepy sloths in the Graham Amazon Gallery and playful penguins in Penguin’s Point. Children will enjoy playing and learning at Clownfish Cove. The whole family will have a wild time at Vancouver Aquarium.
The VanDusen Botanical Garden covers 55 acres and displays beautiful plants from around the world. Visitors will enjoy finding their way through the large hedge maze, which is made out of 3,000 pyramidal cedars. Relax in the tranquil stone garden or walk through the colorful Korean Pavilion. The garden is filled with an assortment of wildlife including owls, hawks, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, turtles, fish and many others. Guided tours are the best way to see all the garden has to offer. Tours are offered daily starting at 2:00 pm.
Address: 6393 N.W. Marine Drive Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $16.75, children $14.50
Located at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology is known for its world art and culture. The museum houses 38,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects. Along with being a popular spot for visitors, MOA is also a research and teaching museum, where many courses are given for UBC students. The Great Hall features fascinating world music, drama, dance and lectures. The O’Brien Gallery displays Northwest Coast and world arts. Amazing collections of 16th-19th century European ceramics are featured in the Koerner European Ceramics Gallery. Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring this interesting museum. Make sure to check out the museum shop for unique gifts including jewelry, books, and original artwork from around the globe.