Vancouver tips: Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium with toddlers and little kids

While there are many cheap and free activities to enjoy in Vancouver with little kids (some I’ll be covering here), the Vancouver Aquarium is certainly worth its admission ($21 adults, $13 kids 4 – 12, $16 youth 13 – 178, FREE for 3 and younger). As you can see, the Dolphin show is a lot of fun–and as we found, it’s as much fun watching the second show (weekends only) under water if you get the chance.
And where else can you sing “Baby Beluga” to the real deal? (Granted, I’m sure he’s heard it plenty of times already.) In addition to sea otters, sea lions, sea horses, sharks, and “Treasures of the BC Coast,” they’ve got an Amazon Rainforest to explore–on foot.
When your tot’s ready to roam free from the stroller or baby carrier, head over to “Clownfish Cove,” where little tunnels and toys, a child-size animal clinic, and touch pool await. This is also where you’ll find family restrooms.

A decent selection of cafe fare, including children’s meals ($6.25 Canadian at time of writing), are available at the aquarium. Visitors who bring their own food are asked to eat it outside of the aquarium in the nearby picnic area, and more drinks, snacks, and ice creams are available to the left of the “big fish” fountain outside, in front of the entrance.

You can purchase aquarium tickets online in advance, but if you have a few days in Vancouver, you might prefer to stay flexible and save that card for a day of spotty weather. Showing up early, even before opening, is key, as the line grows and grows… More info at the Vancouver Aquarium website.

Related posts and pages:
Review of The Modage – Vancouver vacation rental
Hooray, hooray for Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe
Eat in the easy (and gourmet) way on your family’s Vancouver vacation 
Visiting Granville Island with little kids

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Safe journey,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby
http://www.travelswithbaby.com/

2 Comments

  1. limohire

    Hi

    I love to visit aquariums… but I have never seen this one…. another place to put on the list of someday…..

  2. Kristy

    Oh I have such great memories from the Vancouver Aquarium, we drove up from Oregon, it was a great trip and a great time… and let's just say… it was quite a number of years ago, so it is great to see the park is still going strong!

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