- Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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This 400-acre park on the tip of Vancouver's "thumb" (just north of the West End) is the city's pride and joy. Home to many popular sites -- like totem poles and the renowned Seawall walking and biking path -- not to mention plenty of places to break a sweat, Stanley Park is a great place to enjoy the crisp city air. If you're a hard-core swimmer, head directly to Second Beach and Third Beach. There's also plenty of kid-focused sites: You can take them to splash about in Spray Park, to get up close and personal with furry, fishy and feathered friends at Stanley Park's Children's Farm and the Vancouver Aquarium or for a spin on the Miniature Railway. Nature hounds should make some time for the Lost Lagoon Nature House (tag along on one of the Sunday Discovery Walks), and if you're traveling with your special someone, hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a more romantic tour of the park.
Consider visiting Stanley Park for one of the several big-name events it hosts throughout the year; such as July's Walk With the Dragon Festival, Dance at Dusk (which takes place throughout the summer) and the Halloween Ghost Train. When you find yourself getting hungry, enjoy a meal at one of the four restaurants found within the park.
Stanley Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can meander for free; however, admission prices for specific attractions within the park vary. For more information, visit the Stanley Park website.