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Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

845 Avison Way | Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 2.5 (2.5)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Those in the know say the Vancouver Aquarium is definitely worth exploring, whether you're traveling with kids or just looking for a little extra marine knowledge. As the home of more than 50,000 different animals belonging to 796 different species, this is a great place to become acquainted with local animals as well as exotic creatures. But don't come here expecting SeaWorld: Past visitors say the aquarium's focus is more on interactive exhibits and less on choreographed animal performances. Different exhibits mimic various habitats, from the icy tanks of the Canadian Arctic exhibit (where the ever-popular beluga whales reside) to the colorful clownfish and intimidating black-tip reef sharks sheltered in the Tropic Zone. Don't miss the Graham Amazon Gallery, a giant atrium where three-toed sloths and stunning tree frogs take shelter from the hourly simulated rainstorms.

While some recent visitors comment on the steep cost of admission, they also say that if you schedule enough time, it's worth the price. For a little extra, you can tag along for a behind-the-scenes Trainer Tour of the aquarium. 

Sitting on the eastern edge of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with seasonal hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you're driving to Stanley Park, there is pay parking throughout the park, with lots about a 4- to 7-minute walk from the aquarium. The aquarium is located about a 15- to 20-minute walk from downtown Vancouver. If you chose to bike, you'll find several bike racks close to the aquarium's main entrance. The No. 19 bus brings you within a 5-minute walk of the aquarium; it runs along West Pender Street. Tickets for adults cost $29 CAD (about $27 USD); admission for kids ages 13 to 18 costs $20 CAD (about $19 USD) and tickets for children ages 4 to 12 cost $15 CAD (about $14 USD). For more information about tours, special events and daily hours, visit the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre website.

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