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Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Stanley Park | Vancouver, British Columbia | 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 knowledge yourself. As the home of more than 8,000 different species of marine life, this is a great place to become acquainted with local animals as well as exotic creatures. 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 Amazon Rainforest, 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 Marine Mammal deck. 

Sitting on the eastern edge of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some recent visitors claim that general admission -- which ranges from about $22 for adults to around $14 for children ages 4 to 12 -- is a little high, but it's worth it to see everything the aquarium has to offer. For more information about tours and special events, visit the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre website.

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