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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 734 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 education and less on choreographed animal performances. Different exhibits mimic various habitats, from the icy tanks of the Canada's Arctic exhibit 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 tour of the aquarium.
Sitting on the eastern edge of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is open daily 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 CA$39 (about $30); admission for kids ages 13 to 18 costs CA$30 (about $23.10) and tickets for children ages 4 to 12 cost CA$22 (about $17). Along with restrooms and a gift shop, there are also several eateries on-site. For more information about tours, special events and daily hours, visit the aquarium's website.
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