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Visitors with kids should plan to spend at least half a day at the aquarium—it's chock-full of activities and interactive exhibits designed just for children.
Massive floor-to-ceiling windows let you come face-to-face with beluga whales, sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, and harbor seals at this award-winning research and educational facility. Full review →Be sure to check out the "4-D" film experience; it's a multisensory show that puts mist, smell, and wind into the 3-D equation.
One of North America's largest and best, the Vancouver Aquarium houses more than 70,000 animals. Full review →
Stanley Park's biggest draw, the aquarium is home to 9000 water-loving critters – including sharks, wolf eels, beluga whales and a somewhat shy octopus. Full review →
Particularly famous for its fantastic range of sea mammals. Full review →
There's also a tropical zone and a new interactive area that brings out the marine biologist in young and old alike. Full review →
The Pacific Northwest’s cool waters are teeming with colorful, fascinating sea-life—and the recently expanded Vancouver Aquarium brings these abundant creatures into easy view. Full review →