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Victoria Bug Zoo

631 Courtney Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
+1 250-384-2847
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Ranked #20 of 58 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Welcome to the amazing world of insects and spiders. A visit to this must-see miniature zoo offers...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Welcome to the amazing world of insects and spiders. A visit to this must-see miniature zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view and experience multi-legged creatures from around the world in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere. Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover over 50 fascinating species including Canada's largest ant farm. The knowledgeable "bug guides" will reveal the exotic secrets of this hidden kingdom and provide a safe animal handling experience for the more adventurous. Imagine holding a tickling 400 leg millipede that stretches the length of your forearm! Bring your camera. It's an unforgettable, hands-on adventure. While in Victoria be sure to crawl, fly or wriggle your way to the Victoria Bug Zoo!
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Aloha everyone, I am not a bug lover. At all. My girlfriend, however, finds them utterly fascinating--which is consistent with her abundant love for all non-human creatures. So, being a loving and supportive partner, I took her there today. (Note: I found this place through Tripadvisor while planning our annual New Years vacation--this year to Victoria, BC.) Ok, to put... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Pretty much the only reason to go to the Bug Zoo is if you have kids and need to occupy their time. Pricey but kept the kids occupied. Not much else to say - lots of bugs.

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I visited the Bug Zoo with my adult son and his two girls, ages 7 and 9. We all had an amazing time with Jaymie, our tour guide. The exhibits are built so all can see. There are tarantulas, scorpions, stick bugs, and so much more. We even got to hold some of these amazing creatures. I have come to... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great place to learn about bugs - even for adults. Great for kids. They even have a great gift shop.

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Victoria, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This little gem is a hands-on experience that kids will love. From cockroaches to the tarantula, there's a bug for everyone! Tour guides lead small groups from tank to tank and remove the bugs and let the willing hold them (all while explaining about the bug being held). The tarantula and scorpion are apparently sensitive and "breakable" thus you must... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

First time to this fantastic little venue! We took our two year old granddaughter & family to see what bugs are all about. She had a great time in this tiny location, however their are many things that the adults learned about the daily lives about being a bug! We found it a little pricey for the young ones, yet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Awesome. Many little bugs, spiders, centepiedes and other insects. Great for little one who want to check out bugs. We were able to hold and learned many things about insects. Matt our tour guide was awesome and had great manners while handling trantulas and other insects. A must see for the little ones. Loved it!!

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were so excited to get into the "museum". The sad truth: It's one big room!!! There is a dividing wall in the middle but there was a lot of terraniums with a lot of different bugs but it was mostly spiders and a bunch of ants. it was worthy going to and the kids loved it and me and... More 

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Victoria, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A Victoria landmark, the bug zoo is a fun and interesting place for not only kids but adults too. You can (in some cases) even hold and touch the bugs which is great fun for everyone. The employees are very well educated on the varieties of bugs and share truly interesting facts during the visit on all the creatures. Only... More 

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port moody, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Our family ranging from 3 to 45 loved it. It is small and contained which allowed our toddler to go from case to case looking at the bugs at her own quick pace but allowed us to view and actually read about each of the bugs. Our your guide jaymi was pleasant and knowledgable about all of the critters here.... More 

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