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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 60 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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... more » 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! « less
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Seattle
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151 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What kid doesn't like to check out bugs? And by kid I mean you adults too. Pro tip - they let you touch some of the bugs, be prepared to hold a giant millipede. It's not a big place but it's well put together and maintained. A fun time!

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Mahone Bay, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was one I wish we skipped. It was two small rooms and not worth the entrance fee. Though the staff were knowledgable and encouraged hands on, it wasn't worth the time or the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

They have a wide array of insects and the staff was so knowledgeable. My 8 year old son loved it and talked about all he saw for days after! Highly recommended.

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Port Orchard, WA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The zoo is a cute little space with Pasco glass displays all around. Sometimes it's hard to see what's in it but only because the insects themselves are good at camouflage! There are full descriptions next to each one of what they are and what makes them special, the only wish I had was that it would say where they... More

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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Fun for everyone. Whether it's a hot summer day or a rainy spring afternoon, head down to the Bug Zoo. I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies but the guides at the zoo helped to teach me more about them and help me understand them, so they are not as scary as they once were. My favourites were the stick... More

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Toronto, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Even spider-hatess might be tempted to hold big hariy ones. The hands-on experience was very fun for all ages. Just be open minded and you might befriend a scorpion

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Lethbridge, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I did find the fees to a bit expensive for what you get. It was smaller than I thought but I really enjoyed seeing all the different critters. I even found one that I want to add to the household population but that is not possible so I have to live with the picture. We have stickbugs as pets so... More

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Vancouver
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The zoo is a room filled with tanks of insects. There is a "tour guide" in the room to talk about the critters and you can hold some of them but the guide in the room while we were there got stuck in one spot. The information in the wall is adult level reading and when most of the clientele... More

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Grande Prairie
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fun little place that the kids thought was really cool. Being able to handle some of the critters made for a great experience. A larger space with more bugs would make this place even better.

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Danville, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The bug zoo is only a few blocks from the Inner Harbor, so easy to get there and back. The zoo is very hands-on, great for kids, but also very interesting for adults !! The staff constantly gives live tours, where they explain the bugs, ... They have an ant farm inside with an estimated 5MM leaf cutter ants, yes... More

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