Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With over 60,000 amazing aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, what will you see today? Stop by and say hi to the adorable sea otters, or come see the mesmerizing jellyfish. Enjoy daily sea lion, otter and penguin experiences, as well as the free-roaming animals found in the popular Amazon gallery. And make sure to visit the Treasures of the BC Coast gallery to discover the unique and breath-taking animals that live in BC’s local waters, including ‘Ceph Rogen’, the Pacific Octopus. You can also immerse yourself in the 4D Experience Theatre, which combines the high-definition excitement of a 3D film with thrilling sensory effects! The Vancouver Aquarium is an Ocean Wise initiative, a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. Your visit to the Aquarium directly contributes to its conservation, education and research programs. Find out for yourself why the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the world’s favourite aquariums!
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Neighborhood: Stanley Park
Stanley Park is Vancouver's premier spot to get up close and personal with nature and animals. The grassy expanse offers outdoor teahouses and stunning views, beachfront hideaways and splash parks. It is a typical getaway spot for friends and families, especially as it is home to Vancouver's aquarium, and some of its best equestrian outlets.
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Alex Sico
Calgary, Canada191 contributions
Couples
The aquarium is on an separate more isolated island that includes Stanley park, lots of green. The line for the aquarium was rather long but if you purchase tickets in advance the wait is much shorter (separate lane).
The size of the aquarium was honestly surprising, tons and tons of displays with all kind of biodiverse species from primates and tarantulas to sharks and manta rays. The lighting within the building is perfect, setting optimal focus on each exhibit. There is also an outdoor part where the seals, penguins and otters are kept. My girlfriend and I happened to walk by just as they were preparing to feed the otters, I won’t spoil anything but if you do visit, you MUST watch this little show. On top of it all there is also a 4D cinema experience offered with the general admission. It was a first for me, sitting in a shaking chair, watching a documentary while being sprayed with water was really cool.
They’ve got a couple options for food and snack, such as soft serve ice cream. A very proper gift shop is present on the way out. Overall this experience was worth the trip for me, and I would strongly suggest this to anyone looking for a good way to spend their afternoon discovering new species. The whole thing took us about 3 1/2 hours, taking our time.
Written May 29, 2022
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Tony C
Bedford, UK1,024 contributions
Couples
This is one of the destination places when you are in Vancouver and you can couple it with a few hours in Stanley Park where it is easy to find and well signposted.
Admission is reasonable at (Sterling equivalent) £50 for two of us (did include a small senior discount for one) We didn’t find the need to book in advance.
You need about 2/3 hours to enjoy the aquarium without needing to rush. Some of the attractions inside do seem to fill up quickly so you will need to manage your time.
Overall recommended for all ages.
Written September 4, 2022
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AuroraSeraphina
Canada675 contributions
Family
What a fantastic visit for our family! We have been hyping up the Vancouver Aquarium for our 4-year-old for weeks, in anticipation of our Vancouver vacation, and it surely delivered. He was skipping around and enthusiastically spotting all the creatures during his entire visit. His mind was literally blown! We went on a Tuesday afternoon and it is quite a busy place. We purchased tickets in advance (recommended as we bypassed a mini line at the entrance) for timed entry and I cannot imagine how busy it would be without this measure. Even so, we were comfortable not wearing masks (I work in the healthcare field so if passed by risk assessment). We had a lovely 2-hr. visit. Recommend to pay for the day parking rate so you can move your car around Stanley Park and visit other sites!
Written July 13, 2022
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Adventurecurls
Rietberg, Germany261 contributions
Family
The aquarium is divided in themes which is great.

Our one year old baby really enjoyed quite a few animals, which is lovely.

We all loved the sea otters, those are really cute.

Some of the areas were closed due to maintenance. As a result of that no animals there.

I personally found the entrance fee a bit too much for what you get. Only a certain amount of people can get in so prior reservation of a ticket might be recommendable. The sooner you book the cheaper it might be.

There is a cafe and a snack bar and there are some souvenir shops.

Most places are reachable via an elevator or a ramp but some aren’t with a stroller or wheely as there are only steps.

We couldn’t check out the 4D as this is only for people older than 6 years of age.

There are some kids areas, like tables to do some drawings or a play area with small fish etc.
Written August 12, 2022
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Anna_Maria39_11
Winnipeg, Canada507 contributions
Couples
One thing that jumped out at me right away was how well taken care of the animals were. The enclosures and exhibits were in great shape and the animals all looked healthy an unstressed. Even Helen, the rescued dolphin with her amputated fins was having fun playing with toys in her generous enclosure. At nearly $40.00 per person admission was pricey but well worth the money. We spent the entire afternoon at the aquarium. You can pre purchase your tickets which would have saved a long line outside in a light rain which I would recommend. Taking an umbrella will also help you enjoy outdoor exhibits and shows with the otters, sea lions and penguins. There are many special events and shows so checking out the website may help you trip plan.
Written January 17, 2020
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Laura M
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I live very far away from Vancouver and I was bringing my family member to the aquarium because my Fiancé and I have always loved it and supported when you guys were shut down, as we have to booked a time to go visit I decide to go for the 3:30pm one, thinking they will allow guest to visit the whole thing as the hours are set, but I don't know who thinks 2 hours is enough you guys think that we will be flying the visit and no read anything, well we are the kind of people who loves to read everything and actually care for the effort museums and aquariums take to developed such an unique experience, but to our surprise we got kick out not even at 5:30, they literally close the tropical place by 5:00 not giving the 3.30 pm guest time to visit and by 5:20 employees told us the get out of there, such a terrible experience, since you guys put the times available for guest to pick, as I say thinking you will give those people time to see the whole thing (and we didn't even read everything), but instead we were kick out, I don't understand why you guys give times, people who were there since 12 they were still there at 5, what is the point of giving time if you guys are not enforcing the going out.. sorry only the people from 3:30 got kick out without seeing the whole thing, the aquarium is not cheap to have a treatment that I can only expect in a different place. I would strongly recommend to TAKE OUT the 3:00 and 3:30 pm and if you are giving the only 2 hours or 2.5 hours mark to those people is only fair to kick other people out at the 2 or 2.5 hour mark. Thank you
Written November 15, 2021
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Rikki R
Airdrie, Canada23 contributions
Family
The aquarium is shockingly small and boring. The exhibits were mostly made up of creatures you can see by visiting the seawall just outside of the aquarium for free. If you have ever been to the Calgary Zoo, which is a less expensive family day out than the Vancouver Aquarium, you will be seriously underwhelmed. I would absolutely not recommend a visit here to family and friends.
Written August 20, 2021
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TonyP
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Toronto Aquarium is much better and some false advertisement regarding the pictures when you google. Watch out for the parking tickets in the parking, they give them out like they desperately needs the funds. They have these small bus signs in some of the parking spots if you don't notice them it's an additional $45 fine - sad! Save your money and visit other attractions worth the money of entry and parking fines.
Written June 22, 2022
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Gordtgr
Vancouver, Canada216 contributions
My wife and I went to the Aquarium as New members. In hindsight we should have not gone on a weekend and during BC spring break. We became members because the single ticket price was quite high so we figured by becoming a member and being able to come to the facility a few times a year that the membership would pay for itself.

Despite all the extra people during spring break... we had a great time and got to see everything. We had not been to this Aquarium for over 25 years. It has changed a lot since then.

The facility focuses more on rehabilitation and education vs. just putting on a show.

Note: it is better to park in the main Stanley Park Parking lots as you come into Stanley park and then walk the short walk to the Aquarium. Because if you follow the road signs you could get caught up in a traffic jam of people trying to park close to the door.

I think our favourites were the Otters
Written March 28, 2022
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NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada837 contributions
Couples
One of the attractions we had not yet done in Vancouver so added to our itinerary for this vacation. Stopped in as part of our sea wall walk, also avoided needing to park at the aquarium. Overall, ok experience, sea lion show and 4D show are included with admission, however, price is still fairly high for what it delivers overall. Highlight was the great jellyfish displays.
Written July 4, 2022
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