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“Good, but $”
Review of Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium
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$31.23*
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$70.51*
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Vancouver Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour,Lookout Tower and Vancouver Aquarium Combo
Ranked #8 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sea otters, steller sea lions and 50,000 other aquatic creatures await your arrival at Canada’s largest aquarium. Long-established as a global leader in marine research, education and conservation, the Vancouver Aquarium offers visitors an unforgettable experience through face-to-face engagement with a wide array of amazing animals. You can also immerse yourself in the 4D Experience Theatre, which combines the high-definition excitement of a 3D film with thrilling sensory effects! Find out for yourself why the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the world’s favourite aquariums..
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 22, 2013

It is a goodie, but an oldie. The Vancouver Aquarium is nice, but needs upgrades.
It is pretty expensive and the parking fees are outrageous. Get there early (before noon for sure) or be prepared to share your experience with hundreds and hundreds of other people.
Pack your own snacks, as the outdoor restaurant is extremely expensive and does not provide a nice eating area.
The kids' area is pitiful. I hope all that new construction is going to address that.
Overall, an okay place to visit, but do plan your visit ahead to escape the crowds.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a really nice aquarium. Our kids love aquariums and so do we and we weren't disappointed. The exhibits were done well and the kids enjoyed the play area even though it was a bit of a mad house when we were there. We weren't there for any of the shows but it was still a treat nonetheless to see dolphins and beluga whales. In the Arctic area they had alot of different stations set up for kids to make crafts. Make sure to come early on weekends. We came too early, before it was open and there weren't any cars so we circled once around Stanley Park and when we came back, practically the entire parking lot was full.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I wasn't initially very enthusiastic about visiting another aquarium, but the dolphin show was quite good. We especially liked the orientation towards education and sustainability; it wasn't just about entertaining the crowd. The dolphin show was quite exceptional, and we enjoyed the beluga show as well. The settings are NW style and are quite attractive. When you are done with the show, it is worth your time to view the dolphins from the observation area below the water and get close to the glass . . . It was a thrill to have a dolphin come right up to the glass to look closely at me multiple times . . . worth the cost of admission. The 4D show is fun too. But I can't say much about the inside exhibits as we didn't have enough time left to view them.

Thank EileenAlanna
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a well presented, well cared-for aquarium. A great way to spend a few hours. We especially enjoyed the dolphin show - those Pacific white sided dolphins are amazing! I hadn't heard of them before, or seen any so fast or that could leap so high (better than any Sea World show).

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

This a great aquarium that ranks right up there with the best of them. I even made friends with one of the penguins.

Thank Dean O
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