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7 Reasons to Visit the Vancouver Aquarium Right Now

7 Reasons to Visit the Vancouver Aquarium Right Now

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After it’s closure during the pandemic, the Vancouver Aquarium, a beloved home to over 65,000 animals is open and welcoming guests again! Under new ownership, the core mission still remains focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine mammals. In addition to continuing to support this iconic must visit Vancouver destination, there are so many other great reasons to visit the Vancouver Aquarium during the holidays. From Scuba Claus to the picture perfect Jelly Snow Globe, read on on to discover 7 reasons to visit the Vancouver Aquarium right now.

1. Festive fun with their Holiday Splash launch

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With the holidays here, the Vancouver Aquarium has launched their Holiday Splash experience, which runs now until January 3, 2022. Expect to see festive lights and decor throughout the space. See if you can count how many holiday gnomes are on display, or get a picture under the dazzling Jellyfish that hang from the ceiling.

2. The Jelly Snow Globe

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Speaking of pictures – the Jelly Snow Globe offers the perfect photo op! Framed by a festive holiday snow globe, your kids will be mesmerized looking at all the jellyfish moving majestically around their space.

3. Scuba Claus is back

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While the elves are busy back at the North Pole, Santa Claus is still doing a few last minute visits with his underwater friends. He would love to see you and your family! See if you can find the secret cave viewing spot sized just right for littles to check out all the marine life. Then make your way to the front of the tank for the main event. Wave to Scuba Claus during his daily visits at 11am and 2pm until Dec 24.

4. The Polar Express 4D Show

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Experience an extraordinary adventure when you put on your special show glasses and board the Polar Express. Although the experience takes place in the comfort of movie theatre style seats, the special effects of wind, shaking, and lights makes this a true adventure to the North Pole.

Note – this experience is very loud and as it engages all the senses it might not be suitable for young children or those with back issues, light or sound sensitivities. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. Live Holiday Music

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It’s the time of year for embracing everything musical and festive. From December 1 – 12, you can experience live holiday music from Vancouver musician Kevin Zakresky. It will feel great to welcome some live music back into your life. Don’t be surprised if you leave with a little extra beat in your step.

Show times
Monday to Friday 10am -1pm
Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm

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6. Gift shopping in one place

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Enjoy family fun and get your shopping done? Now that’s efficiency! With multiple gift shops, you can choose from unique pieces made by local artists, including Indigenous artists, as well as specialty items, plush animals, toys and even adorable umbrellas.

There’s really something for everyone on your shopping list or pick something up for yourself! When visitors purchase a 9” or 11” walrus stuffie from the Aquarium gift shop at 50% off regular price, they will be donated to local charities.

7. Weatherproof fun

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Raining? Snowing? Sunny? One of the great things about Vancouver Aquarium is that it is weatherproof fun. There is plenty to see indoors and you can even warm up with a visit to the Tropical Zone. If you’re looking for some fresh air, you can head outside to visit the penguins, sea otters and bark along with the sealions. No need to cancel plans based on weather conditions means happy kids and happy parents!

The Vancouver Aquarium’s core mission is focused on the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of marine mammals.

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