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Top Five Family Activities

Whether you’re young or young at heart, Victoria and Vancouver Island have plenty of fun things to see and do. From parks and museums to zoos and outdoor recreation, there’s something for kids of all ages.
Ocean waters, long sandy beaches, rainforests and wide open spaces await exploration. Children can get up close and personal with local marine life, bugs, butterflies and farm animals at Victoria's unique gardens and zoos. There are many museums that share the city’s incredibly diverse history with hands-on displays and activities for learners. And if critters aren’t your little ones’ forte, the city also offers an amazing comics and games culture to check out.

Get acquainted with all things creepy, crawly, or gilled!

See insect and spider species up close and personal, including Canada's largest ant farm, at Victoria Bug Zoo (and hold a millipede if you dare!). Or, discover the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean (without getting wet) at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

Not just a “walk in the park”.

Stroll through Beacon Hill Park, enjoy an ice cream from Beacon Drive In and visit the cherished Children's Farm.

Try your hand at detective work.

Book Mystery Towns to turn Victoria into a series of fun, cryptic and sometimes baffling clues. As you solve your way across the city you'll discover must-see icons, local favourites and hidden gems. It’s all the fun of a scavenger hunt with the puzzle-solving of an escape room and the challenge of an Amazing Race.

Embrace your inner nerd.

From classic, time-tested toys and games to modern technology and cutting-edge gaming, Victoria’s vibrant fan culture and specialized stores attract the creatively inclined of all ages from across the Pacific Northwest. Check out places like Interactivity Board Game Café, Cherry Bomb Toys, Curious Comics, Dragon Impact, Quazar’s Arcade and more.

For families seeking thrills, hit the sea or the sky (or both).

Visit Wildplay Element Parks for tree-top obstacles and zip lines galore for a unique adventure. Or, head out on the water with one of the city’s whale watching providers. Majestic mammals and marine wildlife abound in the waters surrounding Victoria, including the orca, or killer whale, and gray, humpback, and minke whales. Cruise with local certified naturalists and experts for a guided marine adventure to discover, observe and learn about these enchanting creatures up-close.


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