10 Rainy Day Activities to Enjoy in Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a city known for its rain as much as it is for its natural beauty. You may luck out and have beautiful weather, but it’s best to plan ahead for rainy day activities so that you aren’t stuck in your hotel praying for sun. Here are some of the 10 best activities to keep you and your family fascinated and entertained even when the weather lets you down.
Rainy Day Activities With kids:
Easily recognizable, Science World is the giant globe sitting by the water in False Creek. The round part is actually the OMNIMAX theatre, the largest theatre in Western Canada, which plays a variety of educational-yet-fun films. The rest of the building houses permanent and temporary exhibits that will delight toddlers to adults. Most displays are interactive, and not just for the science-minded.
Partially indoors and partially outdoors, this is a great place for days with iffy weather. Dolphin and whale shows are scheduled regularly throughout the day, as well as other educational shows. Exhibits are divided by region, and include everything from belugas from the Arctic, to tropical sharks and Amazonian sloths. If the weather clears up, take advantage of being in the middle of Stanley Park and go for a walk.
Kids Market is a two-story market in the heart of Granville Island that caters just to kids. With everything from books and wooden toys to a specialized kids’ hair salon to a playground and arcade, this market will keep the kids occupied. As a bonus activity, take the covered Aquabus to Granville Island, and keep your eyes peeled for otters.
The Central branch of the public library has one of its seven floors dedicated to children. It doesn’t have just books, either (although the reading corners are cozy, and suggested reading lists and helpful staff will help you find the best books for your kids) – there are also computers with educational games, and regularly scheduled activities for kids of all ages.
5. Indoor rock climbing
This is a great option for older kids, and a good way to get them moving when the weather is too wet to play outside. Most gyms have staff that are trained to work with kids, and routes that aren’t too difficult for kids who have never climbed. Some gyms even have kid-specific drop-in times. Not great for those who are afraid of heights.
Five activities to enjoy without kids, or with older children:
This intimate gallery, a former courthouse built in 1906, showcases a wide variety of art, including a large permanent collection of Emily Carr pieces. Temporary exhibits have included everything from a history of animation to 17th century Dutch paintings. Visit on Tuesday after 5 pm for admission by donation, and stop at the Gallery Café for a bite to eat.
The Bloedel Conservatory is a tropical paradise in the middle of Queen Elizabeth Park – a perfect escape on a cold rainy day. Chat with the many parrots flying free in the dome, and check out the exotic, brightly colored orchids in the tropical zone, or cacti in the desert zone. Call ahead of time to find out about any upcoming special events or shows.
This classical Chinese garden is located in downtown Vancouver, and features covered walkways so that visitors can enjoy the garden in all weather. Take the 45-minute tour that is included in admission price to find out more about the architectural and botanical features of this horticultural marvel.
The large market at Granville Island will delight all your senses. Take the Aquabus over and treat yourself to lunch from one of the many vendors. Duck over to Net Loft afterwards to check out local arts and crafts, with everything from paper to clothes and jewellery in one place.
5. Maritime Museum
A little known treasure, the Maritime Museum is located near Kitsilano Beach, and is also accessible by Aquabus. The collection features objects and images from around the world, with a focus on Vancouver’s maritime history. Pair this with a visit to the neighboring Museum of Vancouver.
About the author: Abby Clark has been a travel bug since teenage. Today she proudly calls herself an experienced traveler and a passionate travel writer. She has explored several famous as well as little known cities and towns around the world. Abby currently writes for Best Quote Travel Insurance which offers Super Visa Insurance for travel.
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