Fun Family Activities in Vancouver

There are so many fun activities in Vancouver! If you’re a tourist looking for Vancouver family adventures or a Vancouver resident looking for a ‘stay-cation’ or family day trip, I have a few ideas for you! A few of these are great options after a morning whale watching trip.

To start, I’m going to list some awesome family friendly outdoor activities Vancouver has to offer.

  • Playland
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Granville Island (visit the largest FREE water park in North America here!)
  • Kits Beach
  • Stanley Park
  • Grouse Mountain Hike or Gondola Ride
  • Fort Langley
  • Britannia Shipyard
  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival
  • Kits beach pool, Second beach pool, New Brighton pool
  • Whale Watching
  • Horse drawn carriage ride through Stanley park
  • Splashdown Park
  • Watermania

Now it’s up to you to take some quality time to enjoy some of the best family day trips Vancouver has to offer. These family adventures are guaranteed to please you and your kids alike!

Let’s narrow it down to categories to make it a bit easier to navigate. It’s fun and easy to plan your family adventures.

Swimming and Water Parks

Vancouver has many pools and water parks to quench your kids thirst for watery adventures! If you’re staying in a hotel, chances are it will have a pool, but there are some fabulously large ocean front outdoor pools you don’t want to miss – Kits beach pool located at Kitsilano beach. Another sweet outdoor pool is Second beach pool, located on the seawall in Stanley park. On the east side of Vancouver there’s New Brighton pool. These pools are open seasonally, May to September each year.

If you’re willing to take a drive for family fun, try an awesome day of waterpark action. Big Splash (formerly Splashdown) Park is located in Tsawwassen and is sure to please the kids. There’s crazy waterslides, a river run, children’s slides, volleyball and basketball courts. After a long day of sports and slides, relax in the huge hot tub. If it’s raining out, don’t let that stop your fun, a cool indoor option is Watermania at the Richmond Aquatainment Centre. The kids will love the wave pool and the interactive water play features. You’ll love the steam room, sauna, fitness centre and 57 metre competition pool.

Walking and Hiking

By now you know family adventures are easy to come by in Vancouver. It would be a shame to miss out on all the natural beauty there is to enjoy here. There’s no better way to see this impressive landscape than to walk or hike on some of the most scenic mountain trails.

If your family is in good physical shape, try hiking up the Grouse Grind. I wasn’t kidding about being in shape for this somewhat gruelling 2.9 kilometre(1.8 mile) hike up Grouse mountain. It takes on average 1.5 – 2 hours to scale up this trail. The hard work is so worth it, once you’re up top, there’s a fabulous view of Vancouver, restaurants and coffee shops. Also wonderful, you can buy a gondola ride back down. Most people take the ride back down!

While you’re in North Vancouver, head over to Capilano Suspension bridge, it’s not recommended for those afraid of heights!

Both Fort Langley and Britannia Shipyard in Richmond offer great walking and learning activities for kids. These are historic family attractions sure to please the history buffs in the family. Fort Langley takes you back a century and a half, you’ll step back in time and discover this fun Canadian heritage site. Britannia Shipyard is also a heritage site, it’s a seaside fishing history. See how boats are built and explore the lovingly restored buildings in Richmond.

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