Top Summer Attractions for Families in Vancouver

Published Jan 19, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to explore all of the awesome attractions Vancouver has to offer. Check out our list of must-see attractions.

Top Summer Attractions for Families in Vancouver 

Science World

Science World at TELUS World of Science awaits you with popular, hands-on, interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions and awesome shows. Watch a giant-screen film in the OMNIMAX® Theatre, or engage in a live science demonstration. Spark your imagination in galleries that feature nature, physics and life sciences and explore the outdoor Ken Spencer Science Park.

May 30–Sept. 7, 2015: Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition. Meet T. Rex’s bigger, badder cousin in an exhibition that highlights the unique dinosaurs of the Southern Hemisphere.  Photo credit: Ted McGrath 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure and the thrilling Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.

The 450 foot long, 230 foot high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889.  While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture and nature are presented through knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage. 

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, public programming and , research and direct action. The Aquarium is located in Stanley Park and is home to more than 50,000 animals. This summer, visitors can experience Sea Monsters Revealed, an exhibit that features the preserved bodies of dozens of fascinating sea creatures, and takes you back in time 82 million years with Sea Monsters 4-D: A Prehistoric Adventure, an action-packed 4-D Experience.

HR MacMillian Space Centre

As one of Vancouver’s top attractions, the HR MacMillan Space Centre specializes in making space and earth sciences fun. With full-dome planetarium shows, live science demonstrations, and interactive displays and exhibits they have something for everyone! Not only do families get the chance to learn something new each visit, they can also participate in our shows by requesting to be flown to their favourite planets or constellation, or by volunteering to participate in our science demos. Their observatory is also open in the evenings for telescope viewings.

Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a place of world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia, Canada. In the summer families are invited to explore the museum inside and out, our tours of the grounds make a welcome addition to a visit the museum on a sunny summer day! Vancouver families can also learn more about the history of our city with a visit to the acclaimed c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city exhibit, which explores the ancient Musqueam presence in the lower mainland.


No single location in Vancouver has captured the spirit and history of the city, its people and its many achievements as the Pacific National Exhibition. Since 1910, guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE.

The ever-popular Playland is now open for a thrilling new season featuring a brand new ride for 2015, a returning favourite and a few other surprises!

Canada Place

Canada Place is an inspiring landmark that welcomes guests to Canada's Pacific Gateway, highlighting Vancouver’s skyline with their distinctive five white sails.

A mixed use, dynamic, and versatile facility, Canada Place hosts great family events for National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, Canada Day, as well as newer attractions such as Waterfront Cineman, and FlyOver Canada.

Granville Island

Picture an island in the middle of an urban area, alive with a colourful artistic community, and you have Granville Island located in the heart of Vancouver.

Must see events at Granville Island are the public market--complete with fresh seafood, bakeries, and buskers, the Kids' Market--featureing the Adventure Zone playground and Water Park, and the boat rides around English Bay.

Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach, known as "Kits" Beach, is located on Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew St. The picturesque Seawall runs along side the beach and Kitsilano Pool is at the west side.

Kits Beach also has many sports facilities--for ball hockey, tennis, windsurfing, basketball, and beach volleyball.

Van Dusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden covers 55 acres and displays plants gathered from all over the world. Special features in the garden include totem poles, large stone sculptures, and a Korean Pavilion at the edge of the Asian plant collection. Children in particular, will enjoy the maze near the heirloom vegetable garden.  

Several weekend events are scheduled this summer, as well as guided walking tours, which they suggest booking in advance

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