Vancouver’s beach days may be over, but there’s plenty to do indoors

Food, Kid Friendly, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Natasha John on September 21, 2010 at 5:00 am

The weather in Vancouver has certainly cooled down in the last couple of weeks and although the beach is still pretty to look at, you may not want to spend your days there. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to do indoors in this city. Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, shopping, a culinary whirlwind or an intriguing afternoon, you won’t be hard pressed to find something to do.

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The Vancouver Art Gallery is for you all you people that appreciate art exhibitions. The exhibitions rotate throughout the year, so there’s always something fresh popping up. The Art Gallery also has a lovely little cafe where you can spend an afternoon sipping on tea (or wine) and noshing on affordable eats.

The gallery’s location is ideal and is close to many other attractions, like the Pacific Centre and Holt Renfrew, for all you shopaholics. The Pacific Centre has plenty of clothing stores and shoe shops and if you’re looking for high end treasures, Holt Renfrew will hit the spot. They have everything from Chanel, to Prada, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tod’s, Zac Posen, Gucci and Winter Kate, to name just a few.

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Kids likely won’t be into shopping and one of the best things to do with them in Vancouver is to take a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium. The best part about the aquarium is that it’s fascinating for kids, teenagers and adults. They have everything from jellyfish, sloths, beluga whales, otters, reptiles and fish. Throughout the day, they do different shows with the animals and they are always entertaining for the kids. If you’re lucky enough to be in Vancouver on a nice day, take advantage of being in Stanley Park and explore the park.

Science World is also another great indoor activity that adults and kids can both enjoy. Right now they have the Bodyworks exhibition going on, which is always pretty cool. Along with Bodyworks, they have many other exhibitions that are there year round and a 400-seat OMNIMAX theatre. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon there.

Granville Island is always a popular place to go when you’re looking for a foodie’s Mecca, but don’t forget about Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. They have plenty of little shops that offer local goods and everything you could ever want to cook up a memorable feast; fresh oysters, seafood, cheeses, meats, olives, flowers, wine, baked goods and fresh pasta are waiting for you at Lonsdale Quay.

If the weather outside isn’t ideal for exploring Vancouver’s great outdoors, there are plenty of things to do indoors that will keep you warm, dry and entertained.

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