Top 10 Things to Do in Vancouver on a Rainy Day

Top 10 Rainy Day & Indoor Activities for Families & Kids in Vancouver

Bloedel Conservatory, fountain, and Henry Moore sculpture 'Knife edge', Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
••• The Bloedel Conservatory. Michael Wheatley/Getty Images

Families and kids can find lots of things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day with this Top 10 List of Rainy Day & Indoor Activities for Kids.

See also: Indoor Winter Activities in Vancouver

Have a kid under three? Vancouver Activities for Toddlers & Babies

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    Beluga whale and girl at Vancouver Aquarium
    ••• Grant Faint/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    Visiting the belugas--and 70,000 other creatures--who live at the famous Vancouver Aquarium is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day, whether you have kids or not. But if you do have kids, the Vancouver Aquarium provides the perfect mix of fun and education in one spot.

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    Vancouver Museums & Galleries

    UBC Museum of Anthropology
    ••• The UBC Museum of Anthropology. Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    One of my favorite things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day is to visit one of our city's great museums or galleries, an activity that's perfect for all ages.

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    Bloedel Conservatory

    Bloedel Conservatory, fountain, and Henry Moore sculpture 'Knife edge', Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    ••• The Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. Michael Wheatley/Getty Images

    When it's cold and rainy outside, one of the best things to do in Vancouver is the Bloedel Conservatory, where it's always balmy and tropical inside. Situated atop Queen Elizabeth Park, the iconic Conservatory is small--families will likely spend about 45 minutes there--but it offers a great opportunity for bird watching, exploring and learning about ecology

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    Kids Market at Granville Island

    Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver
    ••• Fruit vendors at Granville Island Public Market. Peter Adams/Getty Images

    Often called the best venue for kids' shopping in Vancouver, the Kids Market at Granville Island is also a perfect rainy day destination: it offers families lots of things to see and play with, plus an indoor Adventure Zone--complete with ball pits and tunnels--for exercising the kids.

    There are several more things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day at Granville Island, including exploring the landmark Granville Island Public Market, shopping, riding in the covered AquaBus, dining, or seeing a show.

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    Capilano Salmon Hatchery

    Capilano Salmon Hatchery
    ••• Capilano Salmon Hatchery. Ruth Hartnup/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    The free Capilano River Hatchery provides one of a few unique things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day and is another destination that's interesting for the whole family. Located just past the Capilano Suspension Bridge (one of Vancouver's Top 10 Attractions) in North Vancouver, the Hatchery is just minutes from downtown Vancouver and gives visitors a chance to see salmon hatching in action.

    Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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    Vancouver Ice Rinks

    Skaters at the Robson Square outdoor rink Vancouver
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    Indoor ice skating is one of the easiest things to do on a rainy day in Vancouver​ because there are three, public indoor ice rinks open year-round, and five additional indoor ice rinks open September - March. All rinks offer skating lessons and public skates, with skate and helmet rentals available on-site.

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    Vancouver Indoor Pools

    Hillcrest Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, BC
    ••• Hillcrest Aquatic Centre. Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

    You may not want to get wet outside, but why not dive into the water indoors? Like Vancouver's public ice rinks, Vancouver public pools are ideal indoor activities for kids when the weather is bleak.

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    Indoor Climbing Centres

    Young woman scaling indoor climbing wall, side view
    ••• Ty Allison/Getty Images

    When it comes to exciting, different things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day, why not try an indoor climbing center? Open to kids aged 5 and older, Metro Vancouver's indoor climbing centers can be fun for the whole family.

    If you're feeling really adventurous, check out indoor skydiving at The Fly Zone in Delta, the first and only vertical wind tunnel in Western Canada. Open to kids aged 5 and up.

     

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  • 09 of 10

    Vancouver Theatre for Kids

    Ballet BC Peter Pan
    ••• Performers in Ballet BC's Peter Pan. Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    Theatre doesn't have to be a special-occasion outing, it's also one of the best things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day. There are lots of options for last-minute theater in Vancouver--check out Tourism Vancouver's Tickets Tonight for discounts on last-minute seats--or make a date for one of Vancouver's children's theater events.

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    Vancouver Public Library & Family Storytime

    Exterior of Vancouver Public Library
    ••• Vancouver Public Library. Rudy Sulgan/Getty Images

    Your local branch of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is a fun, free outing for little kids, babies, and toddlers. I used to take my kid to our local library all the time for reading, people watching, computer time, or for one of VPL's Family Storytime Programs (which is also a great way to meet other parents.)

    Vancouver Public Library Branches, Hours & Programs