Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour, Victoria (Self Guided)

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and a major tourist destination. There is a range of fascinating attractions for your children. Just take the tour below and visit some of these attractions that will entertain your children for sure.
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Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour Map

Guide Name: Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Victoria (See other walking tours in Victoria)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: alice
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Victoria Bug Zoo

1) Victoria Bug Zoo (must see)

The Victoria Bug Zoo is a two-room minizoo located in downtown Victoria that is owned and operated by International Bug Zoos Incorporated.

The Bug Zoo exhibits about 50 different species of insects, arachnids, and Myriapoda and is currently the largest tropical insect collection in North America, besides having Canada's largest ant farm that contains leaf-cutter ants.

Visitors may choose to come in and tour around for themselves or can walk around with a tour guide and learn about the insect world. Furthermore, while with a tour guide, visitors can hold and handle different varieties of species like tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, walking sticks, millipedes, and praying mantis.

Recently, the Bug Zoo opened the Party Room, where visitors can rent out the room for birthdays, business functions or any other special occasions.

Why You Should Visit:
Small place, but has very knowledgeable guides that know all about bugs, can answer any question and bust a few myths along the way.
They have their tours almost continuously going and so you just join one whenever you get there.
The place is careful to let you know what to do or not do, you always feel safe, and it's photo friendly.

Tip:
If you want to learn and see a lot, avoiding the busy times would be best.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm; Sat, Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Miniature World

2) Miniature World (must see)

Miniature World is an amazing museum and one of its kind. Animation, lighting and sound effects enhance more than 85 highly detailed miniature scenes. Displays include a circus, one of the world's largest doll houses, a Swiss Family Robinson tree house, Jack and the Beanstalk and a futuristic space diorama. Scenes illustrate historic battles, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, "Gulliver's Travels" and novels by Charles Dickens. The Great Canadian Railway exhibit re-creates rail transportation in the late 19th-century Canada.

Tip:
Take your time and press the display buttons. You will watch trains, plane propellers, cars, a trolley, a castle door, goldfish, double-decker buses, a waterwheel (etc.) move within the dioramas.

Opening Hours:
Summer Hours: 9am-9pm; Winter-Spring: 9am-5pm
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Maritime Museum of British Columbia

3) Maritime Museum of British Columbia (must see)

The Maritime Museum of BC (MMBC) engages people with the maritime culture and history of the Pacific Northwest through rotating exhibits, educational and community-based programs, research services, and more.

Its rich collection of some 35,000 artefacts includes 800 models of ships and items related to the maritime heritage of BC. There is a reference library of 6,000 volumes including a collection of 200 titles of historical significance, an archival collection of records of local ship-owning and shipbuilding firms, logbooks, naval records, ships' plans of 1800 vessels, maps and charts, an art collection, and approximately 36,000 photographs. The collection also includes three historic small vessels: ''Tilikum'' (boat), the 38-foot (11.6m) modified aboriginal cedar canoe sailed westabout from Vancouver Island starting in 1901 to London, UK; Trekka, a 20.5-foot (6.2m) sailboat sailed around the world by her Victoria builder starting in 1954 – at the time the smallest yacht to have circumnavigated the globe; and Dorothy, a locally built 1897 fantail cutter currently under restoration.

Why You Should Visit:
Small museum that doesn't feel overwhelming; instead, much of its story-telling is through videos and interactive components.

Tip:
Visit the media room and if you have the time for the "Around the Horn" narrated documentary it is well worth the price of admission.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Thunderbird Park

4) Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park is a unique park in downtown Victoria located next to the Royal British Columbia Museum. Besides being a beautiful garden, full of native plants, it is also interesting for its collection of totem poles and big houses like the St. Anne's Schoolhouse, Helmcken House, etc.
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Royal British Columbia Museum

5) Royal British Columbia Museum (must see)

Founded in 1886, the Royal British Columbia Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The "Royal" title was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and bestowed by HRH Prince Philip in 1987, to coincide with a Royal tour of that year.

It includes three permanent galleries: natural history, modern history, and local First Nations’ history. The museum’s collections comprise approximately 7 million objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records.

The natural history collections have 750,000 records of specimens almost exclusively from BC and neighbouring states, provinces, or territories. The collections are divided into eight disciplines: Entomology, Botany, Palaeontology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Herpetology, Mammalogy, and Ornithology.

The museum also hosts touring exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have included artifacts related to the RMS Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, Egyptian artifacts, the Vikings, the British Columbia gold rushes and Genghis Khan. The Royal BC Museum partners with and houses the IMAX Victoria theater, which shows educational films as well as commercial entertainment.

Why You Should Visit:
The main museum in Victoria, BC. Huge section of anthropology, nice section on natural history and geology of Vancouver Island, but the most amazing is the one dedicated to an incredible reconstruction of entire sections of the city of Victoria during different historical periods.

Tip:
Don't skip the outdoor section on the side of the main entrance. You can visit one of the original houses of the first big settlement in Victoria, totems, and a First Nation chief house, in a very nice and quiet setting. Otherwise, plan at least 3 hours to enjoy all the exhibitions (permanent and temporary).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Beacon Hill Park

6) Beacon Hill Park (must see)

Beacon Hill Park was officially opened in 1889. It is located along the shore Juan de Fuca Strait, Victoria. Covering over 200 acres, the park is beautifully landscaped and manicured with bridges, lakes, ponds, and an alpine & rock garden. There is a wide variety of trees, flowers and wildlife species. The park's facilities include sports fields and playgrounds, the Beacon Hill Children's Farm, a bandshell and what was once the world's tallest totem pole in the world.

Why You Should Visit:
Spectacular grounds with manicured beds, rose garden, bandstand, lakes.
The petting zoo is wonderful and the running of the goats (twice daily – at 10am and 4pm) is a must.
At the South end of the park, you can walk along the cliffs and admire the view of the ocean.

Tip:
Visit the Bird Cages Confectionery at the corner of Michigan and Government before you come and buy a bag of oats to feed to the ducks.

Walking Tours in Victoria, British Columbia

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Victoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

Victoria is a major tourist destination located in British Columbia and is known to contain some of the finest British style architecture in Canada. The tour below will take you through some of the day to day routine of the locals, so enjoy!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Downtown Nightlife

Downtown Nightlife

Victoria's nightlife is diverse and bursting with vitality. We propose that you take a walk through some of the most interesting nightclubs in Victoria and choose the one that suits your taste the best.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

Victoria has some of the most interesting and fascinating museums dedicated to history, nature and arts. It is also a city with the most amazing and interesting art galleries, featuring art work from different times and places. Take the walking tour below to see some of the most famous art galleries in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Victoria is among the most British of cities in North America. It is famous for its green areas and beautiful gardens and parks. There are some outstanding architectural structures that you can visit too. In the tour that follows, take a look at some of the most visited architectural sites in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is a popular tourist destination in large part for its marvelous Victorian architecture, such as the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion, museums, galleries and other attractions attesting to the city's British colonial past and more. Follow this orientation walk to see some of Victoria's main tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria

Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria

Victoria located in British Columbia has a rich history and interesting people to tell it. It also has some outstanding religious sights. We offer, below, a tour that will take you through some of the most interesting religious places in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Victoria for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Victoria has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Victoria, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.