Visit Stanley Park and Seawall
Larger than Central Park in New York City, downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park is one of the city’s best-loved attractions. Beautiful swimmable beaches fringe the parks massive forest of towering Douglas fir and cedars, and there are plenty of free or nearly free things to see and do here.
Rent a bike and ride the 10-kilomter (six-mile) paved seawall path around the edge of Stanley Park and take in views of snow-capped mountains, skyscrapers, and float planes taking off. While you can drive through Stanley Park, horse-drawn carriage tours and the Stanley Park Train are other sightseeing options.
Packing a picnic and staking out a spot under the stars for live theatre performances and free outdoor movies in summer are some of the most popular things to do in Vancouver. Dont miss the rose gardens and the First Nations’ totem poles, each depicting a story. Kids love the heated outdoor pool at Second Beach. The belugas and touch tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park are also family favorites during a Vancouver vacation.