Victoria Bug Zoo, Victoria

4.1
#2 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in British Columbia
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Step into the world of creepy crawlies at Victoria Bug Zoo, a "minizoo" hosting the largest collection of tropical insects in North America. With over 50 species to see, consider taking a tour with the knowledgeable guides who'll offer a wealth of information. If you're feeling brave, try the safe bug handling experience, where you can hold tarantulas, scorpions, praying mantises, and cockroaches. Don't miss the ant colony, which extends over two walls and houses over 3 million ants. Arrange to visit Victoria Bug Zoo and other attractions in Victoria using our Victoria itinerary planner.
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  • This is a neat little place to spend about an hour at. There are plenty of cool bugs for the kids (and adults) to hold and touch. There are usually a couple of staff members doing a guided tour for pe...  more »
  • This is an excellent place for those with a phobia of insects! A cure is here! I like insects so was fine when I had a huge cockroach on my hand, an enormous millipede on my arm and a tarantula on my ...  more »
  • Lots of cool, yucky, and scary bugs, plus a pretty amazing ant colony with lots of informative signs describing how they organize their society and do their work.  more »
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  • Wow! What a fun experience for our whole family! Both the adults and kids really enjoyed it immensely. The staff here are absolutely top-notch. The guide inside the zoo itself was truly passionate about bugs and super-knowledgeable. Our guide was amazing. Even the front-desk gal was great to deal with. Inside, it's not a huge facility by any means, but very immersive. Good selection of bugs and some great setups. The Leaf-Cutter Ant setup was really cool. There are even a few opportunities to handle some of the bugs with the guide.
  • I go here every year with my Grade 8 class and the kids love it! The staff is friendly and they do a good job with their guided tour. The idea of looking at and even holding bugs can be scary to a lot of people but the staff do a great job of engaging the kids and making the experience fun for everyone! The displays are kept clean and well maintained. Their store is a great way to end the tour, as students are given the opportunity to buy bug toys and snacks. If you are in Victoria and haven't been here, add it to your list of things to do!
  • I was excited to bring my two teens and two little kids to see the bug zoo and was quite disappointed.☹️ After paying to get in, we were directed to go into a room and told that the tour would be ongoing and to just join in. The zoo is a divided room full of different Aquariums of bugs in theme rooms. Tubes go across the walls that bugs travel to and from, their homes are visible....a display of scary yucky bugs in aquariums and posters of bugs. Unfortunately there was already many people present so there was little room to see, or hear the gentleman speak. Maybe an intercom or mic on the guy would make the experience more easily accessible by all guests. The exhibits were neat but not enough to excite an 8&10yr olds who read bug books regularly. So, sadly we were all disappointed. The gift shop on the way out was nice to see because of the bug theme items but was quite overpriced; with the 'cheap' items being mostly dollar store items up priced to $5. It cost me too much for a trip that didn't get the response I was hoping for from the kids. So, I decided one star was appropriate.
  • Fabulous! Very patient answering questions. Interesting and informative answers. Wheelchair accessible. They made it so much fun, my elderly mom even asked to hold the tarantula!
  • Went there for the first time, what a great place. One of your employees, Jordon, went above and beyond to make it such an exciting experience! (All of your staff were amazing) Great spot to have some fun and learn about bugs! One of the best customer service experience I have had!!!!! Thank you for giving me such a fun memory for me to hold on to

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