Victoria Bug Zoo, Victoria

4.2
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Step into the world of creepy crawlies at Victoria Bug Zoo, a "minizoo" hosting a large and varied collection of tropical insects. 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 one of the largest displays of leaf cutter ants in North America. Work out when and for how long to visit Victoria Bug Zoo and other Victoria attractions using our handy Victoria trip planner.
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  • We visit Victoria every few years with our grandchildren and we have visited the Bug Zoo on a few occasions. The grandchildren are getting older - 8, 11 and 13. All three still enjoyed the visit great...  more »
  • While the zoo is not that large, perhaps an hour in total to look around, it’s well worth it. My son is 8 and has been looking forward to seeing the Goliath bird eating tarantula in person, and there ...  more »
  • Beware terrible customer service!!!! Website “buy tickets” link showed it was $12 per adult but when I got to Victoria Bug Zoo location they said it was $14 per adult. I spent the time to speak to the...  more »
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  • Very good place for small kids but I would suggest as a better option the Butterfly museum in Sydney. The place is extremely small, so unless your kid is extremely interested in bugs I would pass this one. What saves the visit is the hyper friendly guides they have there. They let you pet non-venomous scorpions and such.
  • Your kids will love this place; mine did! Be sure to take the little ones in when they’re more likely to be in a calm state. It’s important to be as quiet and relaxed when handling the crawly creatures. Staff are awesome. Look around for an online coupon if you can.
  • Great spot for all ages. We ended up getting the annual pass, my son had so much fun. Really educational too... The staff are great about letting you touch the bugs!
  • Our favourite place on the entire island. The staff are INCREDIBLE and we learn so much every time we go. It doesn't matter if you're a nervous 4 year old or a 95 year old insect expert, they know how to make your visit the best experience it can be.
  • My partner and I went here in the summer and it was absolutely amazing. When you walk in it seems very small but we spent a good 2 hours here learning and looking at all the different insects. We got to hold a praying mantis, scorpion, tarantula, and a hissing cockroach. There was also no pressure for people that didn’t want to hold or get near the insects. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and we both learned a lot. I highly recommend people interested in bugs, children, or school trips to come here. It’s very educational and fun. The gift shop is really cool too! A lot of different things to look at here. Will definitely be coming back!
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