Victoria Bug Zoo, Victoria

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#2 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in British Columbia
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. Arrange to visit Victoria Bug Zoo and other attractions in Victoria using our Victoria itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 13, 2017
    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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  • July 15, 2017
    Went a number of years ago with my girls not really expecting much. Had a fantastic tour and I was brave enough to hold any insect that was offered. My girls were pretty impressed! The ant walls were fascinating and gave us all a below ground idea into what these insects do. Would go again even without my girls!
  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    A fun place to spend an hour or so with kids. I don't know where they find their tour guides, they clearly love all the bugs like they were puppies or something cuter. They outright gush about their favorites. I think they would be the first to admit that. The kids absorb some of that enthusiasm from the guides and seem happy to touch and watch the bugs, even if they normally find bugs gross.
  • August 23, 2017
    I think I had more fun here than my son. We are bug lovers so my review is probably biased. Such cute critters! Loved holding them.
  • August 14, 2017
    Great place for kids and adults as well. Super friendly staff. You get to hold some bugs if you like.

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