Collected by Kevin Favro, AFAR Contributor
2207 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 0J7, Canada
Nothing says family fun more than an ice cream parlor attached to an arcade. This particular ice cream parlor has a very nostalgic feel, with old toys and games used as decoration pieces. If the ice cream doesn’t bring out the inner child, the...
603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8, Canada
For great views of boats and seaplanes and water and mountains this is the spot. The kids will like the chance to pilot a virtual boat, and the grownups can check out the vintage lighthouse-keeper supplies: French toothpaste and pickup sticks....
649 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A7, Canada
Yes, my five-year-old was probably the target demographic for this place, but there were plenty of people without kids here, too. Because where else are you going to see an entire working sawmill built in miniature? Where else are you going to...
941 Langford Pkwy, Victoria, BC V9B 0A5, Canada
Yes, it's a burger restaurant, but it's so very different from your usual run-of-the-mill chains. White Spot is a B.C. institution thanks to its kid-friendly Pirate Pak meals, where the food arrives served in a pirate boat. There is plenty to...
728 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5, Canada
Victoria's inner harbour is stunning. Vessels moor next to a two-tired waterfront walkway under the watchful eye of the majestic Fairmont Empress. During summer months, buskers provide entertainment, kiosks display local wares and people watching...
#g2a, 1001, Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2C5, Canada
Shh! Hank’s only has 14 seats and there are no reservations, but when barbecue is this good it’s worth the drive and it’s definitely worth the wait. Try one of the phenomenal BBQ plates; I love the brisket with its to-die-for coffee-cocoa rub and...
Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 3G9, Canada
An afternoon meandering through the narrow stores of Chinatown feels like a trip back in time. This is the oldest Chinese district in Canada and it's full of historic nooks and crannies to explore. Formerly a derelict gambling district, it has...
721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada
Every book will tell you to have high tea at the Empress in Victoria, and you should. They welcomed our three-generation group, including 2 kids under 6, and had hot chocolate for those who didn't want tea. They also had a full gluten-free option,...
Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beyond tulips, windmills, and weed, Amsterdam's global image is entwined with water. The Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) is made up of 165 fluid channels developed during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. In the ensuing years, the water network has...
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