Hi, we will be taking a cruise out of Vancouver on a Friday in August. I am thinking of having our family fly up from Boston on a Wednesday to take advantage of reduced airfare and have a day to explore Vancouver. Does it make sense to rent a car and explore the extended area or is there enough to do using public transportation or walking. I have a 4 and 6 year old with us. There may be as many as 13 people in our party, depending on when the rest of the group decides to fly out. What attractions best showcase the city and the West coast that are unique to the area?, while the Science museum and Aquarium sound great, we have similar attractions in Boston (unless they are unique to the area). We will be headed up on a 7 day cruise to Alaska, ending in Seward so we will get to experiance the beuty of the NW area in more detail as the week goes on. What is a must see in Vancouver itself?