Stanley Park in Vancouver comes alive in the summer full of locals and visitors looking to connect with nature in the heart of the city. From the Vancouver Aquarium to the Brockton Point Lighthouse, you can easily spend an entire day here exploring the park! If you're wondering what to do in Stanley Park this summer, then we've got you covered.

Stanley Park is actually full of secrets and hidden places. According to Will Woods, the Founder and Chief Storyteller at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, the 8.8 KM stunning seawall that wraps around the park has a spooky secret of its own. It took over 60 years to build and the man who built it used old tombstones from the Mountain View Cemetary to help build the seawall! Check out their Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour to see the park in a whole new light.

There are a ton of tourist attractions in the park, but locals know a few hidden gems where you can let loose and have a lot of fun. Here are four hidden spots that only locals know that you can find in Stanley Park this summer:

Stanley Park Tennis Courts

Great blue herons nest in the trees above these picturesque tennis courts! Anyone can use them but even if you're not playing, they're worth checking out. When the herons fly overhead, they look like pterodactyls and it's insane!

Beaver Lake

You can't swim in this lake and there's actually only one spot in the trail where you can view it since it's surrounded by dense forest. If you make the mini-hike up here to check it out, you'll see that it's a little romantic hidden gem in the park. They even use this spot for movies all the time.

Stanley Park Pitch And Putt

There's nothing quite like a day out on the putting green. Bring along a beverage or two and pitch and putt your way around this stunning park within a park.

Second Beach

Vancouver really looks like a resort city when you take in the view at Second Beach. Play frisbee in Ceperly Meadow, sunbathe on the beach or take a dip in the outdoor oceanfront pool! Vacation life is yours.

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