9 Activities in Hong Kong for kids that adults will enjoy, too

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Fun for all ages in Hong Kong

Even if you don’t have kids, traveling with family and traveling with friends who have children may be inevitable. Here are 9 great family-friendly destinations in Hong Kong everyone will enjoy:

1. Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong is a must visit for locals and tourists of all ages. The marine-life theme park, which opened in 1977, hosts animals, rollercoasters, and shows. The best part of the park is how it proudly represents Hong Kong, from its history with a replica of food markets to its wildlife with precious pandas and to its natural surroundings with a cable car ride along the country’s coast.

Ocean Park Hong Kong
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
+852-3923-2323
Hours vary according to season and day. Check their website before going.

General Admission ages 12+, $438 HKD ($56 USD)
Children ages 3 to 11, $219 HKD ($28 USD)
Free admission for children under 3
FasTrack Tickets for an additional $250 HKD ($32 USD) for 7 rides/attraction or $350 HKD ($45 USD) for all rides/attractions

 

2. Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is another obvious destination for kids and the kids at heart. The park is considerably smaller compared to Ocean Park, but each year there are expansions and new attractions, such as with this year’s Iron Man Experience and the Star Wars Tomorrowland Takeover. A must-visit for any Disneyland fan.

If you have children, the obvious destination is Hong Kong Disneyland. The theme park is more crowded on weekends and holidays, but the wait times are not as excruciating as in Japan. Each year, the park expands such as with this year’s new Iron Man Experience. The fun way to get to the park is via the Sunny Bay MTR station on the Mickey Mouse train. Photo credit Jeremy Thompson

Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
+852-1-83-0830
Sunday to Wednesday, 10:30am to 8pm
Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm

General Admission ages 12 to 64, $589 HKD ($75 USD)
Children ages 3 to 11, $419 HKD ($54 USD)
Seniors over 65, $100 HKD ($13 USD)
Two-Day Tickets and Online Discounts also available on their website.

 

3. Symphony of Lights

Partake in Hong Kong’s nightly tradition of the Symphony of Lights. From the both the Kowloon side and Hong Kong Island side, you can watch the laser beams and a variety of lights dance from more than 40 buildings. The show starts at 8pm every night and lasts for about 13 minutes. It is best seen from either the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre or from the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai to experience the full effects of the music and narration. Free admission for all.

The Symphony of Lights. Hong Kong is a city full of history and tradition and this nightly light show is no exception as well as a must see for every traveler to Hong Kong. If you spend multiple nights in the city, try viewing the show on each side of the harbour. Photo credit Nik Cyclist

 

4. Museum Days: Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Hong Kong Science Museum contains hands-on learning exhibits throughout a majority of the museum. You can learn all about robotics, virtual reality, transportation, and so much more. Admission $20 HKD ($2.50 USD), free for children under 4 years old and for full-time students, and free admission for everyone on Wednesdays.

The Hong Kong Museum of History houses an in-depth span of history of Hong Kong that will surely interests both kids and adults with topics ranging from archaeology, history, ethnography, natural history, and even food history. Admission $20 HKD ($2.50 USD), $10 HKD ($1.28 USD) for full-time students and senior citizens.

Before even entering the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors can enjoy the massive traditional architecture. Then, inside the museum houses 12 exhibition galleries with art and relics from Hong Kong and the nearby regions. Plus, the museum also has a special exhibition honoring Bruce Lee. For this with kids, be sure to check out the Children’s Discovery Gallery on the ground floor. Free admission for Permanent Exhibitions and admission ranging from $10 to $30 HKD ($1.28 to $3.8 USD) for Special Exhibitions

Hong Kong Science Museum
2 Science Museum Road
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852-2732-3232
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 10am to 9pm
Closed Thursdays

Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui East. Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852-2724-9042
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Closed Tuesdays

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1 Man Lam Road
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
+852-2180-8188
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Closed Tuesdays

 

5. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Built in 1864, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the oldest park in Central spanning 5.6 hectares. The gardens contain a playground, bird aviaries, a green house, and a fountain terrace garden. Animal lovers can enjoy exotic birds, mammals like orangutans, and reptiles such as tortoises. The gardens are ideally located in Central. Best of all, admission is free.

If you do not want to venture too far away from Central, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the ideal outing for your family or friends group. You can enjoy the gardens as well as a small variety of animals, such as this toucan. Photo credit TimOve

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Albany Road
Central, Hong Kong
Garden, 5am to 10pm
Green House, 9am to 4:30pm

 

6. Star Ferry

Every traveler to Hong Kong, regardless of age, must experience a ride on the Star Ferry. The ferry has existed since 1888 – that’s 129 years old! This is a Hong Kong tradition. And, it is one of the cheapest forms of transportation that gets you across the Victoria Harbor for a mere $2.5 HKD ($0.32 USD). Insider Tip: Take the Upper Deck for the best views and best seats on the boat.

Read my articles detailing How to Get Around in Hong Kong – All Forms of Public Transportation.

The Star Ferry. A classic and traditional form of public transportation in Hong Kong. This is best taken during rush hour, if you want fresh air, and if you want the best video and photo opportunities of both sides of the city

 

7. D Park Shopping Mall

For younger kids, venture over to Tsuen Wan’s D Park Shopping Mall which attracts young local families with stores, family-friendly restaurants, and indoor attracts like a massive playground and sports cars to drive in a small track.

D Park Shopping Mall
398 Castle Peak Rd
Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
10am to 10pm

 

8. Dragon’s Back Trail

For the kids and adults that share a love of the outdoors, head to Dragon’s Back Trail on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. The hike is beginner friendly with staircases, dirt paved trails, and plenty of signs to ensure no one gets lost. The total hike takes about 2-3 hours, depending on your pace. You can even take the trail which ends down at the beach.

Read my article detailing How to Hike Dragon’s Back Trail in Hong Kong.

 

9. Room Service

Don’t forget – it’s a vacation! Stay in your room and enjoy the pampering of room service. At a hotel like the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, you can stay in your robe or sleeping clothes while feasting on a fine-dining-like experience in the comfort of your own room. The children’s menu serves kid-friendly choices with appropriate portions, while the adults can indulge in an international selection. Insider Tip: Buy wine or beer in the local supermarket or deli to pair with your room service meals.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852-2522-0111

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