People don’t automatically think ‘child-friendly’ when they think of Hong Kong but there is a surprising amount of things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Of course there is Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, but beyond these two popular theme parks, there is plenty of fun sightseeing to be done.
Choose to explore via cable car, boat, tram or even helicopter, visit the Big Buddha, catch up with the pink dolphins – or simply indulge in a dim sum feast.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
What kid wouldn’t love a day at Disneyland? Hong Kong Disneyland is a relatively small park and easily manageable with kids of all ages. You’ll find all your favourite rides here such as It’s a Small World, Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Hyperspace Mountain, as well as some that are unique to Hong Kong Disneyland. Meet your favourite Disney characters, watch the Lion King show, and don’t miss the Fantasy Parade.
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s oldest and best loved theme park and features a large aquarium, many animals and a host of thrill rides. The Grand Aquarium is home to huge variety of sea creatures, such as sharks, sting rays and turtles, while the Polar exhibits showcase walruses, sea lions, seals and penguins. Don’t miss a visit to everyone’s favourite – the Giant Pandas! Finish your day by riding all the rollercoasters and fun rides, even for really young kids.
The Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular attraction, with people flocking here to admire the best views over the city from its viewing platform. The best way to reach the Peak is to take the Peak Tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway. Once at the top, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied. There’s the Trick Eye Museum and Madam Tussauds, plus a playground all located within the Peak Galleria. Another (nicer) playground is a short walk up a steep hill at Mount Austin Park.
The Big Buddha & Ngong Ping 360
A trip to visit the Tian Tan Buddha, aka the Big Buddha is a fun adventure with the kids. The most fun way to get here is via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, a 25-minute ride up the mountain with great views. Once you get there, there is a monastery to explore, the Big Buddha itself, and you can end the day with a visit to Tai O Village – Hong Kong’s oldest fishing village, where you can take a boat ride alongside the famous stilted houses.
Hong Kong has more than 200 outlying islands with many of the bigger islands easily accessible via ferry. The most popular island for a day trip is Lamma Island, thanks to its strip of seafood restaurants in Sok Kwu Wan. Kids will enjoy looking at all the fish and crabs in the seafood tanks, and you can also visit the fun Fisher Folk village to learn about life as a Hong Kong fisherman. If you pre-book a table at Rainbow Seafood restaurant (considered by many to be the best), you can enjoy a free boat ride over to Lamma from Central.
Big Bus Tour
Open top bus tours are always a fun and easy way to see the sights with kids. With the Big Bus tour you can see all the major sights of Hong Kong with an easy hop-on-hop-off formula. Various packages are available, with different inclusions ranging from a Peak Tram ride, Star Ferry ride, sampan boat trip and harbour cruise. Commentary is available in 10 languages, via personal headphones.
Dim Sum at Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant
What’s a visit to Hong Kong without sampling the most famous local cuisine – Dim Sum? This Cantonese specialty consists of several traditional snack-type dishes, including steamed or fried dumplings, buns and pastries. One of the most fun places to take kids for dim sum is Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, which you get to via a small sampan boat from Aberdeen. Not only is it a fun atmosphere, but the kids can dress up in traditional clothing too.
Hong Kong Helicopter Tour
Hong Kong is a busy city, but you will be guaranteed tourist-free sightseeing on board a helicopter tour. This amazing trip takes you over stunning Victoria Harbour to see the skyscrapers from above, before showing you the surrounding mountains and beaches of Hong Kong Island and beyond. 15, 30 and 45-minute tours are available. Excitement guaranteed!
Aqua Luna Cruise
One of the best ways to appreciate the Hong Kong skyline is from the water during a harbour cruise. For a traditional cruising option, choose from the Duk Ling or the Aqua Luna. Both the Duk Ling and the Aqua Luna offer a traditional junk boat cruising option, with both afternoon and evening harbour cruises, including ones that coincide with the Symphony of Lights light show at 8pm every night.
Pink Dolphin Watching Tour
Hong Kong is home to a group of very special, very rare residents – the Indopacific Humpback Dolphin, which are pink in colour! For a chance to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, sign up for an ecological pink dolphin-watching tour with Hong Kong Dolphin Watch. Tours are educational and are designed to minimize the disturbance to the dolphins.
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