While the sleek skyscrapers and crowded streets of Hong Kong may not immediately jump out as a family-friendly holiday destination, you’d be surprised just how much there is to do with kids in this Special Administrative Region of China.
From a range of exciting theme parks including Disneyland and Ocean World to stunning natural spaces to explore, below we break down the best attractions to check off on a family trip to Hong Kong SAR. Just make sure you remember to submit a Hong Kong Pre Arrival Registration Application on behalf of yourself and your kids before leaving for your vacation!
Hong Kong Disneyland
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Now that the worldwide vaccine rollout is well underway, theme parks across the globe are open for business once again with COVID safety protocols in place, and Disneyland Hong Kong is no different. You might think that once you’ve experienced one Disneyland, you’ve seen them all, but the HK park boasts several unique attractions that make it one of the most popular options for a family day trip in the SAR.
In addition to classic rides such as Space Mountain and ‘It’s a Small World’, Disneyland Hong Kong features unique experiences such as Mystic Manor, the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in Toy Story Land, and Marvel-themed attractions including the Iron Man Stark Expo and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle.
Your kids will love spotting their favorite Disney characters in the daily Flights of Fantasy Parade. There are also a number of colorful parades and stage shows based on classic films such as The Lion King, Moana, and Frozen to enjoy.
H2 – Ocean Park Hong Kong
Another great opportunity for a full family day out in HK SAR, this extensive complex combines a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park, so there is plenty to keep kids entertained no matter their interests.
Adventure-seeking kids can enjoy high-octane rides such as The Abyss, Arctic Blast, and the Hair Raiser, while animal lovers can get close-up to aquatic animals such as penguins, seals, and dolphins at Marine World. There is also the opportunity to become a Panda Keeper for a day!
If you’re visiting Ocean World with babies and very small children, you’ll be glad to hear that different parts of the park can be accessed by both a sky tram and a submarine-themed train. It’s also possible to rent a stroller for your toddler for a small fee and refundable security deposit.
An experience that young kids will find especially appealing, this Christian-themed attraction is located in Ma Wan Island and features a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark as its centerpiece.
There are also 67 pairs of life-size animal sculptures in the surrounding gardens that provide lots of fun photo opportunities, and a 4D multimedia experience exploring the story of Noah and other tales from The Bible. The Solar Tower also hosts a variety of attractions exploring space and our solar system.
Hong Kong’s Outer Islands
If you’re looking to show the kids more of Hong Kong’s stunning natural beauty, then look no further than its numerous outlying islands. Some of the more popular for a day trip include Cheung Chau and Lamma Island, both of which can easily be reached by ferry. If you’re lucky, you might even get to do some dolphin-watching en route.
Cheung Chau boasts a charming little beach which is perfect if you’re just looking for a relaxing day sunbathing while the kids build sandcastles, but you can rent kayaks if you feel like a more active family day trip.
Lamma Island, meanwhile, is a great place to try some of Hong Kong’s delicious fresh seafood. It’s also home to Fisherfolk’s Village, an interactive living museum dedicated to the history and culture of local traditional fishing practices.
Ngong Ping 360
Kids will positively love riding on this cable car system from Tung Chung Terminal up to the summit of Ngong Ping mountain on Lantau island. The journey lasts around 25 minutes and takes you over some iconic attractions on the island, such as Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha, a giant statue that will leave kids in awe.
At the top, you’ll find Ngong Ping Village, which is full of traditional Chinese architecture and unique shopping and dining opportunities, as well as kid-friendly attractions such as the Money’s Tale Theater and the Walking with the Buddha interactive experience.
Also known as Victoria Peak, this hill is the highest point in Hong Kong and so you can expect to enjoy some of the best views over the islands from the deck of The Peak Tower on the summit. To get to the top, you take a train on the world’s steepest funicular railway, which climbs up roughly 400 meters in under 5 minutes.
Once at the top, consider taking the kids for a stroll around the Peak Circle Walk, which takes about 40 minutes to complete and isn’t too tough going for little legs. There’s also a children’s playground to keep them entertained if they get tired of hiking, and a range of restaurants serving local delicacies when you want to take a break for lunch.