Family Things to Do
Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant cities for families who want to be in “wanderlust mode” together. It is a city with various attractions and activities for all ages and is considered by many as a great destination for a family holiday. Also known as Asia’s World City, the forms of entertainment, luxury, sights, relaxation and even education will keep each family member occupied; no one can get bored in Hong Kong that is both urban and protective of its environment. Here, you and your family can work together on creating a great itinerary because there are various tourists destinations for each one's interest and excitement.
This well-known city is also a Special Administrative Region of China with a population of people with different backgrounds. Because it was founded by Europeans, developed by Asians, and ruled by Chinese—based on its history—cultural diversity is evident here. Families can immerse themselves in the wonders of the city that were established by entrepreneurs, architects, and other professionals coming from different countries. A hyperactive city, urbanity and serenity of nature coexist, leaving each family member in awe because it is still possible to develop a city successfully without tampering the environment and its natural resources.
Watch the Pink Dolphins
The animal lovers in the family will love the pink dolphins gracing Hong Kong waters. Also called as one of the city’s “mascots,” it is a species known as the Chinese White Dolphin. It has pink spots on its skin and has a large population in Hong Kong. Tours around the nearby South China seas are offered where the whole family can see the pink dolphins in its natural habitat.
As this sea creature attempts to regulate its body temperature and shed its gray camouflage, the blushing pink color appears on its skin. Though there is no definite scientific explanation about this fascinating pinkness, scientists have leaned on to these factors. Pink dolphins can be witnessed in their natural habitat in Pearl River estuary, the area where the largest groups are found. Specifically around Lantau Island and Peng Chau, you can see these swimming around freely.
The best way to see the pink dolphins together with your family is by availing the Dolphinwatch tour. Dolphinwatch is a quasi-environmental tour group that offers boat trips to Lantau Island every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. There is a 96 percent success rate on sightings, and if your family will fail to see dolphins on a particular trip they had offered, the next available trip will be given for free.
According to World Wildlife Fund or WWF, around a thousand dolphins are in the whole Pearl River estuary. Tours would usually only give you around two minutes of dolphin-watching because it is important to note that these are protected animals. Due to growing numbers of tourists opting for dolphin-watching as well as the dwindling numbers of these pink dolphins, environmental groups as well as the government has been doing efforts to protect these.
Your family will love the Pearl River estuary itself. It is a stunning estuary where the whole family can take great photos. The tours would usually last for three hours, and by just picking a day where not too many tourists are around, everyone will have an enjoyable trip.
Repulse Bay Visual Art Museum
Are you and your family interested in experiencing the art of optical illusions? If yes, the Repulse Bay Visual Art Museum has various entertainment for families of all ages as it features 3D paintings and digital artwork, leaving each in awe of this form of art. It is Hong Kong’s largest 3D museum with over 23,000 square feet of pure entertainment on its two floors.
Here is the catch with this museum: you will not only be viewing the artworks, but you can also become part of the 3D works. Whether “escaping a tornado” or “catching thousands of dollars falling from the sky,” the whole family can bond and have fun together in this unique experience.
Be sure to bring your camera here because you can take extraordinary photos here. Laugh together with your family as you will find the artworks hilarious and entertaining at the same time. The augmented reality that these 3D artworks will let busy parents escape from the stressful work environments they are in and will allow children to be as carefree as they want.
There are also great restaurants such as Limewood, The Ocean by Oliver Bellin, and the Italian Club as well as the beach and temples located next to this museum. You can go here for a day trip and hop to the next great destination without worrying about distances.
Everyone's fantasies will become a reality in this museum. Whether you want to fly in space, be one with nature and wild animals, or feel like a millionaire showered with dollar bills, this is a visual arts museum that gives you that alternate reality you have always wanted.
The kids will feel like they are in a wonderland in Hong Kong Disneyland as they will be together with their favorite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and the princesses. Disneyland is a must-visit magical place for an unforgettable Hong Kong journey. With its scenic spots, breathtaking rides and magical vibe, any Disney-themed area will make you enter a world far away from the stresses of reality.
Main Street, USA
Moreover, the family will be immersed in Chinese culture as well. Chinese and Asian food as well as services with Asian influence are available in Hong Kong Disneyland even if Disney is generally a Western concept. Go to Main Street, USA inside where you can see delicate buildings and a Paddy Wagon passing by. By riding antique taxicabs you will see America during the early 20th century in Railroad and the City Hall.
In Main Street, the family can eat at Plaza Inn, the first Chinese restaurant in the area with 19th century Chinese table service. Also, you will see many images of Mulan everywhere—a famous Chinese Disney character.
Adventureland is for the courageous family members. You will see hidden regions of Disneyland here with a brave captain serving as a guide. Animals such as hippos, cobras, elephants, and orangutans await your arrival in this area of Hong Kong Disneyland. The Lion King Festival happening here is conceptualized from Disney’s animated classic The Lion King, so one can expect entertaining performers with colorful costumes and a magical scenery.
You and your family can also go for the Rivers of Adventure where you can reach Tarzan Island. Everyone will remember Tarzan, the boy raised by gorillas, in this fun ride where blasts of water will catch people in surprise. You can go to Tahitian Terrace Restaurant and River View Café after the whole experience.
Children who grew up with Disney characters will meet them face to face here. From Cinderella to Winnie the Pooh, your kids can interact with them here in Fantasyland. They will surely feel like princes and princesses together with their favorite Disney characters in Hong Kong Disneyland. In Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the family will enjoy a memorable 3D attraction experience upon wearing special glasses provided. Here, you can enjoy a program together with Aladdin and Donald Duck, among others.
The Golden Mickeys at Disney’s Storybook Theater is by far the greatest place in Fantasyland. This 25-minute musical drama has acrobatics with special effects that are adapted from all the Disney classics. There’s Tarzan swinging to and fro, Ariel the Little Mermaid with all the bubbles descending from the ceiling as if everyone’s underwater, and Mulan who shows off her martial arts moves. It is a fusion of Western and Asian culture one must not miss.
Tomorrowland is for the space lovers. Fans of Toy Story will meet its significant characters. With Buzz Lightyear in the Astro Blasters, you can fly with him in space through a capsule, fighting against aliens with space guns. You can also fly above Tomorrowland in Orbitron, a great place to be if you want to rest from all those attractions around Disneyland.
If you are up for some screams, go to Space Mountain. Its exciting roller coasters does not disappoint, and you can appreciate the sparkling stars as you ride along. Your family will also love the Grand Parade and Firework Play here. After a whole day of adventures, you and your family can also take a break and dine at Starliner Diner and Comet Café where they market their food as “earth cuisine” that “you cannot taste in outer space.”
Hike up 268 steps to see Big Buddha
Be amazed with the family at Hong Kong’s Big Buddha which took twelve years to build. This famous structure is called the Tian Tan Big Buddha located in the Muk Yue Mountain, and it is truly a must-see because it is a significant Buddha in Hong Kong. There are two ways of immersing yourselves in the religious aspect of Chinese culture that the area offers—whether through hiking or riding the cable cars.
The Tian Tan Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car lets visitors knock out two birds with one stone. The cable car ride offers a remarkable panorama. Imagine yourself high above the mountains of Lantau Island. Right before your eyes is the spectacular view of land and sea. It would be 25 minutes well spent as you travel from Tung Chung all the way to Ngong Ping, the small town where you will find the Tian Tan Big Buddha.
Set atop the Muk Yue Mountain, the Tian Tan Big Buddha appears to watch over the city’s populace with its raised hand looking as if it is giving everyone a blessing. It is a symbol of Hong Kong’s strength, China’s affluence, and peace throughout the world.
Twelve years in the making, the facial appearance of the Tian Tan Big Buddha shows great character and poise that is symbolic of the religion. Hence, the respect it earns from the faithful and even non-believers. Moreover, its fine craftsmanship and majestic size attract visitors from near and far. The Po Lin Monastery is credited with the planning and construction of the Tian Tan Big Buddha.
The monastery itself is well-known to many as the Buddhist World in the South. In addition, it has a vegetarian restaurant. So, you can enjoy a nice healthy meal there too. Regardless of your faith, the Tian Tan Big Buddha is an amazing destination. The ride going up there makes it even more worthwhile.
Ngong Ping 360
The Ngong Ping lets families experience panoramic views of Hong Kong’s famous attractions. It is also considered as the world’s top 10 most amazing cable car rides, offering a view of the culturally themed landscaped garden called Ngong Ping Village. Lasting for twenty-five minutes, the Ngong Ping ride connects the plateau of Ngong Ping with Tung Chung town. Throughout the ride, you will also see the vistas of Lantau Island.
The Ngong Ping Cable Car is a 5.7-kilometer long bi-cable gondola lift that runs across the southern shore of Hong Kong International Airport Island and Nei Lak Shan. The ride serves as an alternative transportation to the one-hour land journey in Tung Chung Road. Here, the whole family can glide across Tung Chung Bay.
In this twenty-five-minute journey, you can see the panoramic views of the following: the North Lantau County Park, the South China Sea, Hong Kong International Airport, the Tung Chung Valley, Ngong Ping Plateau, and the surrounding terrain and waterways of the areas. It is amazing to note that one ride can let everyone see various places; it seems that travelers are “hitting various stones in one shot.”
Festive and themed events are held at Ngong Ping Village that families can watch together. Motion 360 also offers a 5D movie and the Stage 360 provides a sensational performance that definitely entertains. In VR 360, you can also go for a multimedia journey in “walking with Buddha” with family members.
Ngong Ping Village is also a must-visit area, a village that sits right next to Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tian Big Buddha, two significant cultural heritages in Hong Kong. If you are searching for various tourist destinations in Hong Kong—may it be cultural, religious, or recreational—you should indeed go for a Ngong Ping 360 ride.
Ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Near Central Star Ferry Pier, the Hong Kong Ferris or Observation Wheel is a 60-meter-high wheel with forty-two luxurious gondolas for every family’s delight. This matches the England’s London Eye as well as the Singapore Flyer and provides great panoramic views of Hong Kong. If you want a VIP experience, the wheel also has one VIP gondola. Either at day or night, everyone will also get spectacular views of Victoria Harbor.
It is indeed one of the easiest ways of getting a bird’s eye view of downtown Hong Kong. The air-conditioned gondolas can accommodate up to eight people and the ride lasts around 30 minutes. If you have a family member who is afraid of great heights, do not worry. The observation wheel ride is a smooth and relaxing one, so even those who have acrophobia will soon feel at ease to the experience.
From the iconic Hong Kong skylines to the stunning harbor—riding the wheel offers unobstructed 360-degree views of these attractions that you and your family must see. Open from morning to late night, most tourists would say that the best time to board here is at sunset. The changing sky serves as a great backdrop for taking family photos as well as an awe-inspiring sight for the weary members who need views that only nature can give.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is situated in Central Hong Kong, specifically outside the Central Ferry Terminal across IFC Shopping Mall. It is also a 15-minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. For three times over the course of twenty minutes, children will enjoy boarding here because it feels more like a Ferris wheel like a ride for sight-seeing because it moves faster compared to other observation wheels.
If your family is lucky enough, you can catch the surreal Symphony of Lights laser show happening in the harbor with a drone view in the observation wheel. You may also take a ride during Christmas and Chinese New Year because the skyscrapers are decorated with festive lights at these special times of the year.
Experience the Ocean Park Adventures
Ocean Park guarantees entertainment for everyone in the family. Not only that--it provides education for visitors to learn more about marine mammals, which is beneficial especially for the young ones. It has been entertaining and educating each visitor for over forty years and will continue to do so for generations to come.
As one of the biggest theme parks in Hong Kong, Ocean Park covers an area of 226 acres (91.5 hectares). What is interesting about it is the large mountain dividing the area into two, namely, the Summit and the Waterfront, each offering its own distinct set of activities.
At the Summit, you will find the Polar Adventure as well as exciting rides. Be warned, it can get wild like The Rapids, the Raging River, or the Hair Raiser. With a name like that you can be sure it will knock your socks off. In keeping up with the technology, Ocean Park offers a Virtual Reality roller coaster ride, the first ever in Hong Kong. So, you cannot afford to pass up the chance to ride it in particular if you want to experience how it feels to fly.
At the Waterfront, you will find one of the park’s main attractions - Le Le and Ying Ying, the lovable pandas. Fans of marine life will be in awe of the Grand Aquarium’s splendor. In it resides more than 5,000 fishes of varied species. For a bit of nostalgia, make sure to take a stroll in Old Hong Kong to find out how the city was in the 1950s through the 70s.
With everything Ocean Park has to offer, it is no wonder why having fun here is effortless.
See wild-life size endangered animals sculpture at Noah's Ark
The world’s only full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark is located in Hong Kong. Your family will be amazed at the animals that were stored inside to be spared from the flood which is believed to of happened thousands of years ago. This theme park is located at the Ma Wan waterfront next to Tsing Ma Bridge. Together, you will be immersed on the themes of love, life, family, nature and positive values that are important to the city people.
Noah’s Ark has the following areas where various forms of entertainment are available for every type of traveler in the family: Ark Garden, Ark Expo, Solar Tower, Treasure House, Ark Life Education House, Noah’s Adventure Land, and Noah’s Resort.
The Ark Garden has sixty-seven pairs of life-sized animals and sculptures that the children and the young at heart can see up close. The family can stroll together while seeing full-size replicas of exotic animals, including endangered species. It also has ponds and artificial waterfalls.
In the Ark Expo, you will experience amazing multimedia entertainment because it has a wide-screen and 4D theatre. With state-of-the-art facilities, everyone will be educated about the environmental challenges that the planet and its wildlife are facing in a world where various kinds of pollution are rampant.
Solar Tower is a fascinating learning area at Noah’s Ark as it allows people to see the activity on the surface of the Sun through a vacuum telescope. It is an extraordinary experience because visitors can see this in real time by using this telescope with a size of 350mm (just over a foot) in diameter. This is a tower where your family will learn various facts about the solar system and the universe as well as the solar and astronomical exhibits that took place in space throughout history.
If you are looking for educational facilities, the Ark Life Education House is a must-visit. It also provides innovative games you and your children can try, especially because these games are centered on both the happy and challenging journeys human beings usually face in the course of life. On the other hand, physical games such as the eight-meter Giant Swing, 3D Giant Ladder, among other climbing games are situated in Noah’s Adventureland. This area gives thrills and excitement to participants; twenty players are accommodated per session.
Wait, there is more! The Noah’s Resort, located on the top floor of Noah’s Ark, accommodates families who just wants to relax. In its seaside café, everyone can enjoy a drink and a peaceful vibe in the resort. All in all, Noah’s Ark gives both interactive as well as a tranquil experience away from the bustles and hustles on the busy part of Hong Kong.
Explore the Hong Kong Science Museum
Bring out the love for science in your children by taking them to the Hong Kong Science Museum. Over 70 percent of the exhibits here are hands-on, giving visitors such as families a unique museum experience compared to other exhibits where one can only stare into glass cabinets. The museum has 500 exhibits that cover various topics and themes, from natural and life science to technology such as robotics and virtual reality
The museum opened in 1992 and is situated beside Hong Kong Museum of History and Harbour City, standing in the east of Tsim Sha Tsui. It houses exhibits centered on five major themes: the introduction of exhibition, natural science, life science, technology and children’s gallery (for children from three to seven years old). No one will get bored here; the five-themed exhibits are divided into seventeen exhibition areas that cater to everyone’s different interests.
Here, the intellectual development of children is one of the main focususes of the Hong Kong Science Museum. Not only are the interactive games helpful, but the exhibit interpretations are suitable for everyone with different learning capacities as these are modeled to be easy to understand or simplified, not presenting facts as complex.
Do not forget to check out the Energy Machine in the Hong Kong Science Museum. This 22-meter-high twin tower at the center of the exhibition hall produce audio-visual effects that shows visitors various forms of energy as well as its transformation when activated. Both auditory and visual educational entertainment are made available to everyone as the ball amid two towers moves—truly a one-of-a-kind experience of the wonders of science.
The museum has three floors with self-explanatory titles: Common Cognitive Technology and Computer-Based Exhibits (first floor), Daily Technology (second floor), and Energy-Saving Methods where the children’s gallery is also located (third floor). Also, more than the educational areas (including a lecture hall and resource center), it also has gift shops and bookstores inside.
To check out more information such as special exhibitions and events, you can visit their official website.
Trick Eye Museum
The Trick Eye Museum is a place to be for families who love taking great photos, even hilarious ones. It has around 50 paintings and installations that magically appear to be 3D through optical illusion. The photos you can take here are not only mind-boggling, but also unique enough that they will give other people both the laughs and the bewilderment. The museum has five different themed zones: World of Masterpieces, Hong Kong Discovery, Secret Garden, Great Adventure and Neverland.
Trick eye museum and its concept were actually first founded in Korea. Now, it has reached Singapore and Hong Kong where museums with optical illusions are featured. Moreover, if you have a family member who is celebrating a birthday, you may want to check this place out with him or her; free entry is given during one’s special day. Located on the third floor of the Peak Galleria next to the viewing deck, one can take the glass lift next to Sweet Dynasty Desserts to reach the museum.
Each installation or provided backdrop have tips on poses and how to get the best photo which helps any family member who poses awkwardly in photos or is not used to having his or her photo taken. Most of the scenes here are bizarre enough to bring out the photogenic side of a person, no matter the introverted personality.
You can find a giant Mona Lisa taking a selfie as well as Van Gogh that can be next to you as your loved one takes a shot. You can also climb or clamber over some installations, compared to other flat-painted scenes. This way, visitors can touch and interact with these illusions.
Camera-shy or not, the Trick Eye Museum is a fun place to be. It sparks the happy kid inside, both for the young ones and the young at heart. After a long time of posing and taking great photos, everyone can buy brownies and go for a drink at the Häagen-Dazs café on your way out.