With its choice of theme parks, array of beautiful beaches and stunning setting, Hong Kong boasts a wide variety of activities that are perfect for kids of all ages. Catch a ferry to a tropical island, get up close and personal with the territory’s unique wildlife or discover the mountains, fishing villages and landmarks of Hong Kong with a hike through its beautiful countryside.
With something to suit kids of all ages, Hong Kong is a great destination for a family getaway. Whether you’re looking for a tropical beach break, a cultural excursion or an adrenaline pumping adventure, there’s something for everyone in this diverse and dynamic territory. Check out this guide to Hong Kong activities for families to ensure you make the most of your far eastern adventure.
1) Have fun at Ocean Park
Filled with adrenaline-pumping rides and home to a wide variety of animals and habitats, Ocean Park is one of the top things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Learn about the local marine life in the park’s enormous aquarium, see giant pandas up close in the specially built rainforest or get your pulse racing with a ride on one of Ocean Park’s high speed rollercoasters. A sky tram connects the upper and lower areas of the park, offering panoramic views over Hong Kong Island. It’s an experience you and the kids will never forget.
2) Explore Lamma Island
Escape the city crowds with a trip to the picturesque Lamma Island, just 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) from Hong Kong Island. Boasting a laid back atmosphere and a unique mix of eastern and western culture, the island is a fantastic place to relax, unwind and spend some quality time together as a family. Soak up the sun on one of Lamma’s pretty beaches, learn about the region’s past at the evocative Kamikaze Cave or enjoy an active family day out with a walk along Lamma Island’s Ling Kok Shan hiking trail.
3) Meet Mickey and friends at Hong Kong Disneyland
For fans of Mickey Mouse, there are few better things to do in Hong Kong with kids than a visit to the territory’s very own Disneyland. Packed with fun rides and exciting attractions, this bijou theme park will keep your kids happy for hours. Buy tickets in advance online or from one of the kiosks in Central to avoid the queues – and make the most of your time at the attraction.
4) Catch the Star Ferry
One of the most historic boats still plying the waters of Hong Kong, the Star Ferry carries passengers from Central to Kowloon and Wan Chai to Kowloon. Sit on the top deck to enjoy great views of the city as you sail across the narrow strait. Fun and exciting, catching a ferry is a must do activity during your family trip to Hong Kong.
5) Get some fresh air in Victoria Park
Kids need to burn off some energy? Take them to Victoria Park and let them run, swim and play. Boasting a range of leisure facilities, wide-open spaces and great views of the surrounding skyscrapers, this picturesque park is a good destination for a family picnic or energetic afternoon out.
6) Go Dolphin watching
Although the waters that surround Hong Kong team with life, fishing and ferries are slowly damaging the local environment. So take your kids on a boat trip to visit the endangered pink dolphins and see these stunning creatures before it’s too late.
7) Take the Peak Tram
Impress your children with spectacular views of Hong Kong from the very top of Victoria Peak. Kids will love taking the Peak Tram. It travels at an alarmingly steep angle to the very top. There’s a good choice of restaurants to keep hungry tummies happy at the peak, and you’ll also find Madame Tussauds and a choice of souvenir shops at this lofty attraction.