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20 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

Our favorite family destination (and our former home)

BY La Jolla Mom
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Beneath Hong Kong’s modern skyscrapers lies a surprisingly kid-friendly destination. The city holds tremendous sentimental value as our former home and my daughter’s birthplace. We return every year because the list of things to do in Hong Kong with kids is expansive — even if you don’t factor in Hong Kong Disneyland® (which is our family’s favorite Disney® park in the world).

The neat thing about Hong Kong is that you can experience something new every time you visit. For such a tiny destination, it really packs a punch. This list is focused on activities that one can practically experience on a typical Hong Kong family vacation.

Getting Discounted Tickets for Hong Kong Attractions

It’s become much easier to buy tickets for Hong Kong attractions in advance, which you absolutely should do. I’ve noted where this is possible, and in most cases, it’s via Klook, an enormous tour operator in Asia. You’ll usually save a little money and skip queues by entering with their mobile or printed tickets.

You may also want to consider the Hong Kong Pass. This sightseeing pass is for active travelers who would like to see multiple attractions in a day.

The Best Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

It’s become much easier to buy tickets for Hong Kong attractions in advance, which you absolutely should do. I’ve noted where this is possible, and in most cases, it’s via Klook, an enormous tour operator in Asia. You’ll usually save a little money and skip queues by entering with their mobile or printed tickets.

You may also want to consider the Hong Kong Pass. This sightseeing pass is for active travelers who would like to see multiple attractions in a day.

1. Hong Kong Disneyland

Characters in Chinese New Year Costumes at Hong Kong Disneyland

We’ve been to every Disneyland in the world, and Hong Kong Disneyland is by far our favorite. I’m a fan of experiencing Disney in other cultures because the food and other aspects are different. While there can be lines, they are typically shorter here than at any other Disney park we’ve been to.

Songs on rides like “it’s a small world” are sung in English, though instructions around the park are typically given in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Of the major roller coasters, Hyperspace Mountain (more or less Space Mountain for those familiar with Disneyland in Anaheim) is the only one represented here. Do not miss the Iron Man Experience, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Mystic Manor, and the new Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle.

Definitely, buy your tickets in advance online and print them before you go so you can avoid the lines at the ticket booths. Options include:

  • Discounted Hong Kong Disneyland tickets on Klook (QR code mobile entry)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland hotel or other luxury hotel concierge
  • The Hong Kong Disneyland app

If you’re short on time, a half-day visit to Hong Kong Disneyland is still worth it. If you’re coming during the summer months and would like to skip the lines, think about booking a 3-hour Disneyland VIP Tour. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (there is one in the park now, too), Hong Kong Disneyland character dining, and Disney dim sum all take place at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, which is a quick shuttle bus away from the theme park. However, know that you need to reserve these experiences in advance.

Though it’s the smaller relative to other Disney parks, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Check out my tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland in the summer.

Neighborhood: Lantau Island

How to get there: There are local and cross-boundary buses that travel to and from the park, taxis regularly drop off and pick up visitors, and you can also reach the park via MTR by boarding the Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station.

Activity: Theme Park

Cost: Standard park tickets start at HK$639. There are special packages available, and you can often get discounted tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland on Klook.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (verify on the day you plan to visit)

Ages: All Ages


2. Ocean Park Hong Kong

The entrance to Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea-themed Ocean Park Hong Kong is on the south side of Hong Kong island. Some prefer this park to Hong Kong Disneyland because it’s unique with fewer crowds and more opportunities for animal encounters (check the schedule). We have participated in the Honorary Panda Keeper program twice and it’s a wonderful experience.

The park is divided into two parts — a lower level and upper level — connected by a sky tram that provides some of the best views of this part of Hong Kong Island. Note that the sky tram is a bit hairy on windy days. A submarine-themed train barrels through the mountain to the other side, too. The lines are usually shorter if you take the train up to the upper level and the cable car down.

The Waterfront (lower area) near the entrance has the pandas, a huge aquarium, and a playground for younger kids. The Summit (upper area) has rides for older kids, the sea lions (which you can toss fish to at designated times), the main show area, and other attractions.

Tip: Ocean Park is doable with just a half-day commitment if you’re short on time. Also, buy tickets in advance to avoid lines which have been long lately at the park. Klook has discounted Ocean Park tickets.

Neighborhood: Wong Chuk Hang

How to get there: Ocean Park is accessible by car, bus, taxi, and the MTR (it’s one stop on the South Island Line from the Admiralty station).

Activity: Theme Park and Aquarium

Cost: Checking Klook for discounted tickets, but on the Ocean Park website, basic adult admission starts at HK$480 and admission for kids 11 and under is HK$240. You can pay for Ocean FasTrack if you want priority accesses for designated rides and attractions.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ages: All Ages


3. Ride the Star Ferry Hong Kong

Star Ferry boat: Definitely take the 6-12 minute ride (depending on time of day) from Central to Kowloon on the historic Star Ferry when visiting Hong Kong with kids.

Definitely take the 6-12 minute ride (length depends on the time of day) from Central to Kowloon on the historic Star Ferry when visiting Hong Kong with kids.

The Star Ferry Hong Kong is a historical American-football-shaped boat that journeys from Central to Kowloon or Wan Chai to Kowloon in just a few minutes. It also goes to the Hong Kong Disneyland hotel once per day.

Depending on how far you have to walk to the ferry terminals, it can be faster to take the Star Ferry Hong Kong to Kowloon than the MTR.

Try to sit on the upper deck to avoid inhaling coal fumes that trap themselves on the lower level. It costs a few extra cents, but I believe it’s worth it. There is no need to check the schedule (unless you need to ride it very early in the morning or late at night) because the ferries run frequently.

You can also book a short Star Ferry tour around Victoria Harbour during the day or at night. If you only plan to ride the ferry once, I recommend departing from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side in the evening. You’ll get a beautiful view of the Hong Kong skyline and you’ll have a great view of the ICC and Symphony of Lights evening light shows.

Neighborhood: Central / Wan Chai / Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

How to get there: To get to the Star Ferry Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, exit the MTR at the L6 exit. To get to the Central Pier, exit the MTR at the A2 exit or Exit A.

Activity: Scenic Boat Ride

Cost: Tickets start at HK$2.20 per adult per ride in the ferry’s lower deck or HK$2.70 to sit on the upper deck. Use an Octopus Card or purchase admission in the machines near the entrance gates.

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ages: All Ages


4. Shop the Toy Streets and Other Markets

My daughter shopping on Fuk Wing Street in Hong Kong
Fuk Wing Street toy street in Sham Shui Po

Yes, there are streets in Hong Kong dedicated entirely to toys. Since we are always in Hong Kong near my daughter’s birthday, these streets are where we load up on party favors.

At Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po, there are cheap dolls, balls, gadgets, and school supplies that you can buy individually or in bulk. It’s a nice stop if you’re shopping the other markets in Sham Shui Po anyway. Take Exit B2 at Sham Shui Po Station, walk two streets and turn right.

Another option is Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai. This one has more variety and nostalgic toys. Take Exit A3 at Wan Chai station and walk just a few minutes. You’ll see it.

Some Hong Kong markets appeal to kids more than others. If in need of a costume for any reason, definitely go to Pottinger Street. This small market lines a staircase in Central with vendors selling loads of costumes, accessories, and holiday decor year-round. It’s also conveniently located next two other famous shopping streets called The Lanes (Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West) just off of Queens Road near the Mid Levels escalator. Visit both in the same outing. Take Exit C at Central Station and walk down Des Voeux road until you see the lanes full of shops. I also take Exit D and walk down Queen’s Road.

Kids who can stay up late will enjoy the festival atmosphere of the (somewhat touristy) Temple Street Night Market with its food, trinkets, and fortune tellers. Take Exit C at Yau Ma Tei Station or Exit A at Jordan Station.

I’ve written in detail about where to go shopping in Hong Kong.

Neighborhoods: Sham Shui Po / Wan Chai / Central / Mongkok

How to get there: MTR Exits listed next to each market above

Activity: Shopping

Cost: Free to enter

Hours: Varies

Ages: Kids who like to shop


5. Visit The Peak

Note: The Peak Tram will be closed for maintenance for up to three months starting on April 23, 2019. The Peak Galleria is also closed for renovation until late 2019. This is where a number of restaurants, shops, and the Trick Eye Museum are located. 

Despite these closures, The Peak is still a worthwhile Hong Kong attraction to visit. Klook offers uphill or downhill bus options

The Peak Tower with Observation Deck
The observation deck is on the top of this building.

The Peak offers the most spectacular view of Hong Kong. The viewing deck on the top of The Peak Tower on the Sky Terrace 428 (admission required) is the perfect place to take that holiday card photo. Or opt for the free Lion’s Peak Pavilion to the right (if facing Victoria Harbour) of The Peak Tower. It’s a free viewing platform with more charm but be aware that it is usually crowded.

Go any time of the day, but I think it’s best to maximize your time up here by also dining at The Peak Lookout. There are also quick-service restaurants, some of which serve must-try Hong Kong food. Madame Tussaud’s is here as are many, many souvenir shops, so plan to spend a while here.

Stroll around the Peak Circle Walk for more scenic shots. As the name implies, you can walk an entire circle around The Peak. There’s a little kids’ playground around the middle if they need a break. It takes around 40 minutes to do the entire walk, so when we’re short on time we walk it for a bit and then reverse.

The Peak Tram going uphill

We usually like to take The Peak Tram up and walk or taxi back down. If we walk, we take the scenic Morning Trail from the Peak all the way back to Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong in Central which takes about an hour. That said, I know where I’m going… if you get lost, hail a taxi.

Likewise, many hike to Pok Fu Lam from The Peak and down a few other trails. If hiking or walking down from The Peak appeals to you, ask your hotel concierge for a map and make sure your mobile phone is charged.

Neighborhood: Victoria Peak

How to get there: Klook offers uphill or downhill bus options, or you can take the Peak Tram up and a taxi back down.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: A single ride on the Peak Tram costs HK$32 for adults and HK$12 for children 11 and under and senior citizens. Admission to Sky Terrace 428 costs HK$77 for adults and HK$35 for kids and seniors.

Hours: The Peak Tram runs from 7 a.m. to midnight. The Peak Galleria (closed through summer 2019) is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Peak Tower terminus opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays and holidays and at 10 a.m. on other days. It closes at 11 p.m.

Ages: All ages

Tip: The queue for the Peak Tram on the way up has been really long lately. Get a skip-the-line ticket from Klook (you can bundle this with discounted admission to Madame Tussauds and the Sky Terrace) or the Hong Kong pass.


6. Hong Kong Science Museum/Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Science Museum with Cathay Pacific DC3 hanging from the ceiling

Here’s something to do on a rainy day in Hong Kong with kids (from late spring through early fall, there are plenty of hot or rainy days). The Hong Kong Science Museum is located in Kowloon and has over 500 exhibits on display including Cathay Pacific’s first DC3 airliner suspended from the ceiling.

Most of the exhibits are hands-on, including a car simulator that you “drive” to avoid accidents. Another highlight is the 22-meter Energy Machine (the largest of its kind in the world) with audio-visual effects simulating energy. Kids will love it.

The Hong Kong Museum of History is right next door and is my favorite Hong Kong museum. It does have some colorful hands-on exhibits for kids, but you will likely enjoy it more than they will. I say hit both on the same day.

Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui

How to get there: Take the West Rail Line, get off at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P2 and walk along Chatham Road south for about 10 minutes.

Activity: Museum

Cost: General admission to the Hong Kong Science Museum is HK$20. Children under 4 are free. The Hong Kong Museum of History is free for all visitors.

Hours: Both museums open daily at 10 a.m., but closing times vary.

Ages: Elementary school kids up to adults will appreciate the exhibits in the Hong Kong Museum of History most, but toddlers and above may like the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Tip: You can visit both in the same day as you’ll likely spend an hour or two at most at both.


7. Hong Kong Park

Turtles at Hong Kong Park (kids love them)
Kids (and adults) love looking at the turtles in the ponds.

This park is a little oasis off of the busy street. It isn’t huge but passing through here is a pleasant thing to do with kids, especially if you’re walking from Central to Admiralty (or vice versa) or need a break from shopping at Pacific Place (one of my favorite indoor malls). Turtles and koi fish can be seen swimming in little ponds along the walkway.

The park has a playground, a Tai Chi garden, a gym, and there’s even a small teaware museum worth a short visit. When it’s hot, it’s easy to duck back into Pacific Place mall for a drink or bite to eat. Do peek into the free Flagstaff House Teaware Museum quickly to learn more about the role that tea plays in Asian culture. The Peak Tram also departs from the Lower Terminus just outside of Hong Kong Park.

If families are considering the Admiralty hotels (Upper House, Conrad, JW Marriott, and Island Shangri-la), I always point out this park as a perk of the location.

Neighborhood: Central / Admiralty

How to get there: Take MTR Tsuen Wan Line, South Island Line, or Island Line to Admiralty Station, and use Exit C1. Walk through Pacific Place Mall (following the signs), and then take the escalator directly to the park.

Activity: Park

Cost: Free

Hours: The park opens at 6 a.m. daily and closes at 11 p.m.

Ages: All Ages


8. The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery via Ngong Ping 360

The Big Buddha statue next to Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong
Get your daily exercise by climbing the steps up to the Tian Tan Buddha.

Named for the stunning views seen during the ride, Ngong Ping 360 eliminates the need to endure a windy bus ride to the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. You can ride in a regular cable car, private cable car, or even a glass-bottom cable car.

I recommend you book the glass-bottom cable car at Ngong Ping 360. Kids love the glass-bottom cable car for obvious reasons and it usually has a shorter boarding queue.

If in Hong Kong with kids, book the glass-bottom cable car at Ngong Ping 360.
The glass bottom cable car.

The cable car drops you at Ngong Ping Village where there is shopping, dining, and entertainment. It’s a bit touristy, though nature walks are accessible here, and the most famous sight is the Po Lin Monastery, where you can have a decent vegetarian lunch and see the Tian Tan Buddha, otherwise known as the Big Buddha.

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are very popular Hong Kong attractions for a good reason. People from all over Asia make the pilgrimage to see the stately Big Buddha, which was built in 1993. If your kids are good walkers, do take a quick detour to the Wisdom Path where a group of large wooden steles displays a prayer. It’s great for photos.

My daughter loves visiting the Big Buddha and asks to visit every time we go to Hong Kong now. You can read more about our tips for visiting the Big Buddha because there is a lot to know.

Some hotel concierge desks can purchase your Ngong Ping cable car tickets in advance. Otherwise, Klook has them and a dedicated expedited line at the entrance.

Neighborhood: Lantau Island

How to get there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung station and the cable car is just a few minutes away on foot.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Varies depending on which cable car you ride, though full-price single standard tickets start at HK$160 for adults and HK$75 for children 3-11. Children ages 2 and under ride free.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends

Ages: Kids who won’t mind the walking (strollers are okay for younger kids)


9. Go Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching

A Hong Kong pink dolphin

Sadly, due to pollution, ferries, and harbour reclamation, the striking but endangered Hong Kong pink dolphins are becoming even rarer. They are gorgeous and if you can swing 3 hours on a boat, try to see them before they are gone. Through Klook, you can book a Hong Kong pink dolphin watching tour. Hong Kong’s pink dolphins are active year round and dolphin watching excursions book up quickly in peak travel season, so I recommend buying tickets in advance.

Neighborhood: Many tours depart in Tsim Sha Tsui

How to get there: Varies

Activity: Wildlife Experience

Cost: Varies depending on which tour you take, but expect to spend about HK$470 for adult tickets

Hours: Varies, but expect to spend half a day on your tour

Ages: All ages, though older kids who can wait patiently for sightings will enjoy it most.


10. Explore the Geoparks

Sharp Island Hong Kong Geopark with kids
Sharp Island – Wikimedia Commons: kobe CHENG [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Exploring the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with kids is the perfect outdoor activity for a family vacation. 

Eight named sites at the UNESCO Global Geopark in Hong Kong highlight interesting rock formations created by the Earth’s movement. There are hexagonal volcanic columns, sea arches, a 400-year-old village, and other interesting things to see in two regions (Sai Kung and Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region), each with four geo-areas. Most families prefer to visit Sai Kung. Sharp Island, especially at low tide, is a good choice by sampan from Sai Kung Pier (otherwise, it’s a long hike).

Kids may also like the Volcano Discovery Centre in Sai Kung Waterfront Park which organizes tours and showcases how the rock formations were made.

If you happen to be staying at The Peninsula Hong Kong, they now offer a private helicopter tour of the UNESCO Geopark as part of their Peninsula Academy bespoke programs, or you can book one via Klook. There are also boat tours and kayak tours. Your best bet is to do some research to decide which Geopark experience is most appropriate for your family as some are rigorous to get to. 

Neighborhood: Sai Kung

How to get there: From MTR Diamond Hill Station, take Exit C2 to Bus 92. You can also take Exit C2 out of Choi Hung Station and then take Minibus 1A. Keep in mind that the different areas of the park have different addresses.

Activity: Nature Excursion

Cost: This will depend on what type of tour you take. There are helicopter tours, walking tours, boat tours, and more.

Hours: Open 24 hours

Ages: Kids old enough to handle the walking and climbing will have the most fun.


11. Watch the Nightly Symphony of Lights and ICC Light Shows

The Symphony of Lights Show on top of Hong Kong skyscrapers
The Symphony of Lights view from Kowloon side, looking at Central.

The Symphony of Lights show over Victoria Harbour never gets old, and my daughter has loved it since before she could talk. I highly recommend harbour view hotel rooms as most have views of it (the closer you are to the harbour, the better).

The ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ as named by Guinness World Records starts every night at 8:00 p.m. Colored lasers and lights shoot from the top of 40 buildings lining the Hong Kong skyline on both sides of the harbour. Listen to music (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the new musical score) and narration available via the A Symphony of Lights app though it is broadcast live near Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui and at the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. 

The ICC Light Show has won a Guinness Book of World Record for “Largest Light and Sound Show on a Single Building” occurs on the exterior of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) building, where The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong resides. It’s the tallest building in Hong Kong. 

Remember, you can see both shows at the evening Star Ferry tour or book a Symphony of Lights tour on Aqua Luna, a (newer) traditional Hong Kong red-sailed junks (more details below).

Download the ICCLightShow app so that you can listen to music synchronized with the light show. 

Neighborhood: West Kowloon / Tsim Sha Tsui / Central

How to get there: You can see both shows extremely well from a harbour view room at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, the IFC terraces on Podium 3 and 4 as well as some harbour view restaurants. See both also from Ocean Terminal Deck at Harbour City with its 270-degree harbour view.

Activity: Light Show

Cost: Free

Hours: Symphony of Lights at 8 p.m. and ICC shows at 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Ages: All Ages


12. Ride the Mid-Levels Escalator

A downhill view of the Mid-Levels escalator

This activity depends on the level of patience your kids have, but the Mid-Levels Escalator is the largest outdoor covered escalator in the world at roughly half a mile long and worth checking out. There are more than a dozen entry and exit points, rest areas, and even cafes and shops. You can actually hop on and off along the route.

Starting at 6 a.m., the escalator runs downhill to take residents to work and switches directions at roughly 10:15 a.m. to run uphill until midnight, at which point it turns off until the morning.

Make it a challenge and see if you can ride it all the way to the top, though note that it doesn’t reach The Peak. You can always exit for lunch, dinner, shopping, or a snack.

There are tons of great restaurants, shops, and markets around the escalator including the famous Wellington Street Michelin mile, Hollywood Road, Tai Kwun and some of Hong Kong last remaining dai pai dongs.

As you’ve likely taken the escalator up, it’s easy to walk back down though it’s mostly by staircases and not stroller-friendly, unless you know how to wind your way down the various streets, which is certainly possible by looking out for sidewalks leading downhill. My daughter liked to count the steps down when she was younger. Or, you can simply taxi back down to Central.

Neighborhoods: Central and the Mid-Levels

How to get there: The starting point of the escalator in Central is 100 Queens Road. It’s an easy walk from the Central MTR Station (Exit D2) and Central Hong Kong hotels.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Free

Hours: The escalator runs from 6 a.m. until midnight, though keep in mind that the direction changes at 10:15 a.m.

Ages: Elementary school age kids think it’s fun but it’s a slow-moving escalator so may run out of patience before hitting the top. And, remember one has to walk back down. Older kids will enjoy the area surrounding the escalator up to Elgin Street. Look out for Instagram-worthy street murals.


13. Bike the New Territories

Biking through the New Territories on a bike tour

Cycling is becoming one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong with kids and is most often done in the New Territories. We took a half-day private biking tour of the Walled Villages in the New Territories with Mountain Biking Asia, that I would recommend for kids that can handle more rugged terrain. It’s pretty flat, with a few small hills and dirt roads, but they do need a little strength and endurance. My daughter was nine when we first did this and fine.

We have also rented bikes, including kids’ bikes, and explored scenic paved bike paths in the area ourselves. The entire route is pretty flat and there is a dedicated bike path. Discover Hong Kong has a helpful page outlining the various bike paths and rental information

Neighborhood: Tai Wai

How to get there: You can rent bikes just outside of the MTR station in Tai Wai and Hong Kong biking tours depart from various locations.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Varies, depending on the tour

Hours: Varies, though plan for a half day

Ages: Kids old enough to ride a bike independently and have the endurance to handle a couple of hours of biking off-road.


14. Ride a Hong Kong Junk

An iconic red-sailed junk boat in Victoria Harbour

Red-sailed junks are Hong Kong’s icon, often seen in travel ads, and a sight that lends immediate recognition to Victoria Harbour. Duk Ling is the last authentic Chinese sailing junk in Victoria Harbour. The junk has been painstakingly restored and is available for short cruises during the week or private hire. If you’re not going to ride it, keep an eye out for it in the harbour. I see it often when we stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

Another red-sailed junk built by the Aqua Group is also visible on the harbour and available for dining and tours. It’s called Aqua Luna but keep in mind that it is a new ship which means the experience is a bit more posh with more comfortable seating, cocktails, and food for purchase. Those who prefer a more authentic experience should choose Duk Ling.

There are also some junks you can rent by the day (sans the red sails, usually). We’ve done it with friends (and loads of champagne), and it’s quite fun. If you ride a Hong Kong junk during the day, do bring sunscreen.

Neighborhood: Central and Tsim Sha Tsui

How to get there: You can catch Duk Ling at Kowloon Public Pier 3 in or Central Pier 9. Aqua Luna departs from Tsim Sha Tsu Pier 1 and Central Pier 9.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Tickets on Duk Ling cost HK$230 for adults and HK$160 for kids 3–11 years old and seniors. The cost of Aqua Luna tours varies depending on the tour.

Hours: Duk Ling picks up passengers hourly from 2:30 p.m. through 8:45 p.m. Aqua Luna runs on a hop-on, hop-off basis between noon and 5:00 p.m. Private tours are available by request.

Ages: All Ages (though anyone prone to seasickness probably won’t enjoy this)


15. Ferry to an Outer Island

Boats docked at Cheung Chau island
Cheung Chau island

Kids who love boat rides can get their fill in Hong Kong between the Star Ferry, Duk Ling, Aqua Luna, dolphin watching, and taking the ferries to outlying islands where the buzz of a big city is less noticeable. The two most popular islands are Cheung Chau (pictured above), which is famous for the annual bun festival in May (if you are in Hong Kong in May, this festival is a must), and Lamma Island, another fishing village.

Cheung Chau is home to a pretty beach near the ferry terminal and water-based outdoor activities like kayaking and swimming, while Lamma Island is home to fresh seafood and a little beach. Both are worth visiting if time and weather permits.

Lamma Island beach in good weather
Lamma island on a sunny day during a recent visit.

We used to take the 20-minute ferry ride over to Lamma from Central, walk around the island and then eat at one of the small seaside restaurants. The islands, especially Lamma, provide a nice break from city life.

Seasickness is less likely to occur on these larger ferries, unlike a smaller junk boat.

Neighborhood: Lamma and the other small islands

How to get there: There are various ferry companies that depart from Central

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Varies, but ferry tickets are very inexpensive

Hours: Varies, but ferries typically run all day and depart every half hour or so

Ages: All ages, though smaller kids may tire out after lots of walking (strollers are easy to take on the ferries).


16. Ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Recently opened on the Central Harbourfront, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel (or Hong Kong Ferris Wheel) provides 20 minutes of fun for all ages. The wheel spins around three times per ride and provides excellent views over Victoria Harbour.

One of the best times to visit is during the Golden Hour when the sunlight hits the skyscrapers or during the Symphony of Lights show. But really, any time is a good time to ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.

Neighborhood: Central

How to get there: You can walk to the Observation Wheel from any of the ferry terminals and Central hotels

Activity: Family Fun

Cost: Tickets are HK$20 for adults, HK$10 for children 3-11, and free for kids under three years old. You can also reserve a private gondola for HK$160. Buy tickets in advance.

Hours: The Ferris wheel runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Ages: All Ages


17. Explore Tai Kwun, the Former Central Police Station

The courtyard of Tai Kwun, a fun things to do in Hong Kong with kids
The Tai Kwun courtyard is a nice place to grab a drink and rest while sightseeing in Central.

Tai Kwun opened in late 2018 as a centre for heritage and arts located just off of the Mid-Levels escalator in Old Town Central. It’s used to be the Central Police Station compound which is made up of three parts: Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. 

Now, visitors enjoy the large open square surrounded by bars and cafes. It’s a nice place to take a break when in Hong Kong with kids after sightseeing around the area. Shops featuring local artists and designers flank the square. Check the event calendar to see what’s on display in the various galleries during your visit.

Kids will enjoy the walking through some of the Victoria Prison cells that are now animated to tell the story of what life was like in there back in the day. They can also pick up a scavenger hunt sheet in the Visitor’s Center that they can stamp at various stations around Tai Kwun.

Neighborhood: Central

How to get there: Take the Central-Mid-Levels escalator uphill and when you get to the elevated walkway above Hollywood Road, walk straight into Tai Kwun.

Activity: Sightseeing

Cost: Free to enter

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11p.m. daily (can vary during holidays)

Ages: All Ages


18. Visit the Trick Eye Museum (Temporarily Closed)

Note: Trick Eye Museum is located inside The Peak Galleria which is closed for renovation until summer 2019.

My daughter in front of a mural at the Trick Eye Museum at The Peak in Hong Kong

The Trick Eye Museum at The Peak in Hong Kong (mentioned briefly above) is a fun thing to do with kids.

My daughter and her friends love this little 3-D art museum with about 50 mind-bending optical illusion paintings and installations that bring art to life. It doesn’t take long to walk through the entire thing. I would say allow 30 minutes or so to walk through all the rooms in the Trick Eye Museum. If you’ll be touring The Peak at some point anyway, plan to spend a little time here.

Neighborhood: Central

How to get there: Take the uphill bus or the Peak Tram at Garden Road Terminal

Activity: Museum

Cost: Full price tickets cost HK$150 for adult admission and HK$100 for children ages 3 through 11.

Hours: The Trick Eye Museum is currently closed for renovations

Ages: All Ages


19. Eat Character Dim Sum

Character dim sum at Yum Cha in Hong Kong
Bao dumplings at Yum Cha’s Central location

People often ask me what to eat in Hong Kong, and of course, the answer changes when you’re traveling in Hong Kong with kids. Character dim sum is trending in Hong Kong and elsewhere, and kids love it. One of the most popular places for it in Hong Kong is a restaurant called Yum Cha, which has locations in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, and Causeway Bay. We often meet friends here because the kids love it and the food is good. Do make a reservation. They also offer dim sum making classes.

Dim Sum Icon, now only in Kowloon, is another restaurant where the themed character dim sum changes every so often to keep people coming in. To be honest, I did not recognize the character series featured when we were there, but they’ve featured Gudetama, Sailor Moon, and other favorite characters in the past. In my opinion, the food is better at Yum Cha.

Of course, you can also reserve Crystal Lotus inside Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for Disney dim sum.

Neighborhood: Central and Tsim Sha Tsui

How to get there: Yum Cha locations can be found at

  • Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central 
  • Emperor Watch & Jewellery Ctr., 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
  • 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Shop 07, Level 4A, Langham Place, Mongkok

Activity: Dining

Cost: Character dim sum options range from HK$50-60 per order

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner on weekdays. On weekends, lunch lasts until 4:30 p.m.

Ages: Toddlers and up


20. Eat a Hong Kong Waffle

A Mammy Pancake egg waffle
One of our recent Mammy Pancake eggettes

Even picky kids may enjoy one of Hong Kong’s most popular street food snacks: the egg waffle (also called Hong Kong waffles, bubble waffles, or eggette). Egg waffles have actually become pretty trendy in U.S. cities (in case you want to try them but aren’t traveling abroad any time soon) where they’re usually wrapped around ice cream.

In addition to enjoying the mildly-sweet flavor of the original (many flavor variations exist now), it’s fun to see how the waffles are made and dried by a fan. We like Mammy Pancake (locations on the island and in Kowloon) which has recently earned a Michelin star. Lee Keung Kee (North Point and Kowloon) is popular, as is Oddie’s (Central and Wan Chai) if you’d like an eggette wrapped around soft-serve gelato.

Other local must-trys that kids may love include pineapple buns, Hong Kong toast, wonton noodle soup, and egg tarts.

Neighborhood: Throughout Hong Kong

How to get there: You can research where to go ahead of time or wait until you come across a shop selling them.

Activity: Dining

Cost: About HK$15 for a traditional waffle

Ages: Toddlers and up


Good Things to Know When in Hong Kong With Kids

Things to do in Hong Kong with kids

Eating in Hong Kong with kids isn’t challenging. There is plenty of Western food available, but kid-friendly Asian favorites like steamed rice, fried rice, egg rolls, and other simple Chinese food can be ordered, too.

Do not panic if you forget to pack something. Many Western brands of jarred baby food, formula, diapers, and other items for infants and toddlers are available at chemists (pharmacies) and grocery stores.

Car seats aren’t required in taxis. Uneven pavement makes using a stroller difficult in some areas and finding a lift in an MTR station can be difficult, though not impossible. This is a good opportunity to try babywearing.

Hong Kongers love kids, and I’ve received plenty of help with my own strollers and bags from strangers over the years.

If time permits, Hong Kong is a fantastic city for a vacation photographer. We used Flytographer for a 30-minute session and were quite pleased. Book through my link for 20% more photos and a free SmugMug print (applied after checkout), if you’d like to try it. Shoots start at $250 for 30 minutes.

When you’re booking a hotel, keep in mind that the maximum occupancy in Hong Kong hotels is three people, including kids, with a few exceptions. Even families of four will usually need connecting rooms.

Look into meet and greet service at Hong Kong Airport if you’re worried about how tired kids will handle long walks and clearing customs after long haul flights (it’s a big airport). They’ll pick you up at the jetway in a buggy if your gate is further away than gate 25. Learn more about how to get from Hong Kong airport to your hotel.

I have had nothing but good experiences with babysitters at both the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. These are my top two Hong Kong family hotel picks and where we stay every year.

If you are considering a luxury Hong Kong hotel, I have access to VIP amenities and perks (that may include complimentary breakfast for two, room upgrades, food, and beverage credits and more) at five-star hotels in town through my role as an independent affiliate at Cadence Travel. You can book online with benefits. For moderate and budget hotels, most people save with Agoda.

See also: The Best List of Family Hotels in Hong Kong

What are your favorite things to do in Hong Kong with kids?

Photo credits: Star Ferry, Peak Tram, Symphony of Lights, Cheung Chau are courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Learn tips for visiting Hong Kong with kids from someone who lived there returns regularly for family vacations.
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61 thoughts on “20 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

    1. Hi! You definitely should. We try to go back every year. Except with my daughter in elementary school now, Asia in the summer isn’t ideal, but we’ll do it anyway. Singapore is awesome, too, with kids.

    1. Thanks for the pins! I am biased, but I love it. HK is also the perfect gateway to the rest of Asia. A lot of our friends used it as a base from which to travel to other places.

  1. Hi My wife and I are flying to Thailand in November and will be staying over for 2 nights and days in Hong Kong,I know it is only a short stop over but what would you say that the high lights would be for things and places to see? Looking forward to seeing HK as it will be our first time abroad(Our honeymoon present to each other)

    Any advise is welcome,and Thanks

  2. Thank you for this fabulous list! I’ve been scouring online and this has been the most helpful on what to do in Hong Kong with kids. Are the trains relatively easy to navigate?

    1. Yes, they are easy to navigate. Each train has an easy-to-read route map inside with stops labeled in English toward the ceiling and they’ll make announcements in Cantonese and English on major lines (along with showing a flickering light near the station you are approaching). Some stations have multiple exits so it’s very important to find out which exit you need…. exit A, D, H, etc. Taking the wrong exit can lead you blocks away from where you thought you’d be!

  3. The pictures do tell its own story as Hong Kong is a breathtaking destination to call by especially with kids. For all those families planning a holiday in this part of the world, Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong would be the best place to kick start your holiday.

  4. Great list, thanks so much. We are planning our first overseas holiday with kids in May / June. Hong Kong is our first stop, and although I am visiting my sister there, these comments from someone with kids is priceless. Thanks again

  5. That’s a fabulous list! Now, the GeoParks are something we have not explored much of – you’ve got me curious about them now! Any excuse for a trip to Hong Kong, really 🙂

  6. this is so useful! thank you! we’re traveling with our 4-year old and these are awesome suggestions for us to enjoy with him. do you also have recs on accommodations? thanks so much in advance!

    1. I like to stay in Central because it’s where we used to live and very convenient. I think Kowloon near the harbour is equally convenient. It really depends on your budget. Four Seasons HK and Mandarin Oriental (the original, not the Landmark MO) are both luxurious and family-friendly. Upper House is quite popular right now, too.

  7. hi! I ‘ll be traveling with my daughter 1yr 11 months (almost 2yrs old) and husband by August 1st up to 3.. Just wondering which location in HKG is perfect for shopping not so expensive but a little cheaper ?.. Also i’m looking for a jewelry shop which sells a little cheaper .. Many thanks

    1. I might suggest Kowloon for you because you can have the nice stores and easier access to the markets like the Ladies Market, Mongkok and Temple Night Street Market where things are a little cheaper. There are some value shops along Nathan Road, too. I regret that I don’t have good advice for a jewelry store. I feel that it is a bit tricky. You can negotiate a little at even the higher end stores. Otherwise, you need to be careful to ensure that what you’re buying is as they say. The Hong Kong tourism board has a bit of advice – http://www.discoverhongkong.com/us/shop/what-to-buy/jewellery-and-watches.jsp

  8. Hi! My famliy and I are planning to go to Hongkong this August. I have 3 kids and my youngest is 2yo. We might be staying for 3 days/2 nights. Of course Disneyland is the top priority. But aside from that, where else can you we go? We don’t like to avail of the usual 3D/2N HK Tour since some of the trips are not suitable for us. How can we maximize our stay there?

    Thanks so much for the tip!

    1. It will be very hot and the odds are that it will be raining. Try to maintain an itinerary that is flexible enough that if it’s dry you do something outdoors and if not, go to a museum or something similar. This post was inspired by an August visit two years ago. I need to update it a little as there’s a new visual arts museum in Repulse Bay but you’ll get the gist. Disneyland will remain open unless there’s a typhoon warning or black rain (rare) though some rides will close. Book the character dining, etc. at the Disneyland Hotel in advance though as kids are out of school there. https://lajollamom.com/things-hong-kong-kids-raining/

      Aside from that, kids love Ocean Park. Go first thing in the morning (with tickets in-hand) and leave by afternoon before it gets really hot. Look to see if there are any special experiences at an additional cost that might be indoors and avoid the crowds. If your hotel has a pool, that is ideal, otherwise you can consider going to a public pool to cool down! We still have a great time regardless of the weather so don’t worry about it too much, I just want to let you know about it!

  9. Hi, this is informative ☺️?? We will try baby’s first out of the country- at his First bday and this will be happening on november. With a baby which is about to be 1 yr old Iam thinking if we will just stay in disneyland hotel for less hassle? do you think that would be a good idea? because to be honest I don’t think we could manage to travel alot along HK streets not unless we have specific list for baby’s dayout one place at a time. any further suggestion for us? thanks big help?

  10. This is by far, one of the helpful blogs I’ve read about travelling to HongKong with toddlers 🙂 One more question, how about travelling with a toddler in a STROLLER? We will be visiting HK this November, and I have been thorougy thinking about briging our stroller. We have 2 kids, a 2 year old and a 4 year old. I am just concern on how to go around the area (more on public transportation) with the use of a stroller.. Especially that in most of the places you included on your list, we will be visiting.. Is it gonna be too much of a hassle? Whenever I read blogs about it, it is a hassle for parents, but a great convenience for the children.. Is it worth taking? Or better to rent? Thank you and hope you can share an insight.. Thank you

  11. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I’ve been to HK many times, but I will be going with my niece for her first visit in spring. One place that I went to before and great for kids is Hong Kong Wetland Park at Tin Shui Wai. It is a bit out of the way, but you get to enjoy the fresh air. Very educational for kids.

  12. Hi! Your post has been super helpful! We are going to Hong Kong next weekend with another family. We’ll have 4 adults and 5 kids, ages 5 and under. Is there anything we can do ahead of time to make the trip go more smoothly?Is it possible to get the Octopus card ahead of time, or exchange money? We don’t fly in to HK until 10:30pm so we’ll be in a rush to get to the hotel that night. Any tips for doing Hong Kong with this many littles?

    Thanks! 🙂

  13. Hi,
    I stumbled across your blog and enjoyed your amazing reviews! My husband and I are traveling to Hong Kong March 2016 with our 3 kids (5, 3 and 14 months). I need help with finding a hotel that will accommodate our large family without charging extra. Do you have any recommendations for good hotels that will take all of us?

    If not, what are your thoughts on renting a flat/apt through vrbo? Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

    Best,
    Lucy Derby

    1. We’ve been there last week. We stayed at the kowloon hotel. Its located infront of peninsula hotel at tsimtsashui kowloon. It has good location and not that pricey. Down part, rooms are small but good enough if your not that particular about the size.

  14. Thanks for a wonderfully curated checklist of Hong Kong. I just returned from a 3 week trip with my kids, ages 10 and 8. We got through most of your list, and had a wonderful time. Thank you especially for the tips on Ocean Park and Big Buddha visits. The Panda Experience was magical!

  15. Hello.thank you for yourblogs.It is very helpful as I am travelling with my family(kids ages 4&6).We thought of going to Macau for a day,any suggestions(aside from the House of Dancing Water)?

  16. Brilliant post. My husband often travels to Hong Kong with work and been wondering if my 6 year old daughter and I would enjoy it as much as him. Sounds like absolutely yes.
    The disney land will swing it for her too ?

  17. We are taking our grandkids, ages 4 and 8 to Hong Kong in March for 6 days. We love your suggestions and wonder if there are any new updates? Thank you.

    1. When it comes to things to do with kids in Hong Kong, nothing changes too much. Ocean Park now has a fast pass system that I would recommend looking into for shorter queues. I am headed back to Hong Kong in March, too. It’s a great time of the year. Have fun!

      1. Thanks for your great recommendation.4 days in HK is really insufficient after reading your article. Need to skip Ocean Park this time. I choose Disneyland instead for my son as his maiden trip to HK

  18. hello very nice pics!!, i plan on going to hk dec 30 to jan 3. do you know if we can go to tourist places like big buddah, the peak in jan 1 and 2? i am afraid many places will be closed because of it being a holiday.

  19. Hi – Thinking of visiting Hong Kong with my wife and son age 9 last week of December 2017. My and son’s first time. Which is the best hotel to stay? Kowloon vs. Hong Kong Island? Peninsula? Grand Hyatt? Four Seasons? Mandarin Oriental? What is weather like? Is everything open that time of year? Is Macau worth visiting for the day? Thanks so much – D.

    1. I quite like December in Hong Kong. The skyscrapers will be decorated with holiday lights. It’s a little chilly but no big deal depending on where you come from. I like staying on the island but it is mostly because this is where our friends are. If I were to stay in Kowloon, I would choose The Peninsula or Hullett House. Both are near the Star Ferry which is super cheap and easy way to cross the harbour to Central. One thing to think about is the pool situation especially with kids in tow. It might be cold (though if coming from say the U.K., you’ll think it’s delightful) to use the outdoor pool deck at Four Season though the pool water is heated and it’s the best pool deck in town. Mandarin Oriental (and The Peninsula) have indoor pools. The hotels you mention are all excellent so it’s O.K. to also let price determine where you book.

      Macau in one day with a child might be too long of a day with a child in tow unless you take the helicopter. And, things will not be open on Christmas Day or really Boxing Day but you’ll be fine with attractions being open otherwise. It’s Chinese New Year that is the important holiday when smaller businesses will close for long blocks of time.

  20. We’re currently visiting HK with a 4 & 1 year old and just wanted to mention that Avenue of the Stars (and the Art Museum) are both closed until 2018. There is a “garden of the stars” nearby with three statues (Bruce Lee incl) and a few hand impressions but most of the area along the harbor is closed off a the moment.

  21. Every detail has been given here for the people who wants to travel to Hong kong along with children. Thank you so much … I am really excited about my upcoming visit to this place along with kids after going through this article.

  22. This is a great page for ideas for travelling with our 2yr old. There is a question from 2015 that hasn’t a reply in relation to strollers. How easy is it to get around with one? Should you hire or bring your own? Trying to figure in the day sleep somehow
    Thanks in advance

    1. While many things change in HK every year, the streets do not. So, advice is still the same. You can always bring a stroller and use it anywhere though just be mindful that you will encounter sets of stairs and narrow sidewalks you’ll have to navigate. I would bring your own. If you’re in Central where the malls/buildings are connected it’s no big deal to walk around with a stroller. MTR stations also have lifts (though they can be a touch hard to find, just ask someone). You’ll definitely want it should you go to Disneyland.

  23. Had been in Hongkong with our 12 year old daughter in October just for 2 days. We had a great time and did the pink dolphins watching. 3 great hours on the boat – I can really recommend! We come again end of July with the whole family (3 kids 6,8,12) and go to Disneyland, Dolphins again… Thanks for your tips! We will stay for only 4 days, what should we definitely visit too??? Regards from Austria

    1. Hi! It really depends on the weather. It is very, very hot in July and can rain. I quite like some of the museums in Kowloon (Hong Kong History, Space Museum) for when it’s hot and rainy or maybe a visit to the Peak (there’s a Galleria, the deck where you can take a photo against the skyline, the Trick Eye Museum. We really like Ocean Park but it is tough when it’s hot!

  24. This list is great! My almost 5 year old and I will be in Hong Kong for a week in November! We are super excited, first time for both of us. Do you have any recommendations for great day trips aside from what you have listed? I was also planning to get a hotel in the city center rather than trying to move hotels mid-week, does that make the most sense? Thanks!

  25. I read you catch the star ferry to central then catch the bus to peak team is this true we are staying at the intercontinental stanford hotel in September can you buy bus tickets on the bus or somewhere else

  26. We need help on how to plan our Hong Kong trip for next year since we will be traveling as a big family atleast 20 members. Your advice and opinion could really help. Thank you.

      1. Same situation here. We’re a group of 25 with 15 kids we’re travelling this 1st week of march 2018. Kindly send me also any ideas. Thank you

  27. Hi, we are family of four, kids are 8&5 y.o. We would like to take the kids to Hong Kong in March during Easter break. Would you have any idea how the weather is like mid March? Planning on staying for two weeks. It needs to be worth it as we reside in Tanzania and travel time is pretty long from here! Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

    1. Hi Dita. The weather in March is usually pretty temperate. That’s when we visit. We stay at Four Seasons and use the outdoor pool in March but there are some days that are cooler when you might want a sweater outside. I find this much more tolerable than summer when it can get REALLY hot and humid. Have fun!

      1. Hi! Thanks for the reply! I could imagine Hongkong’s summer being like Hanoi’s summer where we lived for four years, crazy hot and humid. Thanks for the tips! I don’t think we are in a budget of Four Seasons or MO Hongkong, but your blog also recommends other hotels which I am looking into now! Thanks!

  28. Hi,
    My friend and I are hoping to visit HK in April 2019 with my husband and (will be) 20 month old. This list is extremely helpful. Any other advice or activities you would recommend?

    1. If you haven’t already seen Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA, they are premiering there on 19 April at Central Harborfront (by the water) Highly entertaining!

  29. Hi Katie, we have an enexpected day in Hong Kong (today!) due to a missed flight last night from here to saipan. Ordinarily I am a good trip researcher and planner but I’m exhausted from the flight from LA and a little intimidated about what to do today and how to get places. Thanks for your list. Escalator is top priority I think! (Boys are 12 and 9). We are at the sky city Marriott. Any leads for a tour guide for the day if we decide to go that route?

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