INSIDE: The Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong on a Family Vacation. Updated 2019.
Heading to Hong Kong with kids in tow? Then you’ll love this checklist of the Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Hong Kong.
Hello, and welcome to our Hong Kong Travel Blog page, where we share the best places to go in Hong Kong, where to go in Hong Kong for kid-friendly food, our top MUST DO things to see in Hong Kong and all the SUPER FUN things to do in Hong Kong with kids, as well as tips for Hong Kong travel so you can find these places quickly and easily.
Together with our little friend, Roam the Gnome, we love to explore all the best things to do with kids in Hong Kong and share our finds with you.
Hong Kong is a former British colony, now self-governing, located in southeastern China. It’s a spirited and heavily densely populated urban centre known for high fashion, fabulous food, and fast-paced lifestyle.
Hong Kong is a major shopping destination, and is a major port and global financial hub. The skyline is punctuated with skyscrapers around a busy harbour that combines modern day shipping marvels with ancient junk boats. It’s a haven of kid-friendly places to visit but don’t expect to find many playgrounds. They are almost non-existent.
- 1 The Ultimate Hong Kong Travel Blog
- 2 Hong Kong Attractions for Kids
- 3 The Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong
- 4 WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG.
- 5 What area to stay in Hong Kong?
- 6 HONG KONG FAMILY RESORTS
- 7 The Best Kids Clubs In Hong Kong
- 8 SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
- 9 Things to Do in Hong Kong Island
- 10 Things to Do in Kowloon
- 11 Things to Do in New Territories Hong Kong
- 12 Things to Do in Lantau Island
- 13 Theme Parks in Hong Kong
- 14 MORE Things to Do in Hong Kong (not listed above)
- 15 Things to do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day
- 16 The Best Beaches in Hong Kong for Families
- 17 WHERE TO EAT IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
- 18 Restaurants in Hong Kong
- 19 SHOPPING IN HONG KONG
- 20 Shopping Malls in Hong Kong
- 21 What to Buy in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Souvenirs to Take Home
- 22 HONG KONG TOURISM – FAQ
- 23 Frequently Asked Questions about Hong Kong
- 24 TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG
- 25 Getting around Hong Kong
- 26 Best Hong Kong Tours
- 27 Best Hong Kong Day Trips – Our Hong Kong Travel Blog Suggestions
- 28 Hong Kong Tourist Map
- 29 PLANNING YOUR HONG KONG ITINERARY
- 30 Hong Kong Events – Things to do in Hong Kong During your Visit
- 31 Hong Kong on a Budget
- 32 STAYING HEALTHY IN HONG KONG
- 33 Medical Help in Hong Kong
- 34 PACKING FOR HONG KONG
- 35 The Essential List of What to Take to Hong Kong for Kids
- 36 Roam the Gnome’s Hong Kong Packing List
- 37 WHAT TO DO IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
- 38 LOOKING FOR MORE FUN CITIES TO VISIT WITH KIDS?
The Ultimate Hong Kong Travel Blog
Hong Kong Attractions for Kids
Places to Visit in Hong Kong? Our Suggestions for your Hong Kong Trip
If you are looking for fun things to do in Hong Kong with kids, you have come to the right place.
Check out our list of Hong Kong attractions below, then click the links to add these ideas to your bucket list of top things to do in Hong Kong on your next visit.
We’ve listed the Hong Kong attractions by district to make it easier to plan your itinerary.
- Hong Kong Island
- The New Territories
- Lantau Island
The Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an interesting place to visit with kids, even though it’s rarely on the radar for most family travellers.
There’s so many things to see in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong’s very own “Happiest Place on Earth” – Hong Kong DISNEYLAND!
We’ve collected the best tips and tricks for Hong Kong sightseeing, so you’ll know the must dos in Hong Kong, AND what to skip so you don’t waste your precious holiday time.
WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG.
Readers often send us emails asking about the best family-friendly areas to stay in the Hong Kong provinces. Hong Kong is busy wherever you go, so my pick is to be central on either Hong Kong Island, or in Kowloon, so that you don’t have to walk too far to public transport, shopping, eating areas and attractions.
What area to stay in Hong Kong?
Hotels on Hong Kong Island
The best districts for families to stay in Hong Kong include:
Love bright lights, big city vibes, bustling pathways, and being in the heart of it all? Central is in the thick of it. Upmarket hotels include the Four Seasons, and the Mandarins. More budget friendly options include Ibis Hong Kong Central, and the Island Pacific Hotel.
Want views over Victoria Harbour, and a feeling of space? Admiralty, on Hong Kong Island, is the spot. It’s the eastern part of the CBD near the water and close to Central. Try the Shangri-La, or the Conrad.
Wan Chai/Happy Valley:
Wan Chai and Happy Valley is just far enough out of the main hub so you can catch your breath. Wan Chai is a busy commercial area filled with office workers and shoppers. Specialty spots include Tai Yuen Street for toy stores, Queen’s Road East for antiques and Wan Chai Computer Centre for tech.
Try one of the hotels near the Racecourse – we stayed in the VELA Causeway Bay. My friend Tania, a Hong Kong expat for the past 14 years, couldn’t believe the size of the room! Check latest prices – Read full review.
Tania also recommends the Cosmo Hotel to her friends and family. Check latest prices.
The Dorsett Wanchai (formerly the Cosmopolitan Hotel) on Queen’s Road East is another incredibly good value hotel that is well loved by regular Hong Kong visitors. Check latest prices.
If you are in Hong Kong to shop till you drop, then Causeway Bay is your destination. Fashion and style lovers, along with foodies, should book Causeway Bay. There’s plenty of luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack on the west side.
Causeway Bay hotels include Holiday Inn Express, Metro Park hotel, the Empire Hotel Causeway Bay, and the Grand Hyatt.
Hotels in Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui:
This is a main shopping district in Kowloon, close to the harbour, and within walking distance to the Museum zone – Hong Kong Space Museum, Science Museum, Museum of History, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and 3D Magical World. Try the Marco Polo, Hyatt Regency, The Salisbury YMCA Hotel, or the Langham. The New World Millennium, the Royal Garden, the Kowloon Shangri-La and the Hotel Icon all have pools.
Very close to the Temple Street Night Market, and Kowloon Park, and the Kings Park playground. Try the Novotel on Nathan Road, the BP International Hotel, or the Mira, Hong Kong.
Close to Yuen Po Bird Garden, Flower Market, Goldfish Market, Ladies Market, and Fa Yuen Street Market. It’s just a few stops on the train from here to the Snoopy World and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum at Sha Tin. Try the Royal Plaza – book in advance for special deals as it is pricey. Langham Place is another hotel to try.
Hotels in the New Territories
Hong Kong is not the place for a beach holiday, but if you do like to stay close to water, try the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel in Tuen Mun, about an hour from Central. Check latest prices – Read full review.
HONG KONG FAMILY RESORTS
- The best place to stay in Hong Kong with Kids? This place has FUN themed rooms! Check latest prices – Read full review
- Spoil the kids with a stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to join in DISNEY BEDTIME STORIES with Mickey Mouse. Go on, you know you want to! Check latest prices. Read full review.
The Best Kids Clubs In Hong Kong
SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Hong Kong attractions for families and kids below.
Things to Do in Hong Kong Island
- Flashback to your Childhood at Toy Street Market Hong Kong
- Eat Hello Kitty Cake at the Hong Kong Hello Kitty Cafe
- Put The HONG KONG ZOO and BOTANICAL GARDENS on your HK Itinerary – kids will love the playground and chance to run around
- Take a Cool Retro Style Peak Tram to the best viewpoint in Hong Kong on these Hong Kong holidays
- Catch the STAR FERRY across Victoria Harbour – it’s one of Hong Kong’s star attractions
- Take the kids to ride the World’s Longest Escalator Street
Things to Do in Kowloon
- Visit the Hong Kong GOLDFISH MARKET with Kids
- Top Hong Kong Tourist Spots – The TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKETS with Kids
- Explore Hong Kong Tourist Spots – The FLOWER MARKET ROAD
- Visit one of Hong Kong’s Best (and only) PLAYGROUND for Kids
- The HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM has a Children’s Gallery with hands-on experiments they’ll love!
Things to Do in New Territories Hong Kong
- Take the kids to this FREE SNOOPY THEME PARK. Hot tip – there’s a cute playground!
- Must see Hong Kong – the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM with Kids!
Things to Do in Lantau Island
- Ride a Crystal-Bottomed Cable Car to NGONG PING 360 with Kids to see the GIANT BUDDHA
- Did you know you can see PINK dolphins in Hong Kong? Book a PINK DOLPHINS CRUISE for your chance to get up close and personal
Theme Parks in Hong Kong
- Visit the Pandas at Hong Kong OCEAN PARK Theme Park
- HONG KONG DISNEYLAND is the place of dreams AND delicious snack food!
MORE Things to Do in Hong Kong (not listed above)
- Our Favourite 18 Things to Do on a Trip to Hong Kong with Kids
- The Top 5 Hong Kong Attractions for Kids who Love Animals and want to be the next Steve Irwin!
Things to do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day
The Best Beaches in Hong Kong for Families
WHERE TO EAT IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
- Try crazy-good dumplings for cheap at this Michelin-starred restaurant
- What to do in Hong Kong – Treat the Kids at the CHARLIE BROWN CAFE!
- Hong Kong Trip Planner – 10 Fun Foods to Try in Hong Kong with Kids
Restaurants in Hong Kong
Coming soon – Hong Kong Restaurants Guide
SHOPPING IN HONG KONG
Coming soon – Hong Kong Shopping Guide by Roam the Gnome
Shopping Malls in Hong Kong
What to Buy in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Souvenirs to Take Home
- Traditional wares such as local arts and crafts, traditional silk clothing, porcelain tea sets, kitchen goods, and antiques make good souvenirs. Try the galleries, antiques shops and street markets on Cat Street and Hollywood Road.
- Fun kitsch toys for all ages can be found at Toy Street market and Stanley market.
- Jewellery and watches are a good bet. There’s more jewellery stores in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world. Narrow your search by sticking to Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Central, and Causeway Bay department stores or independent shops in the same area.
- You’ll be spoilt for choice for fashion and beauty products. Head to Central or Causeway Bay for a stroll amongst it all.
- Visit Food Halls in Department Store basements for prettily packaged foods to take home for friends and family. We often return home with local spices, bottled sauces, dried noodles, packet seasonings, and herbs in sealed packages, along with a selection of their favourite kids’ lollies and snack foods.
HONG KONG TOURISM – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Hong Kong
Is it safe to travel to Hong Kong?
- Yes, Hong Kong is clean, safe and a great place for families to travel. (Did we mention Disneyland yet?)
- Check Smart Traveller for latest travel warnings.
- Exercise normal safety precautions in Hong Kong. Use common sense.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia.
Best time to travel to Hong Kong
- Peak season for tourism is October-December. You’ll also want to book well in advance of Lunar New Year (late January or early February)
- Shoulder season (March to May, or September) is a good bet all round.
- Avoid Typhoon season – May to October/Early November. Businesses and transport services close during severe typhoons. Monitor weather forecasts and local media. Plan accordingly and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
Weather in Hong Kong
- What is the weather in Hong Kong today? Click here to find up-to-date Hong Kong Weather reports.
- September to November (Autumn) is the most popular time to travel to Hong Kong as there are cool breezes, it’s full of sunshine, and temperatures are a mild 19oC to 28 oC
- March to May (Springtime) is considered the other best time to travel to Hong Kong for good weather. It’s warmish all day long (average temperature 17oC – 26 oC) but not overly humid. Evenings can be cool. Take a jumper.
- Awesome months for pool time and beachside vacations are June to August when Hong Kong is hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. Average temperature is 26oC – 31 oC
Currency in Hong Kong
- The Hong Kong dollar (HKD), is the legal currency of Hong Kong.
What’s the exchange rate in Hong Kong today?
- Click here for current exchange rates for Australia
- Click here for current exchange rates for United States
- Click here for current exchange rates for EURO
- Click here for current exchange rates for GB Pound
How do I change my money in Hong Kong
Exchange your currency for Hong Kong dollars at any authorised money exchanger. For extra peace of mind, look for a money exchanger that is accredited by the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme.
Currency exchange counters are open from early morning until late at night at Hong Kong International Airport. You’ll also find a number of Currency Exchange counters in the city stay open late for the tourist trade.
It’s super easy to find an ATM – they can be found throughout the city, and operate 24 hours. Exchange rates fluctuate daily depending on currency markets. (Click above to see today’s rate on XE for a guide)
Should I take a stroller to Hong Kong?
Yes, Hong Kong is stroller friendly, with well-made pathways and walkways in most urban areas. There’s TONNES of concrete in this city, and lots of walking. BYO stroller, pram or our favourite baby toddler carrier, the Ergo.
Is there a kids playground at Hong Kong Airport?
Yes. Check it out here.
TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG
Getting around Hong Kong
- Click here for the Hong Kong Tourism Board for all the details of getting around Hong Kong on foot, by bus, by MTR, by taxi, by tram, by ferry, and by train.
- You can also find information about all the current transport options at the Hong Kong Transport Department website.
- Take our Hong Kong Transport Challenge with the kids – How many different types of transport can you catch in one day? Click here for details. (The photo above is the boys on the Star Ferry with our Hong Kong based friend Tania back in 2015.)
Best Hong Kong Tours
Best Hong Kong Day Trips – Our Hong Kong Travel Blog Suggestions
Our Best Hong Kong 1 Day itinerary options
Our Suggested 2 Day Hong Kong itinerary
Our Suggested 3 Day Hong Kong itinerary
Hong Kong Tourist Map
Plan your Itinerary with this Hong Kong Map here.
PLANNING YOUR HONG KONG ITINERARY
Hong Kong Events – Things to do in Hong Kong During your Visit
Click here for all up and coming Hong Kong events. There’s a search function – search by category (dance shows, opera and concerts, markets, sports events, foodie events, current museum exhibitions, and stage productions)
Find the rest of our stories on Hong Kong with Kids here
Hong Kong on a Budget
Looking to visit Hong Kong on a Budget? Click here for a bunch of discount coupons.
Find discount entry to Dream Come True Education Park, Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong, Sky100 Observation Deck, Noah’s Ark Hong Kong, and more!
STAYING HEALTHY IN HONG KONG
(With thanks to Smart Traveller.)
Before you leave Australia, check if your medication is legal in Hong Kong and each destination you’re travelling to and find out if any quantity restrictions or certification requirements apply. Consult your doctor about alternatives well in advance of travel.
In Hong Kong, it is illegal to possess sleeping tablets or certain medications used in treating conditions such as anxiety without a prescription.
Take legal prescription medicine with you so you remain in good health. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it’s for personal use only.
The levels of air pollution in Hong Kong may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. If you have an existing heart or respiratory illness, reduce physical exertion and outdoor activities on days when very high pollution levels are recorded. The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department provides up-to-date air quality reports and advice on its website.
Medical Help in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a wide range of medical services and facilities that are of a high standard. Costs can be considerably more expensive than in Australia. Private hospitals may require confirmation of insurance cover, guarantee of payment or an upfront deposit before admitting patients.
Hot tip: DO NOT LEAVE HOME without purchasing adequate Travel Insurance for your entire family including the kids. We always use this travel insurance company and have NEVER had a problem claiming benefits or receiving a refund after a doctor or hospital visit. Our last experience of illness was Jack’s eye blowing up with conjunctivitis. One short doctor visit cost $140 for a five minute examination – the same price as I’d paid for travel insurance to cover three of us for a whole month’s travel.
PACKING FOR HONG KONG
The Essential List of What to Take to Hong Kong for Kids
Roam the Gnome’s Hong Kong Packing List
WHAT TO DO IN HONG KONG WITH KIDS
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