A day out at Hong Kong’s marine-themed Ocean Park is fun for the whole family—and serious fun even if you don’t have kids.
Ocean Park, located near Aberdeen in the Southern District of Hong Kong Island, was once only accessible by a long bus ride. But with the opening of the MTR’s new South Island Line, you can get from Admiralty Station to Ocean Park Station in an incredible ten minutes.
Ocean Park is massive, and divided into two distinct zones—the Waterfront, which is the area immediately as you enter the park, and the Summit, which is on top of a mountain. To get from one area to the next, a cable car whisks you over the ocean and up into the hills, with incredible views of the South China Sea below.
But, let’s start from the beginning. As you enter Ocean Park at the Waterfront area, some of the top attractions are the Grand Aquarium, the bamboo-munching Giant Pandas named Le Le and Qi Qi, and Old Hong Kong, a recreation of Hong Kong back in the 50’s to the 70’s.
Next to this is Whisker’s Harbour, which has a number of rides and games, like a Merry-Go-Round and Bouncy Castle, suitable for smaller kids who may be terrified of the rides up at the Summit.
Up at the Summit you’ll find lots and lots of awesome roller coasters, a swinging Crazy Galleon, and other rides guaranteed to make you scream. But don’t ride the Raging River if you don’t want to get wet! There are lots of animals to see in the Ocean Theatre, Marine World, North Pole Encounter, and Rainforest Zone, such as Australian koalas, deep sea sharks, thousands of jellyfish, long-tusked walruses, and more. Please note that there is a dolphin show that many might want to skip for ethical reasons. However, Ocean Park also has conservation and environmental outreach programs and follows very strict welfare standards for their animals in captivity, so we think it is not a reason to overall avoid the Marine World and aquarium.
Ocean Park now has a brand new Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, which makes it easy to spend the entire day in the park and then relax by the pool in the evening. There are a number of restaurants throughout Ocean Park, and the Panda Kingdom Shop for your souvenir needs.
The theme park has free Wifi, and because of the size of the park it’s useful to download the free Ocean Park app, which has both a park map and real-time wait times for the popular rides, to help you plan ahead.
After visiting Ocean Park, be sure to pop over to Aberdeen to check out the massive Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Stanley Market, or hit the beaches at Repulse Bay?
Adults: HK$480.00, Children (ages 3-11) HK$240.00
FasTrack 7: Priority access for seven designated rides/attractions: add HK$280.00
FasTrack: Priority access to all rides and attractions: add HK$380.00
Pro tip: Buy your entrance ticket and a meal voucher online.
Accessibility options (premises/toilets wheelchair accessible):
- Exhibits and rides are mostly accessible
- Queue Assistance Service available for persons who have difficulty waiting in lines: doctor’s note is required, and eligible persons will be issued a Care Card, giving priority access to 10 rides and attractions
- Wheelchair accessible toilets throughout the park
- Specially designed wheelchair accessible gondolas at the Cable Car, Ferris Wheel and Balloons-up-up-and-away ride
- Lockers, Strollers and Wheelchairs can be rented from Aqua City for HK$60.00 for the day, plus deposit
- Guide dogs welcome
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Has wheelchair accessible toilets
- 248 m from Ocean Park South Island Line
- 0.9 km from Wong Chuk Hang South Island Line