10 FREE Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

Sharon Tighe

March 4, 2015

Sub-tropical wilderness or sunny beaches, Hong Kong has a lively atmosphere and it offers families so many options. Here’s our top list of FREE Things to do in Hong Kong with Kids.

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#1 Don’t Miss the Symphony of Lights

A stunning spectacular, make sure you don’t miss the Symphony of Lights! Starting at 8pm, coloured lasers and lights shoot from the top of the buildings across the Hong Kong skyline. Music and narration is available on the radio or you can hear it live near Avenue of the Stars.

#2 Take the Lantau Trail

buddha-free-things-to-do-in-hong-kong-with-kidsIf you have older kids, the Lantau Trail back to Tung Chen is a fantastic way to see Hong Kong and its hidden mountainside monasteries. The walkway is 7km but you can take plenty of breaks. The views are stunning and you might even hear the monks singing while you trail through the rainforest and valley.

To get to the Lantau trail (signs to Tung Chen and another village before), just follow the way to the Tee Garden/Hostel/Wisdom Path.

“The Big Buddha Statue, the long walkway on Lantau Island… Let’s be honest everything is great!” K. Klaas

#3 Star Ferry Ride to Hong Kong Island

There is just a very small cost to take this famous short trip between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. A wonderful way to view the city, sit on the upper deck of the Star Ferry to make the most of the journey!

#4 Visit Hong Kong Zoo

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest in the world. The zoo and gardens are home to more than 1,000 species of plants and over 500 birds and animals, including orang-utans, lemurs, pythons and flamingos.

 #5 Hike around Dragon’s Back

The Dragon’s Back is a path connecting Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak stretching over the D’Aguilar Peninsula. The shape of the path between these hill tops, resembles the shape of a dragon’s backbone. Pack plenty of drinks and snacks before heading off and finish up at the popular surfer haunt Tai Long Wan.

Looking for more family activities in Hong Kong? Check out 10 Awesome Things to do in Hong Kong.

#6 Explore Hong Kong Science Museum

A perfect way to spend a rainy day, the Hong Kong Science Museum offers more than 500 exhibits with hands-on and engaging activities. The kids will love getting involved in the sections on magnetism and electricity and light and there is a car simulator they can drive while trying to avoid accidents. Free entry to most museums on Wednesdays.

#7 Flower Markets at Victoria Park

free-things-to-do-in-hong-kong-with-kidsVictoria Park is Hong Kong’s largest park and it features:

  • an outdoor swimming pool
  • picnic areas
  • sports facilities
  • play areas.

You will also see choreographed tai chi sessions in the mornings, glowing lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival and a colourful and fragrant flower fair during Chinese New Year.

#8 Hong Kong Beaches

Lots of beach fun, games and turquoise waters at Hong Kong’s popular beaches such as Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Kwun Yam Beach and the crescent-shaped stretch of sand at Repulse Bay.

“Plenty of the beaches have restaurants, i.e. Shek O beach, which has a BBQ buffet.” Steven B.

#9 Walk the Avenue Of Stars

The Avenue of Stars tells the story of 100 years of Hong Kong film-making and is a similar idea to Hollywood’s walk of fame.  There is a large bronze statue of Bruce Lee which makes for a great photo opportunity as well as celebrity handprints and movie memorabilia.

#10 Picnic at Penfold

Beautiful Penfold Park is located in the infield of the Sha Tin Racecourse and the perfect place for a family picnic. There is also:

  • a tennis court
  • children’s playgrounds
  • picnic areas with tables, chairs and barbeque grills
  • drinking taps.

“Picnic at Penfold and free playrooms at Stadium!” Jenny C.

Can you recommend other free things to do in Hong Kong with kids? We’d love to hear your suggestions, so please let us know below.

If you’re travelling with kids to other city destinations, check out Free Things to do in Boston or Free Things to do in Atlanta.

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Published On: March 4th, 2015 / Categories: Travel / Last Updated: March 29th, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Sharon Tighe

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Mum, Sharon, loves to write about travel and technology.

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