Whether you're looking for a place to take the kids or a place to unleash your inner child, Ocean Park is a must-see destination in Hong Kong. With gut-wrenching rides, magical animals, and spectacular views, Ocean Park can deliver something for everyone.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is the city's most popular theme park. After spending much of the nineties in the doldrums, the last few years have seen renewed investment and accolades. Dozens of new rides and world class sealife attractions have been added and the park even gained entry into the Forbes top ten theme park list. Despite competition from Hong Kong Disneyland, the park remains the city's best theme park, by far.
The park aims to combine education with entertainment, and does it very well. The park is packed with creatures from the deep, including sharks, dolphins, jellyfish, and a horde of other aquatic life. Dolphin shows are conducted a number of times each day and the new jellyfish exhibition has received rave reviews from local press. The park can arrange tours for those who want to get up-close and personal with the dolphins and also boasts four pandas, which are housed in a state-of-the-art panda enclosure.
Another area of the park worth seeing is Old Hong Kong. This themed area recreates the style of Hong Kong's streets before the skyscrapers took over. There are recreations of many Hong Kong landmarks long lost to progress and some traditional food to try as well.
For thrill seekers, there is more than enough at Ocean Park to keep you happy. Roller coaster fiends should head for The Dragon, which boasts three loops and a corkscrew turn that isn't for the faint of heart—you may want to forgo that extra hot dog before you get on. The Absyss is ideal for those who want to take their adventure to new heights—literally. The Absyss will transport you 62 meters skyward, where you can enjoy some breathtaking vistas of the South China Sea before leaving them, and your stomach, behind and drop the equivalent of twenty stories.
How to Visit and Where to Stay
- Address: Ocean Park, Abeerdeen, Hong Kong Island
- Visit the park website for the most up-to-date information on opening times, admission fees, and special events
- Transport: Bus 629 from Admiralty MTR travels directly to the park
There are no hotels at the park, but there are a couple nearby. Utilize a guide to the best hotels for Ocean Park to pick of the closest and the best.