Taipei with Kids: 25 Insider's Ideas
South Taipei with Kids
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
Access: Xindian MRT
Road Castle is an outdoor swimming pool with three big waterslides. It's more suitable for slightly older kids, but there is one small, shallow young kids' section, and lots of grass for lounging or picnics. We often go here with our friends to have drinks in the sun (they sell beer or you can bring it in) and let our kids play in the water. It's never too busy here. See pics here.
Access: Gongguan MRT, open 6am to 10pm, May 5 to Sept 30, NT300 (adults) 200 (student) 150 (age 3-7), 75 (age 0-3). Same for pool parties.
Open 9am to 5pm, July 1 to Aug. 31, closed Mondays, NT80 (adult) NT40 (kids).
Access: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT or Nanjing Sanming MRT (5-10 minute walk from either), open 11am to 9:30pm.
Access: Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT
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GPS: 24.95861, 121.58318
East Taipei for Children
Open 9am to 6pm, free, access Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT.
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Access: Taipei Zoo MRT, open 9-5 (weekdays), 8:30 to 5 (weekends), NT60 (adults) 30 (students) free (under 5), can pay with EasyCard (MRT card).
Open Tues-Sun 9am to 4pm.
Open 12:30 to 11 pm (Mon-Thurs), to midnight (Fri), 11am to midnight (Saturday), 11am to 11pm (Sun), NT150/200 (adults, weekday/weekend), kids under 110cm free, access Jiannan Rd. MRT station.
1. Taipei Zoo
2. Maokong Gondola
NT120 (one-way trip to the top), 20NT cheaper with EasyCard, NT60 (kids 6-12), free (under 6), runs 8:30 am to 9 pm (sometimes closed due to typhoons, heavy rain, or repairs. Announcements are made on the MRT.)
3. Silver Stream Cave
4. Bitan Riverside Park, Xindian
5. Taipei Waterpark, Gongguan
6. Taipei 101 Observation Deck
Taipei 101 Obervatory open 9am to 10pm, NT600 (adult), NT540 (students), free (under 115cm). Access from Taipei 101 MRT station (or the terminal stop for Elephant Mountain).
Get your Taipei 101 Observatory ticket online in advance here and save NT90 per ticket!
7. Si Si Nan Cun (44 South Village)
8. Core Pacific City Mall (The Living Mall)
9. Miramar Ferris Wheel
10. Hua Shan Creative Park
11. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Central Taipei for Kids
12. Longshan Temple
Access: Longshan Temple MRT, open 6am to 10pm, free.
13. Ximending (Ximen)
Access: Ximen MRT (exit 6 for the main Ximen shopping area, exit 1 for Red House)
14. Dinosaurs at the Land Bank Exhibition Hall
Access: NTU Hospital MRT or Taipei Main Station. Land Bank hours: 9:30am to 5pm, closed Mondays, NT30 (adult), NT15 (student), free (under 6).
15. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Access: MRT CKS Memorial Hall
16. Da An Forest Park and Mango Shaved Ice
Access Da-An Park MRT or Dongmen (for Yongkang Street).
17. Giant Spider Crabs at Addiction Aquatic + Sushi Picnic at Rongxing Park
MRT Xingtian Temple, Addiction Aquatic hours: 6am to midnight, come earlier for fresher/more sushi choices. Crowded on weekends.
18. Maji Square, Yuanshan
Access: Yuanshan MRT. Maji Square hours: shops vary, approx. 11am or noon to 9pm.
19. Taipei Night Markets
Raohe Night Market access: Songshan MRT, Ningxia Night Market access: Shuanglian MRT
North Taipei for Kids
20. Guandu Temple
Hongshulin, a large riverside mangrove, is also a few stops away on the MRT.
Access: Guandu MRT + 5-10 minute walk, Honshulin MRT for Hongshulin.
22. Danshui Riverside Promenade
Must See + Personal Favorite!
Must See + Personal Favorite!
Must See + #1 Personal Favorite!
Access: Xinbeitou MRT
Millennium Hot Spring: 40NT (adult), note the entrance hours are weird due to regular closure for cleaning. It's open 5:30am–7:30am, 8am–10:00am, 10:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm–4:00pm, 4:30pm–7:00pm, 7:30pm–10:00pm.
Hell Valley: free, 9am to 5pm, closed Mondays.
Access: Danshui MRT
23. Ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, Danshui
21. Beitou Thermal Area
Ferry to Fisherman's Wharf: 11am to 8pm (weekdays) to 9pm (weekends), NT 60/31 (adult/child one way), EasyCard, 15-minute ride. Ferry to Bali starts at 7am. It's also possible to take a ferry to Dadaocheng in Central Taipei.
24. Taipei Children’s Amusement Park
Access: Shilin MRT + 5 min taxi or free shuttle bus, open 9am to 5pm, to 8pm on Saturdays and summer/winter vacation, closed Mondays.
Admission NT30 (adult), NT15 (student), free (under 2 or under 85cm). Ride tickets NT30 (5 tickets for bigger rides) or NT20 (8 tickets for smaller rides), some rides free for under 2, using EasyCard for rides is easiest.
25. National Taiwan Science Education Center and Taipei Astronomical Museum
Where to Stay in Taipei with Kids
Convenient & Budget friendly:
Taipei Main Station Homestay/Star Hotel (not to be cofused with the highly rated Star Hostel nearby). Only two minutes from Taipei main station, guests here rave about the super friendly hosts, bright spacious, rooms, and amazing location. Car hire also available. (read reviews / check prices)
Awesome for kids:
Sato Castle: Right by the Miramar Ferris wheel (see #9 things to do with kids in Taipei), this upscale castle-themed motel includes themed rooms like king, queen, cherry blossoms, ancient Egypt, hippie era, boats, and more. (read reviews / check prices here)
Luxury with pool:
W Hotel: Where did Lady Gaga stay in Taipei? At the W, of course. This is Taipei's newest, funkiest, and most fashionable luxury hotel. Even if you don't stay, come for a fancy drink at their 10F pool or try to get seats for their awesome weekend brunch buffet! (read reviews / check prices here)
The Okura Prestige: This central 5-star choice features great city views and a heated rooftop pool. Located just north of Taipei Main Station and several shopping malls. (read reviews / check prices here)
choo choo train conveyor belt sushi
poo-poo themed restaurant
Sage with oolong tea ice cream and kitty cookie on top