My son Sage is four and daughter Lavender is two. Together with my wife Emily, who is Taiwanese, we have been exploring Taipei since well before they were born. This list of things to do in Taipei with kids is based on the things we love doing here regularly with our kids. See my comprehensive article on Taiwan with kids for planning a 1-2 week trip around the country.
Exploring Taipei with kids is fun for adults, too, because many of Taipei’s attractions for kids are also the places you’d want to visit even if you didn’t have youngins with you!
Since there are so many cool places in Taipei for kids, and they are pretty spread out, I have separated them into four sections (South Taipei, East Taipei, Central Taipei, and North Taipei), and I’ll point out the Must See sights that you might want to stick to if you are only here for a couple days, as well as my Personal Favorite ones.
When you arrive in Taiwan, you can book transportation in a private car from the Taoyuan aiport to your hotel in Taipei for only for NT825 (taxis usually cost about 1000), with children’s car seats available; just make sure to request one when you book. If you are coming from far away, your kids may have some issues with jet lag, as ours have in the past. Check out this article on how to help a toddler with jet lag.
The Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass includes entry for 12 Taipei attractions plus unlimited MRT and bus rides. It’s a great deal and includes many sites on this list! Kids under 6 don’t need it because they ride free on the MRT and also get free entrance at most attractions. For students, it may still be worth the money, as they pay adult fare and only get a slightly discounted fee at most attractions.
Many of the items on this page are also included on the Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour. Kids under 6 and 115cm are free. A great option with kids is a tour by private car because you can go at your own pace and choose where you want to visit. The Taipei MRT is also free for kids under 6!!
You’ll have to make it to #21 to see my #1 absolute favorite thing to do in Taipei with kids!
At the bottom of this article I’ll also recommend some great Taipei hotels for families, but you can also find some great child-friendly properties in Taipei on AirBnb. If you’ve never signed up before, use this link to get NT1100 off your first AirBnb booking!
The Taipei Zoo is the largest in Asia. It is so big that we go several times per year, and see a different section each time. Go early to beat the crowds on weekends (lines start forming when most Taiwanese show up around 11am). After you enter, grab an English map from the info center to the right.
A smart thing to do is to go directly to the mini-train and take it to the top, then work you way back downhill through the zoo. There are several restaurants, an indoor museum with dinosaurs, an insectarium, a Taiwanese animals section, and the famous panda couple with a cub born here in 2013.
We avoid the zoo in summer when it’s simply too hot and the animals are all asleep.
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).
2. Maokong Gondola
Must See + Personal Favorite!
Right next to the zoo, you can catch a cable car up to the tea growing area of Maokong (or “Cat Caves”; not many cats to be seen though). Lines can also get long mid-day but move quickly. Can you see Taipei 101 at the back?
Once you get up to the top floor of the cable car station, watch for the separate line for the Crystal Cabins (glass bottom cable car), but note that my daughter was terrified of it (age 1.5 at the time), while my son (age 3) loved it. Other lines are for non-glass floor cars.
There are two stops before reaching the top: Taipei Zoo South (where you can actually connect to the zoo), or interesting Zhinan Temple.
The ride itself is the best part for kids. Most people go up to Maokong to have tea in a traditional teahouse with a view near Maokong Station at the top, but my kids would find that boring.
There is a convenience store at Maokong Station, several food stalls and tea-flavored ice cream shops, and it’s a nice place to go for a stroll along the road in ether direction. You can also try an easy but rewarding hike (see #3) from here.
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
If your kids are small enough to be in a carrier, or old enough to do a one-hour (return) hike with not much up and down, then definitely check out Silver Stream Cave and Waterfall. This interesting little temple is built into a cliff wall in the jungle with a waterfall spilling down from it. The trail begins near Maokong Station, the end stop on the gondola (see #2).
It can be a little tricky to find, and there are a few different ways, so I would suggest looking up some articles on it before you go, and bringing the name of it printed in Chinese (銀河洞) to show to locals along the way and they will point you in the right direction.
GPS: 24.95861, 121.58318
4. Bitan Riverside Park, Xindian
Straight south from Taipei, and at the terminal end of a totally different MRT line tha the zoo one, Bitan in Xindian is a pleasant riverside area. It’s not a Taipei must-see, but if you have more time in the city, you could consider coming here for a few hours.
After you exit Xindian MRT, go left and you’ll see stairs that take you up over the river flood wall. There is a strip of covered restaurant patios with river views, swan boats that you can ride, and a pretty foot bridge across the river. If you cross the bridge and go left, you can explore some easy hiking trails on the other side.
There are usually dragon boat races here if you happen to be in Taipei during the Dragon Boat Festival (June).
Access: Xindian MRT
5. Taipei Waterpark, Gongguan
If you are in Taipei in the (scorching hot) summer, there are surprisingly few kid-friendly places to swim or play in water in Taipei. The Taipei Water Park in Gongguan has two great ones though!
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.
On some summer weekends there are sometimes pool parties here, which are actually fine for kids and they only really take up one end of the pool. We’ve taken our kids several times.
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.
Nearby, the much cheaper Water Country Park is better for very young kids. There’s a calm stream on one side that our kids liked to play in when they were babies, and then the chaotic, water-spraying-everywhere main section. This place is usually packed with screaming children in summer but is good fun. See pics here.
Open 9am to 5pm, July 1 to Aug. 31, closed Mondays, NT80 (adult) NT40 (kids).
East Taipei for Children
6. Taipei 101 Observation Deck
It’s such a touristy thing to do, and I lived in Taipei for years before I ever tried it, but my kids loved going to the Taipei 101 Observation Deck on the 89th floor. The views are amazing of course, and my son especially loved spotting the big H for helicopter landing pads on tops of buildings.
Besides the 360-degree glass deck, you go to up an outdoor terrace on the 91st floor, but it was harder for the kids to see much from there. But don’t miss going into the middle to see the giant 730-ton hanging stabilizer ball that helps keep 101 from falling over in an earthquake!
The line-up on the 5th floor where you pay is always long; we waited for an hour or so, but if you don’t want to do the same, you can skip the long lines with this Taipei 101 Priority Pass!
Once you get through and board the world’s fastest elevator, which has sparkling stars on the ceiling, it’s an adventure!
If your kids are older, you could consider climbing Elephant Mountain beside Taipei 101 for awesome (and free) city views that include the building. It’s a little steep but doesn’t take long to get to points with the classic postcard view of Taipei.
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).
For a very different experience in the neighborhood of Taipei 101, you can pop into Si Si Nan Cun (44 South Village), a collection of old army barracks that has been cutely restored into a little arts village with a shop and café inside.
Also not a must-see, but something interesting if you’re around Taipei 101 and have extra time, and want an alternative to all the upscale department stores. It’s a 5-minute walk from Taipei 101.
Open Tues-Sun 9am to 4pm.
8. Core Pacific City Mall (The Living Mall)
We call it the “Ball Mall” because it’s shaped like a giant ball. This mall that never really caught on has reinvented itself as a children’s play-center paradise. Some options including giant rope gyms, ball rooms, themed play rooms where kids can pretend to work in a night market, and more. Check out this post from A Toddler in Taipei to see all the different things to do at the Living Mall.
Honestly, we find the play-centers a little overpriced, and have only tried the coin operated games at Tom’s World on B3, but definitely this could be a good option if you have a rainy day in Taipei with kids. Head all the way to the bottom for the food court.
Access: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT or Nanjing Sanming MRT (5-10 minute walk from either), open 11am to 9:30pm.
9. Miramar Ferris Wheel
The 95-meter high Ferris wheel at Miramar Department store is a Taipei landmark. You can enjoy amazing views of Taipei 101 and Yangming Mountain from the top.
Miramar also has an IMAX theater with the largest screen in Asia, so it’s another good option for rainy days.
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.
10. Hua Shan Creative Park
Hua Shan is an old winery restored into a creative arts park. There’s a large field at the back that is great for picnics, cute little shops to explore, a few restaurants, and there are rotating exhibits often aimed at children. Along with Da An Park (#16 below), this is our go-to place in Taipei for a picnic with friends.
Access: Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT
11. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Between the two Memorial Halls in Taipei, I think Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (#15) is more impressive, but if you happen to be in eastern Taipei, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is still worth a stop.
The grounds are nice for a stroll, there are rotating exhibits and a little souvenir shop inside, and your kids might find the standing officers (with guns) interesting.
Open 9am to 6pm, free, access Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT.
Central Taipei for Kids
12. Longshan Temple
Of the many, many temples in Taipei, Longshan Temple is one of the oldest, and is probably the most well-known temple in Taiwan. For kids, I like it because of the large (artificial) waterfall and carp pool out front, it is always bustling with activity, and all the fortune-tellers out front make in quite an experience.
You can also take a wander through Herb Alley next to it, or through the shops nearby selling many Buddhist statues and supplies.
Access: Longshan Temple MRT, open 6am to 10pm, free.
13. Ximending (Ximen)
I add this to the list because it might be interesting for older kids, approaching teenage age. Ximending is Taipei’s coolest shopping neighborhood for young people, with Japan-style billboards, tons of shops selling souvenirs and quirky items, street graffiti, and trendy restaurants to choose from. See my complete list of 25 weird things to do in Ximen.
We also like the large area of LGBT-friendly bars behind Red House (a Japanese era landmark that is also interesting), especially the small Thai restaurant near the entrance, because there aren’t many places in Taipei with patios. They don’t mind kids, but there might be people smoking and drinking around you.
The Red House Weekend Craft and Design Market is also really interesting!
Access: Ximen MRT (exit 6 for the main Ximen shopping area, exit 1 for Red House)
14. Dinosaurs at the Land Bank Exhibition Hall
This dinosaur-themed museum housed in an old bank is a must for any dinosaur-loving kids. A complete skeleton of a huge brachiosaurus takes up the atrium, while you can peer into dinosaur faces from the second-floor café.
The main building of the National Taiwan Museum (which the Land Bank is a part of) is across the street in 2/28 Park. The park is also fun to explore with kids; it has carp ponds, a decent playground, and an interesting water fountain memorial.
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
Taipei’s #2 (in my opinion) landmark after Taipei 101, CKS is a collection of three large, striking buildings (the blue and white memorial hall, plus National Theater and Concert Hall). It’s a good place for family pictures, letting the kids run around, and there are some more ponds with fish.
Access: MRT CKS Memorial Hall
16. Da An Forest Park and Mango Shaved Ice
Taipei’s answer to Central Park is a great spot for a picnic, seeing huge squirrels, and there’s a large playground near the MRT entrance for younger children.
Nearby Yongkang Street is a famous restaurant street with many choices, and is also the supposed birthplace of mango shaved ice, an absolute must in summer. There are two or three shops specializing in it, and serve it year-round, but mango season (May-August) is the most popular time.
Access Da-An Park MRT or Dongmen (for Yongkang Street).
17. Giant Spider Crabs at Addiction Aquatic + Sushi Picnic at Rongxing Park
The old Taipei fish market has been converted to an upscale seafood grocery store and restaurant, and my kids love going here to see the aquariums filled with giant spider crabs, lobsters, and more.
After that, head into the gourmet grocery store to buy (insanely delicious, fresh) take-away sushi, and there are also kid-friendly foods, then head to nearby Rongxing Park for a sushi picnic. The park also has a small indoor swimming pool, playground and (more) giant squirrels.
Addiction Aquatic also has a fancy standing only sushi bar, alcoholic drinks, fresh juices, and there’s a misted outdoor patio restaurant.
It’s a bit of a walk from the MRT to the Rongxing Park and Addiction Aquatic, but you do pass interesting (and incense free) Xingtian Temple. Don’t forget to cross Minquan East Rd. just before the reaching the temple via the underground street of fortune-tellers!
MRT Xingtian Temple, Addiction Aquatic hours: 6am to midnight, come earlier for fresher/more sushi choices. Crowded on weekends.
18. Maji Square, Yuanshan
Yuanshan Stadium is another one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon in Taipei with kids. The surrounding area was once famous as the location of the 2010 Floral Expo.
Now people come here for Maji Square, a huge mostly covered food court that features a combination of local and international food stalls, including Indian, Mexican, British, Colombian, Thai, and more, as well as excellent restaurants with patios including Argentinian, Spanish, and Mediterranean. There’s also a free merry-go-round (limited hours), and children’s games and motorized cars that can be rented.
On weekends, there’s a large Farmer’s Market outside, and usually some giant blow-up kids’ bouncing tents. Some cool buildings remain from the Flower Expo, such as the Pavillion of New Fashion, made mostly of recycled bottles.
Across Xinsheng North Rd., you can also visit an Aboriginal Museum, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, or go through a floral tunnel that connects to Xinsheng Park, which also hosted the Floral Expo and still has many flowers. North of the park, you can also visit Lin An Tai Ancestral Home.
Access: Yuanshan MRT. Maji Square hours: shops vary, approx. 11am or noon to 9pm.
19. Taipei Night Markets
You simply cannot visit without going to one of Taipei’s night markets, but I would never take my kids at peak times (7-11pm). Most night markets get so crowded that you literally have to squeeze your way through, there’s nowhere to sit, bathrooms are hard to find, and lines can be long for many stalls.
Therefore, the PERFECT time to go with kids is right when the stalls are opening up, around 5-6pm. All of Taipei’s night markets are interesting, so take your pick, but we personally love Raohe Night Market. It’s just one long street, so you can’t get lost, there’s a gorgeous Matsu Temple at the eastern entrance, and one block away you can go over the river flood wall to admire pretty pedestrian-only Rainbow Bridge.
Another decent central choice is Ningxia Night Market, which is also just one street and more manageable than the enormous and most popular night market in Taipei: Shilin Night Market. Most night markets have a section of kids games like throwing balls, darts, or catching little fish for prizes.
Raohe Night Market access: Songshan MRT, Ningxia Night Market access: Shuanglian MRT
North Taipei for Kids
20. Guandu Temple
I hope you made it this far on my list, because some of the best Taipei attractions for kids are in the north. Guandu Temple is one of the coolest (and oldest) temples in the greater Taipei region, and features a tunnel full of gods through the mountain that leads to a view of the river. The hill behind the temple is also fun to explore.
Hongshulin, a large riverside mangrove, is also a few stops away on the MRT.
Going to Beitou hot springs might just be my single favorite thing to do in Taipei with children. Even before arriving, my kids are thrilled to take the single stop pink MRT line that goes slowly uphill from Beitou station on the Danshui line to Xinbeitou station for the hot springs. The MRT is painted with cartoons and smells of sulfur from all the passengers who’ve just gone for a soak.
Arriving in Xinbeitou, the air feels fresher and the hot spring park is right in front of the station. My kids love running along the paths beside the steaming hot spring creek. The cheapest by far (only 40NT for adults) soak can be had at the outdoor public hot spring, called Millenium Hot Spring, just past the eco-friendly Beitou Public Library and Beitou Hot Spring Museum. It’s not the greatest place for kids it tends to be crowded, people go there to relax, and there’s one one pool that isn’t too hot for kids. Almost all of the tall buildings along the park are hot spring hotels too, but most of them are quite pricey (NT1000 or much more). Most of them offer private rooms with a tub, or public, sex-segregated (naked) ones. Many of them don’t allow kids in the public pools.
I’ll describe the best option for kids below!
The best public hot spring for kids in Beitou is Spring City Resort. It’s quite a ways from the MRT, but they’ve got a free shuttle bus roughly every 30 minutes. With this NT499 online-only ticket deal (kids under 100cm free, only 388 if you go after 7 pm) per adult, you can either get a private tub in a small room for one hour, or use the public outdoor pools for as long as you want . This is an amazing deal, as the regular adult fee for the outdoor pools is NT800!
We’ve tried both the private rooms, which are nothing special; see pic below (unless you want the privacy to get naked with your family), and the outdoor pools, which are great. There are kid-friendly warm and cold pools, and it seems to be a popular place for families. There are also a number of other hot pools for adults.
Another affordable option we’ve found is called Kyoto Hotel. You can walk there from the MRT if you kids can handle a decent walk. It’s on a small road past Puji Temple, a Japanese-era temple that is through a gate and up a path from the road (you can’t see it from the road). It’s actually almost all the way to Spring City Resort, but the road gets steeper after Kyoto Hotel.
The rooms at Kyoto Hotel are basic, tubs are clean and modern, and there are large windows (uncommon for this price). Prices are very reasonable at about NT700. This hotel would also make a decent budget overnight stay!
You also can’t take kids to Beitou without visiting Hell Valley, the giant steaming hot spring that is the source of the park’s hot creek.
There are a few hot spring ramen shops in Beitou that are always busy, and we also sometimes take our kids to Sushi Express next to the 7-11 by Xinbeitou MRT for conveyor belt sushi.
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.
22. Danshui Riverside Promenade
One alternative to crowded night markets in Taipei is the daytime market along the river in Danshui, where the Danshui River approaches the sea. Besides lots of (seafood-heavy) food stalls (also watch for the Turkish ice cream!), there are tons of children’s games that your kids will beg to play here and some interesting shops.
A lot of people like to hire bikes here and cycle back towards Taipei. Tandem bikes and bikes with kids seats are usually available.
A ways down, you can catch a boat to a similar promenade on the other side of the river (Bali), or to Fisherman’s Wharf (see #23).
Access: Danshui MRT
23. Ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, Danshui
Right at the point where the Danshui River meets the sea sits this pretty harbor with a picturesque walking bridge called Lovers’ Bridge. There isn’t much to do besides strolling the docks or eating at one of the restaurants (food here is nothing special). Sunsets here are reputably gorgeous.
Access: Ferry or bus from Danshui MRT.
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
Shilin district features three major attractions in Taipei for children, all close together.
The first is the large, government-run Taipei Children’s Amusement Park, featuring indoor and outdoor areas, with rides and facilities for younger and older kids, including Ferris wheel, roller coaster, tea cups, and more.
It can be very crowded on weekends when the weather is decent.
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
Both near the Children’s Amusement Park, these have to be mentioned as well, but we’ve only been to the Science Center. The exhibits rotate, but there’s always at least one child-focused one. We went for an “upside-down-world” one; it was fun, but really packed on the weekend.
With the top attractions in Taipei for kids spread all over the city, how can you decide where to stay? What I usually tell people is, don’t fret about it too much. Unlike many large cities, Taipei doesn’t really have a travelers ghetto or a must-stay-in neighborhood.
What’s more important is that your hotel is close to an MRT station. The MRT is the is the lifeline of Taipei, and will get you everywhere you need to go. Anywhere somewhat central and close to an MRT station is great, and with such a comprehensive MRT network, this is not hard to find.
If you don’t find the hotel you are looking for, use the booking-dot-com (my favorite booking site) bar at the bottom to find the latest deals. If you haven’t signed up for booking yet, use this link to get a 400NT discount on your first stay!
Taipei Main Station Homestay/Star Hotel (not to be confused 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)
Taipei H Imperial: Also right next to Taipei Main Station, with bargain deals, free coffee and tea, 24-hour reception. (read reviews / check prices here)
Amando Inn: Quiet, homey rooms near bustling Ximen area (see things to do in Taipei with kids #13), with shuttle service & car rental available. (read reviews / check prices here)
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)
Humble House: Expect nothing but the classiest treatment at this luxury hotel in the Taipei 101 area, including rooftop pool and access to Taipei City Hall MRT. (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)
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