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You’ll have to make it to #21 below to see my absolute favorite thing to do in Taipei with kids!
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For a totally unique accommodation experience in Taipei, see my detailed review of the kids’ glamping experience at Grand Hyatt Taipei!
South Taipei with Kids
1. Taipei Zoo
Must See + Personal Favorite!
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!
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
GPS: 24.95861, 121.58318
4. Bitan Riverside Park, Xindian
Access: Xindian MRT
5. Road Castle and Taipei Waterpark, Gongguan
Road Castle (see pictures here on the official website) is an outdoor swimming pool with three big water slides. 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 discreetly, just don’t drink in the pool) and let our kids play in the water. It’s never too busy here.
Official website for Water Country Park. Entry: TWD80 for adults, 40 for kids.
East Taipei for Children
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).
7. Best Playgrounds in Taipei for Kids
In recent year, the Taipei City (and New Taipei City) governments have established numerous new playgrounds around the city, not to mention some old ones that were already good. Here are some of our personal favorites:
– Expo Hall Playground, Fine Arts Park (舞蝶共融遊戲場) near Yuanshan MRT station (see #18 below), Zhongshan District
– Playground in Da’An Forest Park (see #16 below), Da’An Park MRT Station. The playground is located near the MRT entrance and is labelled “Children’s Amusement Center” (大安森林公園 兒童遊戲場) on GoogleMaps.
– New Taipei Metropolitan Park (新北大都會公園幸運草地景溜滑梯), Sanchong MRT Station, New Taipei City: A little ways out of the city center, but this expansive creekside park includes some very tall slides and is a favorite for our kids.
8. Indoor Play Centers in Taipei
If you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day in Taipei with kids, the city has numerous indoor playcenters. There are a lot of relatively cheap government-run ones, but they tend to be small and quite busy, even requiring reservations on weekends. A number of private ones have also popped in recent years, which are often larger but quite a bit more expensive.
Kids Awesome is one of the best private indoor playcenters. This fairly new indoor play center in Da’An district includes 13 themed areas and three large play spaces. Let your kids make bubbles, launch a rocket, paint walls, ride a kayak, buy produce in a farmer’s market, go zip lining, camping, climbing, and so much more.
Inside, you’ll find a cafe with snacks and drinks. There’s also an infants area. Note that kids should wear suitable indoor shoes, plus socks are needed for some areas. Budget at least two hours for this place, while some parents report spending a whole day here. The ideal age is toddler up to around six, but even kids up to 10 should enjoy some of the activities.
This playcenter is not cheap; babies under 6 months are free, under 3 are NTD300, adults are NTD200, while kids age 3-16 are a whopping NTD800 ($26.50). So you’d better stay long enough to get your money’s worth!
Another indoor playcenter worth checking out is the one in ATT 4 Recharge, a department store next to larger Miramar Shopping Mall (see below). Besides the play center itself, the mall has a toy store, bouncing castles, and more. Mr Tree Station and the better Mr. Tree are two of many kid-friendly restaurants in Taipei featuring toys and ballrooms. Both serve the kind of bland Asian “Western” food that we’ve come to expect at almost every kid-friendly restaurant in Taipei.
The excellent Baby Boss role-playing center that many local parents loved is unfortunately now closed, as well as the numerous playcenters and children’s areas that once lived in now closed Living Mall (AKA the “golf ball shaped ball”).
Kids Awesome: Da’An MRT Station, address: No. 153, Section 3, Xinyi Road, open 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Wednesdays, multiple entries in one day allowed.
ATT4Recharge: Dazhi MRT station, address: No. 123, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District
Mr. Tree Station: Xinyi Anhe Station, address: No. 83, Section 2, Anhe Road, Da’an District
Mr. Tree: Guting MRT station, address: No. 38, Chaozhou Street, Da’an District
9. Miramar Ferris Wheel
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
Access: Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT
11. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Open 9am to 6pm, free, access Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT.
Central Taipei for Kids
12. Longshan Temple
Access: Longshan Temple MRT, open 6am to 10pm, free.
13. Ximending (Ximen)
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
North of Fine Arts Park is Taipei Fine Arts Museum, which sometimes has kid-friendly exhibitions and programs, or you can go through a floral tunnel that connects to Xinsheng Park, which also hosted the Floral Expo and still has many flowers. North of Xinsheng 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
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.
21. Beitou Thermal Area
Must See + #1 Personal Favorite!
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.
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.
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
Access: Danshui MRT
23. Ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, Danshui
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
Do be warned that if there is a cool or new exhibit, it will be really packed on weekends.
Where to Stay in Taipei with Kids
Convenient & Budget friendly Family hotels in Taipei
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)
Stylish Family Friendly hotels in Taipei
Awesome Hotels for Kids in Taipei
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)
Grand Hyatt Taipei: This luxury category hotel right beside Taipei 101 gets “awesome” marks for it’s “Family Adventure Package” deal which we were lucky enough to try out. Read all about our experience glamping at the Grand Hyatt Taipei or read reviews of the hotel here.
More Luxury Family Hotels in Taipei
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)
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