• 11 Kid-Friendly Attractions to Visit Abroad and Their Less-Crowded Alternatives

    Make the next trip fun for the whole family.
  • Travel is a fun way for families to bond and create memories together, but a trip can quickly turn sour when you have to wait for an hour—along with other frazzled families—just to get your turn on a theme park ride or in front of a famous landmark for a family photo.

    Try these stress-free options on your next visit to these popular attractions:

    HONG KONG

    Popular Choice:  Hong Kong Disneyland

    While it may be the happiest place on Earth, it can also become the most crowded one during peak season.

    Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Alternative:  Noah’s Ark

    It’s a full-size replica of the legendary ark where your kids can interact with animals and learn about environmental issues. Your family can also go around ark to enjoy rides and other attractions like the Treasure House and Solar Tower.

    Location: 33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    SINGAPORE

    Popular Choice:  Universal Studios Singapore

    It’s the only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia, and the queues to its rides get long pretty fast. A few of the 24 rides require an hour’s worth of lining up.

    Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    Alternative:  S.E.A. Aquarium

    Your kids will get a kick out of this underwater world adventure! With more than 100,000 marine animals, S.E.A. Aquarium provides people with a chance to discover different aquatic creatures at the Bay of Bengal and Laccadive Sea. Get a chance to see marine predators from the Andaman Sea and Strait of Malacca up close.

    Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    SOUTH KOREA

    Popular Choice:  Lotte World

    Lotte World is massive, earning the title of “the world’s largest indoor theme park.” But a fair warning: It comes with a massive crowd too.

    Location: 240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
    Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Alternative:  Everland Resort

    Everland Resort, one of the largest theme parks in South Korea, features a unique wooden roller coaster. Apart from its 40 thrilling rides and attractions, it also has a wildlife section where you and your kids can see wild animals like bears and tigers in close proximity.

    Location: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
    Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    JAPAN

    Osaka

    Popular Choice: Universal Studios Japan

    Want your kids to experience the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? This place should be part of your itinerary, but the catch is that you’ll need an entire day to enjoy all the attractions—something you can’t spare if you’re traveling with a tight schedule.

    Location: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Japan
    Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Alternative:  Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

    Find a different kind of magic at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Learn about Japan’s and the Pacific Ocean’s marine life from 15 massive tanks that this impressive aquarium has on display.

    Location: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, Japan
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Tokyo

    Popular Choice:  Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea

    If your family loves to travel, you’ve probably been to at least one Disneyland. Instead of doing a repeat in Tokyo, try a less-crowded alternative.

    Location: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo, Japan
    Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Alternative:  Maxell Aqua Park

    Enjoy a full-sensory aquarium experience at Maxell Aqua Park with its playful dancing lights and video shows. It features different zones like Wonder Tube, Life Museum, Aqua Jungle, and more, where you’ll see different types of marine creatures.

    Location: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    TAIWAN

    Popular Choice:  Chiufen Village

    Accessible from Taipei, this former mining village is now a popular tourist attraction. It’s a great cultural experience, but little kids might not be able to appreciate it just quite yet.

    Location: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan
    Operating Hours: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Alternative:  Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience

    Although this is also a popular activity in Taiwan, it allows for more interaction for you and the kids. You can write and doodle on the lanterns before releasing them to the sky, providing a breathtaking backdrop.

    Location: New Taipei, Taiwan
    Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    THAILAND

    Popular Choice:  Line Village Bangkok

    The Line characters come to life in this fantastical little village! It’s a charming place perfect for younger kids, but may not be as enticing for pre-teens.

    Location: Siam Square One, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Alternative:  Dream World Bangkok

    It’s a massive amusement park with 40 rides that can be enjoyed by everyone. The entire family can explore these four dreamy zones: Dream World Plaza, Fantasy Land, Dream Garden, and Adventure Land.

    Location: 62, Moo 1, Rungsit-Ongkarak Road, Bang Yitho, Thanyaburi, Thailand
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    MALAYSIA

    Popular Choice:  TeddyVille Museum

    See a variety of bears dressed up and sectioned to represent Penang’s many attractions. It’s a great place to take endless Instagram pictures!

    Location: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
    Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Alternative:  Farm in the City

    This is a place animal-loving families should visit. You and your kids can feed farm animals in themed petting zoos and have guided interactions with over 100 kinds of animals.

    Location: Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
    Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    INDONESIA

    Bali

    Popular Choice:  Waterbom Bali

    Waterbom Bali is every family’s ultimate summer destination. It features water slides, beautifully landscaped gardens—and gigantic crowds on weekends.

    Location: Kuta, Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
    Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Alternative:  Bali Zoo

    If you want to spend a day out of the water in Bali, this conservation site is your best bet. It houses a variety of animals, some of which you can pet and feed. Take your kids here to have fun and get them started on learning about wildlife conservation.

    Location: Singapadu, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Jakarta

    Popular Choice:  Seaworld Ancol

    Gigantic underwater tunnels and fish tanks are always an awesome sight to see—add a shark feeding on top of that and your family will have the most unforgettable aquatic experience.

    Location: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW. 10, Kota Tua, Ancol, Pademangan, Kota Jakarta Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
    Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Alternative:  Funworld Mall of Indonesia (Treasure Island Arcade)

    Funworld is the perfect place for kids full of energy. The games and rides are customized to be enjoyed by all ages, so no one gets left out of all the fun!

    Location: Mall Of Indonesia Lt. 1, Jl. Boulevard Barat Raya, Kelapa Gading Barat, Kelapa Gading, RT. 18/RW. 8, Klp. Gading Bar., Klp. Gading, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
    Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    VIETNAM

    Popular Choice: Nha Trang Vinpearl Land Theme Park

    This colorful theme park is packed with both indoor and outdoor games. It also has a food village and shopping street for when your family want to unwind for a bit or go souvenir-hunting.

    Location: Vinh Nguyen, Thanh Pho Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
    Operating Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Alternative:  Trickland 3D Paintings Museum

    Take unique and memorable family pictures with the lifelike artworks made by Vietnamese artists. With 10 different themes, there’s not a shortage of photo backdrops for your family.

    Location: 3 Le Thi Hong Gam, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam
    Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Enjoy a fun and stress-free vacation with your kids. Check out Traveloka’s list of international attractions for the best deals and promos.

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