Having fun is easy at Ocean Park Hong Kong!
Did you know Ocean Park Hong Kong is an amusement park, a marine park, an oceanarium and an animal theme park all in one? It’s no wonder that the park takes up an area of approximately 174 football fields!
If you’re not sure what to do at this massive park fret not, we’re here to give you the lowdown on the tips, tricks, and highlights to help you make the best of your day at Ocean Park.
1. What is Ocean Park Hong Kong?
A crossover between an amusement park, a marine park, an oceanarium, and an animal theme park, Ocean Park Hong Kong is definitely one of a kind! It’s home to a diverse range of marine life, the famous giant pandas – Le Le and Ying Ying, and some of the island’s most hair-raising thrill rides!
2. Where do I get tickets for Ocean Park?
Tickets are sold at the park’s main entrance or from the website and even 7-11 stores. Alternatively, Klook your Ocean Park tickets and enjoy instant confirmation privileges and best price guarantee! You’ll receive an open-dated e-ticket that gives you the flexibility of visiting the park whenever you wish.
If you’re a Hong Kong resident with an HKID, you can enter for free on your birthday! One accompanying guest is also eligible to enjoy half price admission.
To maximize your time there, consider getting an Ocean FasTrack ticket. The ticket allows priority access for up to 10 rides and can only be used once per ride. It can be purchased from the Ocean Park website or in the park on the day itself. The Ocean FasTrack is US$32 each for both adults and children.
3. When is the best time to visit Ocean Park?
If you want to avoid large crowds, the best time to visit the park is during off-peak seasons and on a weekday. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays typically attract the least crowd. Mondays and Fridays might still be busy with visitors staying for a long weekend.
Chinese public holidays also affect crowds at Ocean Park. Main holidays include but are not limited to Chinese New Year (Jan/Feb), Dragon Boat Festival (May) and Mid Autumn Festival (October).
Depending on the time of the year, weather may also affect your day at the park. Consequently, in extremely harsh weather conditions such as a rainstorm or typhoon, certain rides and areas of the park might be closed.
If you purchased your ticket through Klook, you can reach out to customer support in the event you’re denied entry. The Ocean Park website has a weather guide that you can to refer to.
4. What are the park’s opening hours?
Opening hours may vary during special holidays, so do check beforehand if you’re going to the park during the holidays. Otherwise, these are the park’s standard hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 9pm
One of the most exciting things is to be one of the first let into the park, so get there early before 10am! You can skip the queue for not only the rides, but also the cable car and express train. Furthermore, Hong Kong residents are known for being late risers, so you have a high chance of experiencing a relatively empty park for the first few hours. Imagine all the short queues!
5. What to do in Ocean Park?
Between the 2 main areas of the park, there are 8 different themed zones with all kinds of activities, attractions, shows and rides.
The Waterfront is the area near the main entrance, which is where all the visitors head to first. To maximise your day at Ocean Park, head straight to the cable car or express train to get to The Summit once you enter the park. The lines for the cable car and train ride are also shorter during that time. Once you’re done with the activities at The Summit, head back down to The Waterfront.
The Summit is where the thrill rides and Polar Adventure are located. Ocean Park is known for having some of the wildest rides!
Several of the notable rides that you need to try are the Hair Raiser, Raging River, The Rapids and The Flash. After the adrenaline rush, you can cool down (literally) at Polar Adventure where you can find penguins, seals, walruses and other sea creatures native to the North and South Pole.
If just watching the lovable creatures of Polar Adventure through the glass isn’t enough, you can choose to take part in the animal encounter. You get to have up-close-and-personal time with the sea creatures, play with them, and also learn how to care for them. Klook has tickets available for Ocean Park Penguin Encounter, Ocean Park Seal Encounter and Ocean Park Dolphin Encounter. If that isn’t one hell of a unique experience, we don’t know what is!
The Waterfront is near the main entrance of the park and the main attractions in this area are the Grand Aquarium, Old Hong Kong street, and the ever-so-adorable pandas!
Home to over 5,000 fishes from 400 different species, the variety of marine life in the Grand Aquarium will have you in awe. Stepping into Old Hong Kong, on the other hand, is like transporting back in time and getting a huge dose of nostalgia, experiencing Hong Kong between the 50’s and 70’s.
Now, you definitely cannot leave Ocean Park without first visiting the famous giant pandas, Le Le and Ying Ying. They are so incredibly adorable, you’d want nothing more than to kidnap them!
For the perfect end of your day at Ocean Park, head over to Aqua City to catch Symbio!, the park’s nighttime one-of-a-kind water screen show. With blasts of fire, water, pyrotechnics, music and animation, Symbio! is the world’s first 360° water screen show and a sight to behold!
Seasonal: Summer Splash
From now till 27 August 2017, the Ocean Park Summer Splash returns as part of the park’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. With extended opening hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can enter the park after 5pm to experience the park’s special summer-only night attractions. The Summer Night promotion will run from 5pm till 9pm, and tickets are sold at almost half price, while daytime visitors can continue to stay till 9pm at no additional cost.
As part of the Summer Splash special, visitors can snorkel in the Grand Aquarium and fully immerse themselves in the park’s signature attraction. Other activities during Summer Night include Lakeside BBQ Fest, Summer Seafood Delight Semi-Buffet Dinner, Wet & Wild Sand Party, Super Splash Battle, and more. During this summer special, The Waterfront will also remain open until 11pm.
Getting to The Summit and Waterfront
The park is separated into 2 main areas – The Waterfront and The Summit. To get from one area to another, you can take either the Cable Car or the Ocean Express.
Although the initial intended purpose of the cable car was to ferry visitors from one area to another, the breathtaking view from the ride is so impressive that it’s been regarded as one of the park’s main highlights.
In the 8-minute 1.5km cable car ride, visitors have a clear and unobstructed view of the sea, sky and surrounding hills, which makes for the perfect photo op! Each car can fit up to 6 people and due to its popularity amongst visitors, the queue can get pretty long.
Ocean Express is the park’s very own train system that looks just like a submarine! Different themed animations are played throughout the 4-minute journey to simulate a true underwater journey.
The queue for Ocean Express typically moves faster since it can transport a couple hundred visitors at one time, and it can carry around 5,000 passengers per hour.
6. How can I avoid getting lost and overwhelmed in Ocean Park?
Taking into the account of the size of the park, it’s easy to lose your way. Make sure you download the Ocean Park app on your phone. It comes with all the important information and real-time updates like an interactive map, showtimes, guided tour, and other things to help you navigate around the park and plan your activities with ease.
In addition, you can get a free wristband for your child at Guest Relations that reflects your contact number and your child’s height. Park staff can get in touch in the event your child gets lost, and the height makes it easy for access to height-restricted rides.
Baby Care Rooms for mums with young children are conveniently located throughout the park. These come equipped with baby changers, bottle warmers and feeding seats. At the same time, the park map also has Baby Care Rooms clearly labelled so you can easily locate them from wherever you are.
7. How do I get to Ocean Park?
- By bus (both local and cross-boundary buses are available). Just get off the bus after going through the Aberdeen Tunnel and it’s a short walk to the Park
- The Citybus Route 629 runs daily from Central Star Ferry (every 20-60min)
- By MTR: Ocean Park Station on South Island Line (Get your Tourist Octopus Card preloaded with US$6 [HK$50] from Klook)
- By car or coach (parking facilities available)
- By private van transfer for great value transfers from Klook!
8. What to wear to Ocean Park?
The park is huge and you can expect a LOT of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Hong Kong experiences 4 distinct seasons due to its subtropical climate and since you’ll be spending the majority of your time outdoors at the park, dressing for the right weather is important.
If you’re visiting during the summertime, wear thin, breathable and comfortable clothes because it’s going to be hot and sunny. Bring along a disposable raincoat with you in case it rains. If you’re visiting during the colder months, however, bring along a jacket with you for when the weather gets chilly or cold.
9. Can I bring food into the park?
Visitors aren’t allowed to bring their own food and drinks into the park, with the exception of baby food. You can bring along an empty water bottle as there are drinking fountains where you can fill up your bottle.
There’s a wide array of food options at Ocean Park. You can opt for a quick bite in between activities at one of the parks 28 food kiosks or for a sit-down meal in one of their 8 restaurants.
If you don’t mind splurging a little on food, dining at Bayview Restaurant in Ocean Park Tower is an experience of its own. Additionally, a couple other restaurants that offer a spectacular dining experience as well include Neptune’s Restaurant and Tuxedos Restaurant. A glimpse at the photos and you’ll understand why.
However, if you prefer grabbing a quick bite at one of the kiosks, you can purchase a meal package from Klook in advance at a cheaper price. The set meal includes a main course and a glass of soft drink.
You can choose your meal from Chan’s Noodle, Panda Cafe Food-to-Go, Clown Corner, Golden Fried Chicken and Boardwalk Cafe. Overall, it makes deciding on what to eat much easier and hassle-free so you can have more time enjoying other activities at the park.
10. What should I pack to the park?
The last thing you want is for your phone to run out of juice before the day ends, so pack your tech essentials like power bank and phone cables. You will very likely be using the Ocean Park app very frequently, as well as uploading and updating on social media. If you’re visiting from outside of Hong Kong, you can stay connected with a WiFi device from Klook.
The sun can be unforgiving especially during the summer, so make sure you have sunscreen and a small umbrella handy for shade. Bring along an extra thin t-shirt as well in case you sweat too much and want a change of clothes. A light, disposable rain coat is also a good idea in case it rains.
Ocean Park only accepts cash payments. Bring your own water bottle and fill it up at one of the park’s drinking fountains. It’s also wise to go with a backpack instead of handbags or sling bags, mainly for comfort and convenience.
Consequently, those in need of lockers, strollers and wheelchair, they’re available for rental at the park in Aqua City. The Ocean Park website has all the rates and information for the rentals.
Too much fun never hurt anyone!
You’re literally a step away from one of the best days of your life whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, animal lover, or someone who’s always up for some fun. Don’t deprive yourself of fun and get your instant, hassle-free Ocean Park ticket from Klook now.