You are looking for some funthings to do with your kids on holidays? Why don’t you take a trip to Taipei –Taiwan’s capital and a wonderful family-friendly destination. With breathtaking landscapes, mouthwatering cuisine, and ultimate playgrounds for your kids to enjoy, Taipei will never let you down. Here’s some fun activitiesyou can look forward to trying in Taipei with your family squad.
Go hiking in Yangmingshan
If you want to admire the spectacular views of Taipei and, at the same time, enjoy the great outdoors with your family, hiking in Yangmingshan is a wonderful idea for your getaway.
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Yangmingshan is the national park to the north of Taipei. It's easily accessible, mountain-filled and perfect to get some fresh mountain air if you want a day out of the city.Taking buses is an option for your transportation.Once reach here,you can take a map andgrab some drinks at the Headquarters.
The highest peak in Yangmingshan is Qixingshan – also called theSeven Star Mountain, located in the centre of the park. There are well-maintained trails leading from the Headquarters to the top, whichaffordsmagnificent viewsover Taipei as well as the rest ofYangmingshan.
On the way down, you can relax and indulge yourself with a nice soak at the Lengshuikeng Hot Springs (which was formed by volcanic lava flowing down from the mountain.But don’t worry, the last eruption was 700,000 BC. ^^)
Note:Bring extra water, sunscreen, and mosquito spray
Discover Chinese history at the National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum displays one of the world's greatest and rarest collections of Chinese artifacts and artwork with over 700,000 items. These priceless treasures include ancient paintings, archeological remains of bronze weapons, ceramics, jade, sculptures, books and other antiques.
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The museum is arranged thematically, but galleries tend to be grouped in chronological order: start on the third floor and work down. The daily tours in English (free) at 10 am and 3 pm offer some introduction to the main exhibits.
Note:Bring the kids' school IDs to get a discount.
Eat and shop till you drop atShilin Night Market
The night market is a Taiwanese cultural tradition and nowhere is it expressed better than in Shilin Night Market. If your tummy rumbles at night and you just can't think of anything to eat, then Shilinistheanswer! With hundreds of stalls selling all types of food from Taiwanese traditional snacks to modern wonders, ShilinMarkethas become a must-visit destination for any food lovers.
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The market encompasses two distinct sections. One section is housed in the Shilin Market building. The food court on the first floor holds many snack vendors. The other section centered on the YangmingCinema consists of a cluster of stores.
All types of Taiwanese food can be found and bought for reasonable prices from the friendly locals, such as Giant Fried Chicken Steak, Tempura, Bubble Tea, Oyster Vermicelli, Oyster Omelet, Fried Buns and of course, the most famous Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.
After satisfying your taste buds, don’t forget to take a strollon the night market’s shopping streets. You will be surrounded, and may be “a little” overwhelmed, byall types of clothes and shoes and accessories displayedhere and there. This place is truly a paradise for any shoppers.
Enjoy your meal at Modern Toilet Restaurant
This unique restaurant is exactly what you think it is, a Toilet-themed dining place.
The restaurant has a bathroom decor, with colorful toilet seats and tables converted from bathtubs with aglass cover. They serve drinks in urinals and food in toilets, both the Asian-styled “squatty potty” and Western-styled ones. To complete the concept, the restroom sink is also a lavatory. In the end, you’ll come home with lots of awesome pictures, and of course, lots of laughs. Kids are gonnalove this!
Note: This place is always full, so call ahead for reservation
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Get wet and wildatTaipei Water Park
Looking for some fun to do on hot summer holiday with your kids? How about spending a day at Taipei Water Park?
At Taipei Water Park, you can enjoy slides, water rides, swimming pools together with other leisure equipment. The Taipei Water Park is open from 9 am till 10 pm during the summer– from July 1st until August 31st while other months till 6pm. Entrance tickets are sold till one hour prior to the opening hours.
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Another educational facility inside the park is the Museum of Drink Water. It provides knowledge and information of water resources, as well as attracts people for taking romantic wedding photos due to the beautiful Baroque-styleddesign.
Roam around Taipei 101 – the tallest structure in Taipei
Towering above the citywith extraordinary architectural design, Taipei 101 is Taiwan's treasured skyscraper.At the height of 509.2 meters (1,670 feet), Taipei 101 has the distinction of being the third tallest building in the world and tallest outside the Middle East.
The tower’s shape is inspired by both Asian pagoda and bamboo tree, with 8 layers growing upon one another, giving the Taipei 101 an exceptional look.
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Ticket sales are on the 5th floor of the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall. A fast moving elevator whisks visitors to the observation deck on the 89th floor in merely 37 seconds, making it the second fastest elevator in the world and is a must-do on any traveler's list.
The 89th floor of the Taipei 101 Tower is home to the indoor observation deck, which is equipped with huge floor to ceiling windows that allow you to view all of Taipei from 360 degrees around. Don't miss the massive gold-colored iron wind damper that keeps the tower stable from experiencing the unfortunate effects of wind vibration.
From the 89th-floor observation deck, you can get to the 91st floor by way of a flight of stairs, but thisis only allowed on certain days when the weather is excellent.When it is open, you can stand outside and enjoythe spectacular view of Taipei with thewindblowingover your face. It is also possible to see the Taipei 101 Tower's fantastic spire up close from this outdoor observation deck.
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On the way down, don’t forget to stop by the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall, which is on the first five floors of the building. Here you’ll find some of the top brand names in the world, a Starbucks, a food-court with really decent food, a supermarket which sells imported goods, and the best bookstore in Taiwan that has a huge selection of English books and magazines..
Is that enough to intrigue you?
Havesome fun inBabyBoss City
If you're desperate for some indoor kids' activities in Taipei, then Baby Boss is an excellent choice for children aged 3 to 8. Housed on the 7th floor of the Living Mall, Baby Boss is a themed recreation center featuring mini streets, stores, parks, buildings, and various vehicles. Kids can play the roles of nearly 70 occupations and earn BabyBucks (currency used in the City).
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Furthermore, each child and adult entering this simulated city must wear matching security bracelets. This ensures safety for the kids who are overly excited in trying out different jobs!
It is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 10 am until 8 pm from Friday to Sunday.
Go in the wilderness atTaipei Zoo
As one of Taipei's most famous tourist attractions, the Taipei Zoo is definitely a must-visit for anyone, especiallythe young. With over 300 species and extensive gardens, including a tropical rainforest zone,the zoo will surelytake your breath away. Watch how the penguins dance, the pandas sleep, the elephants eat nibble at nuts, insects fly, birds chirp, and so much more!
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This is a great destination for a family outing, as Taipei Zoo makes an effort to integrate educational zoological elements into the visitors' experience. Children can read up about the animals at each habitat, watch a presentation given at the zoo or visit the educational centre. Taking a break in the fern garden or lazing on the lawns, surrounded by exotic animals, absolutely makes for a memorable lunch. At the middle of the Zoo, there is a store that sells really good milk-flavored ice cream and hotdogs. You gotta try them.
Note:Make sure your camera is fully charged, as well asbring an extra battery alongif possible, as it can be a long day with tons and tons of moments to capture.