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Things to Do with Kids in Shanghai

By Viator, August 2013

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It might not seem so at first glance, but if you look carefully, Shanghai is a surprisingly family friendly destination with a lot to keep kids of all ages entertained. Here are ten ideas for things to do with kids in Shanghai.

Oriental Pearl Tower: The Oriental Pearl Tower was once the tallest building in Shanghai, and it’s still the best bet for panoramic views of the city. If your kids are on the adventurous side, they’ll get a thrill by walking along the 360-degree glass paneled observatory.

High Speed Train: When you land at the airport, skip the taxi and take the high-speed Maglev train instead. With speeds up to 267 miles per hour (430 kilometers per hour), it’s the fastest passenger train in the world.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium: The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium’s collection of sharks, fish and other aquatic critters make the perfect rainy day diversion for families with kids. Make sure to walk through the world’s longest underwater tunnel.

Shanghai Circus World: The Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show blends history, visual effects, colorful costumes and some amazing feats of flexibility, balance and strength into one family friendly show.

Science and Technology Museum: With three floors of interactive exhibits spaced between 13 themed areas and four theaters, the Science and Technology Museum can easily keep the kids entertained for a full day.

Century Park: Located in the middle of Pudong, Century Park has ample green space for a picnic as well as a mini-golf course, bike trails, a lake with paddle boats and an area where the kids can feed the pigeons.

Huangpu River Cruise: When your feet get tired, step aboard a Huangpu River Cruise to watch the Bund light up at sunset.

Shanghai Animal Parks: Shanghai has not one, but three kid-friendly animal parks, including the Shanghai Zoo, Wild Insect Kingdom and Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

Day Trip to Water Village: With or without kids, every visitor to Shanghai should set aside a day for a trip to one of the area’s ancient water villages. Children will love riding boats through the canals and walking over the traditional stone footbridges.

Double Decker Bus: Shanghai’s Hop on Hop off bus takes you past most of the city’s famous attractions and landmarks, allowing you to pick and choose what you and the kids want to see with minimal transportation hassle.

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Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

While in Shanghai, don't miss this stunning acrobatic show that combines fascinating history, traditional Chinese martial arts and stunning special effects. ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.90

Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

See Shanghai’s highlights on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Nanpu Bridge, the Bund, Jing’an Temple, Xintiandi, the People’s Plaza and ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $48.00

Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Take a gondola ride through the elegant waterways of Zhouzhuang, the 'Venice of the East.’ You’ll step into the old residences of Zhang House and Shen House, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Small-Group Walking Tour of Old Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the life of a local Shanghainese as you take to the streets of Old Shanghai. This walking tour combines residential districts, historical buildings ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.00

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