One part theme park, one part zoo, and another part aquarium, Ocean Park dominates a southerly peninsula on the rocky coast of Hong Kong Island. The 170-acre (69-hectare) park includes eight themed areas with more than a dozen rides, from roller coasters to water flumes and the thrilling 20-story Abyss tower. The park also features a suite of wildlife exhibits (including one of the world’s largest domed aquariums) interspersed between smaller rides, shops, and entertainment pavilions. An aerial cable car ride, lasting about eight minutes, transports visitors between AquaCity in the park’s lower level, to the coasters at The Summit of Thrill Mountain.
Regional animal highlights include bizarre Chinese sturgeon, two giant pandas, Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys, a marsh filled with endangered Chinese alligators, and displays of ornate—and downright kooky—goldfish. But there are also plenty of creatures from further afield, like the exhibits on the North and South poles featuring arctic foxes, penguins, and sea lions. While the park does offer several animal encounters for additional fees—including dolphin swims (from $152)—these experiences are not offered by Viator.
Ocean Park is accessible from mainland Hong Kong by public transit via the Tsuen Wan line and the South Island line. The park is open daily with hours changing throughout the week and year; the fee-based parking lot is open from 9am until 30 minutes after the park closes. Admission costs 438 HKD ($56.50) for adults and 219 HKD ($28) for children ages 3 to 11.