While Macao's shopping malls and casinos have earned the region its reputation as the "Las Vegas of China," there's more to this coastal resort area. From thrilling theme parks to romantic gondola rides, Macao has an abundance of activities to try in addition to checking out the neon lights of the Cotai Strip. Here are a few of our favorites.
Cotai Water Jet Ferry
One of the most popular day trips from Macao is to neighboring Hong Kong, and the Cotai Water Jet ferries take just an hour to zip between the island of Taipa in Macao and Sheung Wan in Hong Kong.
The House of Dancing Water Show
Enjoy thrilling stunts, gravity-defying acrobatics, and spectacular water jet displays at this 90-minute show.
Take in 360-degree views over the Macao peninsula and Pearl River Delta from the tower's 730-foot-high (223-meter) observation lounge. Thrill-seekers can also tackle the Tower Climb to get to the very top; take on the Skywalk; or brave the ultimate feat: a bungee jump or Skyjump from the top of the tower.
The Venetian Gondola Ride
Get transported to Venice as you glide down the indoor canals at the lavish Venetian Macao resort. Meet your gondolier, hop aboard your gondola, and cruise past Venetian landmark replicas like the Bridge of Sighs.
Golden Reel Ferris Wheel
Take a ride on the star attraction of Macao's Studio City, the world's highest figure-eight Ferris wheel. Climb aboard a steampunk-themed cabin and look out over Cotai Strip from 425 feet (130 meters) up.
Pier 16 Macao 3D World
Ensure some memorable souvenir photos with a day spent posing for photos with dinosaurs, world landmarks, and celebrities in unique 3D scenes.
The House of Magic
Prepare for mind-bending illusions, magic tricks, and plenty of surprises at the three-theater House of Magic, the brainchild of world-famous illusionist Franz Harary.
Batman Dark Flight
A must for budding superheroes, the Batman Dark Flight whisks adventurers on a 20-minute 4D simulation ride through Gotham. Come face-to-face with the Joker, Two-face, and Bane while helping Batman save the city.
Macao Science Center
Combine learning and fun at the popular Macao Science Center, where you can enjoy unlimited full-day access to interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations, and the award-winning planetarium.
Macao Kids' City
Ensure that younger kids enjoy their stay in Macao just as much as the rest of the family with a visit to the inflatable play zones, gigantic slides, adventure climbing course, and dress-up area at Macao Kids' City.