9 Sights and Places for Family Fun in Macao

Another tips for a great holiday and travel around the world. This time, we share some interesting places you can go in Macao or Macau. Before that, it is nice to know some facts about Macao, officially governs by Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It is a special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China.

Macao or Macau - With a population of 667,400 and an area of 32.9 km2 (12.7 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world. Macau was formerly a colony of the Portuguese Empire. The colony remained under Portuguese rule until 1999, when it was transferred to China. As a special administrative region, Macau maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China.

Experience Best Family Fun in Macao  - 9 Sights & Places You Need to Know

Experience Best Family Fun in Macao  - 13 Sights & Places

The Macao tourism industry is flourishing, with the territory offering a diverse range of activities for diverse kinds of visitor. Experience your journey in Macao with the family - from indoors to the great outdoors - visiting the highly educational Macao Science Centre and the lovely pandas in Giant Panda Pavilion; or go to the beaches and parks to relax or engage in a host of recreational activities.

And if one-stop fun is on the agenda, then there’s plenty to see and do in Macao’s integrated resort hotels, which feature kids’ playgrounds to mini golf to swimming.

Macao Giant Panda Pavilion

Macao Giant Panda Pavilion

Nestled against a hill side in Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane in a fan-shaped layout of about 3,000m2, Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is designed to take advantage of combining the terrain’s natural undulations with the architectural characteristics.

The pavilion comprises two 330m2 indoor activity quarters and a 600m2 outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the giant panda and a 900m2 indoor exhibit area.

Macao Giant Panda Pavilion

Two viewing paths of different elevations align along the front edge of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to two streams of visitors. Internal facilities include a logistics centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, feed warehouse, control centre and veterinarian clinic, etc.

Pavilion of Rare Animals is situated inside Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane and serves as a conservation site for rare animals.

Red Panda

Red Panda at Macao Giant Panda Pavilion

The exhibition area consists of 3 indoor and 2 outdoor activity areas to provide ample activity space for the red pandas. Many types of plants are planted in the activity areas to create an environment similar to the red pandas’ wild habitat. The temperature inside the pavilion is regulated to remain within 25°C to provide an ambient temperature that is most comfortable for the red pandas. Climbing facilities such as perches are also installed inside the activity areas for the red pandas to practise their climbing skills.

The Macao Giant Panda Information Centre and Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop

The Macao Giant Panda Information Centre and Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop are situated inside the park too. The Macao Giant Panda Information Centre is a two-story building featuring multifunctional video rooms, exhibition areas, reading corners and network interactive areas.

Intended as a platform for promoting public understanding of giant panda, it also hosts, among other activities, exhibitions and interest classes on a regular basis, in addition to providing information about giant panda.

Located at the main entrance to the Seac Pai Van Park, the Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop is dedicated to selling gifts and souvenirs related to giant panda. It offers a large collection of giant panda gifts for visiting residents and tourists to choose from, including soft toys, bags, clothes, stationery and household items, etc.

Admission fee is needed for the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals.

Address Macao Giant Panda Pavilion, Seac Pai Van Park
Opening Hours Macao Giant Panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission until 4:45 p.m.). Closed on Mondays (closed on the following day instead if a public holiday falls on Monday)
Macao Giant Panda Information Centre - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fees MOP10. Free admission for children of 12 years old or under and seniors of 65 years old or above.
Tel +853 2888 0087
Website www.macaupanda.org.mo

Macao Science Center

Macao Science Center

Macao Science Center was designed by world renowned architect Mr. I.M. Pei and Pei Partnership Architects. With a gross floor area of 20,000 square metres, Macao Science Center consists of the Exhibition Center, the Planetarium and the Convention Center.

Exhibition Center

The permanent galleries cover topics in Science for children, Technology, Environment and Life Style. The exhibitions seek to provide knowledge-oriented, scientific and interesting interactive exhibits, and allow visitors to explore science exhibitions to provide more diversified features to the visitors.


The first Planetarium in the world equipped with 3D and ultra-high definition projection system of 8,000 x 8,000 pixels, and is capable of playing interactive live shows and dome movies in 3D. Its powerful real-time astronomical database can take audiences onto a journey travelling freely in space and time.

Convention Center

The Convention Center includes a multi-functional Convention Hall and 4 Meeting Rooms. It is equipped with professional audio-visual facilities, simultaneous interpretation systems, and video conferencing equipment.

Address Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau
Opening Hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Tickets are only available up to 5.30 p.m., closed on Thursdays and Lunar New Year's Eve, open on public holidays.) Open daily in July and August.
Fees Exhibition Galleries - MOP25
Planetarium (2D Dome /2D Sky Shows) - MOP60
Planetarium (3D Dome /3D Sky Shows) - MOP80
Free admission for children under 2 years old
Tel +853 2888 0822
Fax +853 2888 0855
E-mail info@msc.org.mo
Website www.msc.org.mo

Communications Museum

The Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau’s Communications Museum

The Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau’s Communications Museum is a place with cultural, scientific and technological characteristics. With the belief of "Dare to experiment, Dare to discover", the Museum encourages visitors to enjoy "Fun Learning at Communications Museum".

Visitors can request for information at the Reception & Shop about exhibitions, activities and facilities lease, shop for their favorite Macao stamps and request for postal and money transfer services.

Postal/Philately Gallery displays exhibits related to the history of Macao Post ranging from precious artifacts to valuable collection of stamps and postal objects.

Postal/Philately Gallery Macao Museum

Telecommunications Gallery shows the most interactive and experimental exhibits of the Museum. Visitors will understand the development of the means and techniques of communications as well as front-end technologies.

Outdoor exhibits are installed in the terrace next to the D. Maria II Garden. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Macao and the Fortress D. Maria II built in 1852 (Qing Dynasty, Xianfeng 2nd Year) - the only ancient fortress that uses a suspension bridge as the entrance.

Address Estrada de D. Maria II, no. 7, Macau
Opening Hours From 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on public holidays.
Fees Individual: MOP10
Student Card holders (ISIC or local): MOP5
Groups of 15 or above: MOP7 per person
Macao residents, Local student group visits booked by schools, Children under 3 years old and Holders of local or international (ITIC) Teacher Identify Card, Tour Guide Card & Tour Guide Trainee Card of Macao, ICOM Membership Card, Senior Citizens Card and Disability Assessment Registration Card issued by Social Welfare Bureau: Free
Tel +853 2871 8063, +853 2871 8570
E-mail info@cmm.gov.mo
Website www.cmm.gov.mo

Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park

Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park is located in the southeast of Coloane Island. Here you can enjoy BBQ facilities, walking trails and canoeing. Splash about in a hired boat, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Jacaranda Kiosk and mountain forest area. Near the reservoir dam you can also find a plant maze, picnic and camping area, family trail and fitness trail.

Golden Reel at Studio City

Golden Reel

Suspended between the twin hotel towers of Studio City at a height of 130 meters, the Golden Reel is the world’s first and Asia’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel. It features 17 “Steampunk”-themed cabins, each accommodating up to 10 passengers on a memorable ride around the uniquely-shaped figure-8 track. Once aboard, you can admire the breathtaking views of the city in different angles.

Address Level 3, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Opening Hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mondays to Fridays); 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Tel +853 8868 6767 Ticket Hotline / Toll free: 400 616 3120 Mainland China, 800 900 783 Hong Kong, 008 0187 6037 Taiwan
E-mail enquiry@sc-macau.com
Website www.studiocity-macau.com

Planet J Theme Park

Planet J Theme Park is a live-action role-playing (LARP) theme park, covering approximately 9,300 square metres. It houses eight gaming zones with more than 200 games, including AR & VR games.

Planet J is suitable for all age groups. Either individually or in groups, participants are challenged to interact or battle either with other Planet J visitors or the theme park’s resident characters, in order to advance in the games.

Visitors need to maximise dexterity, intelligence, logical thinking and body coordination to overcome the various challenges and quests presented to them.

Address Shop 3009, Level 3, Sands Cotai Central, Taipa, Macau (Next to the food court)
Opening Hours 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tel +853 2875 0800
E-mail enquiry@planetj.com
Website www.planetj.com

Warner Bros Fun Zone

Occupying an area of 32,000 square feet, the Warner Bros. Fun Zone is a mega indoor playground themed around characters from Warner Bros., DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera Productions and Looney Tunes entertainment franchises.

Kids and their families can enjoy their play time in the zone packed with interactive games and rides and bring home an unforgettable fun experience.

Address Level 3, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau 
Opening Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Tel Ticket Hotline: +853 8868 6767 / Toll free: 400 616 3120 Mainland China, 800 900 783 Hong Kong, 008 0187 6037 Taiwan
E-mail enquiry@sc-macau.com
Website www.studiocity-macau.com

Batman Dark Flight

Batman Dark Flight

In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, ‘Batman Dark Flight’ is the world’s first flight simulation ride themed around DC Comics Super Hero “Batman” with the intellectual property franchise. Immersed in the flying theater, adventure-seekers can virtually soar over Gotham City with Batman through the action-packed storyline. The 4D motion ride promises a thrilling experience.

Address Level 2, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Opening Hours 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Mondays to Fridays); 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays). Duration: Approximately 15 minutes.
Tel +853 8868 6767 Ticket Hotline / Toll free: 400 616 3120 Mainland China, 800 900 783 Hong Kong, 008 0187 6037 Taiwan
E-mail enquiry@sc-macau.com
Website www.studiocity-macau.com

The Guia Hill Cable Car

The Guia Hill dominates the Macao peninsula and its top offers the best landscape views in town, namely the Pearl River and the surrounding islands. If you go in through the Flora Garden Gate (Avenida Sidónio Pais), you will find a Cable car, which will help to go up, besides offering you a panoramic view over the hill.

Address Avenida Sidónio Pais
Opening Hours 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Closed on Monday, or on the following day instead if a public holiday or day of special permission for exemption from work falls on Monday)
Fees Single Ticket - MOP2
Return Ticket - MOP3
Special Concessionary Return Ticket - MOP2 (For children aged 12 or below and elderly people aged 65 or above)

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