7 Best Family-friendly Pools in Hong Kong
Make a splash in our picks for the best family-friendly pools in town.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt caters to kids with its spacious family suites, kids’ activities, and an 11th floor playground and outdoor pool perfect for lounging and splashing around with the little ones. Open from sunrise to sunset, families can spend the whole day grabbing a tan and some quality bonding poolside, with plenty of refreshments on offer from The Grill for lunch or dinner. And if you need to work off those carbs but are sick of swimming, put on your runners instead and head off on the 400m jogging path around the hotel.
Day pass, $550. 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2588-1234
Wellness Pool, Cordis, Hong Kong
Keep cool in the 18-meter-long wellness pool at Cordis, Hong Kong, which offers the perfect recreational activity whether you’re looking to dip your toes or go for a full-on marathon swimming session. Located on the 42nd floor, the rooftop pool is heated and offers stunning cityscape views, along with a Jacuzzi, underwater speaker system and cozy cabanas for a midday nap. Sip on a daiquiri or pina colada while the kids splash around in the crystal clear waters with their floaties and rubber duckies.
Day pass: weekdays, $350; weekends, $450. 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3388
Chinese YMCA Pool
A one-stop shop for those on low-key budgets who want exercise, a pool and sports facilities all in one, the Chinese YMCA is still running strong after many years and maintains clean, ample facilities for its members and guests. The indoor pool was the first of its kind in the city—built in 1918—and remains to this day a favorite amongst the area’s residents. It’s less crowded than most of the outdoor public pools in Hong Kong, and costs a fraction of the price. After swimming a few laps in the 25-meter pool, head to the weight training room and cardiovascular conditioning rooms complete with state-of-the-art equipment. There are also indoor climbing walls, badminton courts and squash courts—the options are endless.
$30 for a yearly membership, $40 per visit. 1/F, 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Located in the heart of Kowloon, this public swimming pool is a sprawling space with an Olympic-sized main pool, two training pools, a diving pool, a sunbathing area and a toddler pool for the little ones. Through October, the pool opens with three sessions (6:30am-noon; 1-5pm; 6-10pm), and often stages major international swimming events. The lagoon-like layout of the facility gives the pool a distinct resort feel, which makes this place packed with sunbathers on the weekends. Try to head there on a weekday if you can to snag one of the lounge chairs and have some peace and quiet amidst the busy urban surrounds.
Weekdays, $8; weekends and public holidays $19. Monthly pass, $300. 22 Austin Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Sai Kung Public Swimming Pool
A favorite with families living in the New Territories, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool boasts clear turquoise waters, a play pool, mini slide and fake palms to give a tropical feel. It’s conveniently located across the street from Hong Kong Academy campus, and offers clean facilities and changing rooms for easy pool access. Kids will have a blast going down the water slide or standing under the running waterfall, while parents look on from the sun loungers. The smaller size is also great for those with younger children, and want to keep one eye on the little ones without having to move from their poolside perch.
Weekdays, $8; weekends and public holidays $19; monthly pass, $300. Wai Man Rd., Sai Kung
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool
This spacious indoor pool is a great place to book your toddlers in for swimming lessons, with daily courses running and several experienced instructors working at the facilities. The pool area consists of a main pool, training pool, spectator stand, teaching pool and toddler pool, as well as ample changing facilities and shower areas. Try to head there early in the morning or around 8pm or later as the pool tends to get crowded during the day. There are lifeguards on duty at all times, and plenty of light let in from the open ceiling rafters makes the indoor pool feel as much like a relaxing vacay as any outdoor pool.
Adults, $17; kids, $8. 7 Oi Kwan Rd., Wan Chai, 2575-3028
Victoria Park Swimming Pool
Open from dawn until nightfall with three sessions running throughout the day, Victoria Park Swimming Pool is a popular swimming facility consisting of a main pool, diving pool, training pool and kid’s pool. There’s also a spectator stand with the capacity to host 1,700 spectators for local and international swimming and diving events. Day to day, the swimming pool is the perfect place to go and swim a few laps or cool off in the summer heat, with the foliage from the park creating relaxing surrounds. Daily classes are also on offer, visit lcsd.gov.hk for more info.
Adults, $19; kids, $9; monthly pass, $350. 1 Hing Fat St., Causeway Bay, 2890-5824