Don’t leave the city without experiencing at least one among these best activities in Jakarta. Even after you’ve dug into the capital’s wealth of restaurants, scoured the high-rise malls and partied the night away in downtown, this compilation shows there’s always plenty of things left to do in the city.
Spare a whole day off for the family to head off to a fun-filled amusement park, or travel back in time on a heritage walk in Jakarta’s old town and museums. There’s a virtually endless choice of golf courses in the city where you could test your swings, as well as educational choices for kids. Or after all’s said and done, settle down to knead sore muscles with a spa treatment. Here are the 10 best activities in Jakarta to get you started.
Spend a whole day or even a whole weekend at Ancol, Jakarta’s main recreational hotspot located on the northern coast of the city. The largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, Ancol Dreamland is full of variety, from edutainment theme parks such as Ocean Dream Samudra that features marine animal shows, aquariums and a bird park, or Fantasy World, where you can hop on a 360-degree loop rollercoaster. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 - 20.00
- Location: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, North Jakarta, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 292 222 22
Jakarta’s best indoor edutainment spot for kids between ages 2 and 6, Kidzania is literally a small town impressively built with streets, buildings and shops located at the Pacific Place Jakarta, where children are given a boarding pass, a city map and a certain amount of Kidzos (the local currency) as pocket money. Inside, they can independently act out their dream profession from over a hundred available choices, be it a doctor, pilot, archaeologist or an F1 driver.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00
- Location: Pacific Place Level 6 - 601, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 5154 888
Golf courses are as abundant as the number of shopping malls in and around Jakarta, well spread out around the city’s outskirts and topping well over 35 choices. Major courses include the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Jakarta Golf Club, Jagorawi Golf Club and Damai Indah Golf & Country Club. Cengkareng Golf Club is located right beside the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, and the Senayan Golf Course features well-crafted greens right in the middle of one of Jakarta’s famous business districts.
Take on an historical tour of the city, or a ‘heritage walk’, with several iconic areas with buildings and streets harking back to Jakarta’s past. Kota Tua, Jakarta’s old town is dominated by structures that date back to 1620, and are believed to be some of the best examples of colonial architecture in the region. It also happens that most of the museums in Jakarta’s collection are at home in the Kota Tua vicinity, such as the Jakarta History Museum and the Maritime Museum. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1, West Jakarta, Jakarta
After all the action, spare some time to treat yourself to a soothing spa treatment. All five-star hotels in the city have dedicated facilities, while standalone spa centres abound. One thing in common is that they offer total relaxation through well designed rituals and packages. Two of Indonesia’s renowned traditional Javanese beauty care producers, Martha Tilaar (+62 (0)21 579 560 26) and Sari Ayu, operate spas in Jakarta. The Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa by Sari Ayu on MH Thamrin (+62 (0)21 314 358 5) offers signature rituals that include a five-hour pampering option that will leave you rejuvenated.
At some point over the course of your time in Jakarta, chances are you’ve already sampled some Indonesian fare. Get to know more about the exotic cuisine, and learn to cook up your own Indonesian dishes through great cooking classes available in the city. Learn directly from professional Indonesian chefs who will show you the range of spices and ingredients then teach you about the fine combinations of ingredients. Jakarta Culinary Centre (+62 (0)21 458 645 44) operates numerous classes throughout Jakarta and also teaches western cuisine. Pantry Magic on Jalan Kemang Raya (+62 (0)21 718 257 3) is also a great choice, holding classes regularly.
Located at the Mal Taman Anggrek, Sky Rink claims to be Southeast Asia’s largest at 1,248sqm, providing an alternative family recreational spot in the middle of the city. Total beginners and budding skaters can learn to cruise with its onsite skating academy, which is under the auspices of the US Ice Skating Institute. There’s a rental where you can get your skate shoes if you haven’t any, pro shop, locker room and snack bar onsite. Two-hour admission is IDR 65,000 for workdays and IDR 85,000 for weekends.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:30
- Location: Mal Taman Anggrek, Level 3, Jalan Jenderal S. Parman Kav. 21, West Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 564 288 8
Jakarta’s only live ‘escape-the-room’ game has three different ‘crime scenes’ you can choose to try to solve, all within a set timeframe, namely ‘Kidnapping in the Study’, ‘Murder in the Bedroom’ and ‘Explosion in the Kitchen’. After you and your friends don on a Sherlock plaid cap and cape, you enter a set up room filled with various clues that you must piece together – all while a digital countdown clock ticks away overhead. Brain puzzles against time result in a fun adrenaline rush!
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 21:30
- Location: Kemang Soaphouse, Jl. Kemang Raya No.15/1E, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 717 946 00
Spend a day at Southeast Asia’s largest animal park, Ragunan Zoo, located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. Ragunan is home to over 400 animal species, housed in different sections and enclosures and an open range with wetland ecosystems. A Kid’s Park lets the little ones get up close to some tame animals and features a playground. The zoo is also home to The Schmutzer Primate Centre, one of the finest primate enclosures in the world. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 16:00
- Location: Jalan Harsono No.1, Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 788 471 14
There are numerous bowling alleys in Jakarta, all offering a fun indoor activity that is fit for the family. Notable spots include Spin City Bowling in Menteng (+62 (0)21 315 722 5), PS Billiards and Bowling Lounge (+62 (0)21 572 524 5, and Artha Gading Bowling Centre at the 16th floor of the Artha Gading Mall in North Jakarta (+62 (0)21 458 581 80). All feature world-class equipment, varied balls and attractive day or hour packages.