There are plenty of incredible things to see and do in Macau that the kids will love. From old ruins and architecture to shows and pandas, there is something for everyone. If you need some inspiration, Little Steps Macau has put together a go-to guide for the top tourist attractions and places to visit in Macau that you and your family will love. Let’s go!
Senado Square has been Macau's urban center for centuries and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations. It’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The square is covered in a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones, which was inspired by the Portuguese. The square is surrounded by pastel-colored neo-classical buildings, reminiscent of the Mediterranean.
Senado Square, Largo do Senado, Macau, China
The Ruins of St. Paul are also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik. St. Paul's Church is built with white stones and has a grand vaulted roof. The façade sits on a small hill, with 68 stone steps leading up to it. There is a steel stairwell that you can climb up to and see the view from the top. This tourist sight is one of the favorites amongst tourists, so it does get somewhat crowded, better to visit the ruins on a weekday. Make sure you throw coins into the top window for luck. And behind the ruins lies Sacred Art Museum and Crypt, that's open every day!
Ruins Of St. Paul, Macau, China Website.
For the history buffs in the family, check out the Museu de Macau. This great space is dedicated to the history and culture of Macau. It possesses many objects of historical and cultural value, which demonstrate the way of life of the various communities that have inhabited the city for centuries. The museum offers both temporary and permanent exhibitions, and they also provide an immersive virtual experience.
Museu de Macau, 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau, China, +853 2835 7911, www.macaumuseum.gov.mo
This easily navigable village is an attractive non-gaming destination for families with a range of heritage and culture on offer, all found amongst the historic Portuguese-style architecture. Highlights of Taipa Village include culinary delights such as local bakeries, traditional street food, and more. The area is super kid-friendly, in the main square, there is always some sort of entertainment to keep the kiddos entertained. There are also great little boutiques hidden in the adorable lanes!
Taipa Village Macau, www.taipavillagemacau.com
Looking for some sky high fun then look no further. It’s 233m high and only 1.8 meters wide, yikes. The Tower Adventure is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for adventure why not take a sky jump. The 17-second fall is sure to exhilarate anyone! If you prefer to climb, then you can climb up on the outside. The view from the top is phenomenal. Enjoy the stunning Macau skyline. The kids will be more than impressed when you come back down.
Tower Adventure, www.macautower.com.mo/tower-adventure/tower-adventure/
This is the world’s highest figure 8 Ferris wheel standing at 130m tall. Golden Reel is a panoramic spectacle that promises to thrill, amaze and take your breath away as you travel around a figure-8 track high above the resort. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and each pod can hold up to 10 people, perfect for a big family outing. Make sure you bring your camera up and take lots of pictures of the skyline!
Golden Reel, www.studiocity-macau.com/en/entertainment/detail/golden-reel
The Giant Pandas are the real treasures of Macau. And your kids will surely show you all the love if you surprise them with this visit. You will find these beautiful cuddly animals at Seac Pai Van Park, where you'll also find the cutest Red Pandas The Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is home to two rare giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin. These pampered pandas live in a state-of-the-art facility and are adorned with gifts from mainland China.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, Seac Pai Van Park, Macau, China macaupanda.iam.gov.mo.
Take a journey through the Venetian, the Italian-inspired hotel, resort, and casino. Dine in one of their fine dining restaurants, or take a trip with the little munchkins on a gondola. There are plenty of live shows for kids and adults alike. Or shop til you drop at one of the glitzy malls, then relax and take a dip in one of their four pools. The kids will love the sky-designed ceiling, make a wish on a shooting star!
The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau, China +853 2882 8877, www.venetianmacao.com
The Kun Iam Statue is a 20-meter-tall (66-foot) statue of Guan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, emerging from a white lotus. It was designed by Portuguese architect Cristina Rocha, and it's one of the few statues where the goddess faces inland rather than toward the sea. The statue is easily one of Macau’s most recognizable landmarks and therefore a must-see with the family!
Kun Iam Statue, 1101 Av. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau, China
Head to the mountaintop on Macao's Coloane Island to find the A-Ma Cultural Village, a 7,000-sqm complex that celebrates the legend of the Goddess of Seafarers. Once you arrived, follow the hiking trail up to the magnificent A-Ma Statue on the hilltop to experience stunning views of the island.
A-Ma Cultural Village, Estrada do Alto de Coloane, Estr. do Alto de Coloane, Macau, China, http://www.a-ma.org.mo/
The 5,800 square meters Exhibition Center and its 14 galleries can accommodate over 450 interactive exhibits. The 12 permanent galleries are divided into four categories, including Science for Young Adults, Technology, Environment, and Lifestyle. Another highlight of the center is the planetarium. The tilted semi-dome screen is nearly 15 meters in diameter, so make sure you check out the stars with your little ones, who will be blown away for sure.
Macau Science Centre, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau, China www.msc.org.mo/index.php?lg=en
Guia Fortress, São Lázaro, Macau, China, https://www.icm.gov.mo/en/GuiaFortress
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