With a warm coastal atmosphere such as in Hualien, it is but expected for locals to find ways to help cool down their bodies from the heat and humidity of their environment. When water and bathing three times a day won’t do it anymore, many residents of Hualien head to the Hualien Ocean Park to cool down with marine friends who value water as much as they do.
The Hualien Ocean Park used to be called the Hualien Farglory Ocean Park and is the biggest man-made tourist attraction in Hualien and the country’s first marine ecology theme park. The county’s ocean park is just 10 kilometers away from the capital city making it very accessible to city dwellers. This 51-hectare facility is also the only ocean theme park with an actual nature park and a Victorian-themed resort hotel.
The park features eight zones that touch on a variety of ocean and marine life aspects namely: Discovery Island, Dolphin Lagoon, Underwater Kingdom, Crystal Castle, Harbor Square, Mariner’s Cove, Brighton by the Sea and Main Street. Two of its most popular attractions are the Dolphin Lagoon and the Underwater Kingdom that never fails to restore the mystery and majesty of the sea of almost every kid at heart.
The Dolphin Lagoon brings its visitors to the ultimate activity packed with a sensory experience. The lagoon’s shows are what stand out the most with the Dolphin Show, Swimming with the Dolphins, Mermaid Show and Under the Sea facility. Sometimes visitors can get lucky enough to get up close with a marine creature to the delight of many kids.
The Underwater Kingdom on the other hand proves to separate the little kids from the big kids. This part of the park offers rides in a marine-themed zone, making it the next best thing to a cartoon-themed park. Kids will definitely have a blast exploring the Seabed Palace, the Crazy Submarine and tackling the Little Mermaid’s Swing Shell. Those who dare just cannot do away with the Wally Whale’s Rollercoaster.
The best thing about the park is that it does not only provide a recreational way to spend your day with the kids but it offers an educational experience as well. Children will be more aware of marine life and that will hopefully lead to a newfound love for taking care of the environment.
A Cable Car service is also available for visitors making the park more convenient for elders and children. The park is open from 9 in the morning to 5 in the morning on weekdays and is open half an hour earlier and half an hour later during the weekends. Admission fees are at NT$890 per adult and NT$780 for visitors under the age of 18. Although entrance fees are on the pricier side, the park offers an entire day of activities for everyone to enjoy, making each visit worth every penny spent.
From exhilarating roller coasters and water rides, to dolphin shows and bumpers boats, kids from ages one to ninety-five can have fun in this amusement park. With the endless fun shows and activities available, the Hualien Ocean Park is always worth the visit.