Ancol: 5 things to do in Jakarta’s fun city

Roller coaster, beach, cable car - while Ancol sounds much like an Asian Coney Island, it offers so much more to visitors. They even have a farm, an ecopark, paintball, extreme sports, and so much more. Jakarta's beach/bay city will never disappoint you. It might be a bit crowded at times so its best to go on a week day and when there's school.

1. Learn about Farming

Learning Farm Ocean Ecopark, Foursquare.com

Learning Farm Ocean Ecopark, Foursquare.com

City children these days are oblivious to the farm life. If you grew up in a city and barely went to farms, this is your chance to see what it's like. The Learning Farm here in Acol EcoPark will even let you plow their field and plant some seeds. They also have a couple of animals where you have the option to feed them or just play with them whilst in their cages.

Name:
Learning Farm Ocean Ecopark
Address:
Ancol Jakarta, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Ride the cable car to see the whole of Ancol

Fantastique Magic Fountain Show, Foursquare.com

Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland), Foursquare.com

If you want to see a bird's eye view of how vast this area is, enjoy a cable car ride.

Name:
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland)
Address:
Jalan Lodan Raya (Ancol, Pademangan), Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
TEL:
+62 21 6453456
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Explore the Eco Park

Eco island, Foursquare.com

Eco island, Foursquare.com

The Eco park is huge. They even have a separate island. Explore lush greenery and see the animals just exploring like you are. Have a picnic, rent a bike, ride a small boat, watch a fountain show, there are so many things to do.

Name:
Eco island
Address:
Taman jaya impian ancol (Ancol), DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Amuse yourself in their theme park

Dunia Fantasi (DUFAN), Foursquare.com

Dunia Fantasi (DUFAN), Foursquare.com

Dunia Fantasi (DUFAN), Foursquare.com

If you'd like to feel like a kid again, visit their amusement park. They have most of the staple rides such as a Ferris wheel, carousel, flying swings, etc.

Name:
Dunia Fantasi (DUFAN)
Address:
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Jalan Lodan Raya No. 7), Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
TEL:
+62 21 64712000
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Surround yourself with water

Atlantis Water Adventure, Foursquare.com

Atlantis Water Adventure, Foursquare.com

Atlantis Water Adventure, Foursquare.com

Ancol has a beach, a water park, an oceanarium, an aquarium, and even extreme water sports. This place is armed with everything.

Name:
Atlantis Water Adventure
Address:
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Jalan Pantai Indah), Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Because just one day in exploring this whole place ain't going to cut it, you might want to stay over night in one of the hotels nearby, since this is far from Jakarta's city center.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?