Fun family trip – a 3-day tour
Day 3 Days
Category Recommended tours
Wondering where to go for a fun family trip on holiday? Take your kids to Liyu Lake for a lake tour, clam-digging at Lichuan Aquafarm, cow feeding at the ranch as well as enjoying fresh milk. With three days and two nights of various wonderful family activities, all grown-ups and children will have a great time!
Route: Liyu Lake→Lichuan Aquafarm →Yunshanshui→Dongdamen Night Market→overnight stay in downtown Hualien
Liyu Lake is located at the foot of Liyu Mountain in Chinan Village, Shoufeng Township. Recently, the featuring of the Muscovy duck, the evening light and water show, and firefly watching on summer nights have made the Lake a must-see attraction in Hualien.
Around Liyu Lake, there is a well-planned bicycle path, lake tours, and other fun activities suitable for a family trip. Taste the local specialties, live jumping shrimp; and enjoy the slow pace here.
Visitor Center opening hours: 08:30-17:30
Address: No. 100, Huantan North Road, Chinan Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County
Shoufeng Township is blessed with clear and clean water. Lichuan Aquafarm, which is located in Shoufeng, uses natural springs to breed full-bodied and delicious golden clams and has developed products such as clam tablets and clam extract. Visitors to Lichuan Aquafarm can not only learn about the life of golden clams and the process of breeding, but also try "clam digging." All grown-ups and children will have a fun time!
Opening Hours: 08:00-19:00
Address: No. 45, Yuchi, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County
Visitor information: 120NTD per person for the clam digging experience. Children under 5 years old are free of charge; only the accompanying adults will be charged. Clam shell DIY is 150NTD per person and must be booked 3 days in advance.
Kind reminders: Children tend to get wet during clam digging. Be sure to have a fresh change of clothes ready for them.
Popular ever since the HeySong TV commercial, Yunshanshui is known for its beautiful scenery like a European postcard. The verdant bald cypress forest reflected in the water changes its colors with the sunlight and shadow. With the nearby castle-like B&Bs, the scenery makes people feel like being in another country. In addition, the vast green lawn allows children to run around and enjoy wonderful family time.
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
Address: No. 88, Alley 201, Lane 2, Section 2, Fengping Road, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County
Visitor information: a cleaning fee of 50NTD is charged
Best seasons: Purple irises in April; golden and orange bald cypress forest in autumn and winter.
Route: Depart from downtown Hualien→Guangfu Sugar Factory→Guanshan Water Park→Taitung Story Museum→Tiehua Music Village→Taitung Night Market→overnight stay in Taitung
■Guangfu Sugar Factory
Guangfu Sugar Factory was established in 1921. Currently, Japanese-style dormitories are preserved here. It is a tourist factory not to be missed in Hualien, selling various flavors of iced desserts, including sweet and creamy ice-cream, and refreshing and slightly sweet popsicles, sure to satisfy your appetite. In addition to eating iced desserts, there are delicious meals such as kiln-baked pizza and wonton soup. You can have a good meal and recharge here, before getting back on the road again!
Guangfu Sugar Factory
Business Hours: 08:00-20:00
Tel: +886-3-8704125 #200
Address: No. 19, Tangchang Street, Guangfu Township, Hualien County
■Guanshan Water Park
Located next to Hongshi Creek, Guanshan Water Park is spacious, taking about half an hour to tour the park on a bicycle. The water source in the park is natural underground stream. The water is not only clean and pollution-free, but also extremely cool. Children can have fun in the artificial rivers and fountains safely. Let them have a big water fight, or shuffle back and forth between the fountains to fully enjoy the fun of water.
Guanshan Water Park
Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30
Address: No. 1, Longsheng Road, Guanshan Township, Taitung County
Visitor Information: Started from 2018, admission is free.
■Taitung Story Museum
Need a break from all the fun with water? Why not stop by Taitung Story Museum! This Eslite-themed museum was formerly the Taitung Land Office. Surrounded by Starbucks and Blueprint Culture & Creative Park, and connected with Tiehua Music Village and Railway Art Village, the vast space allows children to run around and play freely. When needing a break, enjoy some AC in the story museum.
Taitung Story Museum
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:00. On Chinese New Year's Eve, business hours are 10:30-17:30
Address: No. 478, Boai Road, Taitung City, Taitung County
■Tiehua Music Village
Nighttime in Taitung City is never lonely. At Tiehua Music Village, the music community transformed from the Taiwan Railway warehouse and dormitory, you can sit on the lawn with your children and listen to the beautiful voices of the indigenous singers. In the music nurtured by the great nature, you can fully enjoy and relax.
After enjoying the performance, head down to the weekend market to check out unique handcrafts, and chat with the creators and farmers. Feel the hospitality of Taitung people and their slow and their healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Tiehua Music Village
Opening Hours: Open 24-7. Weekend market is open 18:00-22:00 on Fridays; 17:00-22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: No. 26, Lane 135, Xinsheng Road, Taitung City, Taitung County
Route: Depart from Taitung City→Luye Highland→Chulu Ranch→Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden→Return home
Luye Highland has a superb view of the entire highland area and the fields at the bottom of Beinan River valley. The vast grassland is an excellent place for grass sliding. June to August is the perfect time for hot air balloon activities at Luye Highland. Take your kids there to experience the great festivity!
Opening Hours: Open 24-7. Hot air balloon activities are seasonal and fees are charged. For details, please refer to the hot air balloon festival official website.）
Address: No. 46, Gaotai Road, Yongan Village, Luye Township, Taitung County
Chulu Ranch is Taiwan's largest sloped pasture. There is a rolling-in-grass area and a feeding area. On the viewing platform of the grazing area, you can see herds of cows strolling on the prairie, making a beautiful, picturesque ranch scene. The most popular activity among children is feeding the cows with fresh grass and getting up close with the cows.
Opening hours: 08:00-17:00 (all activities close at 16:30)
Address: No. 1, Mingfeng Village Ranch, Beinan Township, Taitung County
Visitor information: On weekdays, general admission 100NTD, discounted ticket 80NTD, half ticket (children) 50NTD. On weekends/national holidays/during winter and summer vacation, general admission 200NTD, discounted ticket 180NTD, half ticket (children) 120NTD.
■Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden
Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden in Taitung has more than 200 kinds of precious native medicinal plants. The Garden has an aquatic plants section, aromatic plants section, herbal tea plants section, ranch restaurant, and a petting zoo. The most popular among children is the petting zoo, where you can find cows, sheep, and ostriches. You can accompany your children to get close to them, feed them, and enjoy a ranch experience. If you are hungry, do not miss out on the health hotpot here of a Chinese herbal soup base with various ingredients.
Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden
Opening Hours: 08:00-21:00
Address: No. 8, Experimental Farm, Mingfeng Village, Beinan Township, Taitung County
Visitor Information: Adult: 200NTD (height above 140cm). Discounted ticket: NT$100 (limited to children 110-140cm in height, residents of Taitung County and Taitung City, and persons with disability handbooks)
Official website: Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden
120NTD per person for the clam digging experience. Children under 5 years old are free of charge; only the accompanying adults will be charged. Clam shell DIY is 150NTD per person and must be booked 3 days in advance.
A cleaning fee of 50NTD is charged.
On weekdays: general admission 100NTD, discounted ticket 80NTD, half ticket (children) 50NTD. On weekends/national holidays/during winter and summer vacation: general admission 200NTD, discounted ticket 180NTD, half ticket (children) 120NTD.
Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden
Adult: 200NTD (height above 140cm). Discounted ticket: 100NTD (limited to children 110-140cm in height, residents of Taitung County and Taitung City, and persons with disability handbooks)
Route: Liyu Lake → Lichuan Aquafarm → Yunshanshui → Dongdamen Night Market → overnight stay in downtown Hualien
Route: Depart from downtown Hualien → Guangfu Sugar Factory → Guanshan Water Park → Taitung Story Museum → Tiehua Music Village → Taitung Night Market → overnight stay in Taitung
Route: Depart from Taitung City → Luye Highland → Chulu Ranch → Yuen Sen Applied Botanical Garden → Return home