As Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud offers eye-popping array of sights and lot of fun activities that will really help you get to know the real Bali. Do not worry because there is something for everyone in Ubud and that includes the whole family.
The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. With its tranquil atmosphere, Ubud could be the best area for a chilling and relaxing family trip.
Here are the fun 13 things to do in Ubud with your family and kids :
- Visit The Ubud Palace.
The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud and built around the year 1800. There also several festivals and events held in this palace where you and your family can learn about Balinese culture and history.
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud
- Visit Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built-in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary. The complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery which is the most attractive part of this place. The cave contains lingam and yoni, a symbol of Shiva, and the image of Ganesha, while by the river there are carved images of stupas and chattra, the imagery of Buddhism. The entrance of the cave is accessed only by walking down a long flight of stairs. The inside of the temple is small and usually has trails of white smoke from the incense burning. Visitors wearing shorts will be issued a sarong to tie around the waist before entering the courtyard.
Location: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Desa Bedulu
- Cycling Around The Countryside
Ubud is filled with picturesque areas which perfect for walking and cycling with your family and kids. While enjoying the fresh air, you can also observe the local lifestyle. There are several trails perfect for cycling or walking, Campuhan Ridge Walk and Penglipuran Village Walk.
- Explore Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a scenic, terraced hillside offering rice paddies amid lush greenery. You can explore the area by walking and experience the zip lines and jungle swings provided by locals. Expect a stunning and soothing nature treasure with wonderful green scenery that will be ready to spoil your eyes.
Location: Jl. Raya Tegalalang
- Visit The Bali Zoo
Bali Zoo is a massive conservation facility that brings together wildlife, fun, and learning for kids of all ages. Apart from the impressive collection of animals from all over the world, Bali Zoo presents a variety of entertaining activities for children and adults. As well as a zoo, there is also now a waterpark– and a fantastic restaurant.
- Visit Kemenuh Butterfly Park
The park is located strategically, only 10 minutes drive from Ubud. The background of the park is a spectacular rice field and a wonderful tropical environment. The park, as the habitat of the adult butterflies (imago), is designed in such a way based on the insects’ needs. The park collects some different colorful variety of butterflies. You can see and observe them feeding and flying all around. Occasionally some butterflies are resting on the leaves of the plants and it gives you taking a picture opportunity on them. On the way out, you can visit a pupa/chrysalis room hanging inside the room. If you are really lucky you can see and observe how the adult butterflies (imago) emerge from the pupa/chrysalis. Additionally, releasing the adult butterflies (imago) from inside the room to the park is absolutely unforgettable nature experience for you.
Location: Jl.Batukaru, Sesandan, Tabanan
- Visit Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the most amazing and famous tourist destinations of Ubud. Your visit to Ubud will not complete without visiting this great place. It is primarily a nature reserve and temple complex, which is the home to around 340 monkeys, the Balinese Macaques, out which 34 are adult males, 19 are male sub adult, 122 juvenile, 77 adult females, and around 54 infants.
Location: The Ubud Monkey Forest is located at the southern borders of Ubud town and is approximately 3 km from the central town.
- Enjoy Hot Air Balloon Ride
There is no denying that kids love hot air balloon rides. Be it anywhere in the world, you can enjoy a fantastic hot air balloon ride with your children without worrying about their safety and comfort as these balloons are safe and comfortable for your kids.
Riding a hot air balloon is another adventurous activity you can do in Ubud with kids. Ubud is widely recognized for its immense natural beauty and peaceful arena, especially Tanah Gajah. The area looks spectacular while walking around. It seems even more magnificent from above.
Bali’s first and only ballooning prospect is an adventure suitable for both kids and adults. Enjoy being in the air in a 23:meter hot air balloon that climbs over 50 meters above the rice paddies and floats towards the end. This activity is an adventure you should not miss while you’re in Ubud with your kids.
Location: Jl. Suweta, Bentuyung Sakti, Kecamatan Ubud, Gianyar.
- Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre
Ubud is the home to plethora of arts and culture classes where you can learn about authentic and traditional Balinese culture and its insights. One such classes are Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center where you can read a book, or indulge in plethora of classes offered, which include dance, mask-carving, music, painting, language and many more. The place offers free Wi-Fi.
Location: The Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center is located opposite the football field across Monkey Forest Road
- Visit Museum Puri Lukisan
Puri Lukisan Museum is the oldest museum in Bali and specializes in the displaying the rich and authentic Balinese cultre and modern paintings and woodcarvings. These master pieces are placed in the four different buildings inside the museum area. Hence, to cover all the buildings, it will take around two to three hours. The majority of paintings highlights the Batuan painting style and Ubud and Sanur style.
Location: The Puri Lukisan Museum is located at Jalan Raya Ubud, Gianyar and is in the vicinity of Ubud Palace and Ubud art market.
- Visit Kids World In Bali
Kidsworld is an indoor play center in Ubud. It’s a fascinating place to visit in Ubud with kids. Kidsworld is also a host to various children’s events that features hot:air balloon playgrounds. Children up to 12 years of age are permitted to enter the venue.
If you are in Bali with your kids, you should visit the Kidsworld. Numerous inflated playgrounds let children to bounce, slide, kick, and jump with other kids. They also introduce funny obstacles to enhance your children’s motor skills development.
The whole environment is safe and neat for kids to play with other kids of their age. The venue can also be booked for special occasions like birthday parties or children’s gatherings.
Location: Jln Pejeng, Dapdapan, Tampaksiring
- Visit Tegenungan Waterfall
Waterfalls have always been children’s favorite and exploring the Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the best things to do in Ubud with kids. As Ubud is a wonderland for nature, the town is filled with waterfalls, conservation, and beautiful countryside.
Tegenungan Waterfall is one such epic place to visit with kids. It is located near Ubud, and it has gained immense popularity in the tourism community. The waterfall is completely a family:friendly vacation spot. However, it gets crowded by noon.
There are numerous fun activities you can do with your kids like swimming in the waterfall, taking pictures, admiring the beauty of the lush surroundings, and meet a lot of people. There are facilities like toilets and washrooms to change after swimming, food, and drinks stalls, etc.
Location: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Gianyar.
- Walk Along Campuhan Ridge
The best way to behold nature on your trip to Bali is by taking an easy nature trek to the Campuhan Ridge. It’s a popular location amongst tourists and a great way to escape the oppressive vacation stress.
This hike is perfect to go with kids as it lets you enjoy the cool fresh air and the scenic hillside views. It’s a 9:km hill track, so be prepared to lose some calories as well. You can explore numerous sights that come in your way.
There is a small bridge located over the pious Campuhan River that takes you to the grand Pura Gunung Lebah temple. The best form of architecture can be admired here. There are chances that you meet fellow trekkers on your way. The best time to enjoy this Campuhan Ridge walk is in the early morning and late afternoon as the temperature is cool and easy.
Location: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Gianyar.
There are still plenty fun things you can do with the whole family or just your kids beside all these 13 activities. So what are you waiting for? Prepare your holiday stuff, pack your luggage and book all your inquiries needed. Ubud will be waiting for you.