Ancol Dreamland is a huge recreation park located on Jakarta Bay, on the far north side of the city. It has just about everything you can imagine to make for a fun day, or night out.
Ancol Dreamland is open 24-hours. During the day, there are beaches, a marina, an amusement park, water park, aquarium – even a ropes course where you can fly through the jungle – if you can hang on to the handle. Otherwise, you’ll be going for a swim.
At night, there are concerts, restaurants, and bars to enjoy.
The entrance fee at the main gate is Rp. 13,000 per person, then you have to pay more for each individual activity.
The day I was there was bright and sunny, and not too hot – it was a really nice day.
I started off at Carnival Beach – there is a bike rental place that offers the first hour for free. It’s fun to get a bike and have a ride around for an hour.
Sea World is just a short walk from Carnival Beach. It’s a small, but very nice aquarium that has a wide array of sea life. There are two main attractions within Sea World: the tunnel passing through the main aquarium, and the shark aquarium. If you’re there at feeding time, you’ll witness the shark feeding frenzy. Admission is Rp. 60,000, and it will take about two hours to see it.
Next to Sea World, Gelanggang Samudra offers dolphin shows, and other live performances. All the jokes and commentary from the host is in Bahasa Indonesian, so you probably won’t understand much, but the performance is fun to see none the less. They also have a 4D theater and some kids rides.
Across from Sea World and Gelanggang Samudra, is the entrance to the cable cars that will take you over Atlantis Water Park on the way to Festival Beach. It costs Rp. 40,000, takes about 15 minutes, and gives a good aerial view.
Festival Beach, like Carnival Beach, has a variety places to sit, relax, and get something to eat or drink. The marina is near Festival beach – you can rent a jet ski, charter a boat for a Jakarta Bay tour, or rent some fishing equipment. It’s also where the biggest stage is, where they often have concerts on weekends. If you’re interested in going to Thousand Islands, there is a travel agent office that houses numerous travel agencies who can arrange the trip.
Fantasy World (Dunia Fantasi) is right next to Festivel Beach. It’s the most popular attraction in Ancol, so expect big crowds on weekends. Their most recent addition is a free-fall ride called Hysteria. Admission is Rp.150,000, and you should allow about six hours to enjoy it.
If you like indigenous art. there is the Art Market, and there is an excellent golf course as well.
Getting to Ancol by taxi will cost between Rp. 40,000 – Rp. 60,000 from Central Jakarta, depending on traffic.
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