Johor, the southernmost state in Malaysia, has seen a booming growth in their entertainment and retail industry over the past few years. Presently, Johor has the highest concentration of theme parks in Malaysia, multitudes of cafes and restaurants as well as Malaysia’s leading premium outlet, JPO, making it Malaysia’s best family destination. Here are the top 10 great family attractions in Johor!
The most popular attraction in Johor Bahru, Legoland has more than 40 great Lego themed rides, interactive activities, and delightful live shows that will keep your family entertained for hours! People from all around come here to admire their whimsical theme park and for the Lego mini-land that uses 30 million Lego bricks to recreate iconic attractions from 17 Asian countries, like the Petronas Twin Towers and Singapore’s Merlion, in Lego form!
Head to the Lego Waterpark to cool off from the Malaysian heat, where water themed attractions like the LEGO wave pool, Build-A-Craft Lazy River, and the many tubes and slides, are not only thrilling to play with, but are also kid friendly! Regardless of age, Legoland Malaysia will unleash the kid in everyone!
LEGOLAND THEME PARK
Address: 7 Jalan LEGOLAND , Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, 79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya), Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.
Price: Legoland + Waterpark Combo | Adults From 42 USD | Kids/Seniors From 35 USD
Opening Hours: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Contact: +607 597 8888
Website: Legoland Official
Taking inspiration from the viral Angry Bird’s Game, children of the smartphone age would be exceptionally excited when visiting this park! Angry Bird’s Theme Park offers plenty of thrilling and interactive activities, mostly for young kids, that would keep you busy for the whole day! This park is a major attraction in Johor Bharu, with families coming all the way from Singapore to enjoy its fun rides and games! Some of the activities include a Go! Kart Track, Lazer Bird Shoot (Riding Scooters), Foam Pit, and Parkour Track among others. Angry Bird’s fans will also enjoy the daily shows they put on at different times throughout the day! Being an indoor park in a mall, you’ll be playing in a safe environment, although you should keep an eye on your kid at all times!
ANGRY BIRD THEME PARK
Address: Level 3 KOMTAR JBCC, Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: 17 USD
Opening Hours: 10.00 AM - 10.00 PM
Contact: +60 7 221 0260
Website: Angry Birds Theme Park Official
If you don’t like crowds, Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park is a great alternative to Legoland, that still guarantees you an exciting day with the family! Having a great mixture of activities, this park boasts an ice-skating rink, a trampoline park, a drifting track, an aerial obstacle course, and of course, a great water park with all your classic water-themed attractions. With all the activities offered, it would be impossible to fully enjoy the park in just one day! So maybe opt for two!
Tired with all the family fun in the hot Malaysian sun, end your day strolling through the town where restaurants and chic cafes are available in abundance.
Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park
Address: 71, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: 20 USD
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Contact: +60 19 716 3183
Website: Funtime Official
4. Big Boss N Land
If you’re seeking for some educational fun for your kids, Big Boss N Land will definitely provide you with that. Aiming to teach kids to explore their interests, be analytic thinkers, and independent beings, kids will get to participate in many career role-playing activities like becoming doctors, engineers, archaeologists, chefs, musician, artists, and more. Each role has its own unique activity and kids would also get to wear costumes of their chosen fields of interests! A fun way to educate kids and nurture their passion, this is a must-visit for all parents who believe in edutainment!
Big Boss N Land
Address: Perling Mall, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +60 16 660 4134
Calling all shopaholics, this is the place for you! Johor Premium Outlet, Malaysia’s finest shopping haven, offers a daily 25% to 65% discounts on over 130 designer and name brands. Expect brands like Timberland, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Coach, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Victoria’s Secret, and others to be available here.
To add to the luxurious discount, those converting foreign currencies will appreciate Malaysia’s declining currency values, making everything cheaper than they already are! How’s that for spinning a negative into a positive!
Address: Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Contact: +60 7 661 8888
Website: JPO Official
The most popular night market in Johor, people go to Pasar Karat expecting to buy nothing, but come home having bought everything! It’s kind of like a street thrift-shop bazaar, where you can find anything here from food, clothes, DVDs (pirated), art pieces, antiques, and sometimes you can even see someone selling pets! Like Jonker Street in Malacca, Pasar Karat draws a massive crowd where people just come here to enjoy the lively ambiance, get some grub and admire the occasional street performances. Though busy most times, Pasar Karat is family friendly; you’ll see a lot of the locals bringing their kids here. Just remember to hold hands, which is always a good idea when you’re in a crowd whether you’re a child or an adult!
Address: 20, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 12 AM (Weekend Markets Start at 7.30 PM)
Contact: +60 17 718 5326
Website: Pasar Karat Facebook
A highly anticipated annual event, the Pasir Gudang Kite Festival attracts more than 150,000 thousand people annually! Come admire the sky as it is speckled with vibrant colourful and innovative kites made by both local and international kite enthusiasts from countries like England, France, China, Singapore, and Indonesia!
Besides admiring kites, you could also walk around the festival grounds where there are usually multiple cultural shows, kite making workshops, and vendors where delicious food and souvenirs are sold!
Pasir Gudang Kite Festival
Website: Kite Festival Official Website
A great way to admire the true beauties of the land, you could take a group bike tour with Downtown Ride, where they’ll bring you to some of the most breathtaking scenery you can find in Johor! But don’t expect a smooth ride of flat surfaces; the usual route consists of some uphill climbs, downhill and curvy tracks as well as gravel roads. You can’t expect a great view without working for it a little, right? As this is a tiring activity, kids under the age of 12 are not allowed to participate.
Address: 4, Jalan Haron, Johor Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 7 AM – 7 PM
Contact: +60 16 255 9094
Website: Downtown Ride Official
9. Firefly Watching at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
Bring your kids to the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park and be amazed as thousands of fireflies come out to illuminate the night sky, as you move through the waters in a private boat! Popular among the locals, the fireflies are best enjoyed on a moonless night, and if you’re lucky stars align, on a moonless night after a heavy downpour; that’s when they’re most active!
Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 7 PM – 11 PM
Contact: +60 17 460 7775
Website: Kota Tinggi Firefly Park Official
10. Zenxin Organic Park
Another edutainment attraction, Zenxin Organic Park gives you the rare chance to tour Malaysia’s largest organic public farm! Malaysia’s top producer of local organic fruits and vegetables, you can explore the farm with an in-house tour guide by walking or cycling to learn all about the plants, animals, and hard work that goes into growing organic tropical fruits such as passion fruit, dragon fruit, papaya, mulberry, and over a 100 types of herbs and vegetables. Families would also enjoy feeding animals in the farm’s petting zoo and also feeding fish, which always is a crowd pleaser!
Finish off your farm visit by dining at Chef Garden Restaurant where delicious and nutritious organic meals are prepared using freshly harvested organic produce from the farm!
Zenxin Organic Park
Address: Jalan Batu Pahat, Kampung Melayu Batu Lima, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 8 AM – 9 PM
Contact: +60 19773 8985
Website: Zenxin Park Official
Interactive, wholesome family fun
With so much exciting, interactive, and informative activities done here in Johor Bahru, you’re going to want to spend at least three days to squeeze some the activities into your itinerary! Johor is leading the pack in Asia, providing multitudes of interactive, wholesome family fun!