Summer is here, baby! If you’re in Hong Kong during June, July, August, and September, you may want to find activities to escape the hot, humid, and sometimes unstable weather. Luckily, there are many cool things to do in the city. From visiting hidden waterfalls and rock pools to going on a junk boat or chilling by a luxury hotel pool, it’s time to chill out, relax, and make the most out of the weather!

Head to the Beaches

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Tai Long Wan is a beloved spot for camping, waterfall, and watersports (© The HK HUB)

Nothing screams “summer vibe” more than beaches, and luckily, Hong Kong’s concrete jungle boasts a vast natural side, including beautiful beaches on Hong Kong Island, New Territories, and outlying islands. Public beaches managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), like the popular Repulse Bay, provide facilities such as changing rooms, showers, and BBQ pits. In contrast, more secluded, non-public beaches like Long Ke Wan, also known as the “Maldives of Hong Kong,” are harder to access but feature a natural setting. Many of these beaches are also pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends along!

Where: Read our guide for the best beaches to visit during summer in Hong Kong

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Hike to Waterfalls

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Pearl Falls is on the way to Silvermine Falls in Lantau (© The HK HUB)

If getting lost in the green mountains is more your summer vibe, pack your backpack and hiking shoes and explore our waterfall picks in Hong Kong. With the city’s lush hills and tropical weather, you’ll find numerous natural hidden wonders across the city, from Silvermine Waterfall on Lantau Island to Sheung Luk Stream in Sai Kung. Don’t worry, not all of them require a strenuous hike; some are accessible via well-paved roads, making them super friendly to kids and pets.

Where: Read our guide for the top waterfalls in Hong Kong

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Day Trip To Outlying Islands

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Tung Ping Chau contains some of the most fascinating rock formations in Hong Kong (© Denise Lo via Canva)

Hong Kong is surrounded by a number of islands, 263 to be exact, where you can slow down and enjoy some peaceful time away from the chaos. Remote gems like Tung Ping Chau at UNESCO Global Geopark features unique rock formations, while popular destinations such as Lamma Island and Lantau Island are filled with stunning beaches and hiking trails showcasing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region. Take a day trip to explore these island paradises.

Where: Read our guide for the best outlying islands to spend a day in Hong Kong

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Chill by a Hotel Pool with a Day Pass

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The infinity pool at Fullerton Ocean Park hotel (© Fullerton Ocean Park)

If your idea of summer activities involves chilling by a luxury swimming pool all day and sipping cocktails, consider splurging on a day pass at a hotel in the city! Hong Kong has a great line-up of hotels offering pool day passes, letting you enjoy the poolside without booking a staycation. Whether you’re after panoramic Victoria Harbour views or an artsy pool, these day passes allow you to pamper yourself a bit – or a lot!

Cost: From HK$110-750 per person, depending on the service provider

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Check Out These Public Swimming Pools

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The public swimming pool at Kennedy Town sits atop of a community complex (© Wpcpey via Wikimedia Commons)

Want to stay cool in Hong Kong this summer without breaking the bank? The city has plenty of public swimming pools you can visit at very affordable rates. For just HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends, you can take a refreshing dip. Even better, there are discounted rates for seniors, students, children under 13, and individuals with disabilities (HK$8 on weekdays and HK$9 on weekends). Plus, little ones under 3 can splash around for free.

Where: 45 public pools across Hong Kong
Cost: The regular fee is HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends. Concession rates are available, and entry is free for children under 3.

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Discover a Natural Rock Pool

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The waterfalls at Sheung Luk Stream leads to a natural pool for a fresh dip (© The HK HUB)

If public pools and luxury hotel pools aren’t your thing, how about a natural rock pool? Escape the city and explore these incredible rock pools in the countryside. The well-known Sheung Luk Stream in Sai Kung offers a large natural pool, and the coolest part is that you can head to Ham Tin Beach afterward for a romantic sunset. Many of these spots, like Ping Nam Stream and Tai Tam Mound Fall, are located at the base of waterfalls, where you can cool off in pristine waters and enjoy being surrounded by lush nature.

Where: Read our guide for the must-visit natural rock pools in Hong Kong

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Visit an Island by Kayaking

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The UNESCO Geopark in Sai Kung is a great place for kayaking (© THE HK HUB)

One of the best ways to cool down during summer in Hong Kong is through water sports, and if you haven’t tried kayaking yet, we highly recommend giving it a go! This family-friendly activity will take you to beautiful, hidden spots that are hard to reach on foot, like Yan Chau Tong and Bluff Island in Sai Kung’s UNESCO Geopark. From Stanley Main Beach, you can also enjoy the scenic views from a different angle. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, kayaking is a fantastic, eco-friendly way to explore.

Where: Popular spots in Hong Kong are Sai Kung, Stanley, Lower Cheung Sha beach and Plover Cove in Tai Po
Cost: From HK$70 per hour, depending on the type of kayak, length of rental, location, and gears required

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Go Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding

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Wakesurf Hong Kong takes you out on the waters at Tai Tam (© Wakesurf Hong Kong)

Two other popular water sports in Hong Kong are wakesurfing and wakeboarding. The biggest difference between the two lies in the boards themselves: wakeboards have straps for your feet for tricks and jumps, whereas skim boards that used for wakesurfing, don’t. From Sai Kung and Tai Po in New Territories, Tai Tam and Repulse Bay on Hong Kong island, to Tung Chung on Lantau island, most boat drivers are experienced in teaching beginners how to get started. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super fun, and you’ll want to keep going back – it’s a great way to spend a few hours enjoying the sea and sun!

Where: Sai Kung, Tai Po, Tai Tam, Repulse Bay, Tung Chung
Cost: From HK$700-1,800 per hour, depending on the boat

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Try Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

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Coral and sea creatures near Lion Rock, Sai Kung (© Diving Adventure)

Hong Kong and scuba diving might not exactly be synonymous, but you’ll be surprised by the beautiful dive spots you can find here, especially around the remote islands off the coast of Sai Kung! It might not be as iconic as the Philippines or the Maldives, but you will find interesting sights include diverse aquatic life and even some mysterious shipwrecks. To give it a try this summer, several local diving companies offer PADI courses and fun dives.

Where: Most diving spots in Hong Kong are located around Sai Kung
Cost: From HK$500, depending on the number of dives, gear required, location, and service provider

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Head to Water World

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Race your friends at the water slides at Water World (© Ocean Park)

Located at Ocean Park, Water World is Hong Kong’s first year-round water park. With 27 attractions, including Horizon Cove, a wave pool with realistic wave patterns, thrilling slides with straight free-fall drops, and various other pools and slides, it guarantees a good time for everyone. Toddlers can also enjoy a dedicated water play area.

Where: 33 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Cost: From HK$ 168 on Klook

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Grab an Ice Cream

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Mobile Softee ice cream truck is now a famous tourist attraction (© LN9267 via WikiCommons)

When the temperatures tip over 30 degrees, ice cream becomes a necessity. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet Italian gelato from Messina, Japanese matcha ice cream from Via Tokyo, or just a simple soft serve from the classic Mobile Softee ice cream truck to relive your childhood memories, summer in Hong Kong is the best opportunity to grab a delicious scoop (or two)!

Where: Read our guide for the top ice cream shops in Hong Kong

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Shop Cute Swimsuits

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Air Space’s denim swimwear collection is available online (© Air Space)

Before heading to the beach or pool this summer, updating your swimsuit and beachwear is a must to make sure you look good. Shop online or locally in Hong Kong for everyone in the family, so you can show off your personal style or even get matchy-matchy with your kids.

Where: Read our guide for the top places to buy swimwear in Hong Kong

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Join a Concert & Music Festival

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The famous EDM festival – Ultra will be in Hong Kong for the first time this summer (© Ultra Hong Kong)

Hong Kong welcomes international superstars as well as indie artists to perform all year round, and there’s no better way to enjoy the hot weather than with a concert or good ol’ festival! While two of the most water-filled festivals – Waterbomb and S2O have already passed, this summer, we can expect more K-pop stars like IVE, aespa, and (G)I-DLE hitting the city, as well as festivals like Ultra Hong Kong.

Where: Read our guide for the upcoming concerts and festivals in Hong Kong

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Sip Happy Hour Drinks

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Get an Aperol Spiritz when it’s hot in Hong Kong (© Oolaa)

What could be better than a cold draft beer or an Aperol Spritz on a hot summer day? Enjoying them with happy hour deals! From rooftop cocktail bars, hidden bars to casual dive bars, there’s something for every occasion in Hong Kong that will definitely help wash away those workday blues.

Where: Read our guide for the latest Happy Hour deals in Hong Kong

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Watch Paris Olympics 2024 at a Sports Bar

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The Globe is one of the best places to watch games with an amazing crowd (© The Globe)

2024 is a big year for sports, with UEFA Euro 2024 running until mid-July and the Paris Olympic Games following right after! Sure, you could watch it at home alone, but it’s much more fun to head to a sports bar in town, like The Globe in Soho and Inn Side Out in Causeway Bay. To fully immerse into the sporting spirit, grab a drink and cheer your team on with your mates!

Where: Read our guide on the best sports bars in Hong Kong

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Join a Kids’ Summer Camp

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Let your little ones learn how to surf at Treasure Island’s summer camps (© Treasure Island)

Summer school holidays are just around the corner, so why not make sure your little ones have a fun-filled break with summer camps? From music and sports to arts and STEM, there are many choices in Hong Kong to suit your children’s interests. Let your kids learn something new and make new friends, giving you, as parents, some time for yourselves. Plan ahead!

Where: Read our guide on the best summer camps for kids in Hong Kong

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Take Your Little Ones to DB Summer Splashtopia

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Splashtopia is set to bring over 48,000 square feet of water adventure to Discovery Bay (© DB Summer Splashtopia)

Great news for parents! This summer, Kiztopia will bring first Splashtopia to Hong Kong, turning Discovery Bay’s Tai Pak Beach into a massive inflatable water park. With 9 play zones featuring water slides, rolling wheels, ball pits, and various water games, your kids are in for a treat. Don’t worry about comfort – changing rooms and covered seating are provided on-site, so you can relax while your little ones have a blast. Limited spots available.

When: July 13-September 1, 2024
Where: Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau
Costs: From HK$258. Buy tickets on Klook

Read our guide about upcoming family-friendly events this summer in Hong Kong

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Head to Summer Splash 2024 at Ocean Park

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Summer Splash is the highlight summer event at Ocean Park (© Ocean Park)

As one of Hong Kong’s hottest summer activities, Summer Splash is back at Ocean Park once again with over 90 thrilling experiences, from world-class stunt performances to water zones and action-packed obstacle courses. As night falls, an immersive multimedia show will light up the park, featuring new pyro effects that blaze across the night sky. It’s guaranteed non-stop fun for everyone.

When: July 6-August 25, 2024
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen
Costs: From HK$398 for adults and HK$239 for child (age 3-11 years old). Buy tickets on website

Read our guide about exciting events for all this summer in Hong Kong

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Visit 100% Doraemon & Friends

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AllRightsReserved, the creative mind behind last year’s RUBBER DUCK, returns with the 100% Doraemon & Friends this summer. (© AllRightsReserved)

Attention Doraemon fans! Get ready for a summer treat as the 100% Doraemon & Friends exhibition takes over the Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront from July 13 to August 4. As one of the world’s largest Doraemon exhibitions, this event also celebrates the 90th anniversary of creator Fujiko F Fujio. You will find a comprehensive collection of manga art, movies, and never-before-seen life-sized sculptures. As a special bonus, catch an original animated short film created just for Hong Kong!

When: July 13-August 4, 2024
Where: Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront
Costs: Free-entry zone available and general admission tickets from HK$120. Buy tickets on Klook

Read our guide about the 100% Doraemon & Friends exhibition

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Stay Cool at Ice Rinks

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DB Ice Rink provides kid-friendly handrails so your little ones can try ice skating safely (© DB Ice Rink)

Missing the winter chills? Ice skating could be an ideal family-friendly activity for summer. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced skater, these rinks welcome everyone to cool off and perfect their twirls together. The best part? Conveniently located at large-scale shopping malls across the city, such as Festival Walk, Cityplaza, and Elements, these ice rinks are available for a spin even when the weather outside is unpredictable.

Where: Read our guide about the best ice rinks across Hong Kong

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Enjoy Fun Indoor Activities

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Get you hands on karting at PowerPlay Arena at Lai Chi Kok (© PowerPlay Arena)

Summer in Hong Kong often means unstable weather, but fear not, we have plenty of indoor entertainment in town. When the humidity and heat make it difficult to enjoy the outdoors, these awesome indoor activities have got you covered, ranging from indoor sports like bouldering, surfing, and golfing, to art jamming and tufting workshops.

Where: Read our guide on the top indoor activities in Hong Kong

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Looking for more summer activities in the city? Take a look at the following guides:

Header image credits: Treasure Island, rheins via WikiCommons, Denys Gromov via Canva, Ultra Hong Kong

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