Located inside Taman Impian Jaya Ancol North Jakarta, this place can be a very good alternative to spend the weekend with families or friends instead of going to the malls. We already heard of good reviews about this place, so we were very excited to go here. We prepared our own food from home and were ready to have a picnic inside the park.
First, we must enter through the main gate on Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, and paid Rp 10.000,- per person plus Rp 20.000,- for car entrance. For the four of us, the total fee was Rp 60.000,-. Remember that this fee is only applicable on Saturday and Sunday between 6-8 am. Outside that hour, the fee per person will be Rp 20.000,-.
There are many things to be seen around Taman Impian Jaya Ancol such as waterpark, sea world, theme park, 4D attraction, riding on cable car, etc which of course require another extra money to enter. Beach, ecopark, and playground are free however (but we still need to pay the entrance fee to Taman Impian Jaya Ancol as I mentioned above.
Parking space near the park is limited, but there is another alternative which is to park near Pasar Seni and walk into the park. Basically, it’s quite a big park with greenery, fish pond, mini zoo, jogging track, bicycle track, and lots of space to have nice picnics or just running around. Toilets are available inside the park.
We can rent bicycle or buggy car (1 car for 4 persons) to go around the area. If I’m not mistaken, bicycle rent is Rp 30.000,- per hour and buggy rent is under Rp 100.000,- per hour. In our opinion, the park is not that big enough and we were still able to circle the park (almost twice) by foot, and it didn’t make us very tired. On second thought, it was maybe because we used to play in the bigger parks in here, so we didn’t feel tired when we walked around the park. It is small however compared to Pasir Ris Park, but still a very good and refreshing choice for morning or afternoon activities.
The boy also had the chance to feed birds, deer, and fish. We paid Rp 30.000,- and get 1 small basket containing of deer and birds food.
The ticket was included a transport (which was a small raft) to the small island across the park.
We continue to walk around the park, and near the exit door we saw this:
It was a good day at the park. We are park lovers so we can spend hours at the parks. We came here before seven in the morning and finally left the place at 12. The boy really loved to play on the cement field in front of the convention center. We played temple run, hide and seek, robot war, etc.
Daddy said it was a nice park, but he said he don’t really want to be back again. According to him, it’s not reasonable to pay that amount of money just for a small park. Yes, we used to go to bigger parks for free in here, but I still think Ancol Ecopark is a good alternative for Jakarta, especially for North Jakarta residences who really lack of parks in our area.