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Ancol Ecopark

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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.

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Morning jog at Ancol Ecopark

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The boy loved to run around in this area

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.

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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.

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Rp. 30.000,- for this small basket. Well, at least the boy was very happy

The ticket was included a transport (which was a small raft) to the small island across the park.

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See the arrow above? We only need to cross less than 3 minutes. There were 4 of us, and the staff complained that the ticket was actually allowed for 2 people to cross. Seriously??? We paid Rp 30.000,- for a very small basket and crossed a very short distance with the raft and yet you only let 2 people? That didn’t make sense. The staff didn’t even bother to take us to see the siamang, goats, and other animals. He only let us see the deer and birds and kind of urging us to go back with the raft. So anyway, we (the four of us) still crossed without paying extra money and I thought that was fair since we weren’t directed to see other animals at the mini zoo. After what we paid, the staff should had let us stayed longer and looked around for other animals

Feeding The Deer

The boy absolutely thought feeding the deer was hilarious. He loved it very much and didn’t scare at all to put his hand near the deer’s mouth

Bird Feeding

Bird feeding was another thing that the two boys loved so much. Although the small one was quite afraid when the birds ate from his mouth, but he kept asking for another bird food again and again

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Fish feeding, we spent another Rp 5.000,- for the fish food, but the boy was happy so it was ok for us

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Continue to feed the birds, but this time from a safe distance…….

We continue to walk around the park, and near the exit door we saw this:

Food Stalls

Food stalls (mostly Indonesian food), art and craft stall, etc.

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Pretend to make glass from ceramic

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.

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

2 thoughts on “Ancol Ecopark

  1. Ketemunya disini ama Timo🙂 Nice blog Timo..

    • Waah…..ini Mbak Tesya yang sering diomongin sama Timo ya, salam kenal yaa…..saya istrinya Timo. Saya sering juga lho mampir ke blognya Mbak, seru2 ceritanya……..kapan2 boleh nanya2 ya Mbak buat referensi jalan-jalannya, hehehe……?

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