Walking through an urban jungle on a canopy walk.

Things to do at the KL Tower with kids

If you have seen any pictures of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, you’ve seen the KL tower. It is one single tower that has an observation deck around the top. From a distance, the KL Tower looks a lot like the space needle in Seattle, or the CN tower in Toronto.

Things to do at the KL Tower with kids. Kuala Lumpur skyline

Located at the base of the towering KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia there are lots of fun and different things to do and see. The KL Tower is the tallest communication tower in South East Asia.

The KL tower Malaysia is easy to spot since it is one of the tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur. It actually appears to be taller than most other buildings because it sits atop a hill. The KL tower height is 420 meters in comparison to the Petronas Towers which are 452 meters tall.

Things to do at the KL Tower with kids.

There are a number of things to do at the KL tower with kids and without. Heading to the observation deck is a highlight for many tourists and locals. If you want to spend the extra time you can eat at the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. Around the base of the KL tower, you will find a number of fun things to do. There are things to do such as the Upside Down House, The Coral Blue Aquarium, The Mini Zoo, and KL Eco Forest Park. These are all separate tickets and have separate entrances from that of the KL tower observation deck and entrance. You are free to choose to visit one or the other, or all if you choose.

We are going to talk about a few things to do at the KL Tower, the KL Tower Mini Zoo and The Canopy Walk at the KL Eco Forest Park.

I will give you my honest opinion on visiting both of these sites in the KLCC area.

KL Forest Eco Park & Canopy Walk over the Rainforest.

Did you know that in the center of the large metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, there is a rainforest?

Yes, this tiny forest in the center of central Kuala Lumpur is a rainforest. It is one of the world’s few urban rainforests that still exist. Believe it or not, this dense forest covered the entire Klang Valley where Kuala Lumpur now sits. The forest name is actually Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.

If this is your first time to a tropical area or looking to experience a real rainforest with ease, then this might be one of your most convenient options for you. With it’s proximity to central Kuala Lumpur, it makes this rainforest easy access to get to and saves you tons of time from having to venture out to the bigger rainforest in Malaysia or other parts of Southeast Asia.

The Canopy walk is a vast number of suspension bridges held together by large thick cables. They are attached to steel and concrete towers. They give you the feeling of walking in the canopy of a rainforest.

Is the Canopy Walk safe for kids and the elderly?

Yes, it is safe. The construction is new and updated. I never felt unsafe on the canopy walk. We passed a number of older couples exploring the jungle and hiking around the forest.

There are also paved paths throughout the forest that are not in the treetops that you can explore, which are also safe. In addition to paved pathways, there are dirt and gravel trails for hiking which are a little less safe. They are not suitable for wheelchairs or even for those worried about slipping.

Canopy walk eco forest. Things to do at the KL Tower with kids.

If you are traveling with young kids or anyone who has a tendency to fall (like myself), I would stick to the paved paths and the canopy walk. I would avoid the dirt paths.

While were hiking on one of the dirt paths, my husband was carrying our two-year-old down a hill he slipped on a rock. This is very rare for him, it’s usually me who falls and knocks a tooth out.

Eco forest trail, Kuala Lumpur Tower

He fell to his knee and cut up his knee on the rocks. But he managed to hold our 2-year-old and she walked away without a scratch. So even though we are fairly active and hike on a regular basis, we still had a small mishap.

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**Please take caution on the unpaved paths, they are typically muddy and can be very slick.

Things to do with at KL Tower with kids

Is the KL Forest Eco Park worth visiting?

Tripadvisor has the KL Forest Eco Park rated as a 4 out of 5 Stars. This means it’s a very good experience. I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. It was good to see but besides the Canopy Walk the other forest trails were just okay. We didn’t see any wildlife and besides the fact that we were in a rainforest, there wasn’t anything else that really got us excited to explore more than we did.

KL Eco Forest. Things to do at the KL Tower with kids.

After about 30 minutes walking around the Canopy and then hiking, we were covered in sweat and hot. We live in Malaysia and we are somewhat used to the heat, but it still surprises me how hot and humid it gets when you are active outside. The heat can be suffocating at a time and distract from the enjoyment of being outside.

My Opinion on the KL Eco Forest Park

The canopy walk used to be free and I had heard from many other locals and expats that it is a great free thing to do at the KL Tower. So when we arrived and found out we now have to buy tickets, we were surprised.

If you have never seen a rain forest or want to do something for about an hour to an hour and a half. Then yes, I would recommend visiting the KL Eco Forest.

Walking on the canopy walk at the Eco Forest.

Even with that being said, I feel like it is overpriced for what you get to do and see. There are also many other great hikes that are close to downtown for free. There are also other great places in KLCC to spend your time. Other free hikes in Kuala Lumpur that you can do are Bukit Gasing and Bukit Kiara. We have seen wildlife at both of these hikes.

If you are looking for a unique outdoor experience I would recommend visiting Bukit Melawati and the fire flys which are about an hour’s drive from KL but totally worth it. I would recommend checking out Klook for some unique tours and fun experiences in Kuala Lumpur (including a tour to see the fire flys).

Map of eco forest at KL Tower

Entrance Fees and Location of KL Forest Eco Park

Price: Adult – RM40.00about $10USD (Foreigner) Malaysian RM10.00
Child – RM12.00 about $3USD (Foreigner) Malaysian RM2.00
6 years and under- Free

Easiest ways to get the KL Tower

By Train or Monorail

Take the MRT to the KL Tower

LRT (Light Rail Transit). Get off on the Masjid Jamek Stop and then look for the tall KL tower. It is a bit of a walk, around 20 minutes. The last little bit is uphill to the entrance of the park.
The KL Monorail can take you to the closes stop to the Eco Forest. By taking the Monorail you will get off on at the Bukit Nanas monorail station. From here it is just a few minutes’ walking. You will still have to walk up the hill but it is much shorter.

KL Hop on Hop off bus or GoKL City Bus

If you are looking for a great way to see a lot of the city in a short amount of time, consider the KL Hop on Hop off bus tour. You can easily book your tickets for the KL bus on Klook.

Or maybe you have already purchased the KL hop on Hop off Bus or you are taking advantage of the free GoKL City Bus tour. These are both great options as they will take you to the top of the hill to drop you off at the KL Tower, Eco Park, and Mini Zoo.

If you happen to book a tour, consider seeing Batu Caves as well!

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Taxi – Grab – MyCar

If you are not able to take one of these other options, the next best option is to get a Taxi or use one of the eHailing apps like Grab app or MyCar.

Depending on the amount of traffic this could be a great option and it gets you closer to the entrance of the Tower. The cars can drop you off at the top of the hill, and I highly recommend if you are traveling with kids to be dropped off at the top of the hill.

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Parking at the KL Tower

If you’d like to drive yourself, it is very easy to find. Just plug it into Google Maps or Waze and you’ll find it without any problems.

be warned parking is very limited at the KL Tower. If you are going to drive yourself and park your car, make sure you go early (before 10:00 am) so you can easily get a spot.

KL Tower Mini Zoo

One of the things to do at the KL Tower with kids, that I would recommend would be the KL Tower mini zoo. It is also located right at the base of the KL Tower and it is surrounded by the Eco Forest Park.

KL Tower Mini Zoo

This is a fun small zoo with lots of exotic animals that you can interact with. My kids loved this zoo and I loved it because it was small so it didn’t take up the entire day. Parr of it is indoor and climate-controlled. Making it nice to cool off for a few minutes.

Start by petting unusual animals

You start off with a bang and enter a “petting zoo” with lots of different kinds of animals that you would find in this region. The kids loved having freedom in this area. They were able to pet and feed the animals that were wandering around. Coming from the US, it is still such an experience to be able to be so close to some of these animals that we would consider rare or are not common in our region.

Things to do at the KL Tower with kids. Mini petting zoo

There were all kinds of animals including tortoises, bunnies, and wombats running free at your feet. There are also iguanas and snakes in cages that your kids can see and enjoy.

Feed some llamas

You continue through the first petting zoo and head towards the KL Eco Park. As you go down through the forest, you will be surprised by the sight of a few large llamas.

Feeding llamas at the KL Tower petting zoo.

The llamas were a little grumpy when we were there so we didn’t pet them. They were being fed by the zookeeper when we arrived. We fed the llamas a couple of pieces of food and that was enough for them, they headed back to their zookeeper.

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Freeflight birds

As you continue through the mini zoo, you will get to a large cage enclosure. This is where you will find the free-flight birds. As you walk in you will notice that the birds are just flying all around you.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a big fan of birds, especially birds flying around my head. So I quickly walked through this area.

But if you are not afraid of birds like me, you can feed the birds right out of your hands. Our kids thought this was great! They couldn’t get enough.

Catch some fish

Next, as you continue on the path, you will come across a small river where kids can “fish” and play.

Things to do at the KL Tower Malaysia with kids

The zoo provides nets and buckets so your kids can try their hands at catching fish. Our kids loved this part! The river has a ton of little fish and it was really easy for them to catch fish. They thought it was a blast.

Things to do at the KL Tower Malaysia with kids

Guinea Pigs and bunnies

The last section and our favorite part is a free-range guinea pig area. Here there are tons of guinea pigs, bunnies, and tortoises running around free. The kids absolutely loved this!

Our one year old loved walking through all the guinea pigs, she thought they were so funny. We got to feed the guinea pigs, bunnies and the tortoises here.

Things to do at the KL Tower with kids.

All of the animals were calm and didn’t mind the children at all. The kids were able to touch and pet all the animals in this area without any problems. In fact, the staff even tried to help them hold a few bunnies.

**Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water after visiting the mini zoo and especially after touching or feeding any of the animals.

KL Tower Mini Zoo Tickets

The Mini Zoo is located directly below the KL Tower, you will see it on the left-hand side when you are facing the tower.

It is open every day from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. I would suggest going at 10:00 am.

Tickets for the mini zoo can easily be purchased when you arrive. Ticket prices are 32RM for adults and 27RM for kids. Children under 90 centimeters get in for free. Seniors over 60 pay the child price.

What to take to the KL Tower with kids

Here are a few things to pack with you on either one of these things to do at the KL Tower with kids:

  • Hats, these are great for sun protection but also, you need these to protect your hair from ticks and any other bugs that may fall on your head while in the forest.
  • Mosquito protection, I always recommend using stickers or bracelets for kids when it comes to bug protection.
  • Drinking water. You can not drink the tap water in Kuala Lumpur. Make sure to take drinking water with you to either of these attractions. Purchase a Life Straw water bottle so you can fill up your water bottle anywhere and it will filter the water for you.
  • A small backpack to put all your things in and keep them safe.
Essential things to pack for Southeast Asia

Wrap up on things to do at KL Tower with kids

If you are headed to the KL Tower, there are so many great options for things to do at the base. It can be difficult to decide where to spend your time and money.

I would recommend you visit the Mini Zoo with kids. It’s a lot of fun and your kids will be entertained the entire time, which means you can relax and enjoy it too.

Unless your kids are into hiking, I would not suggest the Eco Forrest especially now that you have to pay to get in. Kuala Lumpur has some beautiful hikes that are free and I would recommend those over the eco forest.

Comments

Lidia
February 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Nowadays there is more pollution and having the opportunity to be in contact with nature is practically impossible.In this post I found very interesting the activities on the nature that can be done outdoors as well as activities with children. Contact with animals is very important for the development of children. Amazing post.



    February 19, 2020 at 2:47 am

    Thank you for your comments, Lidia! I agree it is getting harder and harder to be in touch with nature. We are lucky that KL has this amazing jungle in the middle of the city.



Kate
February 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm

These are great recommendations. They all seem like so much fun!!



February 19, 2020 at 2:25 pm

The views from the skyline are absolutely fantastic. And I can’t believe they have a mini zoo! That sounds like so much fun. I may not be a kid but definitely adding this to my bucket list!



Carryn
February 20, 2020 at 1:16 am

I’m looking at visiting KL soon and will definitely check out some of these spots, first on my list would be the canopy walk!



February 20, 2020 at 6:20 pm

The bridge in the first photo got my attention. I would love to walk across that! Looks like LK Tower is fun for kids and for us grown-ups too!



February 20, 2020 at 9:12 pm

I have been wanting to visit Malaysia. KL is on my list to see, but I have heard it is overrated! I think it looks like you found some fun things to do. The Batu Caves are the number one thing I want to see in Malaysia!



    February 21, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Thank you! Since we have lived in KL for 2 years, we have found what to do and what not to do! I would say that a lot of the typical tourist sites are overrated. Batu Caves is definitely worth your time. It is an amazing sight! KL has a lot to offer once you dig under the surface 🙂



February 22, 2020 at 12:50 am

So much great information here. The pictures are awesome!



February 22, 2020 at 7:11 am

Ooohhh I wrote a post on this too and was most surprised when you said you have to pay. It’s so pricey!!! Definitely not worth the visit if it costs that much what a shame



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