15 Fun, Family-Friendly Activities To Do In Johor Bahru

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By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
June 16, 2022

Johor Bahru, a Malaysian town located close to the Singapore frontier, is noted for its awe-inspiring beaches and robust rain forests. The Victorian-era Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, a magnificent Hindu temple, are among the highlights of Johor Bahru’s many rich past. 

It had a pretty sordid image for years until the minister decided to clean up its act and build a terrific selection of new family oriented activities that soon aided its reputation to skyrocket—as is the case with many border areas. Johor Bahru is now known as the capital that suits the lifestyle and interests of people of all generations, backgrounds and cultures

If you’re in Singapore and looking for a short day trip, Johor Bahru is of course, a terrific option. With a variety of cutting-edge stores, restaurants, and cafés, you’ll be in for a perfect weekend getaway. If you wish to experience some of the culture of this region, the city boasts an excellent selection of deep historical attractions, many of which come from the British colonial period.

Below, Glitz helps you list out some of the best attractions and family-friendly activities you can do in Johor Bahru. 

1. Visit LEGOLAND Malaysia

Is it possible to say you’ve travelled to JB without visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia? You’re assured a thrilling time at one of Malaysia’s top theme parks, with seven themed sections to tackle. Explore curving water slides, experience adrenaline attractions, and learn about ocean animals at the SEA LIFE aquarium before finishing your day with a wonderful stay in a quirky inspired look at LEGOLAND Hotel. 

Address: No. 7, Persiaran Medini Utara 3, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor

2. Walk Along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

The Old Town in JB is full of vibrant paintings and history monuments, so you could happily spend the day wandering around and taking photos, but our favourite area to tour is the Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street. This is a traditional road named for one of the city’s forefathers, and it is filled with vintage shops, artisan cafés, and eateries that are willing to welcome you after hours of walking under the hot sun.

Address: Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor

3. Visit The Animals At Johor Zoo

The Johor Zoo was founded in 1928 and is considered Malaysia’s oldest zoo.  Enjoy time with the family while seeing over 100 various species, including Indo-Chinese tigers, elephants, hippos, and our personal favourite, the gentle camels. Go boating on the zoo’s little lagoon for some additional excitement, or get up up and personal with the animal creatures here.

Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

4. Go Ice Skating At Blue Ice Skating Rink

Let’s skate away from the heat at Paradigm Mall JB’s Blue Ice Skating Rink. This rink, which was completed in 2017, was the first Blue Ice rink in Malaysia and is now the sole ice skating rink in Johor. If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop over for some icy fun or join up for one of their ice skating programmes. They also provide ice hockey lessons for beginners here. For parents who bring along their children, you are advised to prioritise safety. 

Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

5. Tour Around The Istana Besar 

The sumptuous Istana Besar, built in 1866, is the state’s Grand Palace and was originally the abode of the Sultan of Johor. The edifice is a stunning combination of Malay and Western structural traditions, and it sticks out with its stark white facade and striking blue roof. Today, it is mostly occupied for formal ceremonies, with a portion of it turned into the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, which houses a gallery of Royal Family antiquities and treasures.

Address: 107, Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

6. Have A Photoshoot At Forest City 

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Experience the scenic view of Forest City, a green futurist hideaway tucked near the shore of Johor Bahru. Forest City, comprising four man-made isles, mixes the environmental resources with trimming knowledge to build a vibrant location with network infrastructure surrounded by spectacular sea vistas and lush foliage. Soak up the rays while strolling through one of their many tranquil playgrounds or exploring the beach.

Address: Forest City, Pulau Satu, 81500 Johor Bahru, Johor

7. Have Another Shoot At Istana Bukit Serene

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As the Sultan of Johor’s official house, Istana Bukit Serene is no longer accessible to the public. Countless people still come here to see the architecture, and there is an entryway here covered with a giant figure of the Sultan’s crown, and you can also see the groomed grounds from the outside. The castle was erected in the Art Deco style in 1933 and is a jumble of intriguing sculptures, crowned with a central structure that leaps to a length of 35 metres.

Address: Jalan Kolam Air, Bukit Serene, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

8. Bring Your Kids To Fanpekka Playground

The Fanpekka indoor playground in AEON is a genuine heaven for children, located just a minute away from LEGOLAND Malaysia. This air conditioned playground is more of an instructive fairground, with fantasy-themed sections and a centre on games that stimulates problem-solving and education. Your children may now explore and entertain simultaneously. 

Address: Persiaran Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

9. Play Laser Tag At Laser Battle

Bring your pals and get ready to play laser tag at Laser Battle Johor, Southeast Asia’s largest laser tag facility. In this huge arena, which stretches over 5000 square feet, your entire team may savour over 55 options for cutting-edge strategic and immersive game styles. Perfect for family and friends, you’ll enjoy each exhilarating experience here as you engage yourself in an action-movie-like setting complete with cutting-edge technology and amazing effects.

Address: Lot MS-11, Johor Bahru City Square, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

10. Visit Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

The Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple was established in the 19th century in commemoration of five respected Chinese goddesses and is a must-see in JB if you enjoy visiting historical monuments and religious places. Locals refer to the Chinese temple as the Old Temple, and it sticks out with its brilliant red and white colours among sophisticated grey buildings.

Address: Lot 653, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

11. Enjoy A Stroll At Danga Bay

Have a leisurely walk along Danga Bay, JB’s gorgeous seafront and amusement area, which has plenty to offer, including breathtaking scenic beauty and eateries serving delicious seafood. The region comes alive at night, particularly at the Danga World Theme Park, a vintage fun fair with an antiquated appeal. Ride the ferris wheel or engage in a bumper car race with your loved ones. 

Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

12. Visit Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque was constructed during an eight-year time span in 1892, and is a blend of British colonial grandeur and traditional Islamic features. The four pyramids on the roof, which are designed to resemble ancient British clock towers, are one of the mosque’s distinguishing features. Much of the inside is coated in white marble, and there is a lovely combination of charming Victorian styling cues blended with Moorish patterns. The mosque is not to be missed if you are someone who enjoys religious history.

Address: Jalan Gertak Merah, Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

13. Visit Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

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The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a significant monument for the Hindu community in Johor Bahru and the world’s first Hindu edifice constructed of glass. Both the inner and grounds are covered with glass, which glitters in the sunlight, and you will discover statues of Christ and Buddha within, despite the fact that this is a Hindu edifice. If you enjoy the unique display of constructions, don’t miss this offbeat visit on the agenda.

Address: Jalan Tun Abdul Razak 1/1, Wadi Hana, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor

14. Enjoy A Tour At Biscuit Factory 

This Johor Bahru bakery is well-known for having been in business for over 80 years. You can head here just to experience the delectable baked items such as buns, cakes, and biscuits for yourself. The bakery is noted for baking its goodies in an activated carbon oven, which was spurred by the ancient method of producing cookies in Hainan, China, the initial owner’s homeland. Expect to wait in line here, and be sure to taste the distinctive doughy sponge cake.

Address: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

15. Catch Fireflies At Firefly Park, Kota Tinggi 

We just can not miss this off the list, even if it’s slightly further away from JB City.  At the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park, board a canoe for a nightly sight of beautiful fireflies sparkling up the night sky. Nature enthusiasts will particularly appreciate this one-of-a-kind firefly boat tour through the preserved territory of the brilliant critters, whilst understanding more about origins of the Johor River from your host.

Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor

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