5 Great…Ways to Get Out in Jakarta During the Weekend
Jakarta can be overwhelming during the week with all its traffic, malls and disorder, but taking a breather and enjoying some time outdoors on the weekends can be quite easy. This week we have five great suggestions for ways to take a mini-vacation outdoors without going too far from home.
Gelora Bung Karno Complex
This sprawling complex has so many sporting activities that it would be hard not to find something to get you active outdoors. Football, tennis and aerobics are some of the more popular activities, but don’t be surprised to find badminton games and roller-sport enthusiasts making use of the area, too.
Located in the heart of Menteng, this swath of greenery features a number of interesting sculptures made by artists from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The lush surroundings and large artworks make the area the perfect place to have a picnic this weekend. Pack a meal, or see what the food vendors in the area have to offer.
It’s so hot in the city! Cool down by taking a ride down one of Waterbom Jakarta’s four water-slides, or just take it easy and have a lazy float on the “Wild River.” Waterbom, in Pantai Indah Kapuk, has adrenaline-pumping water rides and a special kid’s area so the whole family can enjoy a day out.
A Day Trip to Bogor
By car or by train, Bogor is only about an hour away from Jakarta. The city is prone to attacks of vicious macet (traffic jams) as well, but you can find some quality outdoor time at the Bogor Botanical Gardens located in the city center. The gardens are home to 15,000 species of trees and plants spread over 80 hectares of land. More than 50 types of birds and bats also call the gardens home. Just a little bit further out, Taman Safari Safari is another great family destination. Visitors can see lions, tigers, hippos, elephants and a number of other animals up close and personal.
Jakarta’s roads can be incredibly dangerous as cars, motorcycles and buses all jockey for position, but on Car-Free Sundays, the streets belong to the people once more. Grab your roller skates, take a jog or get your bike out of storage and enjoy the empty road. Some people even get their horses out and about for a little urban equestrian action. Check the online schedule to find out what streets are going car-free near you.