As mentioned on the precious article, Batu City in the Province of East Java has plenty tourism destination to explore. We have already talked about how to get there, where to stay, and even explain about several tourism objects there. But dubbed as the Tourism City, surely Batu still has more objects to offer. And that is why we would continue our discussion about it. Please check the list below of more recreational objects you can explore in Batu City.

1. Jatim Park

Jatim Park or Jawa Timur Park (East Java Park) is a recreational and educational park located in Batu City, East Java. Actually, Jatim Park has two area; Jatim Park 1 and Jatim Park 2. But when people hear the word “Jatim Park”, people will automatically assume it is Jatim Park 1. Meanwhile, Jatim Park 2 is famous by the name “Batu Secret Zoo”. We will talk about it later. Now, let us check out the Jatim Park 1 first.

Jatim Park 1 is located on the foot of Mount Panderman. To be exact, it is on Jalan Kartika 2, Batu City. The park covers an area of 11 hectares wide. It has 36 playing objects for recreational purpose including swimming pool, ghost house, spinning coaster, drop zone, and much more. Kids would love spending a day exploring this recreational park.

The Recreational Area of Jatim Park 1 (Source: Flickr. Credit: Widianto Mukhodim)
The Recreational Area of Jatim Park 1
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Widianto Mukhodim)

Not just playing around, kids can also learn much on this park. There are several educational objects on this park including Chemical and Biology Science Center, several galleries, Prehistorical Scene, and much more. With various branches of educational topics, you can take your kids to learn the topics they like.

The Culture Gallery on Jatim Park 1 (Source: Flickr. Credit: Widianto Mukhodim)
The Culture Gallery on Jatim Park 1
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Widianto Mukhodim)

Jatim Park 1 opens everyday at 08.30 to 16.00. The ticket is only $3.75 during weekdays and $4 during weekends. During peak season, the ticket price might be higher.

 

2. Jatim Park 2

Jatim Park 2 is still a part of Jatim Park. Different from Jatim Park 1, Jatim Park 2 is more focused on educational purpose about nature, biology, and animal science. Jatim Park 2 consists of three zones including Batu Secret Zoo, Animal Museum (Museum Satwa), and Pohon Inn.

Unlike common zoo, Batu Secret Zoo uses the concept of real habitat for each animal. The stall for each animal is specially designed and engineered to be as similar as possible to their natural habitat. Besides being safer and more comfortable to the animal, it also looks more attractive for the visitors.

The Rare Albino Tiger at Batu Secret Zoo (Source: Flickr. Credit: ChrisAndy888)
The Rare Albino Tiger at Batu Secret Zoo
(Source: Flickr. Credit: ChrisAndy888)

On the Batu Secret Zoo, you can not only see many kinds of animal on their natural habitat. There are also some objects for Birds Feeding, River Adventure, Tiger Feeding, and even Fantasy Land where kids can play on safari theme zone.

Besides seeing and learning about the animals who live on Batu Secret Zoo, visitors can also learn about the animals who do not even live there. They learn it from the Animal Museum which is still inside the area of Jatim Park 2.

On the museum, you can see many ancient fossils of animal from around the world such as Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and even Antarctica. There are also several replicas of ancient animals such as dinosaurs, t-rex, mammoth, and more.

The Replica of Tyrannosaur Rexes (Source: Flickr. Credit: andix menone)
The Replica of Tyrannosaur Rexes
(Source: Flickr. Credit: andix menone)

If you are having a vacation to Jatim Park 2, then the best place to stay the night is at Pohon Inn. The inn is located on Jalan Oro-Oro 9, Batu City. It is still on the area of Jatim Park 2.

The ticket price to enter Jatim Park 2 is a little bit higher than Jatim Park 1. During weekdays, it will cost you $5.25 to enter the area. Meanwhile, on the weekends and holidays, the price is $7.5. If you plan to visit both Jatim Park 1 and Jatim Park 2, you can buy a packaged ticket for only $7.5 during weekdays and $10 during weekends.

 

3. Batu Night Spectacular

Batu Night Spectacular is like a festival and recreational park that opens only after sunset. Located on the village of Oro-Oro Ombo, this park is suitable for family, friends, and couples. This family park offers various attractions that make a lively night.

Carnival rides indeed are available on this park. Not only the kids, but teens and adults are also able to play along there. There are drag race, mini boom boom car, ghost house, merry go round, trampoline, and much more. There are about 25 rides on the kids zone itself. For a more romantic option, Batu Night Spectacular offers several light attractions such as lampion garden.

Lampion Garden (Source: Flickr. Credit: tehkici)
Lampion Garden
(Source: Flickr. Credit: tehkici) 

Still thinking that those are not enough, Batu Night Spectacular also provides unique objects that are not commonly found on other recreational parks, such as 4D cinema, the longest go cart circuit, glass house, battle area, and more.

To avoid the visitors from getting bored after several times visiting the park, Batu Night Spectacular throws showcases to raise curiosity and make the park to be more entertaining. The showcase is thrown regularly, but they always change what kind of show they will present from time to time. This strategy clearly works. This makes people would come and come again to this park to see what show they had tonight. Sometimes they had a laser show, dancing fountain, live music, cultural performance, and much more.

Going around on a recreational park will be incomplete without shopping for souvenirs. Thus, this park does not forget to provide Night Market to accommodate that function. At the market, you would be able to buy many kinds of souvenirs, from the cheap one to a fancy one. You can also buy several daily products as well as packaged snacks.

After playing around on the carnival rides, watching the spectacular shows, and walking all the way shopping at the night market, we bet that there is only one thing left to do. Eat (and drink, of course). To that, you will find a cafeteria at the end of the Night Market.

There are plenty choices of foods and drinks, with local (east java) culinary or international menu. Every kind of foods and beverages are available on reasonable prices to refill your energy and boost your mood. To make your culinary time more entertaining, they have installed a super wide screen with 50 meters of length, providing awesome shows to accompany your meal.

The Entrance of Batu Night Spectacular (Source: Flickr. Credit: Jimmy Jeniarto)
The Entrance of Batu Night Spectacular
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Jimmy Jeniarto) 

All these awesomeness of Batu Spectacular Night can be enjoyed with very cheap price. The entrance ticket is only $1.5 during weekdays. On weekends and holidays, it is only $2. Now this, who could ever say no to the idea of visiting this spectacular park?

 

The city of Batu has always been beautiful even before Indonesia gained its independence in 1945. During the Dutch colonialism, the city was dubbed as “Klein Switzerland” which means “Little Switzerland”. It was called that way because the city has many hills and mounts around it, the nature is beautiful, and the weather is colder than other places around it. The city really deserves that nickname because it does have many attractive objects for tourists.

 

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