5 Free Things to do in Chiayi

free things to do in chiayi

Our list of 5 Free Things to do in Chiayi will help you make the most out of your trip, without breaking the bank! Chiayi is a nice small city in the middle of Taiwan. It’s really family friendly, there’s amazing food (we had one of our best meals in Taiwan here – turkey rice and pig blood soup) and it’s a walkable city. It was actually one of our favorite places in Taiwan because we had an amazing Couchsurfing experience here. The family we stayed with embodies everything foreigners always say about the Taiwanese: great hospitality, fun loving and friendly. Plus, they let us use their scooter and we just had the absolute best day zipping around town!

Chiayi Turkey Rice and Pig Blood Soup
Chiayi Turkey Rice and Pig Blood Soup

We stayed for 4 nights and that amount of time was perfect. We got to travel the city slowly and take a day trip to Alishan Forest. But, you don’t need a lot of time to see Chiayi, one full day would be good enough. No matter how long you stay, make sure to try the 5 free things to do in Chiayi!

The best day riding around Chiayi
The best day riding around Chiayi

1 Hinoki Village

Hinoki is an old folk village located in the heart of Chiayi. It’s the most popular tourist spot in the city because it’s historic, there’s shopping, there’s eating and there’s outdoor area to relax and be outside. All of the characteristics make it super family friendly and we actually found it to be a romantic spot.

Hinoki Village
Hinoki Village

2 Parks

Chiayi has lots of nice parks scattered throughout the city. These places are perfect for going for a walk, exercising, playing sports, having a picnic, soaking up the sun, etc. The following are 3 of the best in the city:

  • Xianghu Park
  • Jiayiduhui Forest Park
  • Chiayi Park
Sun Shooting Tower in Chiayi Park
Sun Shooting Tower in Chiayi Park

3 Botanical gardens

Chiayi is home to quite a few botanical gardens. Make sure you go during the right season, or you may just be walking around an empty garden like us! These 3 are the most popular in the city:

  • Chiayi Botanical Garden
  • NCYU Botanical Garden
  • Pizitou Botanical Garden

4 Museums

Luckily for us tourists, there are free museums in Chiayi! They may not be the most exciting museums in the world, but they are free!

  • Chiayi City Koji Pottery Museum
  • Chiayi City Museum
  • Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum
Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum
Outside the Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum

5 Lantan Lake

Carlos was fortunate enough to see a free fountain and light show on Lantan lake. We’re not sure what the schedule of the show is, but even if you go to the lake for a little down time, it’s worth it.

Lantan Lake
Fountain show at Lantan Lake