Manila is the heart of the Philippines and it has endured all kinds of challenges in the past years. Being an archipelago, Philippines is no stranger when it comes to typhoons and calamity.
Despite all these, Manila is always able to get back up and restore to an even better state, making it still the best place to visit if you are looking for good tour activities, food, and experience. Here are the top 4 awesome things to do when you visit Manila!
1. Manila Ocean Park
Don’t miss the chance to visit the only Oceanarium in Manila and interact with hundreds of marine animals. They also have different attractions that showcases barn animals, birds, and even the creepy crawlies.
Their best spot is the 25-meter curved glass walkway tunnel where you can walk along sharks, sting rays, and different kinds of fishes in all sizes. The Manila Ocean Park also has sea lion, bird, and water shows that would definitely make your visit memorable. There is also a toy museum perfect for the kids and even the kids at heart.
They have a hotel inside which you can choose to stay in and make the most of your visit! Plus, this place is only walking distance from Luneta Park, Intramuros and Fort Santiago – where you can take a stroll and be in one of the most historical spots in the Philippines.
Location: Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000
Entrance Fee: $14 – 23 USD
2. Star City
If you are up for some thrilling rides and fun times, then this is the place for you. Star City is located in the middle of the busy streets in Manila and is the second most popular amusement park in the Philippines.
Enjoy extreme rides such as Vikings, Frisbee, Jungle Splash and Surf Dance! For a complete family getaway, you may also enjoy the family-friendly rides like the Dragon Express, Magic Forest and the most recommended – the Philippine’s tallest Ferris Wheel, which stands 60 meters high!
This is the only place in the Philippines where you can have fun and enjoy the snow at Snow World. In Snow World, you can make snowballs and throw it with your buddies, lie down there or even play and act like a child.
Location: Vicente Sotto St, Manila
Entrance Fee: Up to $12 USD
3. Philippine National Museum
The National Museum is one of the best places in the Philippines that you can visit for free. Learn about the country’s Fine Arts, Ethnicity and Archeology.
You’d be surprised on how interesting and diverse the Filipino’s antiquity is. Though it is free, it is best to at least book your visit in advance if you will be coming in large groups to avoid inconvenience.
Location: 1000 Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila
Entrance Fee: FREE
4. SM Mall of Asia Bayside
This is the best place to visit if you are looking for a fantastic shopping experience and sunset view. The mall itself is the fourth largest mall in the country and the eleventh worldwide.
Aside from the endless shopping and ice skating experience, the Bayside area offers a lot of dining and fun activity both for individuals and families. You can visit rides in the area that will really give you a different experience from taking a stroll at the mall.
They also have the MOA Eye which is a huge Ferris wheel that shows you the entire view of the metro. We recommend trying this ride at night and marvel at the beauty of the colorful night lights of the busy city.
Location: Pasay, City
Entrance Fee: FREE
Whether it’s a trip with your friends or family, Manila has a wide variety of offerings to make your trip awesome. There are a lot of free attractions you can visit if you want to learn more about the city. Having hospitable locals is a bonus if you feel a little lost or overwhelmed with the city’s diverse beauty!