Not a fan of beaches? There are other ways you can have fun this summer!
When you hear the word summer, one of the things that will come to mind is a beach escapade. Most travelers and tourists flock to the country’s pristine beaches during the season—which is not hard to do since the Philippines has a vast amount of breathtaking beaches.
But believe it or not, some people are not that into beach-hopping. If you are one of these people or if you want to try other fun things to do, there are outdoor summer attractions and other destinations within the Philippines that are just as enjoyable.
Get one with nature at Lambingan Hills’ camping grounds.
Image: Lambingan Hill Facebook
Located in the quiet province of Tanay, Rizal, Lambingan Hills is one of the latest attractions that the area has to offer. Just two to three hours away from Manila, Lambingan Hills is a quick nature getaway away from the city where you can spend a night out camping with your friends or family. Within the site, you can see a scenic view of the Laguna Lake and the surrounding lush greeneries. One of the main attractions is the bright red and yellow Celosia flowers surrounding the site. Besides camping, other activities you can do here include stargazing and picnicking. Campers can also create bonfires since the temperature in Tanay can get cold in the night. Meanwhile kids will also have fun in the hammock and swing sets within the area.
PhP360 Junior Day Adventure Pass (Monday to Friday)
PhP440 Junior Day Adventure Pass (Saturday and Sunday)
PhP450 Day Adventure Pass (Monday to Friday)
PhP550 Day Adventure Pass (Saturday and Sunday)
PhP560 Junior Day Adventure Pass with Snow World Access
PhP650 Day Adventure Pass with Snow World Access
Anjo World is Cebu’s first and only amusement park.
Image: Anjo World Theme Park Facebook Page
For kids and kids-at-heart, Cebu’s Anjo World has thrilling rides that will make you scream from the top of your lungs. Officially opened to the public last December 22, 2018, the amusement park features a variety of attractions for fun and thrill-seekers. Kids of all ages can go on rides such as the Golden Carousel, London Taxi (Bumper Cars), and Mr. Cup. For bigger kids and adults, rides such as Viking, Mr. Toad, Space Shuttle, Tower Drop, Boomerang, and Hip-Hop will make your visit awesome. Also within the complex is Snow World, a place where you can experience winter indoors without leaving the country. To get in, purchase a separate ticket worth PhP350 per head.
You don’t have to worry about getting hungry while in Anjo World since there are more than eight restaurants and 10 food stalls in the Grub Hub food park. If you’re not from around the area, you can also check in at the 60-room hotel inside the property.
3. Palacio de Memoria
Where:5 Bayview Drive, Los Tamaraos Village, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City
Operating hours:10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Palacio de Memoria is full of antiques for sale.
Image: Casa de Memoria Facebook Page
Amidst the modern buildings and facilities in Roxas Boulevard lies Palacio de Memoria. Its elegant structure and architecture is breathtaking, but the mansion’s history is the icing on the cake. It has been around for more than half a century; in fact, the building survived wars such as the tragic Battle of Manila in 1945. Now, Palacio de Memoria serves as an outpost for Casa de Memoria, a Makati-based auction house. If you’re interested in collecting antiques and artworks or are simply interested in history, you can check out the pieces at the mansion. Who knows, you might score a rare find!
Entrance fee: PhP60 per head for both adults & kids (20% Discount for Senior Citizens)
Cottage fee (3-4 hours): PhP500 (no fee if less than 3 hours)
Overnight stay (good for 2-4 persons): PhP2,000 per night
MSDEA Ornamental Garden opened in November 2018.
Image: MSDEA Ornamental Farm Facebook Page
Summer is the season to explore nature and its beauty, and what better place to do this than in a garden? MSDEA Ornamental Garden in Cebu City boasts a tranquil environment for nature lovers with their garden full of various plants and flowers. Besides exploring and unwinding at the garden grounds, you can take some time to appreciate the landscapes in any of the cottages you can rent for the day. If you want to extend your stay, you can also spend the night in the area as the place also has rooms. All in all, not only will you have a fantastic time in this garden, but you also won’t have to worry about the expenses since the entrance and cottage fees are affordable.
The Garden occupies more than 30,000 square meters.
Image: Okada Manila Facebook Page
Manila residents need not go far for a nature escape, as there’s a garden within the city that offers a peaceful ambiance. Just within the Okada Manila complex is The Garden, the hotel and casino’s latest attraction which provides a breath of fresh air within the city. The lush green space is an ideal outdoor venue for those who want to relax with nature. Not only does The Garden feature sprawls of greenery and ponds, but it also offers a great view of the Manila Bay sunset. During the night time, guests can also appreciate the view of the sky.
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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