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5 Fun Travel Destinations Near Manila Where You Can Try Zipline, ATV Rides, Glamping, and More!

Level up your trip adventures in these places to travel near Manila!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | January 01, 2023
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It’s impossible to waste sunny days in beautiful places like this!

Images: UCM Adventure Park Facebook page

Let’s admit it: most of us have been itching to travel. The attractions and spots in the city are great, but if you want to experience something new, going outside Metro Manila is your best bet. And instead of staying in hotels, why not try these travel destinations near Manila? After all, outdoor activities are safer. Plus, you’ll also get to enjoy stunning views of nature!

If you’re planning to travel with your loved ones, check out this list of places to travel near Metro Manila for your next road trip.


1. The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena at Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Distance from Manila: 49.6 km; 58 mins
Operating Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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Young adventure-seekers can enjoy a safer version of ziplining through the mini zipline at The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena.

Image: The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena Facebook page

There are many places to travel in Manila, but sometimes, it can be nice to reconnect with nature in this fast-paced world. Spending a day in nature with animals and exciting challenges can be a fresh change of pace. You can check out The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena, for a fun day away from technology.

The spacious outdoor playground of The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena has picnic areas surrounded by a small lagoon, different animals, feeding stations, a sandbox, and horse stables. Kids and kids-at-heart can unwind and enjoy activities such as horseback riding, mini zipline, rope course, mini row boating, and carabao cart riding. Book your visit before heading to The Fun Farm for a smooth trip.

The entrance fee is free for children below two years old, PhP320 for senior citizens and PWDs, and PhP400 per head (child, adult, and companion).


2. UCM Adventure Park at San Mateo Rizal

Distance from Manila: 27.8 km; 1 hr 7 mins
Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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AV rides at the UCM Adventure Park can take you to scenic trails of nature.

Images: UCM Adventure Park Facebook page

Got an adventurous soul? You can enjoy it to your heart’s content at UCM Adventure Park. The Antipolo-based nature and adventure park offer ATV rides starting at PhP1,500. The AV rides vary from the trails. If you want a relaxing view of pine trees and the Metro Manila skyline, the Fun Trail (PhP1,500) is the one for you. But if you wish to a track where you can see the Sierra Madre mountain and Mt. Sinai’s Ten Commandments, you can choose the Experience Trail (PhP3,000). Other fun outdoor activities to try to include Horseback Riding (PhP1,000 to PhP5,000) and Regular Camping (PhP1,000).



3. San Rafael River Adventure Resorts and Events Place at San Rafael, Bulacan

Distance from Manila: 56.3 km; 1 hr 28 mins
Operating Hours: Always open


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San Rafael River Adventure is the perfect spot for those who want to relax and go on adventures.

Image: San Rafael River Adventure Facebook page

Suppose you're looking for a different experience for your next travel destination near Manila. In that case, you might like San Rafael River Adventure’s one-of-a-kind stilt glass cabins and glamping tents beside the river. The resort has cozy and luxurious accommodations and offers recreational activities such as paddle boarding, banana boating, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and boating. Currently, they only accept visitors on private vehicles for the glamping, kubo, and glass accommodations. Guests are also advised to bring their food since the restaurant is closed until further notice.

The water and land activities rates range from PhP200 to PhP2,500 while PhP1,000 to PhP24,000 for accommodations.


4. Martessem Resort at Cayumbay, Tanay

Distance from Manila: 56.4 km; 1 hr 50 mins
Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM


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Come earlier if you want to see the sea of clouds while camping.

Image: Martessem Resort Facebook page

Just two hours away from Metro Manila, Martessem Resort offers a quick nature retreat and fun activities for families. Beyond their famous “sea of clouds,” Martessem also provides a terrific view of the surrounding Sierra Madre mountain range. When you’re not marveling at the sight, there are other areas of the resort that you can explore, such as the koi pond, lagoon, and spa. Martessem’s specialty restaurant, The Whitehouse Restaurant, and Frozen Lab Bar (previously Chemistry Bar) offer a wide variety of delectable meals for those who want to fill their stomachs with delicious meals.

Their room rate ranges from PhP5,000 to PhP9,400, depending on guest capacity. The entrance fee is PhP50 per head. You can go fishing, horseback riding, and camping for PhP50, PhP100, and PhP800 (for a tent) per head, respectively.



5. Ponce Farm at Sairaya, Quezon

Distance from Manila: 137.1 km; 2 hr 51 mins
Operating Hours: Always open


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Experience glamping in Ponce Farm to its fullest!

Images: Ponce Farm Facebook page

One of the latest glamping spots that celebrities and influencers have been visiting is Ponce Farm in Sariaya, Quezon. And it’s no wonder why celebrities are flocking to this stunning destination: it is the perfect place to travel near Metro Manila and a chill spot for those who want to enjoy a tropical paradise.

In the middle of the spacious grassland is a small pool surrounded by towering palm trees. There are also glamping tents suitable for families of various sizes. You can rent the Villa for two at PhP5,000 per night, the Casitas Fan Room for four at PhP3,700 to 4,700 per night, the La Coba for two at PhP3,700 a night, and the glamping tent for ten at PhP12,000 per night. If you want to enjoy the entire vicinity without other guests, you can rent the whole place for PhP28,000.


If you're looking for a relaxing and scenic trip, these beautiful outdoor spots are worth the drive!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more road trip destinations and outdoor travel spots in near the metro!*


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. Have a great trip!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on January 13, 2021.


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
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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