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5 Fun Destinations Near Manila to Tick Off Your Bucket List This Year

You can have adventurous trips near Metro Manila in these outdoor travel spots!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | January 01, 2022

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Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Outdoor Spots near Manila, Outdoor Spots, Family Road Trip, outdoor activities,  outdoor travel spots, fun activities

It’s impossible to waste sunny days in beautiful places like this!

Image: Ponce Farm 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 give outdoor spots near Manila a try? 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 outdoor spots near Manila for your next family road trip.


1. Martessem Resort

Location: Sitio Mayagay, Marcos Hi-Way, Cayumbay, Tanay
Distance from Manila: 56.4 km; 1 hr 50 mins
Resort Entrance fee: PhP50
The Whitehouse Restaurant Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Menu Price Range: PhP80 to PhP540


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Outdoor Spots near Manila

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

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 view, there are other areas of the resort that you can explore, such as the koi pond, lagoon, and spa. For those who want to fill their stomachs with delicious meals, Martessem’s specialty restaurant, The Whitehouse Restaurant, as well as its Chemistry Bar, offers a wide variety of delectable meals.

The entrance fee is PhP50 her head. You can go fishing, horseback riding, and camping for PhP50, PhP100, PhP800 (for a tent) per head, respectively. Their room rate ranges from PhP5,000 to PhP9,400, depending on guest capacity. For more inquiries, you visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MartessemResort/.


2. UCM Adventure Park

Location: Brgy. Silangan, San Mateo Rizal
Distance from Manila: 27.8 km; 1 hr 7 mins
Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price Range: Ph750 to PhP3,500


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Outdoor Spots

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

Image: UCM Adventure Park Facebook Page

Got an adventurous soul? You can enjoy to your heart’s content at UCM Adventure Park. The Antipolo-based nature and adventure park offers 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). If these two trails were too easy for you, the extreme trail (PhP4,000) will take you to a river and a hanging bridge. Other fun outdoor activities to try to include horseback riding (PhP1,000 to PhP2,500) and regular camping (PhP1,000).

October 2021 Update: The extreme trail activity is excluded from their list. Follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ucmadventurepark, to know more exciting activities you can try else!


3. The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena

Location: Pulo-Didezmo Road, 4026 Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Distance from Manila: 49.6 km; 58 mins
Operating Hours: Tues: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wed to Sun: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee:
Free for children below two years old
PhP320 for senior citizens and PWDs
PhP400 per head (child, adult, and companion)


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Family Road Trip

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

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. For a fun day away from technology, you can check out The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena.

The spacious outdoor playground of The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena has picnic areas surrounded by a small lagoon, different animals, feeding stations, 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. For a smooth trip, make sure to book your visit before heading to The Fun Farm.

For more inquiries, email them at funfarm@staelena.com or call 0920913 1349. You may follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TheFunFarmatStaElena, to catch their latest updates.



4. San Rafael River Adventure Resorts and Events Place

Location: Barangay Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan
Distance from Manila: 56.3 km; 1 hr 28 mins
Operating Hours: Always open
Rates:
For water and land activities: PhP100 to PhP2,500
For accommodations: PhP800 to PhP24,000


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, outdoor activities

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

Image: San Rafael River Adventure Facebook

If you're looking for a different outdoor travel spots staycation experience, you might like San Rafael River Adventure’s one-of-a-kind stilt glass cabins and glamping tents beside the river. Besides their cozy and luxurious accommodations, the resort also offers different recreational activities such as paddle boarding, banana boating, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and boating. Currently, they are only accepting 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.

October 2021 Update: Their restaurant is closed, thus, guests are advised to bring food, drinks, cookware, and utensils with no corkage. You may follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelRiverAdventure/, to catch their latest updates.


5. Ponce Farm

Location: Sairaya, Quezon
Distance from Manila: 137.1 km; 2 hr 51 mins
Operating Hours: Always open
Price Range: PhP3,700 to PhP35,000


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, outdoor travel spots

The Ponce Farm opened last October 2020.

Image: Ponce Farm Facebook Page

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

In the middle of the spacious grassland is a small pool that is 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 PhP4,700 per night, the La Coba for two at PhP3,700 per 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.

For more inquiries, email them at theponcefarm@gmail.com or call 0917 3088110. You may follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/poncefarmph/, to catch their latest updates.


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!


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


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


Check out this video:


Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Outdoor Spots near Manila, Outdoor Spots, Family Road Trip, outdoor activities,  outdoor travel spots, fun activities

It’s impossible to waste sunny days in beautiful places like this!

Image: Ponce Farm 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 give outdoor spots near Manila a try? 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 outdoor spots near Manila for your next family road trip.


1. Martessem Resort

Location: Sitio Mayagay, Marcos Hi-Way, Cayumbay, Tanay
Distance from Manila: 56.4 km; 1 hr 50 mins
Resort Entrance fee: PhP50
The Whitehouse Restaurant Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Menu Price Range: PhP80 to PhP540


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Outdoor Spots near Manila

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

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 view, there are other areas of the resort that you can explore, such as the koi pond, lagoon, and spa. For those who want to fill their stomachs with delicious meals, Martessem’s specialty restaurant, The Whitehouse Restaurant, as well as its Chemistry Bar, offers a wide variety of delectable meals.

The entrance fee is PhP50 her head. You can go fishing, horseback riding, and camping for PhP50, PhP100, PhP800 (for a tent) per head, respectively. Their room rate ranges from PhP5,000 to PhP9,400, depending on guest capacity. For more inquiries, you visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MartessemResort/.


2. UCM Adventure Park

Location: Brgy. Silangan, San Mateo Rizal
Distance from Manila: 27.8 km; 1 hr 7 mins
Operating Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price Range: Ph750 to PhP3,500


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Outdoor Spots

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

Image: UCM Adventure Park Facebook Page

Got an adventurous soul? You can enjoy to your heart’s content at UCM Adventure Park. The Antipolo-based nature and adventure park offers 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). If these two trails were too easy for you, the extreme trail (PhP4,000) will take you to a river and a hanging bridge. Other fun outdoor activities to try to include horseback riding (PhP1,000 to PhP2,500) and regular camping (PhP1,000).

October 2021 Update: The extreme trail activity is excluded from their list. Follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ucmadventurepark, to know more exciting activities you can try else!


3. The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena

Location: Pulo-Didezmo Road, 4026 Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Distance from Manila: 49.6 km; 58 mins
Operating Hours: Tues: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wed to Sun: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee:
Free for children below two years old
PhP320 for senior citizens and PWDs
PhP400 per head (child, adult, and companion)


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, Family Road Trip

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

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. For a fun day away from technology, you can check out The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena.

The spacious outdoor playground of The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena has picnic areas surrounded by a small lagoon, different animals, feeding stations, 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. For a smooth trip, make sure to book your visit before heading to The Fun Farm.

For more inquiries, email them at funfarm@staelena.com or call 0920913 1349. You may follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TheFunFarmatStaElena, to catch their latest updates.



4. San Rafael River Adventure Resorts and Events Place

Location: Barangay Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan
Distance from Manila: 56.3 km; 1 hr 28 mins
Operating Hours: Always open
Rates:
For water and land activities: PhP100 to PhP2,500
For accommodations: PhP800 to PhP24,000


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, outdoor activities

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

Image: San Rafael River Adventure Facebook

If you're looking for a different outdoor travel spots staycation experience, you might like San Rafael River Adventure’s one-of-a-kind stilt glass cabins and glamping tents beside the river. Besides their cozy and luxurious accommodations, the resort also offers different recreational activities such as paddle boarding, banana boating, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and boating. Currently, they are only accepting 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.

October 2021 Update: Their restaurant is closed, thus, guests are advised to bring food, drinks, cookware, and utensils with no corkage. You may follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelRiverAdventure/, to catch their latest updates.


5. Ponce Farm

Location: Sairaya, Quezon
Distance from Manila: 137.1 km; 2 hr 51 mins
Operating Hours: Always open
Price Range: PhP3,700 to PhP35,000


Outdoor Spots Near Manila That Your Family Will Love, outdoor travel spots

The Ponce Farm opened last October 2020.

Image: Ponce Farm Facebook Page

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

In the middle of the spacious grassland is a small pool that is 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 PhP4,700 per night, the La Coba for two at PhP3,700 per 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.

For more inquiries, email them at theponcefarm@gmail.com or call 0917 3088110. You may follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/poncefarmph/, to catch their latest updates.


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!


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


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


Check out this video:



author

Denisse Shawntel Tan is a twenty-something who is still searching for her place in the adult world. To keep her sane from the city’s traffic, she makes art and paints with words. A self-confessed DIY addict and audiophile, you can find her making random stuff from Pinterest while listening to her 90s playlist. To get her attention, tell her that you can make sushi.

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