No one is old enough not to get excited about theme parks.
Images: Dinosaurs Island Clark (L); Aqua Planet (R) Facebook pages
Whatever these parks in Pampanga may look like, visitors from all over always find something to do and enjoy in them. It has everything for the brave and the bold: various rides and games, leisurely activities, adrenaline-pumping activities, energetic live shows, and terrific food kiosks.
Regardless of what you feel like doing, there’s no reason to stop yourself from having fun! One thing common among parks is that they are big, which makes Pampanga’s vast provincial space the perfect venue for them. The province has plenty of restaurants and attractions for different types of people, and below, we list the best amusement parks in Pampanga that can cater to all ages.
First on our list is the Sky Ranch. It is located inside the SM City Pampanga Mall complex. It has 22 different rides, such as the Loop Roller Coaster, Super Viking, Wonder Flight, Music Express, and the main attraction, Pampanga Eye.
The Pampanga Eye is said to be the tallest and most enormous Ferris wheel in the country at 65 meters tall and 50 meters in diameter. This amusement park in Pampanga has 32 air-conditioned gondolas that can carry four people inside. In this park in Pampanga, the Ferris wheel ride runs for around nine to ten minutes, giving you a magnificent view of the city of San Fernando and nearby towns. There are also different carnival game booths in this amusement park. Entrance to the park is free; the ride you can take is PhP350 until March 31, 2023.
A Tyrannosaurus Rex in Dinosaurs Island is made based on its actual fossil size.
Images: Dinosaurs Island Clark Facebook page
Second, Dinosaurs Island is on our list of amusement park in Pampanga and our country’s version of Jurassic Park. Going to this theme park in Pampanga is worth it since they make it more realistic; you’ll see their mouth and legs move around and hear roars and growling sounds. Unlike in the movies, the dinosaurs here won’t chase you or eat you alive, but you’ll see how giant dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops are since they were made based on their actual fossil sizes. This amusement park in Pampanga is located in Clark.
Also found in this park in Pampanga is a small museum of dinosaur fossil replicas and images that depict the history of the extinction of the dinosaurs. The entrance fee to this amusement park in Pampanga costs PhP350 for adults and PhP300 for kids.
Entrance Fee:Starts at PhP1,080 (adult), PhP880 (kid)
One of the 38 attractions in Aqua Planet, featuring a kiddie water playground.
Images: Aqua Planet Facebook page
It is said to be the largest water-themed park in Southeast Asia, with over 38 water slides and attractions. It is absolutely one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pampanga. Third on our list of amusement park in Pampanga is Aqua Planet. No outside food or beverages of any kind are permitted inside the park because it features eight different stores and restaurants where visitors may buy souvenirs and purchase food and drinks.
The spiral ride, super bowl, flowrider, tornado, octopus racer, mermaid bay, lazy river, and boogie bay are some of the best water attractions at Aqua Planet. This park in Pampanga only accepts guests on a walk-in basis and can only accommodate up to 3,500 guests.
Enjoy a horseback ride on picnic grounds beside El Kabayo in Clark.
Image: El Kabayo Horseback Riding Facebook page
This amusement park in Pampanga ranks fourth on our list and features a replica of an old western town and horseback riding; you’ll experience being a cowboy for a day here at El Kabayo. If you’re a beginner at riding a horse, you can rent one with a guide who will give you basic training in horseback riding and provide you with a ride around the area. This theme park in Pampanga also has a restaurant that offers Western meals like barbeques, steaks, and ribs, complete with an old Western ambiance.
The wave pool is one of the main attractions in Fontana Water Park.
Image: Fontana Leisure Parks Facebook page
Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino ranked fifth on our amusement park in Pampanga, providing recreational facilities for people of all ages. For the water lovers out there, it has a water park with giant slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and water playgrounds perfect for families to enjoy. They also have hot spring swimming pools if you want to relax and have a refreshing dip in the pool. This park in Pampanga has outdoor and indoor sports facilities. A playground is also available in this amusement park in Pampanga, where you can play your favorite sports like basketball, volleyball, badminton, billiards, darts, and table tennis.
Fontana features a casino inside its leisure complex due to the fact that it is a destination for adult tourists in the province of Pampanga. There may need to be more than one day to participate in all available activities; for this reason, Fontana also provides accommodations for one night or even longer stays.
You will be welcomed at the entrance with a 3D SandBox sign and some rides in the background.
Images: Sandbox at Alviera Facebook page
The sixth amusement park in Pampanga on our list can be an ideal choice for thrill-seekers from far and wide: the SandBox. It is an outdoor attraction in Alviera, Porac, that features fun and thrilling rides and challenging obstacle courses. You can avail of packages or unique attractions like the roller coaster zipline, giant swings, ATV rides, wall climbing and rappelling courses, free fall, high ropes adventure courses, and archery ranges. This park in Pampanga also has an open field where occasional concerts, events, workshops, and health and wellness programs are held.
The entrance fee in this amusement park in Pampanga is PhP100, while individual rates per attraction cost anywhere from PhP100 to PhP300. The price starts at PhP450 for package rates at this theme park in Pampanga.
This is a replica of the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.
Image: Nayong Pilipino Clark
Nayong Pilipino is now in Clark, Pampanga, and still maintains its stature as a miniature but magnificent version of the tourist spots in the country, as well as a representation of the diverse culture of the Philippines. The well-known landmarks in each of the geographical sections—Cordillera, Ilocos, Tagalog, Visayas, Mindanao, and many others—represent that region. A must-visit tourist spot and amusement park in Pampanga if you love history.
Also featured in Nayong Pilipino are replicas of the residences of some of the country’s famous heroes and political figures. This park in Pampanga has an entrance fee of PhP150 for adults, PhP120 for senior citizens and PhP100 for children. You’ll be able to glimpse the whole Philippines in one majestic venue quickly.
February 2022 Update:Nayong Pilipino is temporarily closed. Follow them on their Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/NayonClarkPark/, to be the first to know when they resume operations!
Paradise Ranch, this amusement park near Pampanga, is located in Bamban Tarlac and brings you closer to nature. Located at the hills of Clark Sacobia Valley, Paradise Ranch is a nature and conservation park with a nice view of Clark Freeport Zone, Mt. Arayat, and Mt. Pinatubo.
Paradise Ranch’s Little Baguio looks and feels like Mines View Park in Baguio City.
Image: Gazebo View Park Facebook page
This theme park in Pampanga has various attractions that feature an assortment of species of plants and animals and an in-house swimming pool. Aside from several accommodation options, this amusement park in Pampanga also offers packages for group tours, field trips, company outings, retreats, team buildings, and various parties and celebrations. The entrance fee is PhP75 per head.
You don’t need to find the perfect time to visit Pampanga. These fun tourist destinations and amusement park in Pampanga are always open and welcome visitors looking for cheap but exciting ways to have an adrenaline-filled weekend or just a laid-back day to rest and unwind. So what are you waiting for? Tick these amusement parks in Pampanga off your checklist!
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on April 19, 2018.
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About Corabelle Guevarra
Corabelle, outside her full-time job as a Digital Marketing Manager in Clark, she still makes time for her hobbies, be with her family and friends, travel, and work on a side business. Someday she wishes to fulfill her travel goals by being able to visit all the beautiful islands of the Philippines and see the sights of the different countries in Asia and the world. Just like anyone who has that wanderlust gene, Corabelle’s mantra is: “work, save, travel… repeat.”
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