When it comes to day trips, Manila is a city with something for everyone. If you’re looking for museums and other educational attractions, we’ve got them! If you’re looking for the best food or shopping then we have those too. Here are a few of our favorites:
Get a Taste of the City’s Rich History
This popular tourist attraction is conveniently located just outside of Manila and is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this historic city. The Fort Santiago National Museum features wax figures depicting significant events from Philippine history as well as artifacts from the country’s earlier days including those from the Spanish colonization period.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday
Entrance Fee: Adults Php 50 / Children Php 30
See the Best of Filipino History and Culture at the National Museum of the Philippines
We believe one of the best ways to get a grasp of the country’s rich history and culture is to visit the National Museum of the Philippines. The museum offers a comprehensive history of Filipino art and culture, with exhibits showcasing more than 10,000 artifacts including pre-colonial gold and jewelry work; lathe-turned earthen jars; T’Boli, Ifugao, and Kalinga textiles; and some of the finest colonial period furniture in the world.
7 Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday
Entrance Fee: Adults Php 200 / S Php 100 / Children Php 100
Take a Tour of Intramuros
Intramuros is a historic district in Manila and some of its best sights can be found within the walled city. Walking through some of these streets, you will feel like you’ve been transported back to the 16th century when churches, public buildings, and houses were erected right next to each other. It’s one part history lesson and one part impressive sightseeing.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., daily (some ruins close earlier)
Entrance Fee: Free; donations appreciated!
Explore the Streets of Malate and Ermita
While these two areas are not widely advertised as tourist spots, we bet you’ll quickly fall in love with Malate’s art galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops. Ermita is home to some of our city’s most beautiful heritage sites including the National Museum of Fine Arts which showcases work from Filipino masters as well as international artists.
Take a Stroll Through Luneta Park
This park is a popular spot so it’s a great idea to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon when most of the locals have gone home. Take a walk, watch people pedal on their rented bikes, feed some street-side food vendors and just relax!
Hours: 5:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., daily
Get a Taste of Nature at Caliraya Springs
If you need a break from the city’s hustle and bustle, we suggest keeping it outdoors at Caliraya Springs. The area features some of the country’s best swimming holes and waterfalls where you can splash around with friends or even do a little hiking. Be sure to bring your GoPro!
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., daily
Entrance Fee: Php 150 per head / Php 100 if you’re bringing a group of ten or more!
Discover the Province’s Bounty at Paskuhan Village
Located in Clark, Paskuhan Village is a must-visit during the holiday season as they put up a giant Christmas Tree made of vegetables! The December season is also perfect for Paskuhan’s strawberry picking. Or if you’re up for it, enjoy some romantic walks in the area at sunset.
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., daily
Entrance Fee: Free! Just make sure to stop by the Tourism Information Center located inside the Clark Freeport Zone to get your free admission ticket.
Experience Traditional Celebrations at Sagada
When you’re looking for another day trip area, head over to Sagada where you will be able to witness one of the country’s most popular tribal celebrations known as Dinagyang! The festival involves parading tribal members in colorful attire, dances, and the crowning of one representative for each tribe.
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., December 25
Entrance Fee: Php 6,000 if you’re just watching or attending the events inside the town proper; Php 8,000
Known for the high-end malls and restaurants, Makati City is one of the best places to go on day trips in Manila. Take in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design or head over to Greenbelt Mall with its luxury brand shops. Don’t forget to explore Ayala Triangle which has some lovely gardens and the G.R. Heritage Mansion with its unique architecture and history lessons. You could even take a cooking class for your friends and family members who want to try something new!
Most people come to Quezon City for the Water Park, but this is one of many attractions in Manila’s university town. You can also visit Quezon Memorial Circle, the largest national park outside of Metro Manila, and go shopping at the SM City North EDSA mall. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at rock climbing?
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., daily
Entrance Fee: Php 600 if you’re just visiting the park; Php 800 if you want to visit the amusement park / Php 1,000 if you’re planning on staying for an hour inside the amusement park
Tagaytay is known to be one of the best places for day trips away from Manila, but did you know that the city also has an extinct volcano within its sights? Taal Volcano used to be active, so it’s hard not to wonder if it could erupt again. But don’t worry, there are no signs of activity for the moment which makes it a safe place to visit anytime.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily
Entrance Fee: Php 35,000 if you’re planning on climbing Mt. Taal; Php 1,000 if you want to take a dip in the hot and cold springs
So what did you think of our suggested day trips from Manila? Which of these destinations do you want to visit first? Don’t forget to pack your best camera for all of your holiday moments!