Manila Travel Guide: Places to Visit

When you hear Manila, you immediately think about the rich culture and history of this city. The city where the seat of government in the country has been residing for one hundred years, you will find remarkable stories, and even greater views of the Manila facade. Some of the most popular historical places are located here. Here are some places that you may visit when in the city of Manila.

Intramuros

Intramuros

Home to some of the top universities and colleges of this country like Mapua University. Intramuros is also widely popular for its function during the world war. There are many places to visit inside the walls of Intramuros like the place where Rizal was held before his execution. There are even steps that proved that he was shackled from the feet while walking towards his execution. Guided tours are available and that you might be interested in it could make your visit to Intramuros even more fruitful because the guides would have obscure information that only the historians would know. Otherwise, you. A just walk around the walls of Intramuros, bask in the written history, find local cooking at the walls, sit by the golf club, and enjoy the sunset.

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

You will find the monument erected for our national hero Jose Rizal, here at the Rizal park. This is where the Spaniards shot him in retaliation for the revolution that he helped fuel. There is a big park where you and your family and friends can sit and have a picnic, you can even fly a kite on a windy day. Near Quirino Grandstand, you can even take a run while your family is having a fun picnic.

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

This is one of my favorite places in Manila. My family and I take a trip to the Ocean Park 2-3 times each year to watch the fishes and enjoy the fish spa. We totally love this place and I sometimes come here to relieve some of the stress of the city life. There are other activities that you can enjoy with friends and family like the:

  • Oceanarium
  • Symphony Evening Show
  • Barnyard
  • Birdhouse
  • Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
  • Sea Lion Show
  • All Star Bird Show
  • Penguin Talk Show
  • Back of the House
  • World of Creepy Crawlies
  • Birds of Prey Kingdom
  • Trails to Antarctica Penguin Exhibit
  • Trails to Antarctica Christmas Village

These are the main attractions and will surely be enjoyed by both the young and the old. you may purchase your tickets ahead or you can head to the park and buy your tickets there. 

  • Location: Behind Quirino Grandstand
  • Fee/s: 650 Php – 995 Php
  • Operation Hours: Monday- Friday 10 AM- 8 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 9 AM – 10 AM
  • Contact: 02 567 7777

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

This is one of the most popular historical places here in the Philippines. This marks the Philippines conquest of the Spaniards in the now city of Manila. The fortress and the churches built to signify the muscle of the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Fort Santiago is named after the patron saint of Spain believed to have conquered opposing enemies during the battle of Clavijo.

Today, this place is a well-known place to take a history lesson of how the Spanish conquered, colonized, and revolutionized the Philippines. You may take your own steps backwards to history and see for yourself.

Chinatown

Chinatown

One of the best places to visit in Manila, and one of the most popular ones too because of the rich culture. There are a mix of the Chinese culture, the Filipino Culture, and the Spanish Culture. You can be sure that there will be a lot to see in the oldest China town in Asia.

The food experience is great too because there are, not only popular restaurants, but there are some local restaurants that serve old family recipes that will surely satisfy your palette. Some of the popular sites to visit also are the Binondo Church (where the Chinese converts come during the Spanish era) or The Original SM store that was originally rented by the business tycoon Henry Sy (which is now in ruins, but you may still visit it or pass by). Take walking shoes with you because there will be a lot of walking to do in China town.

Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata

This is surely a fun place for the family to go to, you may visit Museo Pambata at any age, but the kids are the ones who will surely enjoy it so much better. With a lot of fun stuff of play pretend and a lot of scientific things that they can do inside, and a brief history of our country for the young mind, the curious child will surely enjoy a visit to the Museo Pambata.

Roxas Boulevard

Roxas Boulevard

Located along Manila Bay, this iconic road should be visited at least once. You will find many places along Roxas Boulevard

National Museum

National Museum

Newly renovated and with new exhibits, the National Museum is a wonderful place to spend the weekends or your free time. There are plenty of new things to learn, and some that you might have missed if you have been here before. Ranging from Science, Art, and History, the exhibits are truly remarkable. Entry on a Sunday is free, but there could be a crowd. If you would like to have a quiet visit, you might want to consider going on a weekday.

CCP Theatre

CCP Theatre

The renowned CCP theatre, which houses some of the most exquisite performances that will leave you speechless, is best for the ones who takes theatre at heart, or would like to open their hearts to the theatre. You will find a list of their performances in front of the CCP Theatre (as it is always announced), or you may visit them directly for a list of performances during that period. You may also want to give them a call to inquire of future performances.

Money Museum

Money Museum

The Money Museum is located inside the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas. It houses the bank’s collection of currencies, artifacts, and monetary items from different periods in history. It will also walk you through the journey and development of the Philippine economy. There are artworks, memorabilia, and busts of past governors which adds to form a better picture of the history of our economy.

A trip to Manila will bring a different kind of feeling. The noise, the smell, the food, the people, and a breezy cloudy day, a mixture of this will surely bring you a sense of welcome that will leave a mark in your heart for the City of Manila.

There are much more places that we will include in the upcoming updates. In the meantime, check out some of the other places that you can visit in Metro Manila.

Enjoy!