Looking for things to do in Manila? In an area as large and diverse as the Manila NCR (National Capital Region) it is not too hard to make a large and interesting list of Manila Attractions. One of the first stoips for every visitor should be Manila Bay to take in the beautiful sunsets. Have dinner, watch the sunset and relax after a busy day….
Star City is a family-oriented amusement park. The rides and action rate in the mid range… If you want a slower pace try SM By The Bay or for more thrills spend a day at Enchanted Kingdom. For something in Manila that still has plenty of action while still remaining family orientated, Star City is a good choice. It has a variety of attractions within its 35,000 square meter complex including kiddie rides, a playground, Winter Fun land, Dino Island, Star Theatre, miniature train rides, a go-kart track, and four roller coasters. The Snow World, with freezing temperatures, has carved ice slides for kids, carved ice statues, ice castles and igloos while the Dino Island contains a small museum with prehistoric artifacts.
Sit back, have a drink, listen to the live band and watch the sun set over Manila Bay. Or ride the rides, walk the walk or just soak in the atmosphere… It’s a great place to be day or night.. Riding the MOA EYE (Skywheel) at sunset can be very romantic. It’s a great place to just wander around and take in the free entertainment. There are also plenty of good restaurants for when you start feeling hungry… Click to see more
The Baywalk transformation has done so much for the city and added another must see location to the list of Manila attractions. What was once an area to be avoided because of pickpockets and thieves has been transformed into a thriving, social meeting place. Be warned, Baywalk can get busy with crowds often exceeding 200,000 on weekends… But don’t let that discourage you, Baywalk is well worth a visit or two. Baywalk is a 2 km river walk that stretches from the US Embassy to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Click here to see more.
City Of Dreams Manila
One of the new Manila Attractions, the City of Dreams Manila is the latest resort casino to open. City of Dreams is located close to the airport and 5 minutes by taxi to SM Mall of Asia. There is also a free shuttle service to all the major Malls from City of Dreams making it easy to find things to do in Manila.. With a golden rectangular facade and the iconic dome called the Fortune Egg, City of Dreams stands out on the cityscape. Aside from the casino, City of Dreams has restaurants, clubs, luxury retail stores and a DreamWorks DreamPlay for children. City of Dreams has three three hotels, the Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt Hotel….
Manila Ocean Park
Are you looking for a great place to bring your family and friends? Look no further! Manila Ocean Park (MOP) is a state-of-the-art facility showcasing 1000s of marine animals and offers a great educational experience for both children and adults. Manila Ocean Park is an 8000 square meter oceanarium that is larger than Sentosa Underwater World oceanarium in Singapore. Watch sharks and other sea creatures swim overhead in the 25 metre acrylic underwater tunnel. Also make sure you don’t miss the Sea Lion Show, All-star Bird Show, Fish Spa, Symphony Evening Show and many more attractions. If you are looking for things to do in Manila then this is definitely worth spending the day….
Rizal Park, or Luneta Park as it is also called, is where the Filipino National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was executed and then buried. Rizal Park is one of the largest urban parks in Asia making it one of the major Manila attractions. Follow the marked trail of Rizal’s last walk to his execution….. See More
SM Mall Of Asia (MOA)
The SM Mall of Asia is the third largest mall in the Philippines and tenth in the world in terms of gross area. Aside from shopping and dining establishments, SM MOA also features an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, an IMAX theater, an indoor Arena (the MOA arena), a convention center (SMX convention center, and a 180 feet tall Ferris wheel (the MOA Eye).
Intramuros, latin for “inside the walls”, is the oldest neighbourhood and a must visit on the list of Manila attractions. Priceless historical value with at least 28 points of interest. A good idea is to request the detailed brown map called ‘Walking Tour of Intramuros’ . This can be found at the visitor center. You can also choose a more relaxing tricycle or horse-drawn carriage tour if too tired to walk… Click to see more
The Fort of Santiago was built in 1571 and is located inside Intramuros.. Inside Fort Santiago, is Dambana ni Rizal, where DR. Jose Rizal was detained prisoner until his execution at Luneta on December 30 1896. Inside visitors can see rare photos and artifacts of Rizal….. Click to see more
The Manila Cathedral, also known as Cathedral-Basilica, is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. The Manila Cathedral was originally a parish church located at Plaza de Roma in the Intramuros district.
Baluarte de San Diego
One of the oldest forts inside the Intramuros, the Baluarte de San Diego was built in the late 16th century. The fort was primarily designed to repel invasion and over time it has survived wars, earthquakes and the ravages of time. Before you start exploring, it is a good idea to read the information panel at the bottom of the staircase leading to the fort. This brief history of the site will greatly enhance your visit…. For more see – Intramouros
National Museum of the Philippines
The Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is now permanently free of charge for all visitors. The National Museum of the Philippines or Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas runs the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, and National Planetarium, all situated within the vicinity of Rizal Park….
The Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the country’s President. Originally built in 1750 as a summer house, it has been used by 18 Spanish Governors General, 14 American Governors, and the Presidents of the Philippines. After many renovations, it has become one of the top Manila Attractions.
The Coconut Palace
Also known as Tahanang Pilipino, the Coconut Palace is a Philippine Government mansion found on the Cultural Center campus between the Sofitel Plaza and the Folk Arts Theatre. It has been the official residence of the Vice President of the Philippines since 2011. The Coconut Palace is built out of various kinds of Philippine hardwood, coconut shells, and coconut lumber known as Imelda Madera.
San Agustin Church
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción de María de San Agustín, or San Agustin Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located inside Intramuros in Manila. In 1993, San Agustin Church was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Building. It has also been granted the title Baroque Churches of the Philippines and in 1876 was named a National Historical Landmark.
More Things To Do In Manila and Other Manila Attractions
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex – The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) or Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas usually serves as a venue for performance and exhibition for various local and international productions. Worth checking out what is currently performing…
Paco Park – Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery and built during the Spanish colonial period. The park is of a circular shape with a central fort. A small, Roman Catholic chapel was also built inside the walls.
Manila City Hall – Located in the historic center of Ermita, the city hall clock tower, biult in the 1930’s, is the largest clock tower in the Philippines.
Museo Pambata – The Museo Pambata is an interactive museum where children can experience the exhibits using all their senses. Being located along Roxas Boulevard at the corner of Katigbak Drive, the museum has regular programs and events to keep you entertained.
The National Library of the Philippines – Also called Pambansang Aklatan ng Pilipinas or Aklatang Pambansa ng Pilipinas the National Library of the Philippines is located in Ermita and is worth a visit if you have time to spare.
Malate Church – formally known as Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church has a statue of the Virgin Mary in her role as Our Lady of Remedies. This statue was brought from Spain in 1624. The Malate Church is one of two churches having a twisted column and retablo type facade. The other church to have this design is the Franciscan church in Daraga.
Quiapo Church – Also known as The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the basilica is famous because it houses the statue of the Black Nazarene. This is a black statue of Jesus Christ believed to be miraculous by many people.