If you’re flying to Cebu for an adventure-filled holiday, you might have already realized that there’s so much to do in so little time. Cebu is buzzing with life everyday, and you can expect that no matter who you’re with or what you’re looking for (R&R or an adrenaline rush), you’ll find it in Cebu. So if you’re going with the family, make sure to check out these family friendly spots in Cebu during your trip!
1. Picnic in the park in Plaza Independencia
Having a picnic in the park may seem like a thing of the past, but you’ll be surprised to find that this is still very popular in Cebu - and primarily because the park is so beautiful, you’d want to spend your afternoon here anyway. Head over the Plaza Independencia, a public park located along MJ Cuenca Avenue and a popular hangout for locals in the area. Not only does this park have a garden for your picnic, it has a skating rink too!
Picnic at Plaza Independencia
Address: M.J Cuenca Avenue, Cebu City
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat-Sun 5am-12mn
2. Museo Sugbo
Formerly a known provincial jail of Cebu, Museo Sugbo was transformed into a must-see attraction for all Cebu visitors. Now, it contains a gallery filled with art from the Spanish and American eras, so walking through this museum is like walking through the history of the Philippines through art. Located along MJ Cuenco Avenue, Museum Sugbo has a small entrance fee of 30 PHP (0.60 USD) for Filipino visitors, and 75 PHP (1.50 USD) for foreign tourists.
Address: M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Price: from 0.60 USD for Filipinos and 1.50 USD for foreign tourists
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on Sundays.
Website: Museo Sugbo
3. Mountain View Nature Park
Found in Busay, Mountain View Nature Park is considered a haven among lovers of the great outdoors. Here, you can go swimming, camping, explore their gardens and mini zoo, and maybe treat yourself to a relaxing picnic in the afternoon. They have a KTV too, so you can be sure you won’t get bored at all. If your family is looking for an activity to quench your thirst for adventure in the outdoors, this one’s for you.
Mountain View Nature Park
Address: Busay, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Price: 1 USD entrance fee
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4. Beach around at Bantayan Island
Maybe your bunch loves the great outdoors, but you’re not really looking for an adrenaline rush. If that’s the case, you can laze around on white sands, swim to your heart’s content, and even go snorkeling right here at Bantayan Island. Bring with you your beach towels, sun block, picnic mat and baskets, a frisbee, food for sharing and a book: you’ve got yourself a relaxing weekend in Cebu for the family.
Address: Bantayan Island, Cebu
Website: Bantayan Island
5. Visit the oldest church
Cebu Island in itself is perhaps one of the regions first to appear in Philippine history: Mactan, Cebu is after all the setting of the first encounter between the Spaniards and the Filipinos in the 1500s. That’s why it’s no surprise that Cebu also plays host to the oldest church in the Philippines, the Sto. Nino Church. Located along Santo Nino Chapel Lane, this church is one of the most visited attractions in Cebu, not just for the rich history it has, but also because of the intricate detail in its architecture and because of how prominent an image the Sto. Nino is to the Cebuano people. Entrance is free too, so your family can stay here for as long as you wish!
Sto. Nino Church
Address: Santo Nino Chapel Lane, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Facebook: Sto. Nino Chapel
6. Take your breath away at TOPS Lookout
7. Get the international experience at Temple of Leah
One of Cebu’s newest offerings, Temple of Leah promises a memorable visit to each and every one of its visitors. This attraction was created as a monument and symbol of love to the owner’s wife, Leah, and suffice to say that a visit here feels much like a visit to Greece, what with its landscapes and architectural design. Make sure you and your family can drop by and check out this newest attraction!
Temple of Leah
Address: Cebu Transcentral Hwy, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Price: entrance fee of 1 USD
Opening Hours: 6am - 11pm
Website: Temple of Leah
Cebu for the family
Cebu is no stranger to playing host for a wide variety of guests - couples, solo backpackers, groups of friends, and of course, families, which is why it is jam-packed with many family activities you can choose from. From beaches to museums, Cebu doesn’t run out of delights for its visitors - so make sure to not miss out on any of these things to do during your trip!
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