Looking for a quick family getaway near Manila? With San Fernando City, Pampanga being only a 2-3 hour drive from Metro Manila, this city makes for a great setting for a unique family bonding weekend, minus the hassle of traveling for too long. From rides for the kids and kids-at-heart, to spas and café’s for the relaxation-seeking adults, San Fernando, Pampanga definitely has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. If you’re still planning out your itinerary, read on to find out about the 9 best things to do in San Fernando, Pampanga with the family.
1. Seek adventure at Sky Ranch Pampanga
If your family (or kids) are a huge fan of rides, Sky Ranch Pampanga is a destination you definitely need to check out. Located in SM City Pampanga, Sky Ranch Pampanga is filled with rides that are kid-friendly, like the Double Decker carousel, Kangaroo Jump and Express Train. If you’re looking for something a little bit more thrilling, you can scream as loud as you can on the Space Shuttle, hold on tight to your seat while on the Loop Roller Coaster, or go as high as you can on the Bungee Jump. Families can also ride the Pampanga Eye, the biggest and tallest Ferris Wheel in the entire Philippines. You can also play games and win prizes, and when you’re craving for some munchies, you can head over to the food stalls inside the park.
Sky Ranch Pampanga
Address: SM City Pampanga, Panipuan San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Facebook: Sky Ranch Pampanga
2. Go back in time at San Fernando Train Station
San Fernando Train Station looks like it came from a completely different era: and it did. It no longer functions today, but it was fully functioning back in the years prior to the early 1900s up until the second world war. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, even stepped foot into this train station when he visited San Fernando and Bacolor! Now, it has a museum with photos, memorabilia and statues commemorating the time when San Fernando Train Station was alive and bustling. It also has a Bataan death march marker, to give honor to the lives lost during the Japanese occupation. Because of its historical significance, San Fernando Train Station was declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Institute – and a must-see attraction by many visitors.
San Fernando Train Station
Address: San Fernando, Pampanga
3. Satisfy your craving for Japanese food at Tabehoudai Buffet
If you think that the best buffets are only in Metro Manila, think again. Tabehoudai is a place that’s so popular, they’ve started taking reservations – and it might actually be best that you reserve ahead of time as Tabehoudai can get real crowded. Here, you can expect to feast on a smorgasbord of Japanese favorites, from sashimi to sushi to maki. They also serve local food so you can enjoy a taste of both Japanese and Filipino food in one sitting! From appetizers to full-course meals, Tabehoudai Buffet definitely does not disappoint.
Address: MacArthur Highway, San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Facebook: Tabehoudai Buffet
4. Visit the Arzobispado De Pampanga Church
Located along San Jose Road, Arzobispado De Pampanga Church is an attention-worthy addition to any family weekend itinerary. You can spend your Sunday morning attending mass here, or you can simply marvel at the fine architecture that encapsulates the place. It’s for this reason as well that Arzobispado De Pampanga Church is a famed weeding venue! Arzobispado De Pampanga Church is open to all guests and does not have any entrance fee whatsoever.
Arzobispado De Pampanga Church
Address: San Jose Road, City Of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Facebook: Arzobisapdo De Pampanga Church
5. Enjoy some swimming fun at Villa Alfredo’s
Villa Alfredo’s is the place to be in San Fernando City if you want to spend your family bonding weekend splashing around in the water and having fun. Located in Barangay Baliti, Villa Alfredo’s allow its guests to swim around in its vast swimming pools, enjoy its waterslides, sing to their favorite songs on its karaoke machines, and awe at nature’s wonders by checking out its exotic bird sanctuary, botany garden or marine aquarium. Your family can spend a good afternoon here!
Address: Villa Alfredo’s Resort, Barangay Baliti, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Website: Villa Alfredo’s
6. Relax at Citronnelle Spa & Café
Located on the 2nd floor of ESSEL Commercial Complex along MacArthur Highway, Citronnelle Spa and Café offers guests the chance to relax and unwind without burning your pockets. So if you get tired from all the adventures in San Fernando City, you can head over to Ctronnelle Spa & Café for a relaxing one-hour massage at only 200 PHP (4.00 USD). They’re open from 10 am – 12 mn, and offer other pampering and relaxation services such as body and facial care treatments, steam room access, and waxing services as well. What a perfect way to end the day than to treat yourself to that hard-earned massage.
Citronnelle Spa & Café
Address: Unit A, 2nd Floor, ESSEL Commercial Complex, MacArthur Highway, Telabastagan San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Website: Citronnelle Spa
7. Shop ‘til you Drop at Eyicka’s Fashion Boutique
Located in Floridablanca Pampanga, Eyicka’s Fashion Boutique is admittedly not that easy to find – unlike your typical malls and shopping complexes, Eyicka’s Fashion Boutique is a humble store near St. Augustine Academy of Pampanga. It’s very popular in the area for carrying affordable yet stylish fashion pieces, from clothes and shoes, to kid’s wear and cosmetics. Typically, tops, bottoms and shoes start at 80 PHP (1.60 USD) and given how stylish these pieces are, it won’t be surprising if you end up spending a few hours in the store. So if you’re looking for a way to get your fashion shopping fix, Eyicka’s is a great place to do so in San Fernando City – and here, you can do so without burning through your wallet.
Eyicka's Fashion Boutique
Address: Floridablanca, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Facebook: Eyicka’s Fashion Boutique
8. Bounce your way to family fun at the Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park
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The Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park in San Fernando, Pampanga is the best fun for athletic families. The facility is strong on safety and there’s a special warm-up area. Lockers are available. Inside the main trampoline area, numbers of people are controlled. Kids under five-years-old are allowed, but only in the toddler area. Visitors can register online at their website or at the counter. There are many fun things to do, like a climbing wall and bouncy basketball. Jump and fall, land in the giant foam blocks. This is simply good family fun-time at a unique entertainment center in Pampanga.
Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park
Address: Paseo Las Palmas Jose Abad Santos Avenue 2000 San Fernando, Pampanga
Website: Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park
9. Take the family to Nona's Kitchen for a feast
San Fernando is known as a destination that offers great food, so don’t miss out on a family meal at Nona’s Kitchen. Families with kids are welcome and they have several dining options. Choose to sit at the wooden tables outside, or enjoy the pleasant dining room facility. The restaurant has waiter service and it’s ideal for lunch or dinner, although it’s best to make a reservation. If you’re out and about, they have delicious ready-to-go trays of a large range of Filipino food which will spoil you for choice. Try different dishes like Binalot rice, Arelyenong Bangus, and Atsara.
Address: Alfredo G. Castro Sr. Blvd San Fernando, Pampanga
Website: Nona’s Kitchene
A family getaway close to the MetroSan Fernando City in Pampanga is one of the out-of-town destinations closest to Manila. In fact, reaching San Fernando City from Metro Manila is very easy as well - you can choose to drive (44 minutes) or you can take a bus (1 hour and 40 minutes). This proximity, alongside the fun-filled itinerary you can create in the city, is what makes it an ideal short weekend getaway for the family. So whether the kids are in the mood for adrenaline-pumping rides or the parents are in the mood for some R&R, you can bet that you can find a place to enjoy in Pampanga’s capital.
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