16 Best Things To Do In San Fernando, The Philippines

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Looking for a quick family getaway near Manila? San Fernando City has some of the places to visit in Pampanga and 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 cafés for the relaxation-seeking adults, San Fernando, Pampanga, definitely has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. When it comes to comfy accommodation, you can book any of the several Airbnb vacation rentals for a home-away-from-home experience. There are plenty of great hotels as well for business travel stays. If you’re still planning out your itinerary, continue reading to find out about the best things to do in San Fernando, the Philippines.


1. Dine at the iconic Aling Lucing Sisig

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Posted by Aling Lucing Sisig San Fernando Branch on Saturday, November 12, 2022

The iconic Aling Lucing Sisig is undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammable places in San Fernando, Pampanga. Foodies should visit this place to savor one of the country’s most popular and delicious dishes. Aling Lucing is credited with inventing sisig, a sizzling and flavorful pork dish, and her restaurant has become a legendary destination for food enthusiasts. The delectable combination of chopped pork, onions, chilies, and a tangy marinade creates a mouthwatering explosion of flavors that will leave a lasting impression. This culinary gem offers an authentic and unpretentious dining experience, reflecting the heart and soul of Filipino cuisine.

As a local favorite and a significant part of Philippine culinary heritage, Aling Lucing Sisig provides a cultural immersion like no other, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to explore the rich and diverse flavors of the Philippines.

Aling Lucing Sisig

Address: 2MX8+5XQ, MacArthur Hwy, San Fernando, Pampanga

Website: Aling Lucing Sisig

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2. Visit Lazatin House

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A historic home in the city of San Fernando, Lazatin House is a popular landmark that boasts stunning colonial architecture. It was built in the mid-1920s on Consunji Street and was once occupied by General Masaharu Homma. Today, this architectural wonder is still owned by the Lazatin family and is still often visited by tourists who are interested in its rich history. Several famous people have also checked out the heritage home, including Martha Stewart.

Lazatin House

Address: 523 Consunji St, San Fernando, 2000 Consunji St, San Fernando, 2000 Pampanga

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You'll be surprised that these heritage homes are just a few meters away from SM City San Fernando Downtown. I love passing along Consunji Street, because I get to catch a glimpse of the colonial era of my home city through this row of ancestral houses that withstood the test of time. Do visit them if you want to heighten your appreciation of the rich history of San Fernando.

This location in the city is among the busiest during the day, as it leads to the downtown area, but one of the eeriest at sundown. The row of local houses somehow contributes to the spooky vibe at night time but the area is generally safe and well-lit. So if you're a first-time traveler in this area, be sure to catch a glimpse of this row of heritage homes before dark.

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3. Spend some time at Golden Haven Memorial Park - Pampanga

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Located in the beautiful district of Calulut, Golden Haven is one of the famous tourist attractions in San Fernando, Pampanga, and showcases the rich history and culture of its people. The structures here boast a mixture of American and traditional styles, featuring the famous colors of the giant lanterns. Here, you can find a replica of Lady Victory, which is meant to honor the memories of the fallen soldiers from World War I. There is an activity area within the premises to keep visitors occupied.

Golden Haven Memorial Park - Pampanga

Address: Brgy. Calulut, San Fernando, Pampanga

Website: Golden Haven Memorial Park - Pampanga

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

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4. Seek adventure at Sky Ranch Pampanga

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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 one of the best places to go in Pampanga. It 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

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Sky Ranch Pampanga at Night

The best time to visit this theme park is at night from 5:30 pm until closing time. The weather is perfect for strolling around and it is also well lit during that time so it looks more festive and vibrant. Also, if you are riding Pampanga Eye at night, you would have a nice view of the city and its glistening lights. 

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During your trip here, be sure to enjoy a ride at the Pampanga Eye. As attested by my co-local expert Kaycie, the urban views from this towering Ferris wheel capture the unique beauty of San Fernando. I adored the view of Mount Arayat on one side and the busy highways and buildings on the other during the 15-minute ride. 

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5. Go back in time at San Fernando Train Station

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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

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The best time to visit this is during the National Heritage Month when the city government of San Fernando stages a heritage open house and free Kalesa tour. During this time, they feature more historic items so you are able to learn more about the town’s history and culture. If you are not able to catch this event, then you may visit it on regular days. After you explore this museum, you may ride a pedicab to go to downtown to try some Capampangan delicacies.

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6. Visit the Arzobispado De Pampanga Church

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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

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Some of the most magical church weddings I've witnessed were held at this charming parish, which is also referred to as Chancery. The simple but timeless exterior of the church offers a complete contrast to the intricate details of the interior walls, ceilings, and altar. The church offers modern conveniences such as LCD monitors and air-conditioning to all of its devotees and guests for a more conducive time for reflection and prayer. 

A charming parish within the vicinity of Barangay San Jose, this church serves as the symbol of the local's strong faith. It hears a mountain of prayers from devotees and residents when not booked for weddings. The place is very close to the town proper, but it requires a little detour from the main highway for those who are on a sightseeing trip. The neighborhood is perfect for adventurous couples or backpackers, or any travelers for that matter, who are open to a slight deviation from their city adventure.

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7. Enjoy some swimming fun at Villa Alfredo’s

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Posted by Villa Alfredo's Resort on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Wondering where to go in Pampanga? Then I suggest Villa Alfredo’s. It 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!

Villa Alfredo's

Address: Villa Alfredo’s Resort, Barangay Baliti, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines

Website: Villa Alfredo’s

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8. Relax at Citronnelle Spa & Café

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Posted by Citronnelle Spa - San Fernando on Wednesday, 10 April 2013

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

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9. Shop ‘til you drop at Eyicka’s Fashion Boutique

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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

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10. Bounce your way to family fun at the Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park

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Posted by Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park Pampanga on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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

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11. Take the family to Nona's Kitchen for a feast

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Posted by Nona's Kitchen on Monday, October 3, 2016

The city in the Philippines is known as a destination that offers great food, so don’t miss out on a family meal at Nona’s Kitchen, which is one of the best places to visit in San Fernando, Pampanga. 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.

Nona's Kitchen

Address: Alfredo G. Castro Sr. Blvd San Fernando, Pampanga

Website: Nona’s Kitchene

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12. Have fun playing laser tag at Lazer Maxx

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Posted by Lazer Maxx Laser Tag Arena Pampanga on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

While hanging out with your friends in San Fernando Pampanga, a fun activity to check out is laser tag at Lazer Maxx. Re-live your childhood and pick up a blaster to show your friends who among you has the skills to pay the bills. Lazer Maxx is the premier choice for laser tag in the entire Philippines, and the arena at San Fernando Pampanga can fit up to 24 participants for an affordable price. Admission is free on your birthday, and its location on Jose Abad Santos Avenue puts it right next to an assortment of eateries to visit afterward.

Lazer Maxx

Address: Unit 100 Paseo Las Palmas Jose Abad Santos Ave., Dolores, San Fernando, Philippines

Website: Lazer Maxx

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13. Embark on thrilling adventures at SandBox Pampanga

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Spend the last day of the weekend with various outdoor activities and fun games here at #SandBoxPH! PLUS, jam with Nobita later at 4PM! See you there! #Explorac #Alviera #WeekendGetaway

Posted by SandBox at Alviera on Saturday, April 23, 2022

SandBox Pampanga is a fantastic place to visit for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Located in Porac, this sprawling outdoor adventure park offers a wide array of exhilarating activities suitable for all ages. From heart-pounding zipline rides that provide stunning views of the landscape to exciting ATV and UTV rides through rugged terrains, the adrenaline-fueled experiences are endless.

For those who prefer a more laid-back adventure, SandBox offers giant swing rides and a giant net playground, allowing visitors to enjoy the park’s offerings at a more relaxed pace. With its well-maintained facilities and safety standards, visitors can partake in the activities with confidence.

SandBox Pampanga

Address: 4G75+6V Alviera Subdivision, Sapang UWAK Rd, Porac, Pampanga

Website: SandBox Pampanga

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

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At SandBox, bonding with friends and family is made extra memorable. Some of my college friends and I decided to reunite here months after our graduation and the adventure park didn't disappoint. The assortment of rides had us occupied from morning till afternoon. When you visit, make it a point that you wear sunscreen and other UV protection to keep the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure at bay. I wore a long-sleeved shirt that day as an extra layer of protection haha!

Located in a secure residential community, SandBox is ideal for adventurous groups who are traveling via private cars. Commuting can become a challenge as the area is a bit remote. 

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14. Take a visit at St. James the Apostle Parish Church

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Also known as “Betis Church” St. James the Apostle Parish Church is a gorgeous Baroque-style church that’s steeped in history. Built in 1607, this historic church has withstood the test of time and has been standing for over 4 centuries now. Its stunning interior decor, coupled with ornate carvings and well-sculpted religious icons, makes this church a spectacle to appreciate. Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, St. James the Apostle Parish Church is truly a long-standing institution in Pampanga. Celebrate Mass with the family or just admire its beauty - either way, this lovely church is a must-visit when in the area.

St. James the Apostle Parish Church

Address: Betis, Guagua, 2003 Pampanga, Philippines

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15. Spend a day at Dinosaurs Island (from USD 12.49)

Situated about 40 minutes away from the city of San Fernando, Clark has so much to offer to its visitors, from large golf courses to quaint cafes. One of the most family-friendly attractions in the area, Dinosaurs Island can offer both kids and adults an educational experience. Learn more about the magnificent creatures from the prehistoric era with a tour through the creative exhibits at Dinosaurs Island. Children can also enjoy an opportunity to feed the dinosaurs during their visit. Here, you can also find giant insects that are sure to fascinate the little ones.

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At first, a trip to Dinosaurs Island will simply be a day of sightseeing. But did you know that this attraction has kiddie ziplines, wall climbing facilities, and go-kart rentals to keep visitors of all ages even more engaged? The trip I had here with some of my nieces and nephews was a great day for them to learn and be active, away from all the modern devices. 

Situated in Clark Picnic Grounds, this attraction is perfect for those yearning to be away from the city noise even just for a couple of hours. It is located in a freeport zone so arriving by private car is the most ideal mode of transportation.


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16. Shop, dine, and play at Ayala Marquee Mall

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Ayala MarQuee Mall is one of the best places to visit and hang out in Pampanga. Located on Aniceto Gueco Street in Angeles, this commercial hub is easy to get to using local public transportation. It hosts a large assortment of international brands as well as local Filipino ones and has many services like banks, clinics, salons, free WiFi, a church, and even a spa to relax in. A cinema plays all the latest movies, while a massive selection of restaurants and cafés offer lots of variety. There is always something to do at Ayala MarQuee Mall.

Ayala Marquee Mall

Address: Marquee Mall, 2135, Aniceto Gueco St, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga, Philippines

Website: Ayala Marquee Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 7pm; Fri - Sun: 10am - 8pm

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A family getaway close to the Metro

San 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 a fun-filled itinerary, and the best tourist destinations in San Fernando, Pampanga, are 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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Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in San Fernando, Pampanga

1. What are the best attractions to visit in San Fernando?

Sky Ranch Pampanga, Tabehoudai Buffet, Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park, and Villa Alfredo’s are just some of the best attractions in San Fernando, Pampanga. Make sure to visit them when in the area.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in San Fernando?

Don’t forget to snap some photos when enjoying San Fernando’s outdoor activities. Having fun riding theme park attractions in Sky Ranch Pampanga, swimming and making a splash in Villa Alfredo’s, and visiting the Arzobispado De Pampanga Church are just some of the best outdoor activities in San Fernando.

3. What are the most popular things to do in San Fernando with kids and family?

Have fun with the kids in Sky Ranch Pampanga as you ride their top attractions, or enjoy a fun and active day in Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park. You can also have a refreshing swim in Villa Alfredo’s.

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