An archipelagic nation in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and boasts over 7,000 islands. These islands are categorized under three geographical sections, such as Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “The Pearl of the Orient,” otherwise known as the Philippines, is home to thousands of destinations. Whether it is Chocolate Hills, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Rizal Park, or Banaue Rice Terraces, the Philippines will cater to every kind of traveler. There are also matching accommodations to provide a relaxing stay, such as kid-friendly resorts and luxury villas. However, the country is also famous for its theme parks and amusement parks, which are spectacular attractions if you are visiting with children—or if you love to explore the fun side yourself! Check out some of the best theme parks and amusement parks in the Philippines.
1. Sky Ranch
Want to witness the country’s largest Ferris wheel? Sky Ranch Tagaytay is the answer. A notable theme park, Sky Ranch Tagaytay is renowned for its massive Ferris wheel—Sky Eye. Here, visitors will be lifted as high as 63 meters (206 feet) up in the air, where they can enjoy the scenery of the lake and Taal Volcano. If this doesn’t tickle your adrenaline bones, then another ride, known as Sky Cruiser, will take you much closer to the volcano and the lake. And the zipline ride will offer you a whole different view as well.
Address: Km. 60 Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite
Website: Sky Ranch
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 10pm
2. Enchanted Kingdom
Located in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Enchanted Kingdom is truly as enchanted as it sounds. It should really be included in your list of places to visit. Covering an area of 25 hectares (61 acres), the amusement park provides opportunities for visitors from all over the world to experience a world full of imagination, magic, and creativity. Some of them include Anchors Away and Space Shuttle. Along with these, the kids can live it up learning about interesting stuff at Seventh Portal and Discovery Theater. Further, visitors can enjoy watching a plethora of shows and events such as dance, music, fireworks, and more.
Address: RSBS Boulevard San Lorenzo South, Santa Rosa, 4026 Laguna
Website: Enchanted Kingdom
Opening hours: Mon: 10am - 9pm; Tue: 10am - 7pm; Wed - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 12am
Situated in Barangay Calajoan in Minglanilla, Cebu, Anjo World is the largest amusement and theme park in the Visayas archipelago. Covering an area of 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres), the theme park has different divisions, including Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. And these four divisions are inspired by the world’s different continents. Some of the fun rides featured in the park are Spinning Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, Go-Go Bouncer, Hip Hope, and many more. There’s also another famous part in Anjo World called Snow World that showcases ice slides, ice sculptures, and snow—and it can fit up to 500 people!
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Renowned as the only ocean theme park in the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park offers visitors a chance to learn while having a fun experience. One of the coolest educational things to do here is known as Mermaid Swim Experience, where the participants get to dress up like real-life mermaids and swim within huge tanks. Another crowd favorite is Symphony Fountain Show, so be sure to check that out as well.
One of the things that boggled me the most when we went here was the section filled with sea urchins, big and small. I was always afraid of them, but going to Manila Ocean Park did help me learn more about these creatures. Kids will also surely love watching an animated theater show about penguins. Everyone will have a memorable time here!
5. Nayong Pilipino Clark
A cultural theme park steeped in Filipino culture, Nayong Pilipino Clark is located in Mabalacat, Pampanga. The park covers an area of 3.5 hectares (8.6 hectares) and features a plethora of attractions. Some of them include Money Museum that showcases old and new Philippine currency and Textile Museum featuring local textiles. The place also includes replicas of national monuments like Rizal Shrine and Mabini Shrine, among others. In addition, the park offers green spaces where visitors can enjoy a picnic, traditional dances, and many other performances.
Nayong Pilipino Clark
Address: Nayong Pilipino, Centennial Rd, Clark Field, Mabalacat, 2010 Pampanga
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)
6. Fantasy World
A Bavarian-inspired castle resort and recreation club park in Lemery, Fantasy World is flocked by tourists from across the world for its water park, mini forest, towers, forts, and bridges. This renowned location has been used in multiple film sets and television series. The “Philippine Disneyland” boasts spectacular views of Taal Volcano too.
Address: Diokno Hwy, Lemery, Batangas
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)
7. Gloria's Fantasyland
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Although not an enormous park unlike the other parks on the list, Gloria’s Fantasyland manages very well to take you on a magical journey with an array of live entertainment shows, exhilarating rides, parades, and fireworks. The park is renowned for the only corkscrew coaster in the Philippines and the scary Horror House. The parades taking place here feature 11 bright and colorful floats, where every single float represents the culture of a different kingdom. Visitors can also marvel at the fireworks display every night.
Address: Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
Website: Gloria's Fantasyland
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 12am (closed on Mon)
Well, dinosaurs may have gone extinct, but they can never go extinct in this theme park—Dinosaurs Island in Clara Picnic Grounds. Both adults and kids of all ages can experience and learn about how the dinosaurs used to live in the Mesozoic Era. You can check out the lifesize animatronic dinosaurs and learn about their traits, discover dino stories, and get to see the Tyrannosaurus rex up close and personal. Along with the T. rex, visitors can also check out Stegosaurus, Spinosaurus, and many other dino species.
Situated within a 10-hectare (24-acre) property in Clark Freeport Zone, Aqua Planet is the newest water park in the country. It gained its popularity through social media because of its thrilling rides. Recognized as the largest water park in Asia, Aqua Planet features two wave pools, approximately 38 water slides, and over 25 fun attractions catering to family members of all ages. Some of them include Aqua-Loop, Tornado, and so many more.
Let your kids have the most fun day ever. And they can do this only at Kidzania in Manila. As the name suggests, this theme park is specifically made for children. The theme park allows kids ages 4 to 14 to role-play as adults—such as a chef, businessman, doctor, astronaut, and many more. All the tools required for these adult occupations are custom-made to suit children’s smaller sizes. Hence, the whole experience is definitely a memorable one for the whole family.
Enjoy fun activities in the Philippines
If you are visiting the Philippines with your children—or if you are traveling with your friends or even by yourself—exploring some of these amazing theme parks is a great way to enjoy your holiday. So go ahead and pick your favorites from the list and have a wonderful time!
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