Known to be the Philippines’ culinary capital and gastronomic gem; most individuals would only travel to this part of Luzon just to sample and indulge themselves in their local Kapampangan delights. However, epicurean treats and dishes aside; Pampanga is so much more than a haven for culinary treats and an avenue for food adventures. In fact, the city is brimming with activities that it might just be considered a Manileño’s quickest escape from the perpetually bustling city. As it is only a 2-3 hour drive from Metro Manila, the city is ideal for quick family getaways or even for extended bonding moments should there ever be a holiday. A myriad of activities and things to do in Pampanga wait before you from visiting famous tourist spots in Pampanga, to going on rides for the kids (and kids at heart).
Moreover, there is an activity for every type of traveler there is; whether you are a thrill seeker looking for the next big adventures, an adrenaline junkie looking for that euphoric rush, or simply a traveler who wishes to drink in the sights.
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”-G.K. Chesterton
Top 4 Things to Do in Pampanga
In any case, if you have been planning to visit Pampanga anytime soon, here are the places that deserve your visit:
Visit Sky Ranch Pampanga
If you and your companions are big fans of rides; a stop at Sky Ranch Pampanga should definitely be included in your itinerary. Sky Ranch Pampanga promises visitors a fun filled day with its various rides, that are both suitable for adults and kids; such as the Express Train, Double Decker carousel and Kangaroo jump. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies should not have to worry; as they also have something to offer them that would push its riders to their limits such as the Loop Roller Coaster, Bungee Jump and the Space Shuttle. To commemorate your trip, be sure to ride the Pampanga Eye; which is known as the biggest and tallest Ferris Wheel in the entire Philippines.
Take a trip back in time at San Fernando Train Station
If you have a penchant for visiting places rich in history, be sure to stop by San Fernando Station. While it no longer functions today, the condition it is in is pristine. It used to be a functioning train station back in the early years until the second world war. In fact, the Philippines’ national and most celebrated hero, Jose Rizal; once set foot in this train station when he visited San Fernando and Bacolor.
Today, the place is a museum of all sorts that features photos, memorabilia and statues; that brings you back to a time when the train station was still alive and bustling. Furthermore, as a tribute to those who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation; a Bataan death march marker also appears inside the train station. As the place is considered historically significant; it has been declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Institute, which means it is a must-see for history buffs and tourists passing by alike.
Take a dip at Villa Alfredo’s
An extended family bonding getaway almost always involves either a trip to the nearest theme park, the beach or any water park. If you happen to be in Pampanga precisely for that reason, take your family to Villa Alfredo’s where you are sure to enjoy taking a dip in its vast and immense swimming pools. Moreover, your kids are sure to enjoy the waterslides, while you sing to your favorite songs on the karaoke machines; or simply just bask yourself in the beauty of nature.
Give yourself an adrenaline rush at the Sandbox
Located at Porac, one unique destination in Pampanga is Sandbox, the outdoor adventure park; that would surely give you an adrenaline rush with its various outdoor activities. Steady but active individuals, who are looking for something fun, without being pushed to the edge, can enjoy archery and ATV and UTV rides. However, individuals who are seeking to test their limits would be more inclined to try out the Adventure Tower; which is a five-storey structure that would consist of a myriad of extreme activities from rappelling to roller coaster ziplining.