Since school is out, summer is the best time for parents to bond with their kids. One place where they can do this is at amusement parks. Offering rides, dining, shopping, and so much more, children and adults can have a wholesome, family-friendly good time at amusement parks. But which ones are worth going to? Our ShoppersGuide readers weigh on what they consider as the top amusement parks in the Philippines.
7. The Mall Of Asia Bay Area Amusement Park (Metro Manila)
Enjoy the oceanic view while taking some rides at SM Bay Amusement Park.
Starting off our list is SM by the Bay Amusement Park. Located right beside SM Mall of Asia (MOA), this theme park consists of 16 rides scattered around 1.5 km. of land overlooking Manila Bay. The park opened in 2011, with much hype around the MOA Eye. At 160 ft. high, it was touted as the tallest and biggest Ferris wheel in the Philippines back then. As for the other rides, these are grouped into family rides and thrill rides. Visitors can also see live bands perform, sit down on the grass, or eat at the many restaurants lining the area.
Operating hours: 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Monday to Thursday; 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Friday; 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM Saturday; 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Sunday
Entrance fee: None, PhP50 to PhP250 per ride, regular price for MOA Eye is PhP150, VIP price is PhP250
6. Zoobic Safari (Zambales)
Visitors catch a glimpse of a tiger in the Zoobic animal sanctuary ride.
If you want to see exotic animals up close, one of the places you can go to is Zoobic Safari
. They boast of being “the only tiger safari in the Philippines” with more than 40 tigers in the park. The 25-ha. amusement park offers 11 attractions where guests can see python snakes, iguana lizards, guinea pigs, and other animals. One of their unique attractions is the Aeta trail and show, where members of their indigenous tribe perform their butterfly and war dance, and show off their amazing physical prowess.
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Sunday
Entrance fee: PhP695 for adults; PhP595 for kids 4 ft. and below, free for kids 3 ft. and below
5. Manila Zoo (Metro Manila)
Mali meets Filipino actor and model Christian Vasquez
Another place for animal lovers is the Manila Zoo
, which snagged the fifth spot in our list. Built in 1959, the 5.5-ha. zoo is home to about 500 animals. The most famous of its inhabitants is Mali, a 42-year-old Asian elephant donated to the Philippines from Sri Lanka. Other interesting animals include hebras, a cross between a zebra and a horse, and endemic species like the Palawan binturong, long-tailed macaque, and Philippine crocodile. The zoo also has a botanical garden, arboretum, and a Kinder Zoo where children can interact with the animals.
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Entrance fee: PhP60 for Manila residents, PhP100 for non-residents
4. Sky Ranch
Sky Ranch Tagaytay offers a view of Taal Lake and Volcano.
For a quick, family-friendly weekend getaway, one viable option is to head to Sky Ranch
in Tagaytay. Developed by SM Prime Holdings, the 5-ha. leisure park boasts of 22 rides suitable for kids, teens, or adults. One of the highlights of the park is the The Sky Eye, touted as the tallest Ferris wheel in the country. Adventure seekers can also ride a zipline to enjoy the view of Taal Lake. Other amenities at the park include food establishments and gazebos, as well as a souvenir bazaar and play zone. Sky Ranch also has a branch in Pampanga.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday to Friday; 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday; 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, holidays
Entrance fee: PhP80 on weekdays; PhP100 on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
3. Manila Ocean Park (Metro Manila)
Guests catch a glimpse of marine biodiversity at The Oceanarium in Manila Ocean Park.
Making a splash at number three is Manila Ocean Park
, the first marine theme park in the Philippines with world-class facilities. Its main draw is the 25-m. The Oceanarium, a curved walkway tunnel where visitors can marvel at a total of 14,000 sea creatures from 277 species which are endemic to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Guests can interact with Humbold penguins at the first penguin facility in the country, encounter sharks and rays in the water, or watch the mesmerizing glow of jellyfish in the Jellies Exhibit. They even have a Mermaid Swim Experience for those who want to fulfil their fantasies of morphing into these mythical creatures. After strolling around, one can buy trinkets or native delicacies at their shopping outlets, or fill one’s tummy with food from various restaurants and food stalls.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday to Sunday
Entrance fee: Packages range from PhP610 to PhP2,985
2. Enchanted Kingdom (Laguna)
“...because the magic is here!” – @kyutkatpusa
The Disk-O-Magic ride at Enchanted Kingdom
Clinching second place is Enchanted Kingdom
in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. More popularly known as EK among Filipinos, the park is divided into seven themed zones, namely Victoria Park, Midway Boardwalk, Jungle Outpost, Spaceport, Brooklyn Place, Portabello, and Boulderville. Their rides and attractions are divided to family, teens, kids, extreme thrill, water, or gated attractions. If you need a break from the rides, there are skill game booths scattered throughout the park. Visitors can buy merchandise at their souvenir shops, or grab a bite at their themed restaurants. EK also hosts song and dance performances, animal encounters, and a fireworks show.
Operating hours: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday to Friday; 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturday and Sunday
Entrance fee: PhP600 to PhP700 for adults; PhP300 to PhP375 for kids; free for kids below 36”
1. Star City (Metro Manila)
“...because the star is here! ;)” – Yolly
Star City is all decked up for the holidays
Star City bags the top spot in our reader-recommended list of amusement parks. The amusement park has been in existence for 25 years. Promising “Fun for Everyone,” Star City has over 30 rides for kids and kids at heart. These are divided into kiddie rides, family rides, and older kid, teen, and adult rides. They have 10 attractions, which are themed facilities ranging from a horror booth featuring creatures from Filipino folklore, and a snow slide with animals that can be seen from the North Pole.
Those looking for the most bang for their buck can take advantage of their Ride-All-You-Can package which costs PhP450 and gives one unlimited access to all rides and select attractions.
Operating hours: Monday to Thursday, 4:00 PM onwards; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2:00 PM onwards
Entrance fee: PhP70; rides range from PhP100 to PhP450
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