Things To Do In Pampanga Besides Eating All The Kapampangan Food
When people say Pampanga, two things come to mind: amazing food and a tax-free district. While those are good enough reasons to go to Pampanga, the province located north of Manila definitely holds more adventures than most know about. Little do people know that this province is actually a hub that people can run to for brief and thrilling getaways. Here are all the things to do in Pampanga that should be part of your next weekend itinerary.
1Take an architectural heritage tour in Bacolor, Angeles City, and San Fernando
The cultural treasures of Pampanga are not only found in pots and pans. Roam around the cities of San Fernando, Angeles, and Bacolor, and you will find thriving heritage houses and churches. Several structures dating back to the Spanish times have been preserved by the government and the private owners to preserve the tangible heritage of Pampanga. The Kapampangans render significant value to their architectural heritage that even a church half-buried in volcanic ashes has been retained and conserved. This is the San Guillermo Parish in Bacolor that still functions as a church to this day.
Other than churches, Pampanga has also preserved several ancestral houses that have lived to see generations of families whose lineages have dated back to the Spanish era. The houses in Pampanga, most of them still in mint condition, give people a glimpse of what the country has looked like in older times.
PHILIHAPPY PRO TIP: You can do this tour on your own, no tour guide required. Just search online for the famous churches and houses. Most of them are located within walking distance from each other. Some of the houses open their doors to the public, but this is not the norm. Seeing the exterior of the houses, however, is a marvel in itself.
2Get a crash course on Filipino culture by visiting Nayong Pilipino Clark
If you wish to immerse yourself in a more national level when it comes to history and heritage, this is where you can go. Some may recall that there was Nayong Pilipino in Pasay several years back. Now that that is defunct, this Nayong Pilipino in Clark should be a great reminiscent for that. Nayong Pilipino is a theme park that showcases relics of several Philippine historical and cultural sites.
One of the other wonderful things to do in Pampanga is to witness other cultural and art events, like drawing sessions and dance performances. It is a quick look into the Philippines that your whole barkada or family can enjoy.
Nayong Pilipino Clark
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3Try horseback riding in El Kabayo
If you’re seeking a laid-back outdoor adventure, this one is definitely one of the more different things to do in Pampanga. El Kabayo is a place taken straight out of a Hollywood film set in an old western American town. It is a ranch that will unleash the cowboy in you.
El Kabayo offers numerous activities fit for families and barkadas alike. You may opt to do horseback riding on your own. If you’re scared of riding a horse or if it’s your first time doing so, they even offer horseback riding lessons. They have exciting trails to explore while horseback riding. If you want to chill out and relax in peace, they also have spaces for picnic and BBQ.
Bldg. 4350 & 4351 Gil Puyat Ave. cor Panday Pira Ave. Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
+63916 519 9149
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4Go for the adrenaline rush at The Sandbox
A unique destination in Pampanga is this outdoor adventure park that will get you high on adrenaline. If anything, Sandbox is a place that takes fun very seriously.
The park offers six attractions that are of different thrilling levels. For pretty steady yet active fun, Sandbox offers outdoor archery and ATV and UTV rides. But for the more adventurous and trigger happy, they have the Adventure Tower. This is a five-storey structure consisting of extreme activities like rappelling, wall climbing, jump-off free fall, and a roller coaster zip lining.
They also have a giant swing raised more than three storeys above ground perfect for kids and kids at heart. The Aerial Walk offers a challenging course made of ropes and nets raised above the ground. It is said to be a very physically challenging attraction. For zip-line fans, there’s Avatar One, the first roller coaster zip line in the country.
PHILIHAPPY PRO TIP: Come very early in the morning because Sandbox limits the number of people that gets to use the attractions in a single opening day to secure the safety of their visitors. If you can, come on a weekday to avoid the massive number of people.
Alviera, Porac Municipality, Pampanga
+63917 803 3099, +63 45 4320014
Open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5Have some water fun and go wakeboarding in Pradera Wake Park
Calling all the adventure-seekers and the water beings out there, this might just be your next destination. You do not have to drive all the way to CamSur for extreme water fun. Amidst a vast golf course is a wakeboarding park where you can soak up in the sun and water while working that core out!
Prade Verde has a waterpark within its property called the Pradera Wake Park. Imagine doing your extreme sports in the midst of a peaceful golf course. You may even opt to try your hand at golf! If one day is not enough for you, they have villas on the property where you can stay overnight for two days of extreme water sports!
Wakeboarding prices start at PHP 250 for an hour up until PHP 1,000 for eight hours. The rates are already inclusive of a vest, helmet, and slip-ons. If you don’t have your personal board, don’t worry, you may rent those too!
Pradera Wake Park
Prado, Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
+63917 447 1214
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6See the world from a new height at Angeles City Flying Club
It is always eye-opening to see a place from a different angle. Angeles City Flying Club gives you literally just that. It is one of the most special things to do in Pampanga.
Angeles City Flying Club offers the Ultralight Flying experience. The tour lets you see Pampanga from a bird’s eye view while riding an ultralight aircraft in the company of a pilot for 30 minutes. The views are breathtaking, and the experience will be one of a kind. You don’t often get to see the world right below your feet. Take this sky-high opportunity!
Angeles City Flying Club
Woodland Airpark Talimundok, Sta. Maria, Magalang, Pampanga
+63916 456 8588, +63918 920 3039
Open on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
7Just relax at the Puning Hot Springs
We’re going to be honest. Of all the things to do in Pampanga, other than eating, of course, this has to be our favorite. Puning Hot Springs offers a kind of relaxation you will definitely not find anywhere else. It takes a few minutes of journey and a slight bit of trekking to get to this hidden paradise.
To get to the Hot Springs, you’re going to have to rent a 4×4 at the Sapang Bato gate in Clark Freeport. The ride to the resort itself is already an adventure. The landscapes that you will witness on the way are truly priceless and unique to Pampanga. Isn’t it great when even the path to the destination is already worth the travel?
Once on the site, you will find that Puning Hot Springs is divided into three stations. Starting with the third station is a set of 11 pools wherein you can soak yourself to relaxation with warm spring water after that crazy 4×4 ride. You will then be buried in hot sand for 15-30 minutes, a treatment that is said to ease the body’s joints. At the last station, guests will be covered with mud to promote healthy skin.
Puning Hot Springs
Sitio Target, Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga
+63919 339 2795
Imagine doing all these activities for the weekend while feasting on great Kapampangan food in between! So double take no more! With all these things to do in Pampanga, just head on straight to this part of Luzon and treat yourself to some adventure!