What to do in Manila

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Manila Attractions

Once known as The Pearl of the Orient, Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is a sprawling metropolis of over 13 million inhabitants. The city's convenient location in the south pacific has made it one of the busiest and most diverse places in the world. From Spanish colonial architecture and horse-drawn carriages to modern architectural marvels and an exciting nightlife, Manila has everything you're looking for.

The Philippines is one of the only countries in Asia to have held on to its catholic colonial heritage. As such, Intramuros, located in the heart of Manila, is a must see attraction for all tourists. Intramuros is one of the best preserved historical sites in the country, offering people a glimpse into Manila life in the 1800's.

While there are a variety of Manila tours available, the best ones will offer stops at every major historical point in the metro area. After you walk through Intramuros, make a stop at Rizal Park. Rizal Park, named after the country's national hero Jose Rizal, offers a pleasant ambiance for both couples and families alike who wish to take a mid-afternoon stroll. Its location along Roxas Boulevard across from Manila Bay makes it one of the top local spots for Manila citizens all year long.

Many newcomers to Manila are keen on exploring the city's vibrant nightlife. Among the many Manila excursions, make sure you opt for one which offers to visit the Malate District. Malate is well known for its bar and club scene. Here you will find people of all ages enjoying the night with their friends. Have a drink and dance until the early morning at one of southeast Asia's most famous bar districts.

After your night out on the town, Expedia recommends a visit to the Philippine National Museum. As one of the most popular attractions in Manila, the Philippine National Museum features relics, artwork, and artifacts dating back five hundred years any tourist would enjoy.

Manila is one of the largest cities in the world. As such, Expedia recommends tourists carry a map with them at all times. Carrying one will ensure you see all the things to do in Manila before you make plans. Don't miss out on all the great Manila activities available in the City of Our Affections and book your Philippine vacation with Expedia today!

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What to do in Manila

Free Things to Do in Manila

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to visit the following around Manila:

National Museum of the Philippines - See if there are any special displays or tours on at this popular museum.

Track 30th - You won't do better than this place if you're eager to loosen up and join in the fun.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - Architecture lovers will enjoy admiring the modern design of this landmark.

Old Congress Building - Amble around this historic site and discover a couple of secrets from long ago.

Plaza de Roma - Wander the sidewalks and take in the ambiance of this buzzing location.

Malaguinoan Island - Spend a little time near the water to relax and regain your energy.

Manila Kilometer Zero - Well known among the locals, this place is worth visiting.

Manila Cathedral - Get a deeper understanding of the local religion at this holy site.

Father Blanco's Garden - Find your green thumb and marvel at the many and varied plants on display.

Things to Do in Manila with Kids

Manila is a great destination for a family vacation. Take the kids along and enjoy these popular family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Manila on a sunny day?
What to do in Manila on a rainy day?
If it’s really coming down, these awesome indoor activities will keep you out of mischief (and nice and dry!):

What is Manila famous for?
SM Mall of Asia lives up to its reputation as a landmark that you just can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Manila?
If you’re eager to discover the best of this place, find time for these attractions in your schedule:

  • Rizal Park
  • Smart Araneta Coliseum
  • Ayala Center
  • Baywalk

Are there cheap things to do in Manila?
What can you do in Manila for free?
Your trip to Manila needn’t blow the budget with free attractions like these to keep you entertained:

  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Rizal Park
  • Ayala Center
  • Baywalk

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