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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!

Things to Do in Manila with Kids

There are lots of awesome experiences in Manila that the whole gang will enjoy. Here are some of the top family friendly experiences in the area.

Free Things to Do in Manila

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

National Museum of the Philippines - Whatever your age, this place will excite your imagination and grip your attention.

Track 30th - Loads of excitement is what you'll discover at this unmissable attraction.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - If you're an admirer of modern-style architecture, add this attraction to your list of must-sees.

Old Congress Building - Roam around this historic attraction and find out a couple of secrets from times past.

Plaza de Roma - This thriving place is a popular rendezvous point for both locals and visitors.

Malaguinoan Island - Just being close to the water is sure to leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

Manila Kilometer Zero - If you want to see a few of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

Manila Cathedral - Enjoy a little quiet contemplation and find out a few things about this site's religious importance.

Father Blanco's Garden - Prepare a picnic and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the gorgeous plant life.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Manila

Makati

This lively district in Manila is the place to come for upscale shopping, eclectic dining and entertainment complexes. 

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Quezon City

The most populated city in Metro Manila is also one of the most exciting, with iconic monuments, glittering malls and scenic escapes.

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Pasay

Thrills, culture, shopping and relaxation combine in Pasay, a busy city in Metro Manila frequented by locals looking for fun.

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Antipolo

You'll enjoy the cafés and churches in Antipolo. You might want to make time for a stop at Ynares Center or Pinto Art Museum.

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Pasig

Although Pasig is one of Metro Manila’s business districts, the city packs in a wide array of attractions for all of its visitors.

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Taguig

Taguig is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Venice Grand Canal Mall and Fort Bonifacio while in the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Manila on a rainy day?

Try out some of these excellent indoor activities and you'll soon forget about the bad weather:

What is Manila famous for?

SM Mall of Asia lives up to its reputation as a renowned attraction that you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Manila?

You'll want to put these attractions toward the top of your must-do list to get the most out of your trip:

  • 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 break in Manila won't cost a fortune with free things like these on offer:

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