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What to Do in Manila: Must See Attractions

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

You'll find plenty of fun things to do with the kids in and near Manila. Keep everyone entertained with our family friendly experiences.

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

Ermita

In the heart of Manila lies a compact district packed with museums, malls and parks, making it a sightseeing hub in the Filipino capital city.

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Alabang

One of the most modern corners of Metro Manila, this sleek region of Muntinlupa City is known for its vast malls and stylish skyscrapers.

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Ortigas Center

Visit one of Metro Manila’s shining business districts to see the modern side of the Philippines. Join locals in its chic malls and entertainment venues.

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Malate

Explore one of the tourist centers of Manila in an oceanfront district lined with markets, museums and family-friendly attractions.

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Ermita Night District

Ermita Night District is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Manila Bay and Baywalk.

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Bonifacio Global City

If you're spending some time in Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio and Bonifacio High Street are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Manila famous for?

SM Mall of Asia is synonymous with Manila, so allow enough time to visit.

What should I not miss in Manila?

Don't return home without checking off the following list of fantastic attractions:

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

What can you do in Manila for free?

You could store your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these attractions will cost you nothing at all:

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