“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”
-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
There will always be an excitement and thrill when you travel. Regardless of the time and season, traveling is wonderful in many ways. It gives you a new perspective in life through what you experience during your travel period.
However, choosing your next travel destination can sometimes be challenging, especially when you are not familiar with the place. While it may be true that wandering around the place can be an adventure, knowing where to go is advisable to ensure an enjoyable trip. Just like when you plan to visit Pampanga, exploring and knowing what to do in Pampanga is one way you can enjoy your trip.
Known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga has what it takes to be fun a province to call one’s home.
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Pampanga’s Tourist Destinations
Aside from its authentic signature dishes, Pampanga also offers a wide selection of tourist destinations as well. And if you are planning to explore Pampanga more, you can refer to these places below.
One way to enjoy family time is to have a unique getaway that redefines outdoor adventure and fun.
Sandbox at Alviera is a popular destination in Pampanga; that features exciting attractions that will surely make every family members appreciate the outdoor activities regardless of their ages – kids can enjoy the playground, while mini golf for grandparents. It is a perfect way to bond and have fun with your family.
Moreover, Sandbox offers different attractions where adventure enthusiasts can experience a whole new level of outdoor activities. And what makes it more fun and exciting is its naturally difficult terrain, which adds a challenge to a trek, climb or drive.
You can try their Giant Swing, where it creates a back and forth movement at 10-meters above the ground; Aerial Walk Challenge, which is a high rope adventure course of nets and rope walkways, the challenge will test the user’s agility, balance and flexibility; and many more.
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Riding in a hot air balloon is a new way to experience festivals in the Pampanga. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual event that occurs between January and February at Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City Pampanga, just a few kilometers away from Alviera.
It is usually a four-day hot air balloon event, where it features multi-colored hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world.
The purpose of the event is to have an opportunity to share and exchange cultures and traditions with the visiting pilots from different countries.
Foreign visitors also get a chance to experience the Filipino hospitality and fiesta spirit. Moreover, the event is also to creation awareness with the guests and educated people about flying machines. Also, the event also encourages the youth to work from the heart and do things passionately.
If you are looking for an adventure such as trekking, then Porak Peak offers a breathtaking view of Miyamit Falls. As you go on to your destination, you will experience all the hurdles of trekking. However, after all those inconveniences, you will be amazed and mesmerized by the beauty it has to offer.
Miyamit Falls have strong and powerful currents that fill a basin of clear and cool water. The falls is also a perfect place for swimming.
All throughout the years, the falls continues to inspire awe from adventure seekers who are planning to visit and experience the charm of Miyamit Falls.
Although there are ATVs available that will get you to the falls, but walking through the trails is rewarding feeling that gives a different view on nature.
Deca Wakeboard Park
If extreme sport is what you are looking for, then you should visit Deca Wakeboard Park. It is a place where extreme sports meet fitness enthusiasts and swashbuckling wakeboard experts. It has an enormous pool with ramps and cable wires that let you enjoy the sport even more. Wakeboarding is all about balance and on how you face your fear.
Fret not if you this is your first time. There are wakeboard instructors that will give you some lessons before you go on your first ride. You will learn how to ride on your knees on the kneeboard first, and then switch to the slipper board, which require a standing position when you become more comfortable riding it.
Zoocobia Fun Zoo
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching your kids enjoying their vacation. Right? If you are planning to give your kids some break, then head to Zoocobia Fun Zoo.
It is an educational theme park for kids, where they can experience a closer look at different animals. Kids will be delighted at the birds’ bright colors and melodious chirping at Birds of Paradise; experience the country’s pride, which showcased various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines; and many more.
Aside from the Flora and Fauna, kids can also enjoy the Zooc Ride, where they can experience the thrill of riding their car with the help of the gravity. With a 400 meters track with three curves, it gives a super thrilling ride to your kids and adults as well.
If you are curious enough to know what it is like to experience living in the era where dinosaurs still exist, then do not miss to visit Dinosaurs Island. With the number and size of the dinosaurs in the place, you will feel like you are entering a different world that exists millions of years ago. You and your kids will be amazed at over 30 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs roaring while you follow the Dino Trails.
And if you want to have a closer encounter with the dinosaurs, you can hop on the Jurassic Safari Ride to experience what it is like to have dinosaurs popping their heads inside your tramcar. Aside from the life-sized dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Island also has Fossils Museum where you can find dinosaur skeletons and other types of exhibits.
Exploring more about Pampanga will give you the chance to know more about its culture, history, and its people. Of course, the more you get to understand their way of living, the more you can appreciate what they can offer.
Glenn Domingo is a traveler who loves to experience the uniqueness of different places here in the Philippines. He is passionate of writing different articles about the travels that he has gone thru to share how beautiful our country was. He is also a copywriter of Alviera