The Best Things To Do in Manila

Manila is the capital and is one of the most populated and oldest cities of Philippines. The remarkable city looks out to the West over the sea and boasts historic attractions, parks, gardens, shopping districts, casinos, hotels, churches, museums, galleries and pristine beaches. Tourism is a thriving affair in Manila and is home to some of the best annual events and festivals that attract visitors not only from within the boundaries of the country but also internationally.

The best way to make the most of all the sights and activities in this exotic destination, consider indulging in some of the best tours in Manila which include World Heritage Site of San Agustin Church, Rizal Park, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Museum of the Filipino People, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Zoo, San Sebastian Church and Manila's Chinatown. Manila is the main shopping hub of the Philippines and one of the top shopping destinations in the world offering numerous shopping centres like Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas Center, Ayala Center and SM Mall of Asia. A number of hotels and casinos can be found around the city, making Manila a major gaming and gambling destination in the world with venues like Entertainment City, Resorts World Manila and Solaire Resort & Casino. The city is also home to a wide variety of green areas, parks and gardens like Rizal Park, Paco Park, Mehan Garden and La Mesa Eco park. Manila is home to various golf clubs and hosts numerous annual festivals throughout the year including religious and cultural festivals like Feast of the Black Nazarene, Chinese New Year, Aliwan Fiesta and prestigious film festivals like Cinemanila International Film Festival, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Metro Manila Film Festival. Other top attractions in Manila include Tagaytay, Taal Volcano, Arroceros Forest Park, Lake Pinatubo, Fortune Island and Anawangin Beach. With such varying attractions and sights, Manila truly is a sprawling, bustling, and culturally complicated city, with a colourful multi-cultural heritage and varied nightlife.

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    Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manila, Philippines

    Must see places in Manila ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Manila and point of interests to visit.

  1. Intramuros

    #1 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Intramuros

    Tags: Historical Site, Heritage Building

    Address: Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Intramuros or the ‘city within walls’ is the oldest district in Manila and by far the most fascinating one too. It is full of historic buildings and local heritage. There are defensive wal...Read more

  2. Taal Volcano

    #2 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Taal Volcano

    Tags: Geological Formation, View Point, Hiking Trail, Adventure

    Address: Taal Volcano, Batangas, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Philippines’ second most active volcano, Taal Volcano is located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Manila. A beautiful lake is nestled within the volcano giving it surreal beauty, offeri...Read more

  3. Ocean Park

    #3 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Ocean Park

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: 666, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Manila Ocean Park is an Oceanarium cum Aquarium that hosts a number of fun and educative activities for people of all ages. There are thousands of varieties of fish that are fascinating to see and...Read more

  4. Rizal Park

    #4 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Rizal Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Monument, Tourist Center

    Address: Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Heart moving and incredibly beautiful, Rizal Park is Philippines’ dedication to its national hero Jose Rizal. The Park is great for atmospheric walks and a quality time with family and friends. ...Read more

  5. Fort Santiago

    #5 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Fort Santiago

    Tags: Historical Site, Fort

    Address: Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built as a defensive fortress, Fort Santiago is walled Manila’s most important historical monument. Surrounded by manicured gardens and pretty ponds, the Fort is a testament to the Spanish rule ...Read more

  6. San Agustin Church

    #6 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    San Agustin Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Unesco Site

    Address: Gen. Luna Street, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located in Intramunos and designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the San Agustin church is a stunning piece of art that has survived all the ordeals that this historic district has seen over c...Read more

  7. Manila Bay

    #7 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Manila Bay

    Tags: Beach, Waterfront, Cafe, Cruise

    Address: Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Whether you take a cruise along the waters or stand against the glass walls of Mall of Asia, a sunset over the manila bay is probably the most romantic sights in the world. The bay area is often crowd...Read more

  8. American Cemetery And Memorial

    #8 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    American Cemetery And Memorial

    Tags: Memorial, War Memorial, Cemetery

    Address: Taguig City, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Spread over 152 acres on a prominent plateau, The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines is visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of gra...Read more

  9. Manila Cathedral

    #9 of 109 Things To Do in Manila
    Manila Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 1002, Philippines

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Manila cathedral is one of the prettiest sights in Intramunos. Officially established as the ‘Church of Manila’ in 1571, the church was raised to cathedral in 1579. It is by far the ol...Read more

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