Best Family Getaways in San Fernando, Pampanga
The City of San Fernando has the complete package. It has the right spots for thrill seekers, curious wanderers, and casual diners. It also has places of worship that offer relaxation and serenity. Whether you are in a Pampanga house and lot or just passing through, here are some destinations in San Fernando where you can enjoy quality time as a family.
Soak in the sun at Villa Alfredo’s
Feel the rush at Sky Ranch
Take the family to Sky Ranch Pampanga for a day filled with excitement. Sky Ranch opened its second amusement park beside SM City San Fernando. There are plenty of rides, gazebos and entertainment booths to visit. The rides are accessible to kids and adults.
The children will enjoy the Double Decker Carousel, Wonder Flight, Bumper Boat, and Planetarium. If that’s not enough, they have the Safari Splash and Express Train. Adults will recall their youth through the Loop Roller Coaster, Space Shuttle, and Super Vikings. For the thrill-seeking adult, the Bungee Jump will surely give you that sought-after adrenaline rush!
Other than the rides, the park also has booths and kiosks where you can win prizes. There are goodies and stuffed animals you can get for the little ones. There are also food stalls in the area in case anyone needs to munch up some energy.
Of course, the best ride in Sky Ranch is the Pampanga Eye. Pampanga Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in the country. The family shouldn’t miss the opportunity to view the stretch of the province. It stands at 65 meters and is 50 meters wide. Each gondola is air-conditioned and can fit four people. Make the Ferris wheel your last stop to get a stunning bird’s eye view of the land while waiting for the sun to set.
A budget of P500 per person is enough for selected rides in the park.
Revisit history at the City’s Heritage Sites
The sites are best traveled on foot. Encourage the family to go on a walking trip in the nostalgic streets of the city center. There are also calezas that can give you a tour of the area. Start the journey from the old Pampanga Hotel. It may be withered by time, but the charm of the hustling place is still there.
Continue the trail to V. Tiomco Street where you can find the Henson-Hizon House. The house was built for the gobernadorcillo of San Fernando and his wife during the Spanish colonial period. Beside the house is a monument of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio.
The remaining heritage homes are in Consuji Street. The proud Lazatin House is at the corner of the street. Next to it stands the house of Consuji, owned by the gobernadorcillo of the city in 1892. Don Antonio Consuji later became the president municipal from 1898 to 1899. Other houses that played a significant role in the history of San Fernando are Tabacalera, Hizon-Ocampo, Santos-Hizon, Hizon-Singian, Cuyugan-Baron and Dizon Houses.
The architecture and backstory of each house are unique. A trip to the sites will inspire and help each one in the family appreciate the culture of the province. Still, nothing beats the experience of living the moment. Taking a side trip to the San Fernando Train Station will make you feel like a tourist in your own country. The station was inaugurated in 1892. It is now a National Historical Commission marker as it is the last stop of the Bataan Death March.
Refresh your faith at the Cathedral
Augustinians built the cathedral in 1755. It was rededicated to Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in 1880. The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando became a Diocese in 1948. It is the only church with a real wooden cross and the image of Blessed Virgin Mary. Bring the family to enjoy the solemnity of the service.
Architect Fernando Ocampo, a native of San Fernando, designed the cathedral. He was also the man behind the reconstruction of Manila Cathedral. You can marvel at the details and wood furnishes of the place of worship.