5 Family-Friendly Travel Destinations In The Philippines
2022 Apr 7 | by Apple Barretto
What are family-friendly travel destinations in the Philippines?
- Cagayan De Oro
When you look back on your childhood, some of the best memories you have are from family vacations. There’s nothing quite like exploring new places with the bright-eyed wonder of a child — which is why many of us would love to repeat the same experiences with our own families.
And with thousands of islands making up our sunny archipelago, there’s never a shortage of amazing spots to see in the Philippines. Not sure where to go? Our list of family-friendly travel destinations in the Philippines comes packed with interesting culture, stunning sights, and delicious cuisine for you and your kids to enjoy.
Everything is more fun in the Philippines — especially your next family vacation! So read on and pick your next memorable destination!
Just a two to three hours drive from the bustling cities of Metro Manila, Batangas is a great pick for a beach outing with the family. There are countless resorts and vacation homes for rent in this province. And, each beach is dotted with spots for fun water activities, like island hopping, banana boating, kayaking, snorkeling, and even inflatable water parks! Some of the most popular beaches in this area are Nasugbu, Anilao, Laiya, Calatagan, and Tingloy.
Are some of your family members not a fan of swimming? There are lots of other things to do in this area. Many tourist spots give a close-up look at historical landmarks, mountains to hike, and plenty of restaurants to try out! Don’t forget to try some staples like Batangas lomi and goto before you leave the beach! You can also find several spa treatments if you’re looking for a quiet afternoon by the beach.
Yearning for somewhere cool and calm to bring your kids to in the summer? Or maybe you’re looking for a postcard-perfect destination for the Christmas season? If so, head for the cold, pine-scented air of the highlands — a.k.a., Baguio. While there may be no watersports or picturesque beaches, this place offers a different kind of enjoyment for you and your family.
Here, you’ll be treated to many of its eye-catching mountain resort views, indigenous crafts and culture, and numerous tourist attractions. In the city alone, there are many family-friendly spots, such as Burnham Park, where you can spend the day casually eating and biking around. End your day with a hearty dinner of Baguio’s cuisine, and sip a hot cup of pure Chocolate de Batirol in the chilly mountain weather — this is sure to make for an unforgettable vacation.
Cagayan De Oro
Take a short plane ride away from the hustle and bustle of Manila to the nature-rich destination of Cagayan De Oro! Here, you and your family can enjoy many outdoor activities found in and around the province.
For example, you could take a day trip to the Seven Seas Waterpark — the largest pirate-themed waterpark in the Philippines — and try out its twelve exciting water slides, dual wave pool, and a 400-meter lazy river. You could also drive over to Dahilayan Forest Park where they offer family-friendly activities and attractions.
There’s also Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Eco Farm, a Bali-Esque nature reserve. This spot hits two birds with one stone — it’s an educational and fun trip for kids, as well as the perfect photo op. True nature-lovers will also have a great time at the Mantianak Zoological And Botanical Park. This place is home to a variety of animals, such as parrots, monkeys, ostriches, crocodiles, tigers, and more — some of which can be seen roaming and flying around the zoo.
One of the oldest cities in the Philippines, Cebu is beautifully diverse in places and activities for families to experience. From Instagram-worthy flower fields in the middle of the city to water adventures hopping from island to island, there are hundreds of things for you to do in Cebu.
Labeled as the gateway to a thousand journeys, Cebu is at the center of some of the most popular destinations in the country. Islands like Malapascua, Bohol, and more can be explored right from Cebu!
Is your family up for a thrilling adventure? Check out the Crown Regency’s Edge Coaster — here you’ll have an exhilarating walk on the edge of a high-rise building! Looking for something to enrich your kid’s knowledge and understanding of culture? Take a visit to any of the historical sites in Cebu. There’s Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross, Casa Gorordo Museum, and more.
Some of the most popular family activities include nature-based activities, such as glamping, snorkeling, and even a quick and short hike to Osmeña Peak. And of course, you can’t forget the food — any city you visit is sure to offer scrumptious dishes from Cebu’s rich local cuisine. Try the fresh seafood from the sutukil (fresh seafood restaurants) and of course, the famous Cebu lechon!
Pampanga is the place to go if you want somewhere where kids (and even adults) can just be kids. It’s home to a one-of-a-kind outdoor playground called Sandbox. In this facility, you can try out a variety of sports and activities like kart racing and archery. Pampanga also has a waterpark called Aqua Planet — the perfect place to cool down after the thrill of exploring the Sandbox.
If these kinds of adventures aren’t your speed, there’s plenty else to enjoy in Pampanga. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from the relaxing beaches of Subic, as well as the kid-friendly attractions of Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari. Visiting these places is sure to delight your kids with their interactive animal events!
And, keep your family happy and well-fed whatever adventure you choose with Kapampangan staples like sisig, morcon, and kamaru, and San Nicolas cookies from Atching Lilian.
The Philippines’ family-friendly travel destinations offer a variety of attractions, historical landmarks, activities, food, and more — there’s something for every family!
So, take your pick off our list and start planning for the ultimate family holiday. Any one of these places is sure to help you make some lasting memories with your loved ones.