12 Tourist Spots to Visit in Metro Manila

Whenever there are long weekends and vacations coming up, I’m sure most of us instantly research on where to travel and which provinces to visit. But for some of us who just can’t endure that long ride and the extreme traffic, we can also enjoy long weekends and be like a tourist right here in Manila! The Metro is just teeming with tourist spots that anyone can enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist in your own city.

Here are 12 tourist spots in Manila you should visit at least once!


The walled city of Intramuros is home to many historical sites and churches such as Fort Santiago and Baluarte de San Diego. Travel back in time as you walk along the picturesque old streets or you can even try riding a kalesa.


Ramada Manila Binondo Manila Chinatown

Home to the world’s oldest Chinatown, strolling through Binondo will let you see the beauty of history and the diversity of culture. When in Binondo, spend your time eating and trying out some of the oldest food spots in Manila.

Rizal Park

The famous Rizal Park is the place of many historical events in Manila. Now, it is a beautiful urban park where families enjoy strolling around the many park areas, visiting educational sites, or attending various events.

Manila Ocean Park

Love the sea and marine animals? The Manila Ocean Park is the country’s largest marine theme park. Experience diving with underwater creatures, swimming like a mermaid, and training sea lions!

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island is a unique art museum featuring immersive 3-D art that lets you be part of the art itself! This selfie-friendly spot is a favorite of families from all over the country.

The Mind Museum

Exercise your brain with a visit to this educational museum. The Mind Museum features science presentations and immersive exhibits that young and old audiences will enjoy.

National Planetarium

The newly-renovated planetarium will take you out of this world! With new exhibits, new facilities, and educational shows, The Planetarium is definitely worth a visit.

National Museum

Immerse in the country’s history with a visit to the National Museum. It’s home to many historical artifacts and legendary works that will help you appreciate your cultural heritage. Plus, there are monthly cultural exhibits worth looking out for.

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

If you’re a nature-lover, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a must-visit spot in Metro Manila. The 22-hectare park is a refuge to animals and home to luscious trees that will give you much-needed fresh air in the heart of the city.

Manila Cathedral

The Manila Cathedral is one of the most admired Catholic churches in the country, famous for its majestic and grand design. It’s also the site of many historical religious events, such as the papal visits.

Yexel’s Toy Museum

Feel like a kid again when you visit Yexel’s Toy Museum! What started out as a toy collection by Yexel Sebastian is now a full-blown toy museum featuring action figures, life-sized statues of your favorite fictional characters, and an 18-feet tall Optimus Prime bust!

The Dessert Museum

Experience the sweetest tourist spot in Manila! The Dessert Museum features eight rooms dedicated to certain desserts. Aside from the sweet photos, you can also have your fill of sweet desserts inside the museum!

Which tourist spot in Manila are you going to visit next?

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