Things To Do In Manila

Manila Bay At Sunset

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While Manila is known for unbearable traffic jams, and population-dense cities, that doesn’t seem to stop the tourists.

From the moment you leave the airport, it becomes obvious that Manila Attractions are everywhere.


One of the new Manila Attractions, the City of Dreams Manila is the latest resort casino to open. The city of Dreams is located close to the airport and 5 minutes by taxi to SM Mall of Asia.

City of Dreams

Things to do in Manila

If you are looking for a seriously underrated and underappreciated city, Manila is ready to challenge your opinions. You don’t have to look far to find things to do in Manila

Rizal Park, or Luneta Park as it is also called, is where the Filipino National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was executed and then buried. Rizal Park is one of the largest urban parks in Asia making it one of the major Manila attractions. Follow the marked trail of Rizal’s last walk to his execution… The Rizal Park water fountain and music are just amazing… Fun to watch and perfect for a couple or family.

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

Things to do in Manila

RAVE Pasig is one of the best places to go swimming as it houses the biggest, most beautiful, and modernized swimming pools around Metro Manila.


RAVE Rainforest Park Pasig

Manila Ocean Park

Are you looking for a great place to bring your family and friends? Look no further! Manila Ocean Park (MOP) is a state-of-the-art facility showcasing 1000s of marine animals and offers a great educational experience for both children and adults. Watch sharks and other sea creatures swim overhead in the 25-meter acrylic underwater tunnel. A great day out for all the family. Add this to your list of things to do in Manila.

Visit Chinatown in Manila

At first, Chinatown doesn’t seem like much of a tourist destination; it is noisy, a bit run-down and the traffic is often in gridlock. It helps to remember there’s been a Chinese trading presence since the 800s, and this quarter, known as Bindondo, grew as a neighboring town for the oppressed Hokkien Chinese immigrants and their descendants. The best way to see it is from a jeepney or calesa.


The SM Mall of Asia is the third largest mall in the Philippines and tenth in the world in terms of gross area. Aside from shopping and dining establishments, SM MOA also features an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, an IMAX theatre, an indoor Arena (the MOA arena), a convention center (SMX convention center, and a 180 feet tall Ferris wheel (the MOA Eye). Go for the shopping, the skating or just to look around, add this to your list of things to do in Manila.


Sit back, have a drink, listen to the live band, and watch the sunset over Manila Bay. Or ride the rides, walk the walk or just soak in the atmosphere… It’s a great place to be day or night. Riding the MOA EYE (Skywheel) at sunset can be very romantic.


Inside Fort Santiago, is Dambana ni Rizal, where DR. Jose Rizal was detained prisoner until his execution at Luneta on December 30, 1896. Inside visitors can see rare photos and artifacts of Rizal…

In January 2020, the Philippine government opened the Fort Santiago Dungeon to the public.


Intramuros, Latin for “inside the walls”, is the oldest neighborhood and a must-visit on the list of Manila attractions. Priceless historical value with at least 28 points of interest. A good idea is to request a detailed brown map called ‘Walking Tour of Intramuros’. This can be found at the visitor center. You can also choose a more relaxing tricycle or “kalesa” horse-drawn carriage tour if too tired to walk…

Things to do in Manila


Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción de María de San Agustín, or San Agustin Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located inside Intramuros in Manila. In 1993, San Agustin Church was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Building. It has also been granted the title Baroque Churches of the Philippines and in 1876 was named a National Historic Landmark.

Paco Park

Next on our list of things to do in Manila is Paco Park. It is here that, Filipino hero, José Rizal was first interred after his execution in 1896. This park has a circular format and was a cemetery throughout the 19th century. You can still make out these niches, filled in and cemented over, and there’s a balustraded walkway on top of the walls that contain them.


The Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the country’s President. Originally built in 1750 as a summer house, it has been used by 18 Spanish Governors-General, 14 American Governors, and the Presidents of the Philippines. After many renovations, it has become one of the top Manila Attractions.


Also known as Tahanang Pilipino, the Coconut Palace is a Philippine Government mansion found on the Cultural Center campus between the Sofitel Plaza and the Folk Arts Theatre. It has been the official residence of the Vice President of the Philippines since 2011. The Coconut Palace is built out of various kinds of Philippine hardwood, coconut shells.