Most of us associate the image of Pampanga with all-time favorite Pinoy dishes like sisig, tocino, and halo-halo – and fittingly so since the city is recognized as the Philippines’ Culinary Capital.

However, Pampanga offers more than just an experience for the palate. For those unaware, the city is also the perfect place to go on numerous adventures – be it in the water or amongst nature. 

Of course, we know that talk is cheap, which is why we’ll be providing you with proof! Here, we’ll be curating the best places to be when in Pampanga. So, ready your pen and start taking notes!

  • Dinosaurs Island

Photo from Dinosaurs Island’s Official Instagram Page

Looking to relive your Jurassic Park fantasies? Go to Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga! Here you’ll be able to interact with life-sized dinosaurs able to move thanks to animatronic technology. 

Location: Clark Picnic grounds, Gil Puyat Ave., Mabalacat

  • Museo Ning Angeles

Photo from Pampanga Directory

Want to learn more about the city of Angeles? Then, the best place to visit is Museo Ning Angeles. The museum houses numerous memorabilia, galleries, and exhibits showcasing Angeles’ rich history and customs.

Location: Sto. Rosario Historic District, Across the Holy Rosary Cathedral

  • Sky Ranch Pampanga

Photo from Sky Ranch’s Official Website

If you want to spend your holiday having fun, then the best way to go about it is to stop by at Sky Ranch Pampanga. 

The amusement park hosts a lot of activities perfect for families or barkadas looking to have some bonding time together. 

You’ll have a lot to choose from – a ride on the loop roller coaster, a spin on the double-decker carousel, a one of kind experience on the space shuttle, a heart-pounding ride on the drop tower, and many more. 

Location: Jose Abad Santos Ave., San fernando, Pampanga (At the back of Sm City San Fernando)

  • Pamintuan Mansion

Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Besides being a popular tourist destination, Pampanga is also historically significant – particularly when it comes to the Philippines’ independence. After all, it’s where the Pamintuan Mansion is located. 

The mansion, which dates back to 1890, served as the venue for the first anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence in 1898. However, now, it functions as a museum where memorabilia and galleries are showcased depicting Filipino life, traditions, and culture.

Location: Angeles City in Pampanga 

  • Aqua Planet Water Park

Photo from Project LUPAD

Recognized as one of the most modern water amusement parks in Asia, Aqua Planet Water park will definitely deliver when it comes to fun and adrenaline. The park features 38 attractions, which include heaps of water slides in different forms. 

Location: Clark Sun Valley View, Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga

  • Nayong Pilipino

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If you want to immerse yourself in the Philippines’ rich native culture, then you should visit Nayong Pilipino. 

The cultural theme park shares a glimpse into the country’s past, specifically how our ancestors lived. Apart from this, the site also hosts different cultural shows and houses different galleries that talk more about our history. 

Location: Clark Freeport Zone

  • Mt. Arayat National Park

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If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, the only place to be is Mt. Arayat National Park. It’ll be a thrill for those who enjoy mountaineering and hiking. 

Location: Arayat, Pampanga

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Image credit: Sky Ranch’s Official Website