- 1. Ride a 4X4 to Mt. Pinatubo
- 2. Taste the Original Sisig at Aling Lucing’s
- 3. Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Sandbox
- 4. Test your Fitness at Mt. Arayat National Park
- 5. Unleash Your Inner Child at Sky Ranch
- 6. Cool Down at Aqua Planet
- 7. Visit Nayong Pilipino
- 8. See the Animals at Zoocobia Fun Zoo
- 9. Have Fun at Clark Museum and 4D Theatre
- 10. Conquer Deca Wakeboard Park and Pradera Verde
- 11. Spend a Leisurely Afternoon at Museo Ning Angeles
- 12. Visit the Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles City
- 13. Fall in Love with Miyamit Falls
- 14. Get a Private Dining Experience at Bale Dutung
- 15. Go Birdwatching at the Candaba Swamp
- 16. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Razon’s Halo-Halo
- 17. Visit San Fernando Train Station
- 18. Offer a Prayer at the Holy Rosary Parish Church
- Add Pampanga Your Travel List This Year
Explore Pampanga, the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, on your next getaway. Here’s a guide on what to eat, places to visit, and what to do in Pampanga.
Pampanga is one of the most famous provinces in the Central Luzon region because it holds the title of being the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. It's also one of the best weekend getaway destinations near Manila.
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Pampanga is definitely a foodie’s heaven with dishes ranging from the iconic sizzling pork dish called sisig to the family favorites like pangat na ulang (sour soup with fresh water prawns) that you can try in Pampanga food tours.
Pampanga’s modern city of Clark is famous for its well-preserved ancestral homes, a lineup of themed and amusement parks, and bright and colorful year-round festivals that are perfect for day tours from Manila.
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Pampanga is also rich in natural wonders, with stunning waterfalls, majestic mountains to hike near Manila, and calm wetlands. You can go on a hike, swim in natural pools, and spot various migratory birds in the province for your Pampanga Philippines vacation packages.
The province is also accessible via Clark Airport, which also services flights to various top Philippine destinations, including Boracay flights. Browse our Philippine car rentals if you want to explore Pampanga at your own pace.
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From kid-friendly places near Manila like Aqua Planet to Zoocobia, and natural tourist spots near Manila like Mt. Arayat to Miyamit Falls, and Aling Lucing’s to Razon’s, the whole province has got you covered.
Pampanga is also home to the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival in previous years. For 2024, the fiesta will be held at New Clark City in the neighboring province of Tarlac.
Whether you are visiting Pampanga for the first time or rediscovering its charms by joining a tour or driving a rent a car in Clark Pampanga, here are some of the best things to do and tourist spots in Pampanga that you should add to your itinerary.
1. Ride a 4X4 to Mt. Pinatubo
Mt. Pinatubo is one of the most visited Pampanga attractions not only in the province and Luzon tourist spots but in the entire Philippines. Situated between Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac provinces, this active volcano features spectacular lahar formations that you can see up close if you're going on Philippine hiking adventures.
Long after its historic eruption in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo has become one of the most-visited volcanoes in the Philippines, especially for people searching for adventure. One of its major highlights is its crater lake, one of the most visited crater lakes in the Philippines. Depending on the season, the water color varies from blue-green to deep-blue.
Ride a 4x4 to the jump-off point where you’ll begin your trek. Enjoy the rugged landscape as you pass through rocky trails and idyllic streams, eventually reaching the crater lake where you can take photos.
Maximize your time in the province by adding a Mt. Pinatubo hiking adventure to your must-try list.
2. Taste the Original Sisig at Aling Lucing’s
When in Pampanga, make a stop at the Queen of Sisig’s restaurant in Angeles City and order the iconic sizzling pork dish.
Aling Lucing’s sisig (made of chopped pork ears, cheeks, and liver seasoned with calamansi, onions, and chili peppers, served on a sizzling plate) has become such a hit, it is now a staple at many Filipino restaurants and the original restaurant is one of the most popular tourist spots in Angeles, Pampanga.
3. Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Sandbox
Blow off the stress from the week and go on a weekend of thrilling activities at Sandbox in Porac, one of the best places to visit in Pampanga.
The outdoor adventure park has a number of adventure zones you can choose from, such as the Giant Swing, the Aerial Walk Challenge, the Avatar One, and the Adventure Tower, which includes the wall-climbing zone.
4. Test your Fitness at Mt. Arayat National Park
Pampanga’s sole mountain, Mt. Arayat, towers over the mostly flat plains of the province at 1,026 MASL. This natural attraction in Pampanga lies inside the Mt. Arayat National Park, one of the oldest national parks in the country and is one of the best tourist spots in Arayat, Pampanga.
Non-climbers can enjoy the walking trails and natural pools at the base of the extinct volcano when joining a Mt. Arayat day hike tour. Intermediate climbers can trek solo or in groups to the summit.
Trail guides are available to help you with the day-long trek across Mt. Arayat.
5. Unleash Your Inner Child at Sky Ranch
There’s always something about amusement parks that makes even the most jaded of adults feel like an innocent, carefree child again. And a visit to the Sky Ranch will surely make you feel like a child again.
Located just behind SM City San Fernando in San Fernando, Pampanga, the park has 23 rides you can choose from—the Pampanga Eye, Drop Tower, Super Viking, Loop Roller Coaster, Bungee Jump, Space Shuttle, and more.
The park does not have an entrance fee, but you have to pay to get on each of the rides.
6. Cool Down at Aqua Planet
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A weekend getaway would not be complete without getting your feet (or your whole body) wet.
The water park also has its own restaurants, shops, and live entertainment shows in the evenings, so you can spend the whole day chilling inside the resort!
7. Visit Nayong Pilipino
Go on a field trip around the whole Philippines in just one place at Nayong Pilipino inside Clark Freeport Zone. The park features replicas of tourist spots, historical sites, ancestral homes and native villages from all over the Philippines.
Traditional dances such as the tinikling and singkil are also performed at the park. See this attraction along with other Pampanga tourist attractions by joining a day trip in Clark, Pampanga.
8. See the Animals at Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Zoocobia is an adventure zoo theme park in Clark, Pampanga. Zoo attractions include a Birds of Paradise enclosure, a Garden Maze, a petting section where you can experience bottle feeding baby goats and pigs, and more.
There are other activities in Zoocobia as well; enjoy a camel ride up a hill, go on a thrilling ATV ride, feel the wind on your face while on the zip line, and go on a downhill drive with the gravity car (similar to the luge in Singapore)!
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9. Have Fun at Clark Museum and 4D Theatre
Its galleries contain well-preserved memorabilia, dioramas, murals, and interactive displays that will definitely spark the history buff in you.
10. Conquer Deca Wakeboard Park and Pradera Verde
You don’t need to travel far if you want to learn wakeboarding, just head over to the Deca Wakeboard Park in Clark or Pradera Verde in Lubao.
For those without equipment, they offer boards, helmets, and other equipment you can rent, so all you need to do really is to show up on your day trip to Deca Wakeboard Park, go on the board, and get soaked!
11. Spend a Leisurely Afternoon at Museo Ning Angeles
Museo Ning Angeles used to be the Municipio del Pueblo or the Town Hall of Angeles City until 1998.
The museum, which opened in 1999, gives a glimpse of Angeles City’s history through its memorabilia display.
The museum also serves as a venue for art classes, cultural performances, and exhibits of local artists. Visit this attraction when you join a cultural and heritage tour in Angeles.
12. Visit the Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles City
The Pamintuan Mansion is a Spanish-era colonial home that has a beautifully-preserved architecture and design.
Now open to tourists as a museum, the Pamintuan Mansion offers a view of what life was like for one of the influential families in the province.
13. Fall in Love with Miyamit Falls
It’s easy to be mesmerized by the pure nature view, and the sound of the water hitting the rocks as it makes its way down to the dipping pool.
There is no entrance fee to the Miyamit Falls, but you need to secure a permit from the Porac municipal hall.
14. Get a Private Dining Experience at Bale Dutung
If you want to try a 3- to 4-hour, 12-course menu of the best of Kapampangan cooking, get reservations at Bale Dutung in Angeles City, one of the best Pampanga restaurants and tasting menu restaurants near Manila.
Due to popular demand, they now also have an Anthony Bourdain menu, inspired by the late chef/travel host/writer’s visit to the restaurant.
As Bale Dutung also serves as the Tayags’ home, the restaurant only opens occasionally to diners. It’s best to check their website for the latest restaurant schedule and call for reservations.
15. Go Birdwatching at the Candaba Swamp
For sightseeing in Pampanga, visit the Candaba Swamp where you see white egrets, Philippine ducks, white-breasted herons, streaked reed-warbler, and other birds.
Migratory birds usually make the trip to the Candaba Swamp from October to February, to escape the harsh winter conditions in China and Russia.
16. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Razon’s Halo-Halo
Razon’s of Guagua shops can be found all over Pampanga, so you can get your halo-halo fix at any time during your trip.
17. Visit San Fernando Train Station
As the terminus of the tragic Bataan Death March in 1942, this train station ruins served as a silent witness to the suffering of Filipino and American soldiers under the Japanese forces right after the fall of Bataan.
Thousands of exhausted and dying prisoners-of-war were loaded into box carts at this station, to be sent to Camp O’Donnell in nearby Capas, Tarlac.
18. Offer a Prayer at the Holy Rosary Parish Church
Fondly called by locals as Pisambang Maragul (“Big Church”), the Holy Rosary Parish Church is a living church and a national historical site in Angeles, Pampanga.
Construction of the church began in 1877 and was built under the “polo y servicio” labor system, the forced, unpaid labor system for Filipino native men imposed by the Spanish colonial government.
Add Pampanga Your Travel List This Year
You will definitely get your fill of the best local dishes, exciting theme parks, must-visit historical sites, and enchanting natural tourist spots only found in the Philippines. You also won't run out of options when it comes to where to stay in Pampanga.
Whether you are traveling solo or with family and friends, add Pampanga to your list of must-visit provinces in Central Luzon in the Philippines.
There is so much to see, experience, and bring home with you. And it’s not just the realization that Pampanga really is the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, but also the fact that it is one of the top summer destinations for the whole family.
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