Manila Ocean Park | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Monday - Friday, 10am - 9pm; Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 9pm|
|Address:||Behind Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
Museo Pambata (Museum for Children) in Manila is a two-storey learning playground for children—and adults who wish to be a child once again. The ground floor is home to four thematic rooms. The Old Manila Room features a kiddie version of a Spanish Galleon Ship, the Binondo Church, and the Bahay na Bato. The Kalikasan Room introduces the children to the environment. The Children in the Global Village Room showcases various toys from all over the world. Similarly, the second floor bears four thematic rooms as well. The How Our Body Works Room is a crash course to the various human organs. The Marketplace is a hallway of stores and establishments. The Career Options Room is where kids could spark their imagination and draw about their dream careers. The I Love My Planet Earth Room displays exhibits on climate change and other environmental issues.
Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish Period. It was built and designed by the Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeno in the late 1580s. Today, the baluarte is a bonsai garden that caters to tourists and social gatherings. Its main feature is the circular dungeon called Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Centuries ago, Baluarte de San Diego used to have a view of Manila Bay, and once served as a watchtower for incoming ships. It was intruded by the British Forces in 1762, and was later restored and fortified by the Spaniards. The baluarte was once again abandoned after it was damaged in the 1862 earthquake. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila in 1945, and was restored from 1979 to 1992 for historical preservation.
Originally built to be an added fortification, this lone pentagon structure located on the outskirts of the wall is connected directly to Baluartillo de San Jose as a storeroom for ammunition and firearms. The Reducto is specifically built to make transport of ammunition easier, with custom-built ramps at the side of the structure leading to the parapet. It has also had its own cannonball deposit, and gun emplacements look out on the parapet. The Reducto is closed for the public but it can be seen from afar from the Baluartillo de San Jose and some parts of the wall nearby.
Things to do nearby
- Experience this fun and exciting Siklesa joy ride in Manila with Lost Juan and his gang!
- Activities include food tripping in Binondo, sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Intramuros, spotting BGC's murals and art installations, and touring the world-class Mind Museum!
- Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along the Manila's streets from past to present
- Discover the Philippines' tragedies, tolerance, and triumphant recoveries from colonial influences
- Visit some of Manila's oldest structures in Escolta
- Indulge in authentic Filipino dishes at Seascape Village for lunch, Manila's Seafood Paluto Market.
- Make your own miniature Intramuros (cut and build) while you learn about its story.
Barbara de los Reyes was brought up with a taste for elegance and good food. Her family pioneered the fine dining and catering industry in Olongapo City. She brought this fondness for gourmet cuisine to Manila in the early 1970s. Starting out as a small cafe in Malate, the business soon expanded its operations to catering as well as canteen management. Today, Barbara's is located at the Plaza San Luis complex in Intramuros, Manila. The restaurant's main entrees celebrate traditional Filipino and Spanish recipes but house specialties also include other European-inspired dishes. Barbara's cater to people who enjoy good food served in a grand manner.
Where to stay
Hotel H2O is the only marine-themed urban resort in the Philippines.
Located within the Manila Ocean Park complex in historic Rizal Park, the hotel has 128 rooms and 19 suites furnished with sandalwood marble, natural fabrics, artworks and all the upscale amenities of a first-class resort.
Every part of the hotel has a connection to its namesake element, water – from its next-door proximity to Manila Ocean Park, to its location on the edge of Manila Bay, to its signature aquarium wall that adorns the inner guest rooms and grand ballroom, to the seafood specialties of Makan Makan Asian Food Village, to the healing, negative-ion treatments of Zenyu Eco Spa. All these make Hotel H2O perhaps the most visually distinctive property in the country today.
WELCOME TO THE RIZAL PARK HOTEL
A BOUTIQUE HISTORIC HOTEL IN THE HEART OF MANILA Your dream escape awaits at one of the most iconic boutique hotels in the country. Rizal Park Hotel is the manifestation of what life and elegance the Army and Navy Club had more than a hundred years ago. Featuring designs and architecture retained from the historic Army and Navy Club, our Filipino-Colonial guest rooms are especially designed to take you on a trip down memory lane in pure comfort, luxury & bliss.
Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.
Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.
There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.
Getting there and around
Behind Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions