If you are looking for tourist destinations in the Philippines, then Clark, Pampanga is one of the places that you would want to choose! Even Filipinos themselves often choose this place for their vacations because of many amenities and places they offer.
Clark, Pampanga is about 80 to 100 kilometers from Metro Manila by vehicle, depending on which city you will come from.
If you are looking for almost-real dinosaurs, then Dinosaur Island is where you should go to! They feature live moving dinosaurs (but they are actually machines wearing dinosaur costumes), which also make roaring sounds from time to time. Th
The fee is small for tourists – ₱350 per person ($7.74 as of this time of writing) – a low price for a 30-minute enjoyment. They offer lower rates for students and bulk purchases. There are smaller, separate parks in Dinosaur Island (intended for children) for which you have to pay an additional smaller fee to access.
You purchase a ticket in order to enter the main park. Once inside, you (and others who purchased a ticket recently before or after you) will be escorted by a park guide. You will be led along the park, being shown life-sized dinosaurs that get larger the deeper you go in the park. You are allowed to take pictures along the way. Don’t be surprised if a dinosaur suddenly moves and roars behind you! Children are especially surprised by these!
At the last park destination, you will be watching man-sized dinosaurs dancing (but they are actually park crew who are wearing velociraptor costumes). They will randomly move and “bite” (not harmful) at the watchers, especially kids, who get too close to them. Don’t forget to take pictures or videos of your companions being bitten by these dinosaur puppets! If you brought children, you would either see them scared or laughing at the dinosaurs.
After the tour, you will have seen how these dinosaurs looked like: Velociraptor, Brontosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Spirosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Rhinoceros, Iguanodon, and many more!
For a fun time seeing wonderful animals, then Zoocobia Fun Zoo is your choice! Unlike other zoos, Zoocobia has a large area, is not crowded and is home to beautiful animal species.
Entrance fee is at a low price at about 6 dollars (prices are available on the spot and change over time).
In the Barn, you will be able to meet baby animals, for which you will pay less than a dollar to buy milk which then you will personally feed to the cute animals! You can also buy bird feed to feed birds such as ostriches. And then there is the bearcat – an animal that is neither a bear nor a cat – which is very vulnerable while on the ground. You can buy a banana serving for a bearcat. If you want to be free of “please do not feed the animals” sign, then the Barn is the right place for you.
In the Fun Show, you will be able to watch trained animals such as monkeys, dogs and pigs do unbelievable feats. Look, that’s a skateboarding poodle!
Aside from the animals, there are also other facilities such as the Zooc Ride. You will be lent a colorful cart (non-motorized) that starts at the top of a cemented hill and goes downward by going with the gravity. You will be able to go left, right and brake while inside the cart. Your enjoyment in the cart will not be prematurely stopped, since the track is almost half a kilometer. You might already want to rest before you reach the end of the track!
Then there’s Paradise Ranch, an environmentally-friendly place where Filipino poor natives are given employment to help preserve the country’s natural resources and beauty. Remember – no non-biodegradable containers such as plastic, metal, Styrofoam are allowed in Paradise Ranch!
An amenity is not complete without a souvenir shop! You will not forget your visit to Zoocobia once you bring home Philippine-made products for decent prices.
Nayong Pilipino is the place where the highlights of past Filipino culture and tradition are shown. You will enjoy seeing how the Philippines had a rich history.
There is the “bahay kubo” (nipa hut) which was a common type of shelter used by the average Filipinos a century ago, and more wooden houses built during the Spanish colonization period of the country.
In one corner of Nayong Pilipino, there is a theater in which you could watch Filipinos dancing, emphasizing Filipino past and present culture for 3 hours – 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. – so eat your lunch before entering! Entrance to the theater is free, like with all venues inside the park.
It has its own church – a replica of the Barasoain Church, which is an important historical Filipino landmark. There is also a large garden where you can find plants that are grown only in the Philippines, which is the Orchidarium.
When you want to eat your meal, there are stalls inside the park selling Filipino food, or common fastfood if you prefer. By the way, you are allowed to take your own food inside for no additional cost. You will be able to eat at a vacant table with benches on its sides without paying for rent. Enjoy eating under the trees and on grass in fresh cool air, without cemented building walls and floors surrounding you!
By the time that you want to leave Nayong Pilipino, there are various shops selling Filipino specialties and souvenirs. All products are produced by Filipinos, using materials that are naturally found in the Philippines. You will also be able to see some products made on-the-spot.
If in case you are visiting the Pampanga, Philippines, then trying out these amenities is a must. With value for money, these parks will give you a lot of enjoyment and memorable experiences without spending a lot!
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