Visit one of the most family-friendly destinations in the Philippines — Baguio. While the capital and big cities of Metro Manila and other lowlands hit scorching temperatures during the dry season, the weather here is relatively cold.
It has the temperature rising to just 26˚C on a typical summer day. If you want to enjoy outdoor activities in the Philippines during the summer season without the sweltering heat, then Baguio is the place for you.
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Burnham Park, dubbed the city's "Mother of all Parks," is one of Baguio's most popular tourist destinations. It was named after American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, who created the park's original design and arrangement.
Burnham Park is an open green park at the heart of Baguio. The park's lush greenery and blossoming blooms make you forget you're in the heart of a densely populated metropolis.
Burnham Park is easily accessible; it is located along Harrison Road, just a short distance from Session Road, Baguio's main highway.
The Park is divided into several clusters, each with its own set of activities and attractions, such as the Children's Playground, Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Picnic Grove, Igorot Garden, and so on.
Apart from such features, Burnham Park is most renowned for its magnificent centuries-old artificial lake in the center called the Burnham Lagoon. Boating on the beautiful Lagoon is a must-do activity.
Mines View Park
Baguio was a mining town in the early twentieth (20th) century. The Mines View Park is the place to go if you want to see what life was like in the past. On the northeastern side of Baguio, this park is situated on a ridge.
As such, its main attraction is the viewing platform that offers a breathtaking view of the Cordillera Mountains and the ancient copper and gold mines of Benguet.
Tourists can dress up in traditional Ifugao garb like bahag (loincloth), vests, and headdresses, and even pose for photos with a shield and spear.
Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad
Visiting the strawberry farm in adjacent La Trinidad, as well as other sights, is one of the must-do activities while in the Summer Capital.
The climate in the north is ideal for cultivating a variety of vegetables and fruits, but nothing is more popular or tasty than the luscious red strawberries.
Baguio Night Market
Baguio is known for its inexpensive shopping. The Baguio Night Market is the place to go if you want to put your haggling abilities to the test. Every thrifty fashionista's dream comes true in this bargain-hunting paradise.
A section of Harrison Road to the northeast of Burnham Park morphs into a flea market from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Thanks to the rows of ukay-ukay stalls, you may find everything you need to complete a casual style without burning a hole in your wallet.
Ukay-ukay is the local phrase for surplus things shipped from other nations as well as second-hand clothing, luggage, and footwear offered at discounted costs.
The ukay-ukay at the Baguio Night Market is overflowing. It's the finest location to find high-quality used jackets, boots, garments, and accessories at a fraction of their original cost.
And if you're lucky or have excellent thrift-shopping talents, you might be able to obtain one-of-a-kind vintage finds or even mint-condition stuff.
After shopping, head to the northern side of the hill for an ear of sweet corn, noodle soup, or other street cuisine.
Horseback Riding at Wright Park
Wright Park is one of Baguio's numerous picturesque areas. It's a peaceful promenade with blooming flowers, a pool surrounded by pine trees, and a long stair leading to a riding circle.
Wright Park is much smaller than Burnham Park, but it is also quieter and less busy. It is situated in the eastern portion of Baguio, directly in front of The Mansion's front gate.
The "Pool of Pines" is the name given to Wright Park's long rectangular pond, which is an apt term given that the lake is lined on all sides by pine trees.
A park circle and pavilion are also available, where you may sit, relax, and listen to the swaying pines. Because Wright Park is an open green space, feel free to roam around and take in the scenery.
Wright Park is often called Ride Park, an understandable mistake since the park is known for its horseback-riding activity.