Low-Key Manila Spots That You Can Visit for Free
Visit them for a budget-friendly city tour!
(SPOT.ph) If you're a resident of Manila, consider yourself lucky: you live in a hotbed of local culture and history. But the absolute best part is that many of these attractions are free to visit.
Balikbayans, foreign tourists, and basically anyone who is up for a city adventure will particularly enjoy a visit to one of these places since they spark feelings of nationalism. They also open up opportunities for young ones and members of older generations to bond over nostalgia—which is always a thing. So remember: there are plenty of things to do around the Metro that don’t require you to spend a lot. Here are some of them:
Take a walk in the park.
Visiting parks really does wonders when you want a quick break. Aside from Luneta or Rizal Park, there’s also the Arroceros Forest Park with its relaxing flora and fauna that will take you away from the busy streets. Paco Park is free on Sundays during mass hours and on Fridays during Paco Park Presents, an ongoing concert series that is free to the public.
Rizal Park is on Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Arroceros Forest Park is on Antonio Villegas Street, Ermita, Manila. Paco Park is on Belen, Paco, Manila.
Check out some libraries.
The National Library is now open to the public for free. Just bring a valid ID, and you can explore the library’s archives to your heart’s content. If you find yourself in the area on a weekday, you can also check out the CCP Library and Archives, and the Jose P. Laurel Memorial Foundation’s Library and Museum—which are also free of charge.
National Library is at 1000 Kalaw Avenue, Ermita, Manila. CCP Library and Archives is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Jose P. Laurel Memorial Foundation’s Library and Museum is at Roxas Boulevard corner Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila.
Go on an art hop.
Go beyond the National Museum and “Spoliarium” and see all the other great artworks in the area, for free. There’s the Avellana Art Gallery in Pasay, as well as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery in Intramuros.
National Museum is on Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila. Avellana Art Gallery is at 2680 FB Harrison Street, Pasay City. National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery is at 633 General Luna Street, Manila.
Step back in time in the Walled City.
You’ve read about it a million times in history books, but you probably never fully appreciated the rich history of Intramuros. Whether you explore it by foot, ride a calesa, or ride a "bambike" around it, there are loads of treasures to be found.
Snap away in Binondo.
You could have a taste of the best Chinese food in what’s known as one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world. But a quick photo op in and around the colorful streets of Binondo is a free activity that's worth your while.
Walk along the bay.
Whether you end up watching the sunset or just taking photos of the scenic view, a walk along Manila Bay is another must if you’re playing tourist for a day.
It’s easy to forget that all these places are just in Manila, but imagine living right in the heart of it. Avida Towers Prime Taft offers easy access to these historic locations and creative hubs in our nation's capital. There’s a vibrant energy in this part of town that will keep you thrilled once you find yourself living right there and right in the moment.
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