Pampanga Tourist Spots: Top 7 Destinations to Visit

Pampanga Tourist Spots: Top 7 Destinations To Visit

A trip to the North is definitely not complete without setting foot in Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines. While this province in the Central Luzon region is highly known for its world-class cuisines and delicious local cuisine, Pampanga also prides itself on tourist spots, water theme park, outdoor activities, thrilling rides, amusement parks, as well as historical sites that are certainly worth visiting.

From culturally rich getaway to festivities, up to an action-packed adventure and theme parks, including the world renowned Hot Air Balloons Festival, Pampanga has got you covered. In addition, these Pampanga tourist spots are only one to two hours away from Metro Manila.

Now, let us rove around Pampanga tourist attractions! Here is the rundown for the top tourist spots that you can enjoy with the whole family or your bunch of friends.

Tourist Spots and Destinations in Pampanga, Philippines

Fontana Leisure Park

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Dubbed as the largest and most integrated leisure park located within the Clark Freeport Zone at Clarkfield Pampanga, Fontana Leisure Park definitely promises a huge water adventure that you should try one of these days.

The Fontana Water Park is one of the best Pampanga tourist spots that offer a diverse range of water park amenities such as an lazy river, three giant aqua exciting slides, a water factory, an Olympic-size pool, a hot spring, and a lagoon pool. It also houses a refreshing water cottage slide and a kiddie pool that are all best shared with the family and loved ones.

The fun never stops at these water attractions

Here, you can also indulge in a revitalizing and relaxing sauna and spa experience, play some popular games at their sports center, delight in traditional and authentic Chinese dishes at their Red 8 restaurant, refresh yourself with their freshly squeezed fruit juices, or have a sip of good coffee at their Coffee, Tea and Juice Bar. 

You can also hold intimate gatherings and grand events at their banquet halls with a country club feel. Its surrounding landscape brimming with century old trees and an assortment of flowering plants provide the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Location: Fontana Leisure Parks C.M. Recto Highway, CFZ 2023, Pampanga, Philippines

Aqua Planet

Aqua Planet, Clark Museum, Theme Park, Pampanga Tourist Attraction,
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Nestled in the heart of Pampanga, within Clark air base, the Aqua Planet stands as a premier tourist destination, offering a splashing haven of aquatic delights for visitors of all ages.

Boasting an array of exhilarating water attractions, from towering water slides to lazy rivers, Aqua Planet is a water park extravaganza that promises an unforgettable experience.

Family-friendly fun and adventure

The vibrant and tropical ambiance sets the stage for a day of family-friendly fun and adventure. With its meticulously designed pools, wave pools, and thrilling slides, Aqua Planet is a refreshing escape from the bustling city life.

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush on the daring slides or simply looking to relax by the water, Aqua Planet stands as a must-visit destination in Pampanga, captivating locals and tourists alike with its aquatic wonders and ensuring a memorable day of aquatic escapades.

Location: Aqua Planet, Mabalacat, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2009 Pampanga

Dinosaurs Island Park and Museum

If you are a fan of dinosaurs, then you will find the Dinosaur Island in Clark, Pampanga fascinating. The themed amusement park features the pre-historic creatures – life sized animatronic dinosaurs – that have been one of the favorite subjects of children’s books and movies. The model dinosaurs were crafted in their actual fossil sizes and with the help of realistic sound effects, it feels as if you are back in pre-historic times.

Dinosaur Island Museum

Within the park is the Dinosaur Island Museum with fossil replicas. It is a good spot to rest after exploring the park as log chairs are provided below canopies of trees.  

It is truly a fun and educational experience worth considering.

Sky Ranch Pampanga

Thrill of your lives!

Both kids and kids at heart will definitely have the time of their lives in Sky Ranch Pampanga. This theme park houses the Pampanga Eye, which is the tallest Ferris wheel in the country.

If you are looking for a place where you can make happy memories filled with smiles, laughter, and fun, then this amusement park is perfect for you. 

There are rides that can be enjoyed by the whole family, such as their Double-decker Carousel, SkyCycle, Gear Shifter, Aerial Walk Challenge, Field Runner, Indianapolis, Express Train, Bumper Boat, Kangaroo Jump, Dragon Parade, Wall Climbing and so much more! 

Kids can also make the most of their visit by riding Sky Ranch Pampanga’s Safari Train, Convoy Tour, Canoe River, and Pedal Boats. There’s also horseback riding for adults and kids alike.

For thrill-seekers, absolute fun is waiting when you ride the park’s Super Viking, Drop Tower, Loop Roller Coaster, and Space Shuttle.

Location: SM City Pampanga Complex, Barangay San Jose, San Fernando, Philippines

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 11AM – 8PM

Clark Museum and 4D Theatre

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Immersive tours

Pampanga definitely has diverse offerings in terms of tourist destinations. Here, you can also immerse yourself in rich history by visiting the newly renovated Clark Museum inside the Air Force city park.

This museum in Pampanga features an expanded collection of artifacts, true-to-life replicas, scenic dioramas, and interactive displays, which show the Filipinos’ bravery and ingenuity of a nation’s sovereignty. 

For a heightened museum experience, you should not miss trying the museum’s 48-seater state-of-the-art 4D theater featuring a 20-minute documentary film entitled “Risen from the Ashes.” The film shows the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, accompanied by in-theater effects like wind, bubbles, and mist. 

Location: 2528 S Osmena, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2010 S Osmena, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2010 Pampanga

Mount Pinatubo

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The “Beautiful Disaster”

Often called the “beautiful disaster,” you will definitely find yourself lost for words describing how wonderful it is to see Mt. Pinatubo. This popular hiking destination and tourist attraction in Pampanga boasts a crater lake with magnificent crystal clear waters and the world’s largest lahar canyon.

ATV rides or 4×4 off-road adventure from the base camp to the jump-off point need to be arranged to reach it.

Expect the ride to be a rocky one, but once you are in a spot overlooking the lake, all the bumps from your ride are worth it. You will be hiking up the mountain for about two hours, and the reward for the effort is the real jewel of the area, the lake. 

Here, you can rest, explore the area, enjoy a delicious lunch, or interact with the Aetas, an indigenous tribe in the Philippines – all while taking in magnificent views surrounding you.

Puning Hot Springs

Soak in therapeutic bath

Conquering and trekking the ragged terrain of Mt. Pinatubo calls for a relaxing treat for your body. On the Pampanga side of the mountain is one of the wonders created by its destructive explosion – the Puning Hot Spring. 

The trip to the hot spring gives you a visual treat, with rivers and slopes, towering walls of mountain and lahar, and lush landscapes. Arriving in the hot spring, you will be welcomed by layers of small pools where you can enjoy a therapeutic dip into the relaxing waters.

In this tourist attraction, you can experience the healing effect of the therapeutic bath from the warm thermal spring of Mt. Pinatubo.

Location: Sitio Target, Sapang Bato, Angeles City

Clark Safari and Adventure Park

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Safari adventures amidst natural beauty

Located within the scenic landscape of Pampanga, the Clark Safari and Adventure Park beckons adventure enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. This unique tourist destination seamlessly blends the thrill of safari adventures with the charm of natural beauty.

Visitors can embark on a safari expedition, encountering a diverse array of exotic animals in semi-wild habitats, creating an immersive experience that brings the African safari feel to the Philippines. Beyond the wildlife encounters, the park offers adrenaline-pumping activities such as zip-lining and off-road adventures, catering to thrill-seekers seeking an extra dose of excitement.

The Clark Safari and Adventure Park not only provides an opportunity for an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature but also fosters conservation awareness, making it a captivating and educational destination for tourists exploring Pampanga.

Location: 67 Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Wildlife adventures

Looking for a leisure spot that your family would enjoy? Zoocobia Fun Zoo is a great option for you. It offers a delightful blend of adventure and wildlife experiences for visitors of all ages.

Here are some of the things you can do: interact with a colorful array of birds in the Bird Thrillz aviary, embark on an exciting gravity car ride with Zooc Ride, and enjoy leisurely horseback rides through scenic trails.

The Barn and Zoology Museum

The Barn introduces visitors to a variety of farm animals, providing an educational and hands-on experience, while the Zoocology Museum educates about wildlife and conservation. The park also features a Garden Maze, Butterfly Sanctuary, and a Menagerie showcasing exotic animals.

Zoocobia Fun Zoo aims to provide not only entertainment; it serves as a platform for learning and appreciation of the natural world, making it an ideal destination for families and nature lovers.

Location: Group 1 Ilanin Forest, Forrest Adventure, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Mount Arayat National Park

A captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural significance, and outdoor adventure

Witness the majesty of Mount Arayat, a stratovolcano revered for its distinct silhouette and lush landscapes, in Mount Arayat National Park. It stands as a natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

As one ascends its trails, varying in difficulty, you will see a beautiful park serving as a sanctuary of tropical hardwood trees and diverse flora and fauna.

Popular among hiking enthusiasts, the trails offer not only panoramic views and encounters with wildlife but also a glimpse into local folklore and religious traditions, with the annual Via Dolorosa drawing pilgrims during Holy Week.

With amenities like picnic areas and viewpoints, Mount Arayat National Park is a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural significance, and outdoor adventure, inviting visitors to explore its trails and discover the enchanting landscapes that unfold along the slopes of this iconic Philippine peak.

Holy Rosary Parish Church

An architectural and historical gem

If you want to visit a place with a rich cultural heritage, The Holy Rosary Parish Church is a must-see tourist destination. It stands as an architectural and historical gem, embodying centuries of cultural and historical heritage and religious significance.

Erected in 1877, this iconic church boasts a captivating neo-Romanesque design characterized by its majestic facade and intricate details. The church serves as a testament to the enduring faith and resilience of the local community, having withstood the ravages of time and natural calamities.

The Holy Rosary Parish Church, often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines,” is a spiritual and cultural anchor, drawing pilgrims and history enthusiasts to appreciate its timeless beauty and the profound role it has played in the religious landscape of Pampanga.

San Fernando Train Station

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History of steam locomotives through engaging exhibits

One must-visit destination in Pampanga is the San Fernando Railway Station. It is a captivating testament to the region’s transportation heritage.

This tourist spot was built in 1892 and used to transport prisoners, those who were part of the Death March in Bataan, during World War II.

Its charming red-brick facade and arched windows evoke a sense of nostalgia, marking the era during when it served as a vital link in the Philippine National Railway system.

Although the station is no longer operational, it has found new life as a cultural and heritage center. Visitors are welcome to explore the well-preserved architecture and immerse themselves in the history of steam locomotives through engaging exhibits.

The San Fernando Railway Station, now a symbol of the past’s grandeur, invites guests to journey through time and appreciate its pivotal role in shaping the region’s transportation landscape.

Other Exciting Cultural Theme Park and Historical Landmarks

Other interesting sights and activities worth including in your bucket list: the nearby historic Santa Ana church, San Guillermo church, Museo Ning Angeles, the San Fernando Heritage district showcasing homes from Spanish colonial period, and the newly renovated Clark Museum. For thrill seekers, the deca wakeboard park, paradise ranch, and the giant swing in Porac, Pampanga.

‘Nights of Lights’ Christmas Village in San Fernando, Pampanga

The Orchid Gardens Resort Complex has unveiled its “Nights of Lights” Christmas village to the public for the third consecutive year, marking the commencement of the festive season and welcoming everyone to partake in the joyous celebrations.

A dazzling spectacle

The enchanting ‘Nights of Lights’ Christmas village in San Fernando, Pampanga, warmly ushers in the holiday season with its captivating display of festive splendor.

As dusk descends upon the village, a magical transformation takes place, turning the quaint streets into a dazzling spectacle of twinkling lights and vibrant decorations. The air is filled with the joyous sounds of carolers and the laughter of families enjoying the festive atmosphere.

A charming Christmas Village

The heart of San Fernando comes alive with the spirit of Christmas, as visitors stroll through the charming village, savoring the aroma of holiday treats and marveling at the intricately designed light installations that illuminate the night sky.

‘Nights of Lights’ not only ignites the spirit of Christmas but also fosters a sense of community and togetherness, making it a cherished annual tradition for locals and a must-visit destination for those seeking the magic of the season.

Giant Lantern Festival

Christmas Capital of the Philippines

Did you know that apart from being the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is also known as the Christmas Capital of the country? Holding the title means you should not miss visiting the province during Christmas time to witness its Giant Lantern Festival.

Happening in mid-December in the City of San Fernando, this annual festival is the biggest, brightest, and most colorful event in the country. 

Just as the name suggests, the festival features a competition of giant lanterns whose grand structure and elaborate designs are already an attraction. The contest is being participated by Kapampangan local lantern makers, each tasked to represent every village in San Fernando City.

Symbolizing unwavering hope, the festival is home to innovative designs that display creativity and infuse originality, all while signifying a hopeful Christmas spirit to the thousands of attendees. 

Location: City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 

If you are into a fun and colorful activity, then you might as well not miss witnessing Pampanga’s Hot Air Balloon Festival. This annual event usually happens between January and February at Clark Freeport Zone, only a few kilometers from Camella Pampanga.  

Exciting experiences in this festival include hot air balloon competition, aircraft maneuvers, and precision flying, sky diving, aircraft rally, flag jump, balloon bursting competition, powered paragliding, static aircraft scale modeling, kite flying, trade fair, carnival rides, and nightly concerts. 

Depending on wind conditions, guests can also ride the balloons for discovery flights. Now, who is excited for this pandemic to end and experience this one-of-a-kind hot air balloon festival? 

Location: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga


As years go by, Pampanga has proven that the province is more than just its rich culture and culinary delights. Pampanga has definitely proved to be an exciting tourist destination, with its long roster of must-visit attractions.

The list above is only some of the various options that you can check out in the province. 

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This community is also just 10 minutes away from Clark International Airport, which also makes it an ideal residence for those who like to travel internationally. 

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