6 Must-Visit Amusement Parks in Manila

Manila is the center of fun, food, and surprises in Luzon, no doubt. As the nation’s capital, Manila is home to outstanding amusement parks, ranging from clean, family fun to gory.

We list down eight amusement parks in Manila for any mood, age, and occasion. Read on.

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park prides itself as the “first world-class marine theme park in the country”, with 14,000 marine creatures in its Oceanarium – a glass walk-through installation filled with filtered water from Manila Bay. Kids can also enjoy a jellyfish exhibit, with live and colorful jellyfish species in glass encasements, and a sea lion show on site.

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Lakbay Museo

Speaking of firsts, here’s another first that you should visit: Lakbay Museo. Lakbay Museo is the first interactive millenial museum that highlights the best of each region in the Philippines. The museum contains limpressive life-size installations of regional cuisines, popular tourist attractions, fabrics, and musical instruments. Visitors are allowed to touch and take pictures with the installations, and even dance with staff who are adorned with native costumes. For budget-strapped Pinoys, it’s the closest thing to “traveling” the 81 provinces of the Philippines – and putting it on their bucketlist.

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SM by the BAY

SM by the BAY is situated on the bayside strip of the Mall of Asia complex. It hosts fun, -family-suited rides including The MOA Eye, a carousel, Bumble Bee, Drop Tower, and other attractions. Afterwards, families can choose from dozens of eateries along the strip, from upscale restaurants and bistros to budget-friendly fastfood chains.

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OtaCutE Japanese Amusement Park

Love Japanese pop culture? Head to U Belt and visit OtaCutE. This Japanese amusement park is set up with a Japanese pop-inspired interiors and modern games like Virtual Reality, Dance Machine, and table hockey. Visitors can also rent anime costumes, complete with accessories and shoes and have their photo taken at the photobooth on site.

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Offering opportunities to “play, create, learn”, City of Dreams’ DreamPlay lets visitors enjoy a day with DreamWorks characters and thrilling rides set in the wondrous world of DreamWorks movies, such as Madagascar and KungFu Panda. Kids will enjoy playing in the Afro Circus and Shrek’s Swamp, whip up dishes withDonkey, and pilot their own Reptools. There’s also Dream Theater, where you can watch 3D movies from DreamWorks.

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Asylum Manila

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The first of its kind in the Philippines, this walk-through horror house set against the backdrop of a 1930s psychiatric facility institution for the criminally insane. Banking on its masterful design, superb and terrifying actors, jump scares, and “Hollywood-quality special effects”, this newly installed sttraction in QC is definitely one for the books if you’re a fan of horror and gore.

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