I’m walking on sunshine, whoa!
Pack up your favorite snacks, grab your comfiest blanket, and get ready to bask under the sunlight–we’re going on a picnic! Here’s a unique date idea for those stuck with cabin fever or those who want a break from crowded malls!
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Although the metro is mostly buildings, busy roads, and skyscrapers, there are still a few hidden spots where you can go for a relaxing picnic with a good view and relaxing ambiance. And if a road trip is on your itinerary, you can also swing by these spots outside the city! Check this list out!
Reminder: Always observe safety protocols. Bring your alcohol and wear your facemask and face shield when needed. Avoid crowded areas. Be updated with the current lockdown status to know the availability of these palces.
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Ayala Triangle Gardens is a refreshing sight of greenery in the middle of towering buildings and persistent traffic. The park offers wide spaces and roads perfect for exercise, picnics, and relaxation. At night, you can walk around the garden while marveling at the sight of pretty lights and the gentle breeze swaying the trees above you.
What you’ll love: Wide, green spaces. Pet-friendly and kid-friendly place. Close proximity to malls, restaurants, and establishments.
Address: Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati
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Rainforest Adventure Experience
No need to drive miles away for an Adventure Park with various fun activities! Here at Pasig, the Rainforest Adventure Experience or RAVE has got everything you need. Bring your whole family or barkada and enjoy a relaxing picnic in their Picnic Grove, or if you’re hungry for more, explore their various attractions!
What you’ll love: Various activities and attractions like Adventure Park, aMAZE Garden, Boating Lagoon, Botanical Area, Camping Garden, Fitness Center, Kiddie Playland, Flower Park, Pasig Zoo, Mini Train Station, Promenade Area
Address: F. Legaspi Ave. Maybunga, Pasig City
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La Mesa Eco Park
If you think you need to get away from Manila to experience nature, think again. La Mesa Eco Park is found in the city of stars, a sanctuary of flora and fauna and a place of recreation. Apart from giving us a forest experience in the middle of the metro, La Mesa Eco Park also initiates various programs to encourage environmental reservation. It’s a wonderful place to interact with nature while also learning valuable lessons about loving our home.
What you’ll love: Various activities that immerse people in nature, jogging and walking grounds, breath-taking scenery and relaxing setting
Address: La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro. (along Commonwealth Avenue, take Pearl Street, East Fairview Subdivision) Quezon City
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Bonifacio Global City
Bonifacio Global City is not all high-rise condominiums, food hubs, and luxurious malls–it also has various green spots where you can unwind! BGC has the Burgos Circle Park, Bonifacio High Street, BGC Greenway Park, and Track 30th where you relax, take a stroll or have a picnic. And, if you suddenly remember that you need some shopping to do, you don’t have to walk too far because you’re surrounded by establishments and stores!
What you’ll love: Iconic murals and water features, pet-friendly spaces, wide roads, pop-up markets and food stalls, routes for jogging and biking, proximity to restaurants, bookstores, and establishments
Address: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
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Gain a deeper appreciation for our history while taking a break by visiting Rizal Park. As one of the famous leisure spots in the Metro, Rizal Park gives a calm, yet lively atmosphere. You’ll find attractions nearby like the National Museum, the Chines and Japanese Gardens, the monument of Lapu-Lapu, and various restaurants that will fill up your belly after a long day of unwinding.
What you’ll love: Historical attractions, proximity to restaurants, wide spaces for strolling or star gazing at night, gardens for picnic and meditation, lush trees.
Address: Riazl Park, Ermita, Manila
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Cover photo from National Parks Development Committee