Aside from those attractions, Burnham Park is best known for the picturesque centuries-old artificial lake at its center. If there is one thing you must experience at Burnham Park, it is boating at the famous Burnham Lagoon. It's one of the best things to do in Baguio City.
There are several boats you can rent here. The best part is that they are easy to operate so that you can row it on your own.
Trying out excursions in Burnham Park is an excellent way to get away from the crowd. Secondly, it's a good take on the beauty of Burnham Park and enjoys the cool Baguio breeze.
Last but not least, boating in Burnham lagoon at sunset makes for a memorable experience if you're traveling with a loved one. So go ahead and rent a boat and go rowing!
2. Feast on Local Cuisine at The Farmer's Daughter
If you want to taste authentic traditional Filipino dishes, there's no better place to go than The Farmer's Daughter, one of the most popular Baguio restaurants
This unassuming nipa hut restaurant on the outskirts of Baguio will take your tastebuds by surprise. It's thanks to the essential cooking techniques they employ and fresh local ingredients they use.
The Farmer's Daughter serves home-cooked regional cuisine centered on smoked meats, fresh vegetables, and native wines.
They may be humble home-cooked dishes, but you'll be surprised by how packed they are with potent flavors that will make you crave for more. Be sure to try their best-sellers; the Pinikpikan, Etag, and Pinuneg.
Pinikpikan is an Igorot dish. The Igorots are one of the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera region, and they follow a unique ritual in preparing the chicken soup.
The Etag, on the other hand, is sundried or smoked pork. The meat is cured in salt for a week, and then either sundried or smoked for several weeks.
Pinuneg is the Ibaloi Tribe's signature sausage. What makes it unique is that unlike ordinary sausages, it's not made from ground meat.
It is pig's blood sauteed in onions and other local spices. If you fancy exotic native cuisine, The Farmer's Daughter Restaurant certainly will not disappoint you.
3. Explore Camp John Hay
If you have limited time to tour Baguio attractions and you want to visit just one place, head to Camp John Hay. The camp was a former rest and recreation facility for American soldiers.
Today it has become one of the best places to visit in Baguio over the years, mainly because it houses must-see tourist spots in one convenient area. Some might even consider it as the best tourist spot in Baguio City.
This expansive recreational complex offers tourists tons of fun activities. It highlights the best that Baguio has to offer, which are pine trees, fresh air, cool breeze, and a serene atmosphere.It's a great option if you're looking for things to do in Baguio with your family.
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You can go to a heart-pumping eco-adventure or commune with nature. Treetop Adventure inside Camp John Hay offers several thrilling rides, including the Superman Ride (zipline), Tree Drop (harnessed free fall), and Canopy Ride.
Here, you can visit a world-class golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, where famous tournaments like the annual Fil-Am Golf Tournament are held. If you're not a golf fan, you can visit the Historical Core or the Bell Amphitheater.
If you're not too keen on hiking, check out the art galleries in Tam-Awan Village. The village also holds regular exhibitions and cultural shows from both local and visiting artists.
For a more immersive experience, join Tam-Awan village tours and register for any of their workshops in drawing, oil painting, watercolor, and wood carving.
For those who want to stay for more than a day, the village also has a cafe where you can taste authentic Cordilleran dishes, as well as huts for lodging.
8. Go Bargain-Hunting at Baguio Night Market
If you're unsure of what to do in Baguio at night, drop by the Baguio Night Market. Baguio is a famous bargain shopping hotspot. If you want to put your haggling skills to the test, there is no better place than the Baguio Night Market. This bargain-hunting haven is every thrifty fashionista's dream.
From 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, a part of Harrison Road at the northeast of Burnham Park transforms into a flea market. Here you can find everything to complete a casual look without burning a hole through your wallet, thanks to the rows of ukay-ukay stalls.
Ukay-ukay is the local term for surplus items shipped from other countries and second-hand apparel such as clothes, bags, and footwear that are sold at bargained prices.
Baguio Night Market is overflowing with ukay-ukay. It's the best place to shop for quality second-hand jackets, boots, clothes, and accessories for a fraction of their original price.
And if you're lucky, or have great thrift-shopping skills, you can score one of a kind vintage finds or even items that are in mint condition.
After shopping, grab an ear of sweet corn, noodle soup, or other street food at the northern side of the hill.
9. Try Horseback Riding at Wright Park
Wright Park is one of the many scenic parts of Baguio. It is a quiet promenade with blossoming flowers, a pool lined with pine trees, and a long stairway that leads visitors to a riding circle.
Wright Park is considerably smaller than Burnham Park, but it is also less crowded and more peaceful. It is located in the eastern part of Baguio and fronts the main gate of The Mansion.
Wright Park's long rectangular pond is called the "Pool of Pines," which could not be a perfect name as the length of the lake is flanked by pine trees on both sides.
There is also a park circle and pavilion where you can sit, relax, and listen to the swaying pine. Wright Park is an open green space, so feel free to stroll around and admire its natural beauty.
Wright Park is often called Ride Park, an understandable mistake since the park is known for its horseback-riding activity.
Indeed, Wright Park is the perfect place for people who love horses and want to learn how to ride one. It’s a great addition to the tourist spots often included on a day trip in Baguio. Follow the long stairway at the far end of Wright Park to reach the Riding Circle.
There you'll find several horses you can hire and ride around in the vicinity. If you're traveling with kids, good news! There are friendly ponies that are perfect for children.
Rest assured, every horse has an experienced handler who will guide and watch riders at all times. If it's your first time, the driver will lead the horse and walk alongside you as you ride.
10. Spend Time at The Mansion
The Mansion in Baguio was built in 1908 to serve as the official summer residence of U.S. Governors-General during the American occupation, making it one of the historical places in Baguio. Today, this Baguio City tourist spotserves as the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines.
Located on the eastern side of the city, it right in front of the idyllic Wright Park. This grand palace is easily one of the most photographed landmarks in Baguio.
Although the main gate is open to the public, visitors are only allowed in The Mansion House Museum, where tourists can check out presidential memorabilia.
Aside from exploring the museum, the only other activity you can do here is picture-taking. So don't be shy about taking tons of photographs!
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The Mansion's elegant main building is inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival design, making it an excellent backdrop for any picture. You can also snap photos in front of the ornate iron gate or by the beautifully manicured lawn.
11. Unwind at the Baguio Botanical Garden
The Baguio Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Baguio andprovides a much-needed tranquil space amid bustling Baguio City. In 2009, the garden was renamed Centennial Park in celebration of Baguio's 100th year as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
However, it is more known as the Botanical Garden.
Exploring the garden is a whole adventure on its own, as it has several sections with different attractions. As you enter the park, you will be greeted by a giant sculpture.
This bronze masterpiece is the work of Ben Hur Villanueva, a renowned Filipino sculptor. The statue represents the of the Cordillerans, Americans, Chinese, and Japanese in building Baguio.
Filled with pine trees, the Botanical Garden has two purposes. It serves a hideaway from the often crowded Baguio. It also houses nurseries dedicated to propagating flora that will eventually be replanted in the parks and gardens of Baguio.
With the abundance of trees and different plants, the Baguio Botanical Garden is truly a great place to unwind. You can explore the various sections, sit by the benches, or have a snack under the cottages.
You will find pocket gardens and pavilions dedicated to Baguio's sister cities in countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, Canada, Thailand, and the USA.
These sections are decorated with symbols that represent each city. There are also relics from the Igorot Village, such as giant statues depicting different Cordillera tribes.
12. Buy Souvenirs at the Good Shepherd Convent
Aside from the pasalubong stores around Mines View Park, do not forget to drop by at the Good Shepherd Convent that is just a stones' throw away.
Their acclaimed peanut brittle, ube, and strawberry jam have become synonymous with Baguio pasalubong. They are also now offering baked goodies like Lengua de Gato and alfajores, homemade ice cream, and strawberry-calamansi juice.
Nuns and volunteers from the international congregation The Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters run the convent, with profits from Good Shepherd going to charity.
Students of the Mountain Maid Training Center and Development Inc. create the products as part of the congregation's livelihood program to poor female students from Kalinga and Bontoc.
Be prepared to either line up for at least 30 minutes as you wait to be serviced or get heartbroken when your desired product goes out of stock.
Though, you may enjoy taking photos from the convent's view deck with the Cordillera Mountains as your background.
13. Visit the Baguio Cathedral
Formally known as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, the Baguio Cathedral stands atop Mount Mary Hill, or what the Ibalois call "Kampo."
The church is known for its Neo-Gothic style, as evidenced by its twin spires and its rose-colored exterior with stained-glass windows.
During World War II, it served as an evacuation center. Baguio Cathedral is also the largest Catholic church in the city. As it is built on top of a hill, it gives visitors an awe-inspiring bird' s-eye view of Session Road and the whole of Baguio.
The Baguio Cathedral can be reached by climbing a 104-step staircase.
If you want to cut some time and effort, the road up the hill is accessible to cars. You can also climb the escalators of Porta Vaga Shopping Mall in Session Road and exit at the top floor, as it'll lead onto the church's parking grounds.
14. Admire the Taoist Architecture of Bell Church
Atop the hills near the borders of Baguio and La Trinidad sits the Bell Church, the center of the religious and cultural activities of Baguio's Chinese-Filipino community.
Bell Church was founded in 1960 by Ng Pee, a Chinese immigrant from the Canton Region.
This Chinese temple is primarily influenced by Taoist architecture, but it also features a fusion of Buddhist symbols and follows ancient Chinese methods of construction.
Upon arriving at Bell Church, an ornate arch with dragon highlights and Chinese inscriptions will greet you. In front of the temple, you will find two octagonal lotus ponds that resemble a Bagua.
In Chinese culture, it represents the concept of rebirth and immortality. As you explore the church grounds, prepared to be entranced by the soaring pagodas, dragons, and lion statues, of course, the bells that decorate Bell Church.
Bell Church's pagodas feature images of saints and the Buddha. Past the opposing dragon figures, you will find a charming koi pond where you can make a wish.
You can go to the central patio of Bell Church to witness a panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
15. Explore Baguio Museum
Baguio is a melting pot of diverse Cordilleran culture. The Baguio Museum stands as a reminder of that and the city's storied past and rich cultural and historical heritage.
The museum was built to resemble a traditional Ifugao home. It has wood and stone, and it features a pyramid roof that has two towering concrete poles at the stair entrance.
Baguio is part of Benguet Province and the greater Cordillera Region. The main floor of the building is dedicated to the craftsmanship of the provinces of the Cordillera region: Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Apayao, and Abra.
You will find various tribal artifacts, native jewelry, apparel, fabrics, and musical instruments encased by protective glass panels.
If you're curious about what the lives of the indigenous Cordilleran tribes look like, the miniature dioramas in the museum will give you a picture.
Aside from the exhibits, the museum has educational clippings and photographs where you can learn more about the history of Baguio and the different tribes in Cordillera.
Baguio Museum also houses models of the different huts used by tribes in ancient times. Even more fascinating is the museum's collection of burial jars and carved wooden coffins, one of which contains a real mummified body!
So, if you're a museum lover, don't forget to stop by the Baguio Museum on yourCordillera heritage tour.
16. Take a Dip at the Asin Hot Springs
As you can tell by now, Baguio is full of surprises. And as if the one discussed above is not enough, this perpetually cold city has one more natural attraction that will take you by surprise.
16 kilometer northwest of Baguio lies the hot springs of Tuba, Benguet. Known as the Asin Hot Springs, these thermal and therapeutic springs are the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Because of its considerable distance from the city center, Asin Hot Springs is one of the most underrated destinations in the province of Benguet.
Although the pools are tiled, the waters that fill them are natural and come straight from the mountains. The springs are even said to have healing properties.
For instance, the hotness of the water is known to soothe muscle pains, while the sulfuric water stimulates blood circulation and moisturizes the skin. Take a dip and feel your stress wash away.
Aside from the soothing thermal water, Asin Hot Spring offers visitors scenic mountain views and lush vegetation. There are also different facilities, such as pools for adults and children-friendly ones.
Have an Asin Hot Spring experience and enjoy the stunning views of the mountainside while soaking.
17. Head to the Easter Weaving Room
To complete your Baguio city culture and countryside tour, stop by the Easter Weaving Room. Established in 1909, Easter Weaving Room is as old as Baguio itself.
It is also one of the few places inBaguio where you can witness authentic traditional weaving techniques practiced by the natives of the Cordillera Region. It’s a great addition to a day trip in Baguio.
Easter Weaving Room has a work area where you can watch weavers do their magic on the looms with multi-colored threads.
You also get to witness the intricacy of making the exquisite Montanosa cloth, which a colorful hand-woven cloth unique to the Cordillera Region.
Aside from watching weavers work, you can also go around and check out the Easter Weaving Room's displays.
They have a wide selection of hand-woven articles such as bed linens, table cloth, decorative wall hangings, ethnic textiles, clothing accessories, religious garments, and many more.
You can also purchase those items, as well as baskets and wood carvings.
Compared to other woven products sold around Baguio, the quality of the items made in the Easter Weaving room is superior and, most of the time, even cheaper.
18. Stop by at the Ifugao Woodcarver's Village
Another great spot to buy souvenirs in Baguio is theIfugao Woodcarver's Village.
Stretching for 3 kilometers long along Asin Road, the Woodcarver's Village is the largest concentration of veteran and budding local woodcarvers in Baguio.
Here traditional crafts and skills of weaving and woodcarving that span back decades are practiced and passed on to the next generations. Ifugao woodcarvers are recognized as the best among Cordillera tribes in this art form.
The village is famous for its excellent quality wood carvings. From small critical chains to towering statues of Igorot tribesmen, you will be stunned by the variety of hand-made crafts the Ifugao Woodcarvers Village.
Woodcarver's village showcases the indigenous aesthetics of the region, its natural environment, and the rich cultural heritage of the Cordillerans through wood carving.
Subjects of the carved items are mostly associated with the Cordillera, the indigenous people, and animals. They are also commonly religious icons, household items, furniture, signs, and key chains.
Buy some souvenirs and support the local woodcarving industry.
19. Check out the Colors of StoBoSa
The shanty-covered hills of La Trinidad used to be an eyesore in otherwise scenic countryside.
Inspired by the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Gamcheon Cultural Village of South Korea, the local government sought to transform the bleak hillside communities of La Trinidad.
Today, the houses of Stonehill, Botiw-tiw, and Sadjap (StoBoSa) have become an expansive life-sized art piece collectively called the StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork.
Also known as the Colors of StoBoSa, it comprises of around 200 houses over an area of 18,000 square meters. If the sheer expanse of it is not enough to wow you, the vibrant hues of this massive art piece will.
This stunning community artwork has now become a hit tourist attraction and a great excursion in La Trinidad, Benguet. Indeed, the Colors of StoBoSa is a magnificent menagerie of bright colors that will capture your attention and entice you to stop and take pictures.
Visit Baguio and Enjoy its Cool Atmosphere
Baguio may be known for its chilly temperatures, but over the years, it's transformed to become a gateway to the Cordillera region.
It continues to put the spotlight on the significance of the Cordilleran culture to the city, as well as celebrate the creativity and hard work of its people.
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Indeed, the Summer Capital of the country has something for every kind of visitor. Your Baguio itinerary will never run out of places to visit, things to do, places to explore, lessons to learn, and food to eat in the City of Pines. You might even discover hidden tourist spots in Baguio on your next visit!
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What is the most visited place in Baguio? ›
If you're to ask what's the most famous tourist attraction in Baguio, the answer is Mines View Park. In the early 20th century, Baguio was a mining town. Mines View Park sits on a ridge of the northeast side of Baguio where you can see a stunning view of the Cordillera Mountains and Benguet's old copper and gold mines.Why Baguio is the best tourist spot? ›
Baguio has always been one of the top destinations in the Philippines. Because of its chilly temperature, pine-dominated landscapes, and overall romantic atmosphere, this mountain city has attracted tourists especially in summer and the holidays like Christmas and New Year.How many tourist visited Baguio? ›
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- Burnham Park. A Burnham Park tour would be the top suggestion for things to do in Baguio if you're looking for ideas. ...
- Mines View Park. ...
- Baguio botanical garden. ...
- The Mansion. ...
- Camp John Hay. ...
- Bell House. ...
- Easter Weaving Room. ...
- Baguio Museum.
That's why people make the long road trip to Baguio from Manila to escape the stifling heat of the lowlands and polluted cities in the metro. Another reason tourists travel to the City of Pines is the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga Festival. It is an annual flower festival in Baguio celebrated every February.What is the best thing to do in Baguio during summer? ›
- Sky Ranch Baguio. One of the most popular tourist spots in Baguio and the newest go-to place for locals and tourists alike is Skyranch Baguio. ...
- Arca's Yard. ...
- 3. Cafe by the Ruins. ...
- Lemons and Olive Greek Taverna. ...
- Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant. ...
- Baguio Tree Top Adventure. ...
- Tam-awan Village. ...
- BenCab Museum.
Located in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion, it has become a very popular tourist destination at summer time. Due to its altitude, many people flock there to escape the heat in the lowland areas. As such, it has become known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.What festival is Baguio City known for? ›
Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras.Why Baguio is called Baguio? ›
Baguio City was called "Kafagway" by indigenous peoples. The name "Baguio" originates from the American period and is derived from the Ibaloi word bagiw (moss), which was then Hispanicized as "Baguio". A demonym for natives of the city, "Ibagiw", is also derived from bagiw.Is Baguio a model city? ›
Members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 cited Baguio City's pandemic response as it gradually resumes economic activities.
Who discovered Baguio City? ›
Under Spanish commandante galvey, the province of benguet was set up. Afterwards, the Spaniards sold the Philippines to the united states of America for $20,000. When the Americans arrived in Philippines, they found the pine-covered hills and frosty-winded Baguio.Can I wear shorts in Baguio? ›
BCPO: Residents wearing shorts and sando not prohibited from entering public market. The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has released an advisory today saying that they do not prohibit people who are wearing shorts or sando from entering the public market.How can I visit Baguio in one day? ›
- Breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins.
- Burnham Park.
- Leonard Wood Area | Teachers Camp | Botanical Garden | Wright Park Riding Circle | The Mansion | Mines View Park | Good Shepherd Convent.
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- Lunch at Camp John Hay.
- Explore Camp John Hay | The Manor | Historical Core.
BAGUIO CITY BUDGET AND ITINERARY
The estimated budget for an overnight stay in Baguio City for 2 people is around Php5,000.00 per person. This is on the assumption that: the accommodation is Php2,000.00 per night or lesser, 6 meals with Php200. 00 per person per meal budget and commute around Baguio City.
Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras.What is the first name of Baguio City which means wide open space? ›
Baguio's original name was Kafagway, meaning "wide open space". It was home to the indigenous Ibaloi tribe of the Philippine Cordilleras. The land was used primarily for grazing their herds of cattle.What can you say about Baguio City? ›
Hailed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is the top destination to go to if you want to take a break from the tropical heat in the lowlands. With average temperatures ranging from 15-23°C, the city rarely experiences temperatures higher than 26°C even during the warmest parts of the year.