Because of its all year-round cool weather and accessibility from Manila, Baguio is one of the top favorite tourist destinations in the country. It is dubbed as the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines and features many interesting attractions and landmarks that many visitors enjoy exploring.
More than just a well-known city on the mountains where you can bask in the cool weather, Baguio offers a myriad of natural wonders and historical points of interests. Check out these top tourist attractions in Baguio.
One of the most iconic destinations in Baguio, Burnham Park is a favorite among the various parks in the city. Families and friends flock here to have picnics, bike around the area, and ride a boat on the man-made lake.
Owned by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, or BenCab, the museum features his notable works over the years and masterpieces from his personal collection. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, and is closed during Mondays and special holidays.
Behold the panoramic scenery from Mines View Park’s observation deck. Or take a snap of yourself wearing the traditional Cordillera costume including the headdresses and vests. Near the park is the Good Shepherd Convent, where you can buy some of famous Baguio snacks and other souvenirs.
A visit to Baguio will not be complete without passing by The Mansion and taking a selfie or a group picture outside its gate. It is the official summer home of the President of the Philippines.
Top Things to Do
A variety of activities that nature-lovers and adventurers will love is waiting in Baguio. We give you a rundown of what you should do when in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
Located at Camp John Hay, experience Baguio’s cool climate and breathtaking sceneries without breaking a sweat. Signature rides include Tree Drop Adventure, Silver Surfer, and Canopy Ride. This nature park is open daily, and even holidays, from 8am to 4:30pm.
Baguio is a certified bargain hunter’s paradise, famous for its ukay-ukays (thrift shops) along Session Road. This area comes more alive at night. You’ll be able to buy clothes, shoes, and more in good condition at a very cheap price.
Strawberry picking is a must when in Baguio City. It is one of the most popular activities for families and friends where you get to experience picking fresh, succulent strawberries. The farm is located in La Trinidad, which is roughly around 30 minutes from Baguio.
Where to Eat
Eat your heart out in Baguio as you enjoy its cool weather and refreshing environment. Its local delicacies will surely satisfy your cravings. Here are highly recommended food to try:
This classic Baguio street snack includes chunks of strawberry, syrup, and the taho. It is commonly found in most of Baguio’s parks including Burnham Park, Mines View Park, and Wright Park.
Savor the sweet and creamy ube right off the jar. This well-loved delicacy is one of the top pasalubongs from Baguio aside from Peanut Brittle and Strawberry Jam.
This savory Filipino treat makes it feel like Christmas time everyday. Solibao’s is a home-grown restaurant that has six branches in Baguio, including Burnham Park and Session Road.
- Don’t forget to bring your jacket in case the weather gets too cold.
- Pack light to heavy clothing as temperature may vary from hot (noon time) to extremely cold (night time).
- Book or do an early reservation in hotels especially during peak season (Panagbenga Festival ; Summer Months and Holiday Season) to avoid hassle.
- When exploring on foot, beware of pickpockets especially in crowded places.