The National Capital Region of the Philippines may be considered a concrete jungle, however, it’s not to say that there are still plenty of nature parks one can visit. So, if you’re feeling claustrophobic in the metro, why don’t you visit any of these nature parks around?
Luneta Park (Ermita, Manila) – Also known as Rizal Park, Luneta is one of the most popular nature parks in the country – if not the most popular one. This vast area rich in history and beautiful sceneries is one of a kind and is worth a visit.
Photo source: City Roamers
Paco Park (Paco, Manila) – A cemetery turned park may sound creepy but Paco Park is quite a beautiful place. Setting aside its origins that date back to the Spanish Colonial period, this nature park is a favorite venue for weddings and events that have garden themes.
Photo source: Angelyn Marquez
Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (Las Piñas City – Paranaque City) – This UNESCO site and bird sanctuary is the “South’s backyard”. Among its many protected lands include an artificial island called Freedom Island; a forest and swamp that provides a habitat for many migratory bird species called Fauna; and, Flora, one of the last few remaining mangrove forests in Metro Manila.
Photo source: Elmer Nev Valenzuela
Kalikasan Garden (BGC, Taguig City) – Right smack in the middle of the busy area of Bonifacio Global City is Kalikasan Garden. This open space is perfect for when you need a quick outdoor escape. It’s also quite a favorite hang-out spot for dog lovers and art enthusiasts as it houses several art pieces.
Photo source: TripAdvisor
Ayala Triangle (Makati Ave., Makati City) – This public space and garden in the heart of Metro Manila’s business district popular destination not just for the reprieve it gives to city dwellers but for foodies alike. The food strip found inside is also one of the things that attract visitors here. As well as the yearly Ayala Triangle light shows during the holidays.
Photo source: TripAdvisor
Washington Sycip Park (Legazpi Village, Makati City) – If you’re looking for a serene place for a quick escape in the hustle and bustle of Makati, you can visit the Washington Sycip Park located in the middle of Legazpi Village. Though it is privately owned, it is opened daily for the public. Visitors can enjoy the stillness of time being surrounded by the many tropical trees and a koi pond.
Photo source: Philippine Primer
Marikina River Park (Sto. Nino, Marikina City) – There are plenty of recreational activities you can find in Marikina River Park. From cycling along the Marikina River to hanging out in the many public facilities, you won’t run out of things to do here. You can easily spend an entire day here and it wouldn’t feel long at all.
Photo source: Valenzuela Vigattin Tourism
People’s Park (MacArthur Highway, Valenzuela City) – This urban natural park is a great place to bring your kids and enjoy an afternoon outdoors. It has all sorts of activities kids and even adults will like including a minizoo and a play park.
Photo source: Valenzuela City’s People Park Facebook Page
Ortigas Park (Emerald Ave, Pasig City) – It’s not hard to find Ortigas Park even if you aren’t familiar with this busy area in Pasig City. Hidden between buildings, however, camouflages it from those who are unfamiliar. But this not-so-hidden nature park is a great place to unwind from a busy day or for just a cup of coffee with your officemates.
Photo source: PGAA
Quezon Memorial Circle (Quezon City) – One of the biggest nature parks within the metro, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities you can do in Quezon Memorial Circle. It is a great place to spend time with family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors without having to leave Metro Manila.
Photo source: Quezon Memorial Circle Blog
La Mesa Eco Park (North Fairview, Quezon City) – La Mesa Eco Park is a great nature park for those who want to be surrounded with greens all around without having to go outside NCR. This watershed and nature reserve is perfect for family picnics and outings and even for the more adventurous one who loves cycling.
Photo source: Manila Daily Photo
Traveling may still be restricted for us right now, but these nature parks will help with some of the longingness for the great outdoors – while practicing proper safety and health measures. But even when we can all safely travel, these nature parks within NCR are still worth the visit.
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