Living in the city can sometimes be stressful. It’s a good thing there are nearby getaways — such as Antipolo City in Rizal! Located about 1-2 hours away from Manila, this city offers nice staycations, boutique cafes, and activities such as visiting museums, waterfalls, and more. Here we’ve compiled the best things you can do in Antipolo!
- 1. Visit the Antipolo Cathedral
- 2. Appreciate art at Pinto Art Museum
- 3. Relax at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
- 4. Grab lunch in a boutique cafe
- 5. Have a family day at Hinulugang Taktak
- 6. ATV ride
- 7. Enjoy outdoor activities in a team-building area
- 8. Have a retreat at Mount Purro Nature Reserve
- 9. Experience raw camping in the mountains
- 10. Enjoy a private staycation
- 11. Golfing
- 12. Visit Casa Santa Museum
- 13. Buy pasalubong
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1. Visit the Antipolo Cathedral
Due to its religious history, Antipolo City is known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. As such, one of the must-do activities here is visiting the Antipolo Cathedral, where you can find the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage which was brought from Mexico to the Philippines in the 1960s.
Another historic church you can visit is the Boso-Boso Church, a small church considered one of the oldest in the country.
2. Appreciate art at Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is one of the most popular museums in the Philippines. It’s built within a 2-hectare botanical garden. People visit here to see its impressive collection of modern and traditional artwork — as well as to take photos in its IG-worthy gardens and white-washed villas.
Pinto Art Museum is ideal for everyone — from museum lovers to casual visitors who are looking for something to do on a weekend or families who are looking for a wholesome time together.
3. Relax at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a mountainside resort offering amazing view of Manila and Laguna de Bay.
Here you can take a dip in its infinity pools, play traditional Filipino games in the leisure rooms, enjoy a sauna and massage, and enjoy a delicious meal at their in-house cafe.
Luljetta’s offers day tours; overnight accommodations are also available. They are usually crowded on weekends, so we suggest booking on weekdays if you want to get solo pictures.
4. Grab lunch in a boutique cafe
If you’re someone who loves visiting cafes, you’ll love the various boutique cafes in Antipolo.
Some of the well-loved ones are Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery, Yellow Lantern Cafe, and Burrow Cafe at Antipolo Beehouse. For breakfasts, head over to Cafe Lupe which offers a nice sunrise view overlooking the Manila skyline.
For romantic dates, we suggest getting a table at Vieux Chalet.
5. Have a family day at Hinulugang Taktak
Hinulugang Taktak is a recently renovated national park, ideal for families and friends. Its highlight is of course the 21-meter waterfalls but there are other things you can do here is as well.
Have a picnic, swim at the pool, or test your abilities at its latest adventure amenities including a spider web platform, hanging bridges, and wall climbing tower.
6. ATV ride
Antipolo has a lot of city attractions to get you occupied, but if you want to see the off-beat trails you’ll need to get a bike or — even better — an ATV ride!
ATV Adventures Rizal offers guided ATV tours through the mountains & jungles in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. If you’re a beginner, you can try out the Jungle Trail which only takes 2 hours. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Forest Trail, which is a 6-hour trail along rough and paved roads and includes stopovers at a river and hidden waterfalls in the mountains.
7. Enjoy outdoor activities in a team-building area
There are various nature enclaves you can book in Antipolo for team-building activity.
Camp Tipolo is a highly reputable venue in Antipolo. It’s located inside the 12-hectare Loreland Resort and offers activities for school or corporate groups. Another option is Phillip’s Sanctuary, an eco-adventure resort in Pestano Farm that offers obstacle courses, ziplining, swimming, and many others.
8. Have a retreat at Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Mount Purro Nature Reserve is a family-run eco-park ideal for those who love nature retreats. They offer various activities including hiking, river trekking, and campfire. They can also arrange a cultural visit to the Dumagat Tribe.
You can also just stay back and relax. The resort has its own swimming pool where you can take a dip.
This resort offers various types of accommodation, from tents to cottages.
9. Experience raw camping in the mountains
If you want to escape into the rural life, head over to Singalong Nature Campsite Hill. You can pitch a tent in the sapa or mountain peak. Cook your own food over coals or ask the campsite staff for home-cooked meals. Have we mentioned that there is also kawa hot bath available? Oh yeah.
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10. Enjoy a private staycation
Antipolo is a great place for a private staycation. With its high altitude, it’s home to various resorts with an overlooking view of the city. You can also find rest houses nestled in the mountains — ideal for those who want a quiet, exclusive stay.
You can read about the Best Private Resorts in Antipolo here.
They say golfing is a rich man’s hobby, which is probably why we don’t often see this listed in Antipolo Guides.
Antipolo is basically a golfer’s haven. It has world-class golf courses: Forest Hills, Sun Valley, and Valley Golf. It’s also near Eastridge Golf in the neighboring town of Binangonan.
12. Visit Casa Santa Museum
This museum offers all kinds of Santa displays. An ideal stop for children or children-at-heart.
13. Buy pasalubong
You can take home Antipolo’s delicacies including suman sa ibos, kalamay, coco jam, and fresh produce such as mango, star fruit, and cashew nuts.
Did we miss anything? If you have other recommendations on things to do in Antipolo, let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).