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Pasyal Na! Zoos, Farms, And Ocean Parks Around The Metro For Kids Who Are Animal Lovers
PHOTO BY (from left) facebook/zoobic safari, facebook/ocean adventure subic bay
  • For two years, a lot of kids have seen various animals only via digital screens, pictures, or toys. Only a few of them have been able to explore in outdoor spaces and encounter live wildlife creatures. With most areas in Metro Manila placed under Alert Level 1, kids are now allowed to travel for leisure and visit recreational areas

    10 Kid-Friendly Places For Little Animal Lovers Around Metro Manila

    If you’re looking for where to go (or go next), we gotcha! Here’s a list of zoos, farms, and ocean parks that kids who are animal lovers will definitely enjoy. Just look for the city closest to you or the location you don’t mind driving to:

    Metro Manila

    1. Manila Zoo

    • M. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
    • Free Admission: For ALL right now (limited tickets; register by clicking here)

    You’ve probably heard of this iconic attraction’s renovation. It was initially opened as a vaccination site for kids and the elderly. Now, it’s open to the public (don’t forget to bring your vaccination card and mask, though!)

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    The highlight of the experience is seeing the animals like elephants, tigers, and lions. There’s also an aviary, a butterfly garden, and a reptile house. Some parts of the zoo are still under rehabilitation, and there aren’t any food stalls inside yet. There are, however, food options around the area. (Read more here)

    2. Manila Ocean Park

    • Quirino Grandstand, 666 Behind, Ermita, Manila
    • Open Tuesdays to Sundays and public holidays, 10A.M. to 6 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Promo rates start at Php560 for online bookings and Php620 for walk-in. Free Admission: For kids 2 feet and below (Visit  manilaoceanpark.com/tickets for mor details)

    It was the very first marine-themed park in the country, and it hasn’t been rivaled in the metro yet. A trip here can take up an entire day—and everything you need, from meals to souvenirs, are available. If you want to have an extended getaway, you can even book a staycation at the Hotel H2O.

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    Enjoy the many sights in the vast park. Marvel at the sea creatures in the oceanarium, get dazed by the big collection of jellyfish, and watch a sea lion show. Don’t miss the penguin park facility and have fun feeding the aquatic birds. Some of the other attractions are temporarily closed. However, you can still enjoy others like the “creepy crawlies” section and the bird show. 

    3. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

    • Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php30 per person
    • Free or discounted admission: For senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and students
    PHOTO BY facbook/Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

    Unlike the other attractions on this list, this one is more of a zoological and botanical park. This urban biodiversity conservation center hosts over a thousand individual mammals, birds, and reptiles. Some are rescued, such as those found in residential areas or seized from exotic pet owners. 

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    No need to pay a big admission fee! If you want to have a picnic along a lagoon or a bike ride with the kids amid the natural sights, this spot is for you. Venues are also for rent for photo or video shoots and special events.

    4. Malabon Zoo

    • 1 Gov. Pascual Ave, Potrero, Malabon
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php300 for kids 3 years old and above

    The zoo closed down for two years because of the pandemic but finally opened late last year. Headed by the hands-on owner Manny Tangco, it is still in need of donations for the food and other needs of the animals.

    See a huge variety of creatures here, such as alligators, deer, pigs, tigers, and lions. There are also rare sights like the beautiful peacocks. There are also various fish species in aquariums, birds, and so many types of flora. Aside from having fun, kids can definitely learn a lot here, especially when the owners or caretakers share more about the animals.

    Rizal

    5. Avilon Zoo

    • 9003 GP Sitio Gulod San Isidro, 1860, Rodriguez, Rizal
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php800 for adults and kids above 3 feet (Php600 promo rate for online bookings) and Php600 for kids below 3ft. Discounted admission  for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (20% off)
    • Free Admission: For kids not more than 12 months

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    It’s one of the most popular field trip locations for ‘90s kids. So if you’re one of them and you want to let your kids experience it, too, you can do so already! Take note that there’s a Php25 corkage fee if you’re bringing food and drinks into the zoo. There’s also a canteen if you don’t want the hassle. 

    As the largest zoo in the country, it houses hundreds of species that you and your kids can see—from farm and saltwater animals to those from jungles and deserts. Prepare to walk about 2,700 steps if you visit all 70 stations inside.

    Feedings are also allowed with a minimal additional fee (Php50). A baby giraffe was recently born here, and scheduled viewing or feeding is available. 

    6. Moolk Farm

    • Sitio Kay Barbon, Brgy. Plaza Aldea Tanay, Rizal
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php350 (with free Moolk Drink & Tractor Ride). Discounted admission of Php150 for kids 2 to 7 years old
    • Free Admission: For babies 0 to 1-year-old

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    The site offers more of a camping experience like no other. The sceneries are so picture-perfect—it’s as if you’re in New Zealand! There are plenty of activities and available rentals, too.

    Is it a zoo? Well, not really, but there are adult and baby cows on the farm! You can enjoy freshly produced milk or feed the cows for an additional Php150. Go horseback riding or sit back and watch the sunset.

    Cavite

    7 .Yoki’s Farm

    • Tabluan Road, 1, Mendez, Cavite
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. (cut-off time of entry: 4 P.M.)
    • Entrance Fee: Php300 for the farm tour, Php800 for the animal encounters (additional Php100 guide fee per group). Discounted admission of Php240 for senior citizens, Php210 for kids 4 to 7 years old
    • Free Admission: For kids under 3 years old

    It’s one of the outdoor pasyalan places that allowed kids early, making it a favorite among families. It houses one of the biggest hydroponics farms in CALABARZON. Here, you can harvest the produce and enjoy farm-to-table dining experience. It also has an impressive museum with the owner’s antique artifacts and souvenirs collection.

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    Of course, the highlight of a drive down here is the animal sanctuary. Learn and get close encounters in their aviary and African Grasslands section (with zebras and horses). There are also bearcats and tortoises in the farm.

    READ: Mom Shares Family's Experience Visiting Yoki's Farm

    Subic & Clark

    8. Zoobic Safari

    • Group 1 Ilanin Forest, Forest Adventure Park, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php695 for adults and Php595 for kids 4 feet and below (current promo: Php1,990 for 5 pax; not applicable to walk-in guests)
    • Free Admission: For kids 3ft. and below

    This attraction has always been a favorite among families. For years, it has offered groups of all ages a safari experience like no other. Enjoy close yet safe encounters with wild or exotic animals, and get to feed them, too. There are also exciting animal shows on holidays and weekends.

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    What’s great is that after a day of adventure, there are accommodations nearby. Check out their packages that include an overnight stay at the Glampz (glamorous camping hotel), a day tour at the safari, meals, and pool or kawa bath access. You can also hop over to the Zoocobia Fun Zoo for thrilling rides.

    READ: Kid-Friendly To Visit When Going To Subic And Clark

    9. Clark Safari and Adventure Park

    • 67 Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. (Last ticket selling and entry is at 5:30 P.M.)
    • Entrance Fee: Php999 for adults and Php699 for kids (current promo prices: Php499 for adults and Php399 for kids)
    • Free Admission: For kids 2ft. and below
    PHOTO BY facebook/zoobic safari

    The idyllic place surrounded by lush mountains is worth the drive already—much more the collections of critters there. The new zoo has been sharing photos and videos of visits by celebrities like Maggie Wilson along with their kids. Even Scarlet Snow-Belo was spotted in the zoo petting a baby tiger. 

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    Get to see an impressive group of reptiles, farm animals, and jungle fauna. You and your kids would also be in awe of the main attraction: the white tigers. With an additional Php500 fee, you can even sign up for a cub feeding. There are refreshments sold in the zoo when you need to take a rest.

    10. Ocean Adventure Subic Bay

    • Ocean Adventure Approach Rd, Ilanin Forest West, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222 Bataan
    • Open Mondays to Sundays, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
    • Entrance Fee: Php848 for adults and Php678 for kids (current promo prices: Php499 for adults and Php399 for kids) Free Admission: For kids 2ft. and below

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    Dubbed the first Open Water Marine Theme Park in Southeast Asia, it’s another favorite among local stars this summer. Celebrity couples and families alike have been spotted here, including Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, and John Prats and Isabel Oli with their kids.

    The fun show and optional swim encounter (which costs extra) with the dolphins are definitely the highlights of a trip there. There are plenty of other ocean critters and other animals to see, too!

    Tune into the sea lion show, meet and greet snakes and owls, and watch out for other wild creatures. This attraction has been delighting kids of all ages for over two decades, so it’s definitely a must-see for families who love traveling.

    Remember that all of these recreational attractions follow safety protocols—the minimum of which is wearing a mask and bringing a vaccination card. Don’t forget to check with the zoo, farm, or ocean park before you go! Enjoy your bonding moment with the kids and stay safe! 

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