A well-rounded holiday destination
The secret’s out about Clark. Also known as Clark Freeport Zone, this former US airbase is a lively cosmopolitan hub with country clubs and theme parks, casinos and restaurants, hot springs and hiking, and malls galore. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, Clark will show you a good time.
If you’re travelling with kids, check out Aqua Planet Water Park, Dinosaurs Island and Fontana Leisure Park. Treat yourself to a spa-tastic experience at Puning Hot Springs or play a round at Mimosa Golf Course. History buff? Check out the Clark Museum (Museong Kapampangan) and 4D Theatre.
Gateway to the Philippines and less than 100km from Manila, Clark is only a three-and-a-half hour flight from places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Korea, so it makes for an easy, fun getaway.
Things to do: Clark
Explore Filipino culture at Nayong Pilipino
Spend a day dipping into all the cultures of the Philippines at Nayong Pilipino. This living cultural park is super family-friendly and fun. It’s laid out like a Filipino village, complete with Spanish architecture, the Colonial Plaza, cobblestone alleyways and the Barasoian Church. Check out miniature versions of the country’s biggest cultural and geographical attractions, including Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, the Banaue Rice Terraces, and the homes of important historical figures. It’s a charming way to experience the Philippines without needing to travel too far!
Get prehistoric at Dinosaurs Island
You don’t have to be a paleontologist or a child to appreciate the fantastic Dinosaurs Island, a theme park that’s both entertaining and educational. Step back in time and wander the Dino Trail, where you’ll encounter huge animatronic dinosaurs in a prehistoric setting. Brave the Jurassic Jungle Safari, where you’ll be pursued by hungry dinosaurs. Get your Stone Age kicks watching the dino action on the 7D screen, and check out the dinosaur skeletons in the Unearth Museum. If gigantic six-legged critters are more your thing, pop into Insectlandia while you’re there.
Trek Mount Pinatubo
Whether you’re a fan of glorious natural scenery or just curious to explore a volcano, you won’t be disappointed by Mount Pinatubo. An easy drive from the city, Pinatubo is famous for its 1991 eruption – one of the largest of the 20th century. A relatively easy (and safe) trek, it boasts the world’s largest lahar canyon and a stunning crystal-clear lake in the centre of its enormous crater. Soothe your trekking muscles afterwards with a massage or volcanic mud treatment at Pinatubo Spa Town.
Be blown away by the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Time your trip to coincide with the famous Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta to experience Clark at its most, ahem, uplifting. Asia’s longest-running sports aviation event, the fiesta is basically three days of non-stop airborne action. While the hot-air balloons are the main attraction, there’s a bunch of other aviation activities including skydiving, paragliding, drone racing, helicopter displays, airplane demos and aerobatics. Hashtag: AWeekendofEverythingThatFlies
Take a daytrip to Manila
For a daytrip you won’t forget, head to Manila, the Philippines’ colourful, chaotic capital. An easy two-hour drive from Clark, this densely populated city is an exhilarating mix of old and new. Must-sees include Rizal Park, Binondo and Intramuros, Manila’s oldest district filled with Spanish architecture dating back to the 16th century. It’s an eye-opening and exciting place to visit, with phenomenal shopping, excellent museums, and incredible street food to be had.
Distance to city centre 4km to Clark, 95km to Manila
Taxi A taxi to central Clark takes around 10 minutes and costs about ₱160–190; to Manila it takes around 2 hours and costs around ₱1,300–1,700.
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When to go
Warm (verging on hot) year-round, Clark is most popular during its dry season, between November and April, when rainfall and humidity are at their lowest. The wet season (May–October) lives up to its name, with July, August and September being especially rainy.
One of Clark’s best loved events, the long-running Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta happens in February. April sees the huge Aurora Music Festival, a huge music and arts festival, also featuring with hot air balloons. In December, don’t miss the magical Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando City, a 15-minute drive from Clark.Back to top
The best way to get around the Clark Freeport Zone is either by renting a car or motorbike, or getting around on foot. Rental cars can be found at the Clark International Airport, while motorbikes and scooters can be rented from nearby Angeles City. Or you could make like a local and catch a jeepney, the extra-long, colourfully painted jeeps unique to the Philippines.
Buses and shuttles run multiple times a day to nearby cities including Subic and Manila.Back to top