Are you thinking of taking your child out of town for some nature exploration but couldn’t find a break from work to do so?
With so many natural treasures hidden around the Metro, you can instantly take your kids on a nature trip over the weekend. Three to be mentioned, are listed below.
- La Mesa EcoPark
Lead your child into a landscaped forest trail at the edge of Quezon City. La Mesa EcoPark is a sprawling 33-hectare rainforest park that offers a recreational and educational experience for both you and your child.
This breathtaking nature spot has an orchidarium, forest trails, and a boating lagoon next to the picnic area.
It offers activities that you and your child can enjoy together, like hanging on the zipline, fishing from the pond, trekking, horse riding on the back of a horse or on a carriage, and bicycle riding.
The park requires a fee at the main entrance, as well as for some of the activities. Not to worry, the fee goes to the preservation and protection of La Mesa Watershed.
The La Mesa EcoPark is at the La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City. Contact nos. (+632) 430-4051/ (+632) 430-5207, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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2. Rainforest Adventure Experience
Tucked in the heart of Pasig, the Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE) is a massive park with a variety of activities to provide you and your child a naturally stimulating experience.
The three-hectare park consists of a boating and fishing lagoon, a kiddie playland with lots of slides and climbing holds, a kids and tods activity area, and an amphitheatre, a big water park with spiraling slides, and a giant chessboard.
Nature is abundant in this park, as it has a cascading waterfall, blooming flower field, camping site, summer garden with a butterfly house, and the Pasig Zoo,
There is also a train station that offers a relaxing tour around the park, a fitness center, treehouses, and more thrilling areas, like the Adventure Park, which features a skate park, rappelling & wall climbing, an obstacle course, and a very long zipline.
A one-of-a-kind activity here is the aMaze. It is a green bushy labyrinth that creates a fun and challenging ativity where you and your kids search for the right path leading to an English castle.
RAVE requires a minimal entrance fee. Opens from 8:00 am to 12:00 mn. It is located at F. Legaspi Ave., Maybangua, Pasig City, with contact nos. (+632) 642-5280 (RAVE Admin), (+632) 628-4291 (RAVE Water Park), and (+632) 643-0000.
You wanna see more? Take a look at this next nature gem that lies at the outskirt of Manila.
3. Wawa Dam
Wedged between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the high Montalban Gorge of Rizal is Wawa Dam. This gravity dam was built over the Marikina River in the early 1900s to provide water for the entire Metro Manila.
From the starting trail of this gravity dam, you can expect to witness amazement in your child’s expression at the sight of heavily gigantic gushes of water flowing along deeply excavated boulders.
At the end of the lengthy trail is the promise of a refreshing dip in the cool and clean river amid the soothing sounds from the abounding nature. You can hire the service of a friendly local to take you on bamboo raft ride where you can park, have picnic and let your kids rest in between dips.
As a popular spot for adventure seekers, this dam is great for camping, biking and hiking through the forest.
Wawa Dam has no entrance fee. It is located at M.H. Del Pilar St., Rodrigiez, Rizal and is open during the daytime.
In these amazing wonders of nature, you can simply decide to go on a nature trip over breakfast and come home with a reinvigorated spirit that can always be acquired from Mother Nature.
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