Iligan City | Child-friendly Senior-friendly Destinations

Iligan City is known for its waterfalling adventure trips and a lot of trekking destinations. It is because mountains surround Iligan City and 92% of the total land area is mountains. Thus the tourist destinations mostly revolve around getting wet and trekking. 

We all know not all travelers are fit to do such adventure thrill activities, most especially to our elders and young once. So I gathered these touristy destinations that are senior-friendly and child-friendly. Those places they can visit and enjoy for sight seeing without having to trek for long hours. 


Timoga swimming pools have been a favorite. It's fresh spring cold waters satisfy the heat. It's a public pool where you rent a spacious cottage or table for a few hours. Some of them are open for night swimming but are not open for overnight stays. They don't offer meals inside so you can buy outside from the long stretch of seaside restaurants and food stalls. 

Reminder: Iliganons are living with our Muslim brothers and sisters who are pretty conservative, wearing two piece bikinis is something new and will make you stand out. People will surely be staring at you. So if you don't want such attention, please wear beach shorts or cyclings and swimming tank tops or rash guards or swimsuits instead. But if you would insist, at least we warned you. The locals would usually wear t-shirts and shorts :P

Tip: Try Dacer or Glorias Lechon (roasted pig)
Entrance fee: 100 pesos (as of October 2016) 
Table Rental: starts at 100 pesos (fits 4-6 persons)


Located at Upper Buru-un. A few minutes away from Tinago Falls. They have three swimming pools of different depth. They also have an Olympic pool for the real swimmers. They do have open cottages for rent for day use and overnight rentals. 
Maze Park have dormitory rooms and hotel rooms/cottages for rent if you wish to stay overnight and sleep comfortably in bed. Dorm rooms are at 200 per head for at least ten persons in a room. Their private rooms start at 500 per night. 
They also do not serve meals, unless you are in their high-end hotel. However, it would be economical for you if you buy from the city before heading to Maze Park. Please don't expect a hotel resort kind of service. 
Entrance Fee: 25 pesos day use. They collect a higher for night swimming, or overnight stays not booked in their hotel/cottages.
Swimming attire: same with Timoga swimming pools


NPC Nature Park weekend on the property of National Power Corporation where the Maria Cristina Falls is. They have a mini aviary for your kids to enjoy and some reptiles and other members of Kingdom Animalia that you will surely enjoy watching with your children.

You can then visit Maria Cristina viewing deck and viewing park where you can have lunch facing the majestic Maria Cristina Falls. You may bring your food or order some sandwiches or burgers from their canteen.

They have memorabilia for sale on the site too.

If you are quite adventurous, you can also try their TREE-TOP Zipline and zip from tree to tree and across the river. 

Zipline Fee: 200* (price may change without prior notice).

Entrance Fee: 35 pesos per person*


Iligan Paradise Resort offers overnight stays, fun water and adventure activities and a good view of Mimbalot Falls. They have open cottages for day use too. 

They have also added some human-made lagoon and other attractions to keep their guests entertained with nature. 

Entrance Fee: 35.00 pesos per person
Overnight Rooms for big groups: 6,000

PASEO DE SANTIAGO (sight-seeing)

Paseo de Santiago gained its popularity because of the huge iconic ILIGAN CITY sign along the shores of Brgy Santiago. Privately owned by Atty. Leo Zaragoza and family, it has been a must visit destination in Iligan City since then. They have developed well the property adding PHILIPPINES in the picture, a great design for outdoor parties and hangout place for friends and family. 
Open cottages are free to use. They have a barbecue and other "pica-pica" food and drinks available. They also have concessionaires for other food and drinks. Some bands play on stage every weekend. 
Entrance fee: 10.00 per person; if with live band presentations usually Friday-Sunday 20.00 pesos each.


Iligan City Hall and Buhanginan Hills is the best place to be for a good overlooking view of the city most especially at night. At day time during office hours, it's a busy place where almost all the government functions and offices are. {December Photos}

Entrance Fee: FREE

THE STRIP (Food place)

The strip is a food haven for all food lovers. It is where the new food places are in Iligan City. Quezon Avenue Palao Iligan City has become the food district and party place for the new millennials and old folks alike. It's a one-stop destination for everything you've been craving. From appetizers to desserts, from coffee or hard drinks, a chill-out place to hardcore partying. 

Families and groups have been visiting the strip hunting for some good food. 

CENTENNIAL PARK (sight-seeing)

    Just a few meters from the boundary of Lugait, Misamis Oriental, and Iligan City is Brgy Dalipuga. Centennial Park houses the tallest flag pole in Iligan City and the biggest Philippine flag so far in the city. Built in commemoration of the Centennial celebration of the Philippine national flag. Centennial Park developed along the shores of Iligan Bay, which gives you the best view of the beautiful sunset at Iligan Bay.

    Families, group of friends and lovers love this place because of the romantic scene and a big loan for dry picnics. Bring a blanket or a mat to sat on and your packed dinner and other food and beverages to complete the setup. Make sure to clean and bring your trash after. There are also stores across the park that now sells food and drinks.


    Diosdado Macapagal Ancestral House is the house of two former presidents of the Philippines; Pres. Diosdado Macapagal and Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The house was maintained and renovated by the Macapagal Family. The original house is till there, with Pres GMA's childhood playhouse and swing still intact.

    When you enter the house you will see a lot of memorabilia which also tells you a bit of history on how the lady president lived as a teenager. A prominent picture of her was displayed at the house that you surely cannot miss.

    They also accept bookings for the parties and events in the new buildings they constructed in the open area of the property. They also have constructed a lodge that accommodates groups staying overnight or few days in Iligan City. The Macapagal Ancestral House is already co-managed by the Iligan City Tourism Office.

    Entrance Fee: FREE

    KOI CREEK (sight-seeing)

    Photos by Douglas A. Garcia [Explore Iligan]
    Baslayan Creek used to be a dirty and smelly canal until a group of good citizens cleaned the creek and converted it to a koi pond. The plan was ambitious, but everyone was surprised to see a rehabilitated canal turned into a beautiful sight seeing destination. Located in front  Gaisano Mall.

    Update: Clean and Green Baslayan in Purok de Oro, Zone 3, Poblacion. The once polluted creek is now a beautiful pond for Koi to thrive. An exemplary example of a community in action. | Photos by Douglas A. Garcia [Explore Iligan]

    Entrance FEE: FREE

    These are the senior and kid friendly touristy destinations in Iligan City if you think I missed on some spots, feel free to contact me to add that up Comment in the comment section below or leave a comment on our Facebook Fan Page.

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