Cool Metro Manila Places You Can Visit Even during a Rainy Day
Rainy days can be such a hassle especially in Metro Manila. If you’re on vacation or just stuck at home, you’ll definitely feel the boredom and the blues. So instead of getting stuck at home singing “Rainy days and Mondays, always get me down,” it may be best to sing, “Raindrops keep falling on my head, but that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red.” Definitely, you don’t have to cry and the best that you can do is to search for cool places within Metro Manila that you can go to even during a rainy day.
Large shopping malls and high-end malls are very popular destinations for many people, but if you are the type of person who would prefer going somewhere else and enjoy other cool places, then this could also be the right time to try something different.
You might think that it would be a bit odd to go out during a wet weather, but then it could be a great idea since many people will opt to stay at home; chances are, these cool places within the metro may not be so crowded during a rainy day.
There are so many museums in Metro Manila and some of these museums are associated with Philippine arts, culture, and history. If you’re the type of person who wants to learn more about Filipino culture, you can visit these popular museums, including the National Museum of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, and Jose B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center. But if you’re looking for museums that are just out of the ordinary, you can choose from any the following.
1. Upside Down Museum
This museum located in Pasay City will literally turn your world upside down. Perfect for a fun photo shoot, this museum features different houses and rooms in an unfamiliar position, and that’s upside down.
Location: Boom na Boom Grounds, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Phone: +632 834 8997, +632 551 5530, 632 506 0080, +63917 877 8798, +63998 334 8363, +63916 321 1445
2. Art In Island
A 3D interactive museum in Quezon City that features paintings and murals in different scenes and styles that look as though they’re alive. And when you take pictures, there are spots where you can stand on to have that perfect shot that will look as if you’re part of the painting.
Location: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: +632 421 1356
3. The Mind Museum
The world of Science is what this museum is all about. Located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, this museum provides an extraordinary learning experience that you will truly appreciate and enjoy.
Location: J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Phone: +632 909 6463
4. Museums in Riverbanks Center
The Riverbanks Center in Marikina showcases four museums that are different from each other but are all in one roof. Here, you may visit The Spirit of Bethlehem, which is a museum of nativity collections from all over the world; Museum of Miniatures, a Liliputian world of miniature European mansions and rooms; Joey Velasco Gallery, a museum showcasing spiritually moving art pieces created by the late Joey Velasco; and Philippine Science Centrum, which is a premier hands-on science museum that will encourage you to touch, twist, play, hear, and see the interactive exhibits displayed.
Location: Marikina Healthy City Center, 1803, 300 Shoe Avenue, Sto. Niño, Marikina
Phone: +632 948 0006
Currently, Metro Manila has two trampoline parks: Trampoline Park – Zero Gravity Zone, which is located in Mandaluyong City and Jumpyard, which is located in Pasig City. Since both of these parks are indoors, you will not have to worry about getting wet, except from sweat, of course, because jumping on trampolines will surely wake up your muscles. Both places offer various activities that you can choose from and if you bring a few friends with you, these places can be so much fun and so cool to visit.
Trampoline Park – Zero Gravity Zone
Location: The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong
Phone: +63905 453 3879
Location: Fronterra Verde Complex, Ortigas Avenue corner C5 Road, Pasig City
Phone: +632 544 0703, +63915 618 2183, +63908 472 0031
Indoor Swimming Pools and Spas
The emerging trend in indoor swimming pools and spas have been welcomed by many people, especially those who experience stress that comes with modern living. Having a nice dip in a heated indoor pool and a spa treatment can be very relaxing on a rainy day. Here’s a short list that are quite popular.
1. Ace Water Spa
Ace Water Spa has two locations in Metro Manila: one is in Kapitolyo in Pasig City and the other one is in Quezon City. Ace Water Spa is the first European concept spa in the Philippines and they have a variety of indoor swimming pools, including lap pools and hydrotherapy and herbal pools, in addition to steam, saunas, and body massage services that you can also avail. They also have indoor kiddie pools that make it possible for your kids to tag along and enjoy.
Ace Water Spa Quezon City
Location: 399 Del Monte Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City
Phone: +632 367 8040 to 41, +632 367 8061 to 62
Ace Water Spa Pasig
United croner Brixton Streets, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Phone: +632 628 1888
2. Richmond Hotel Ortigas
Richmond Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, has opened up their indoor heated pool plus gym and sauna to the public wherein you can use these facilities for 4 hours at a very affordable price. The classic look of their indoor heated pool matched with arched pillars truly gives a relaxing ambiance that will take your blues away.
Location: 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Phone: +632 638 7777
3. Wensha Spa
Wensha Spa has two branches: one located in CCP Complex, Pasay City, and one in Quezon City. This spa is open 24/7 and offers Jacuzzis, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and showers in addition to services like body massage, facial treatment, foot and hand spa, manicure, and pedicure, among others. With every package that you pay for, you also get to try their buffet food with unlimited drinks. Now, who would not want this type of pampering on a rainy day? For sure, this place is worth going to.
Locations: Magdalena Jalandoni Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City; and Pasda Mansions, 77 Panay Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Phone: +632 375 1398, +632 375 1399, +632 891 6537 (Timog Branch); +632 833 9878, +632 833 9879 (Pasay Branch)
There are a lot of examples of must-see places in Manila and for sure you will never go wrong in choosing wherever you want to go. You don’t have to worry about the weather, and the rainy day should not be a hindrance to enjoy what you truly deserve. After all, life’s too short and being able to add new places in your bucket list and actually going there can really be a fun and awesome experience.