Traveling as a group? Here are 5 things you can do in Manila!

Traveling as a group can be tricky at times because deciding as one unit is usually reserved for work-related purposes. But fear not! Manila is a stomping ground for all walks of life, a melting pot for different cultures, and given the vastness of interests of everyone has, there will be something in-store for you. If not for you, at least for some of your friends. Here are five exemplary activities that can be enjoyed by anyone - from someone who is into art and likes colors to someone who cannot keep himself in one place and just has to move.

1. For the sporty ones.

Sunken Garden,

Where: Anywhere with an open field, a perfect example will be the University of the Philippines' Sunken Garden

It's free! If you find an open space all you have to do is bring your balls, rackets, or any other sporty paraphernalia that you need and voila! You can enjoy fresh air and lush greenery while getting your endorphins out.

Sunken Garden
University of the Philippines - Diliman (btwn Roxas Ave & Osmena Ave), 1101 Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines

2. Sip and gogh.

sip & gogh,

Where: Capitol Hills Drive, 1119 Quezon City

Opening Hours: Varies, refer to their online calendar here:

Rates: Depends on the session, refer to their calendar

It's like taking an art class minus the professor and plus the drinks, the alcoholic drinks. And of course in the company of friends that would otherwise be absent from your school life.

sip & gogh
unit 1d capitol green street (diliman), Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines

3. Tag!

Lazer Maxx,

Where: They have two branches, one in Centris, Quezon Avenue, the other one in Greenhills.

Opening Hours:
Greenhills : Mon-Fri : 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
Sat. - Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Quezon Ave. : Mon-Sunday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Mon-Thur (Weekdays): 190/head/game
Fri-Sun and Holidays: 220/head/game
*That's around 4-5 usd

Lazer Maxx is a shooting game, with the lights off. Think Counter-Strike without the actual guns or bombs. Yes, you will only see the light tag of your enemies, the light tag of your team, and the light of your laser gun. You have a base and you'd have to defend it. They play loud music, and sometimes there are smoke effects. It's really fun if a lot of you are playing.

Lazer Maxx
Eton Centris (Quezon Ave cor EDSA), Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
+63 922 876 4962

4. Exercise your neurons! Solve mysteries and puzzles with friends.

Mystery Manila,

Where: Unit 9A JW Plaza Building, 195
E. Rodriguez Jr Ave. (Known as C5)
Brgy. Bagumbayan, 1110 Quezon City

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 1:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

550 per person for two
500 per person for three
450 per person for four
400 per person for five and above
*That's about 9-13 usd

Do you and your friends like to watch mystery thrillers or read novels of the same genre? Or do you like to play those detective games with clues on your tablet or game console? Then you will surely enjoy a real life mystery solving game! For about an hour, you and your friends will need to solve a mystery and play detective. Not everyone will like it, especially if trapped within a room, but hey, that's why you have your geeky friends along.

Mystery Manila
Unit 9A, JW Plaza Bldg, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines

5. Pump the adrenaline with a good old kart race.


Kart Trak Boomland
Boom na Boom Jalandoni St. Roxas Blvd, Pasay City

Opening Hours:
Tues-Fri 4pm-12midnight
Sat-Sun 3pm-12midnight

500 pesos Kart rental
Optional: 150 for suit rental 30 for the shoes
*That's 11 usd and up

It's one thing to sit down on the couch in front of a huge TV screen and playing a racing game with your buddies. But it's a totally different thing when you're actually behind a real wheel! So if you and your friends are traveling to Manila, don't miss out on this chance to race go karts! The more, the merrier!

Kart Trak Boomland
Pasay, Pasay City, Philippines


This list is not just for the quiet group of travelers looking for their next adventure nor for the artistic ones who want to paint their hearts out. If you have friends who are great in art or sports, then it's time to put their talents to the test. Mix and match the activities, the more things that you all do together, the more memorable it will be!


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