10 Must-Visit Antipolo Tourist Spots for a Quick Escape Near Manila

10 Must-Visit Antipolo Tourist Spots for a Quick Escape Near Manila
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Although Metro Manila is stressful sometimes, we know that you have an affinity for its beautiful chaos. But the itch to go somewhere much quieter still hit from out of nowhere. Good thing, an out-of-town escape doesn’t have to involve hopping on a plane. Just an hour or two from Manila, you can already enjoy tons of Antipolo tourist spots that will take your stress away.

Antipolo is a perfect blend of urban-cool and provincial-calm that makes the drive worth it especially with all the good spots to see.

Top 10 Antipolo Tourist Attractions

Take a break, escape the stress, and trade the busy city life with these beautiful spots near Manila that will definitely make you want to pack a weekender bag!

  • Hinulugang Taktak
  • Pinto Art Museum
  • Cloud 9
  • Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa
  • Antipolo Cathedral
  • PACEM Eco Park
  • Boso-boso Church
  • Casa Santa Museum
  • Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
  • Burrow Cafe

Here are the 10 best Antipolo places to visit for your quick getaway!

1. Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak Antipolo

The 21-meter waterfalls used to be a popular weekend destination. But because of poor waste management and lack of proper sewage, it was closed for rehabilitation in the early 2010s, and was reopened to the public in 2015. Now, the renovated park features new sports facilities for the adventurous traveler who will enjoy the spider web platform, hanging bridges, and wall-climbing facility. While for those seeking a chill getaway, there are cottages which you can rent for P500 a day, and a swimming pool where you can take a dip for P50. This top  Antipolo tourist spot will definitely give you the tranquility and fun you need.

Entrance Fee: Free

Operation hours: 8am – 5pm daily

2. Pinto Art Museum

stunning view of pinto art museum in antipolo

Another great place to visit in Antipolo is the Pinto Art Museum. This museum is known for its several galleries all separated by doorways—hence the name. When you enter Pinto Art Museum, it’ll make you think if you’re still in the Philippines because of its colonial Spanish architecture with touches of Mediterranean. The museum is popular not only for its Instagram-worthy interiors but also for its artworks collected by the owner, Dr. Joven Cuanang, beginning in 1986. The museum was founded on the principle that art plays a diplomatic role in bridging distinctive nationalities, worldviews, and communities. 

Entrance Fee: P200 per person; P180 for senior citizens/PWD; P100 for students

Operation hours: 9am – 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

3. Cloud 9

tourists walking at the hanging bridge at cloud 9 antipolo

This place gives its visitors a panoramic view of the busy metro. It’s very popular among the young ones especially to couples because of its romantic ambiance. Cloud 9 Antipolo is also perfect for friends and families looking for a quick getaway. Anyone can enjoy the recreational activities in the area with the whole metro as your backdrop.

Entrance Fee: P70 per person

Operation hours: 7am-2am daily

4. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

beautiful pool and garden at luljetta's hanging gardens and spa in antipolo
Photo credits to Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

If you want to chill and be pampered, visit Luljetta’s Hanging Garden and Spa. This place lets you experience a one of a kind pampering set in the hills of Antipolo overlooking the majestic Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila skyline. Luljetta’s Hanging Garden and Spa is one of the best places to visit in Antipolo for couples as it offers a romantic vibe for lovers.

Budget: P1,500 – P3,000 per person

Operation hours: 10am – 9pm (Monday to Friday & Sunday); 10am – 11pm (Saturday)

5. Antipolo Cathedral

interior of antipolo cathedral

Also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo Cathedral is one of the major pilgrimage churches in the Philippines. While this is a usual destination for Holy Week, Antipolo Cathedral is popular all-year round.

There are also many stalls outside the cathedral that sell Rizal province’s delicacies such as cashew nuts, suman na may latik (rice cake with coconut jam), and other colorful rice cakes at cheapest prices!

Entrance Fee: Free

Mass schedule: 

Weekdays – 6am to 6pm

Saturday – 6am to 7pm

Sunday – 5am to 8pm

6. PACEM Eco Park

Photo credits to Arthur Nielsen / Flickr

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, make sure to visit PACEM Eco Park, short for Peace And Care For Earth Ministry. This eco-park has a mini forest, wild-life sanctuary, butterfly collection, aviary, organic garden, and so much more that everyone will enjoy, especially the kids. This tourist spot in Antipolo Rizal is definitely perfect for families.

Entrance Fee: P85 per person

Operation hours: 8am – 3:30pm (Monday to Friday), 8:30am to 12pm (Saturday)

7. Boso-boso Church

Photo source: Wikipedia

Boso-boso church is one of the most historical places in Antipolo. Also known as The Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish, it is a 16th-century structure built by priests during the Spanish era. The church has stood the test of time as it survived wars, fires, earthquakes and even abandonment throughout the centuries of its existence. Though it went under reconstruction, Boso-boso church still maintains its original architectural design.

Entrance Fee: Free

8. Casa Santa Museum

casa santa museum in antipolo
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The Philippines is one of the countries that celebrate the holiday season the longest because hey, there’s nothing like the Christmas spirit in the Philippines. The holiday season in the country begins with the -ber months, yes as early as September. But if you think that’s too much already, wait until you see Casa Santa Museum where Christmas is celebrated all year long boasting its collection of over 3,700 Santa Claus and Christmas-themed items. No wonder, it has been recognized internationally! 

Entrance Fee: P250 per person

Operation hours: 8:30am – 4pm (Weekdays); 2pm – 4pm (Weekends)

9. Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Photo credits to Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

After a tiring but fruitful drive to see the best Antipolo tourist spots, head over to Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen for a cozy lunch or afternoon snack. Treat yourself to their fork-tender Grade 6 Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, which comes with potato gratin and French beans. If you just want a light snack, try their Coconut x Mocha flavored latte best paired with with a scrumptious White Chocolate Sans Rival. 

Budget: P200 – P500 per person

Operation hours: 9am – 7pm daily

10. Burrow Cafe

Photo credits to Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse

It’s not hard to see why Burrow Cafe is a favorite and popular place to visit in Antipolo. With its rustic vacation house and garden theme, the place makes up a good IG-worthy place for the ‘gram! Burrow Cafe is hidden underneath the garden of events place The Bee House, with only a narrow, rabbit hole-like staircase to lead the way. There are also hammocks, outdoor garden chairs, and greenery all over the place. Aside from the beautiful space, their all-breakfast menu is a showstopper. You must try their signature Tender Beef Tapa, black pancit, pizzas, and Burrow signature cheesecake for dessert.

Budget: P100 – P500 per person

Operation hours: 8am – 4pm (Wednesday to Friday); 8am – 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Please note that the rates published above are subject to change. These rates were based from the time of writing.

How to go to Antipolo

Rizal is very accessible in all ways, from commuting to driving, hence it’s a popular quick vacation destination. Here are several ways on how you can reach this beautiful province.

From EDSA Starmall or Megamall in Mandaluyong, ride a van or jeep bound for Antipolo. This is the easiest and cheapest way to go to Antipolo. For vans, the fare is PHP 60 while PHP 40 for jeeps. 

This town does not just offer remarkable Antipolo tourist spots but also the people and culture make Antipolo worth visiting!

Frequently Asked Questions About Antipolo Tourist Spot

Q: Where can I go in Rizal overnight?

A: There are many places in Rizal that you can go overnight. Check out Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, Cloud 9, and Sierra Madre.

Q: Is Antipolo still part of Rizal?

A: Yes, Antipolo is still part of Rizal Province. On June 19, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 11475 that transfers the capital and seat of Rizal provincial government from Pasig City to Antipolo City.

Q: What is there to do in Cloud 9?

A: There are many things to do in Cloud 9 like having a picnic with your family, enjoying recreational activities, and appreciating the overlooking view of Metro Manila skyline.

Q: What are the instagrammable places in Antipolo?

A: The best instagrammable places in Antipolo are the Pinto Art Museum, Hinulugang Taktak, Cloud 9, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, Boso-boso Church and more!

Q: What are the Antipolo overlooking spots?

A: The most sought after Antipolo tourist destination is a great spot with an overlooking view. The best overlooking spots in Antipolo are Cloud 9, Pinto Art Museum, and Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa. 

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