We finally survived half of the year! The kids are out of school, the weather is finally going great, and it’s time to cash in on those piled up vacation leaves!
Spend a weekend (or let’s be honest, an entire week) away in Rizal, and you’ll surely come back to the city with your energies replenished! In this article, we’ll give you some of the best tourist spots in Rizal you have to visit!
Mt. Daraitan is one of the most famous hiking spots in Tanay, Rizal and you’ll know exactly why when you reach the summit.
Locals and hikers claim that the trail is not too difficult and can be hiked in a few hours. You can also visit the Tinipak River, should you desire to take a dip or rest during your hike.
Pililla Windmill Farm
There’s no need to travel 12 hours to the North to see ginormous windmills when you have them in Rizal!
The spot has 27 wind turbines that provide electricity for different parts of the province. Truth be told, you really can’t do a lot here, so it’s advised that guests visit the farm only as a side trip. If you have time, however, you can wait until late afternoon to watch the marvelous sunset.
Kids and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy this! Avilon Zoo is located in Rodriguez, Rizal, and is currently the largest zoo in the Philippines!
This place is home to almost 3000+ animals and other species, so make sure you’re ready for your kids’ curious questions!
Art aficionados and history geeks unite! This historical site is home to what is believed to be the oldest artwork in the Philippines, which are figures carved into stone walls.
Coincidentally, Angono, Rizal is also known as the Arts Capital of the Philippines, so don’t miss the opportunity to check out other galleries and museums in town!
There’s no better way to beat the heat than to jump into nature’s majestic pools. Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Apart from jumping off cliffs, guests can also rent a picnic table or shed where they can avail of the boodle fight promos sold in food stalls near the falls.
If you’re someone who admires cityscapes, this one’s for you! Cloud 9 is known for its 360° view deck looking over Manila and Rizal.
They also have an in-house Filipino restaurant and museum that you should definitely visit when you’re in the area.
Read our guide: Cloud 9 Antipolo Travel Guide
Pinto Art Museum
Whether you’re an artist or just someone who appreciates all things beautiful, you’ll surely enjoy walking around the halls of Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal.
This museum has hundreds of pieces falling under the genres traditional art and contemporary art. They also have an in-house cafe you could visit after looking at the art works.
If you’ve ever been to Tanay, Rizal, you probably already know how much nature enthusiasts enjoy this town. Not everyone knows about this cave, though!
Calinawan Cave is a natural beauty–it has awe-striking formations and multiple chambers you can explore. History buffs will enjoy this one too! It is believed that the cave was used as a hideout by the Katipuneros during the Spanish-American war!
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Nestled in the foot of Sierra Madre is Mount Purro Nature Reserve, an eco-park that is very active in preserving and restoring the beauty of its surroundings.
Visitors can do more than just hike–they can also swim, go on a picnic, and even interact with and learn the culture of the Dumagats of Tanay, Rizal!
Found something interesting to do in Rizal? File that vacation, leave now and start making your itinerary!
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Kat is a writer, traveler, and a foodie. If she’s not cramming her finals, you can find her reading the latest contemporary romance novels, binge-watching some doctor show on Netflix, or planning her itinerary for her next hypothetical trip with her friends.