Tarlac Tourist Spot

In the previous article, we talk about one of the top destinations in Philippines, Bulacan Tourist Spot. And now, we are going to talk about Tarlac Tourist Spot.

Due to the mixture of different ethnic groups like Tagalogs, Ilocanos, Kapampangans, and Pangasinense, Tarlac has become a melting pot that offers the best local food there.

On the other hand, Tarlac is also popular by its large sugar and rice plantations that were originally inhabited by the aboriginal settlers.

Since that popularisation, Tarlac has had plenty of tourist spots involving outdoor activities and eco-friendly tourist destinations such as the stunning ANZAP Twin Falls and Mount Damas. Even, you can do extreme and fun activities here.

No need to chit-chat more, here is a list of tourist attractions that you must visit in Tarlac

1. Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park
Tarlac Recreational Park, Photo via Instagram: @anthony10211987

Tarlac Recreational Park gives you some adrenaline junkies and fun-filled family adventures with friends or family in Tarlac Tourist Spot.

Occupy an area of 78-hectare, this spot also offers a wide range of outdoor activities that are filled with different amenities such as a race track, football field, two large kids’ swimming pools, ovals, and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Furthermore, they also have pavilions and cottages that can be rented throughout the day to complete your trip.

But if you are adventurous, you can try their Dune Buggy or ride an ATV navigating bumpy off-road tracks to a better experience.

Facilities:

  • Airsoft
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Zipline
  • Camping tents to enjoy sky gazing
  • Dune buggy
  • ATV
  • A football field
  • Race track
  • Ovals
  • Two large kids’ swimming pools
  • An Olympic-size swimming pool
  • Pavilions
  • Cottages
  • A sound system
  • Barbeque grills
  • Tables
  • Chairs.

Address: San Jose.
Contact: +63 999 885 3981.
Price: Start from ₱3,626.12 per adult (price varies by group size).

2. Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac
Monasterio de Tarlac, Photo via Instagram: @junmaqs

Monasterio de Tarlac has become one of the most popular Tarlac Tourist Spot  that religious devotees must visit in Philippines.

Established in 2001, the monastery itself was built 300 meters uphill on the Zambales Mountain Range at Barangay Lubigan, Mount Resurrection Eco Park, San Jose, and Tarlac.

With its beautiful landscape, this place has become a sanctuary for reconnecting faith and reflecting.

In addition, the place is also popular for having a 30 feet tall colossal statue of the Risen Christ similar to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue for its beauty.

Moreover, the monastery also holds a piece of the Relic of the True Cross that was believed to be dug by St. Helena from Calvary Hill, Jerusalem, and later on, passed to Germany and then brought to the Philippines.

Address: CCPJ+JF9, San Jose, Tarlac.
Contact: (045) 493 3002.
Price: Start from ₱ –

3. Bulsa River

Bulsa River
Bulsa River, Photo via Instagram: @tenkiebox

Another must-see in Tarlac Tourist Spot for thrill-seekers is the 12.5-kilometer-long, 3–4-hour-long Bulsa River, which is perfect for kayaking.

With its smooth to somewhat rapid flow and obvious pathways between boulders, this river, which is classified as Class II, provides the ideal excitement for novice kayakers.

Adventurers are kept safe and outfitted with necessary equipment thanks to Rapid Stream Ecotours’ skilled staff, which manages the Bulsa River.

After a few hours of rowing, the stream speeds up a little and gives a spectacular view of distant, towering mountains. The stream originates in the settlement of Maamot Mountain.

Facilities:

  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Tour guide

Address:  Province of Tarlac, Central Luzon, Philippines.
Contact:
Price: A one-way trip costs a little over ₱200.

4. Capas National Shrine

Capas National Shrine
Capas National Shrine, Photo via Instagram: @iamvanfield

The Capas National Shrine, a significant historical site in the region, marks the precise location of the conclusion of the Bataan Death March.

The location was originally a concentration camp and is now a memorial honoring the Allied forces, which included 60,000–80,000 US and Filipino soldiers as well as Czech and Slovak soldiers, who fought with the Japanese in 1942 at the Battle of Bataan.

The Capas National Shrine was constructed by the Philippine government as a memorial to the thousands of troops that died at Camp O’Donnell while being compelled to march more than 83 kilometers from Mariveles and Bagac to San Fernando.

The shrine has 3 memorial walls with the names of Filipino and American soldiers who perished at the time, a 70-meter obelisk, and 54 hectares of parkland with tributes for the deceased.

In addition, there are peace poetry and a statistical breakdown of all Japanese prisoners of war engraved on the walls.

Facilities:

  • Pictsquare
  • Rubbish bin

Address: Capas Shrine Museum, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac.
Contact: +63 936 307 3105.
Price: Starts from ₱20.

5. ANZAP Twin Falls

ANZAP Twin Falls
ANZAP Twin Falls, Photo via Instagram: @exploring_tarlac

Located at the Summer Capital of Tarlac at Mayantoc, ANZAP Twin Falls is a natural destination beyond Tarlac’s ASEAN-New Zealand Afforestation Project.

Considered the tallest waterfall in Tarlac, Anzap has the 200 feet high waterfall that is surrounded by abundant foliage and is one of the three twins falls found in the Philippines.

For you guys hikers and weekend warriors, ANZAP Twin Falls is the best place to reconnect with nature.

To reach this spot, you have to cross the Nambalan River for 20 minutes and trek for about 4 hours travel to reach the Kawayan campsite. And then Rest for the night, and trek again the next day to reach ANZAP Twin Falls.

Facilities:

  • Hiking
  • Track race
  • Pictsquare

Address: G7HV+34H, Mayantoc, Tarlac.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱ –

6. Kart City Tarlac

Kart City Tarlac
Kart City Tarlac, Photo via Instagram: @kctarlac

Kart City Tarlac is another great Tarlac Tourist Spot for thrill-seeker tourists that is located near SM City Tarlac.

Established in 2005, the facility itself features world-class 700-meter European go-karts, a racing kart track, and also lapse timer system for racing activities.

To make sure that the guests’ possessions are secured and to prevent dropping anything during the race, riders are briefed in a waiting area and given racing suits, gear, and lockers before the race.

In addition, Kart City Tarlac is well known for its delicious pizzas, grilled meals, Filipino food, beverages, video-ke rooms, and Game Room Sports Bar.

Facilities:

  • Go-karts
  • A racing kart track
  • A lapse timer system
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • KTV rooms
  • An open area for concerts and activities
  • Video karaoke rooms
  • Game rooms.

Address: FHHW+8J2 Brgy, Brgy. San Roque, Tarlac City, 2300 Tarlac.
Contact: (045) 491 4053.
Price: Starts from ₱120

7. Aquino Center Museum

Aquino Center Museum
Aquino Center Museum, Photo via Instagram: @katey_blake

For those who enjoy history in Tarlac Tourist Spot, the Aquino Center Museum in San Miguel’s Hacienda Luisita is a great place to learn about and remember Philippine history.

The building was created by renowned Filipino architect Francisco Manosa as a memorial to Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and First Lady Corazon “Cory” Aquino, who fought for Philippine democracy.

The Aquino Center Museum houses collections of photographs and artifacts that highlight the Aquino family’s legacy and historical significance in the Philippines.

It includes information about Corazon and Ninoy’s lives and includes two films about Ninoy’s adventure.

Ninoy’s personal items, including the jacket he was wearing when he was killed at the Manila International Airport, are also on display along with the artwork.

Facilities:

  • Display
  • Pictsquare
  • Information boards
  • Parking area

Address: Luisita Access Rd, Tarlac City, 2300 Tarlac.
Contact: (045) 985 0968.
Price: Starts from ₱ –

8. Mount Telakawa

Mount Telakawa
Mount Telakawa, Photo via Instagram: @krizel_29

Tarlac also features the spectacular majesty of Mount Pinatubo, which erupted back in 1991, in addition to river activities. The best spot to go in the area if you’re looking for an exhilarating activity is to walk and camp near Mount Telakawa.

Mount Telakawa, which rises to a height of 645 meters and is situated at the base of Mount Pinatubo, offers a beautiful view of the volcano and the lahar land that surrounds it.

The activities on an ascent include trekking, visiting an Aeta village, a goat farm, where hikers can get water, and sleeping at the top.

Therefore, visiting Mount Telakawa is a fun and rejuvenating experience.

Address: The province of Tarlac, at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo. Elevation is measured at 645 Meters above sea level.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱ –

9. Mount Damas

Mount Damas
Mount Damas, Photo via Instagram: @alfredbrgarcia

This spot is the best choice for you that looking for extreme outdoor activity like hiking.

Mount Damas is one of the most popular picturesque mountains and a major hiking spot located in Tarlac.

The hiking activity will take about 1-2 days or 4-5 hours of travel. That all will involve trekking at steep routes, and rivers, crossing roped segments to the site and rappelling down a waterfall.

The rate itself is 6/9 difficulty to hike up the top of Mount Damas, measuring 685 meters above sea level. So ensure that you’re all geared and fit up before hiking.

Along the walk, there are also rivers, nipa huts for relaxing, and beautiful views of the Central Luzon Mountains. The main jumping-off location for Mount Damas is San Clemente Dueg Resettlement, but there is also an alternate route that leads to Barangay Papaac in Camiling Tarlac.

Therefore, visiting Mount Telakawa is a fun and rejuvenating experience.

Address: Near the border of 3 Tarlac towns: Mayantoc to the southeast, Camiling to the north, and San Clemente to the west.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱20 per person and the guide fee is ₱500 or ₱100 per person for large groups.

10. JSJ Goat Farm

JSJ Goat Farm
JSJ Goat Farm, Photo via Instagram: @turistatrails

Going to JSJ Goat Farm is a completely different experience, whether you’re interested in goat farming or want to stockpile goat cheese products.

The 10-hectare pasture is a family-run enterprise that got its start as a hobby in 2001. Initially owning no more than 10 goats, the founders Jeffrey and Kathleen today produce 300 goat and sheep varieties, including Dorpers, Boar, British Alpines, Anglo Nubian, and Saanen.

Day excursions are also available at the farm, where guests may learn about goat farming, various goat varieties, and how goats are milked.

In addition, JSJ Goat Farm produces specialty goat milk cheeses including Aussie Feta Cheese and Kesong Puti as well as top-tier breeds because they acquired Australian goats in 2005.

Address: Barangay Caturay, Gerona, 2302 Tarlac
Contact: +63 918 908 0488.
Price: Starts from ₱ –

11. Calao Falls

Calao Falls
Calao Falls, Photo via Instagram: @ppaaaatttt

Calao Falls or Kalaw Falls, situated in Barangay San Jose and another natural wonder buried away in Mayantoc, is a well-liked hiking attraction.

The location is perfect for a quick stopover that will undoubtedly help you decompress.

The indigenous Kalaw bird, or Rufous Hornbill, which originally resided in the area and is now listed as endangered, and just a few may be spotted on the Calao Falls, gave the waterfalls their name.

Behind the granite boulders, there is a little waterfall that tourists can explore by jumping into a narrow ravine.

Address: H8W9+R9G, Barangay Rd, San Jose, Tarlac.
Contact: 0948 688 6908.
Price: Starts from ₱20 per head as ‘Conservation/ Environmental Fee’. A Tour Guide is ₱350.

12. Ubod Falls

Ubod Falls
Ubod Falls, Photo via Instagram: @xaintmikael

Ubod Falls, a 120-foot tall straight waterfall concealed in the mountain, is a must-stop for all hikers proceeding to Mount Damas.

Follow the river track upstream to the location, where you will see two little waterfalls. Si-el Falls refers to the higher, curvier, shorter one.

Reaching Ubod Falls will require scaling rope parts on the left side of Si-el Falls, which will be difficult for those who are less physically active.

It will take about 15 minutes to travel from Si- el Falls to Ubod Falls and experiences its breathtaking splendor. Before proceeding to the jumpoff site, you can cool off at this location and have a plunge in the chilly water.

Address: J8QF+P3C, Camiling, Tarlac.
Contact: 0918-503-3583.
Price: Starts from ₱25 per head plus mountain guide ₱1000 for overnight trek + ₱200 tip.

13. Tinaboy Water Camp

Tinaboy Water Camp
Tinaboy Water Camp, Photo via Instagram: @photo_amateur0022

The location at Tinaboy Water Camp is similar to a beach along a lovely river in Tarlac Tourist Spot. The place takes its name from “Tina” and “Boy,” two lovers who died after plunging to their deaths from a precipice into a river. It is one of Tarlac’s undeveloped tourism destinations.

Here, you can set up a tent for the night and enjoy stargazing or the sound of the water running by. Take advantage of its chilly waters by swimming there or try fishing for lunch.

To reach the spot, you will take about 45 minutes of travel. So, make sure you bring enough supplies and your body is in a fit condition.

Address: Brgy Labney, Mayantoc.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱ –

14. Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo
Mt. Pinatubo, Photo via Instagram: @charlesmo14

One of the best mountaineering locations in the Philippines, Mt. Pinatubo, may be reached by trails in the province of Tarlac. In 1992, when it erupted, it gained international fame.

The journey to the peak begins with a 4-by-4 vehicle ride, the same as in other jump-off points. That requires one hour.

However, you can also decide to hike for three to four hours. One of Tarlac’s most popular tourist destinations is Mt. Pinatubo.

Address: About 55 miles (90 km) northwest of Manila and rose to a height of about 4,800 feet (1,460 m) prior to its eruption.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱ –

15. Isdaan Village

Isdaan Village
Isdaan Village, Photo via Instagram: @iamsheenaterana

You can become hungry occasionally while on a road trip exploring Tarlac Tourist Spot. The Isdaan Village’s eye-catching signage is easy to spot if you happen to be driving along Gerona’s roadways.

They provide a selection of freshwater fish that have been caught alive in their fish pens. On their menu, you may also find other seafood and regional dishes.

You are free to tour the grounds and take some memento pictures while you wait for your orders. Isdaan village is home to numerous enormous statues of fish and other creatures.

The Tacsiyapo Wall is another thrilling feature of this popular park and restaurant. Tacsiyapo, which derives from the Kapampangan dialect, implies shame on you.

Throwing ceramics like glass and plates against the wall is a playful way to show some emotional outburst in addition to what it represents.

Facilities:

  • A unique dining experience on floating nipa huts
  • Great services.

Address: Palaisdaan, Gerona, Tarlac.
Contact: (04593) 12596.
Price: Starts from ₱20 to ₱2000.

16. Ylang Ylang Center

Ylang Ylang Center
Ylang Ylang Center, Photo via Instagram: @chelschea

The smallest town in Tarlac, Anao, is renowned for its domestic ylang-ylang extract production.

The ylang-ylang extract is well-known for being used in the production of soaps, perfumes, insect repellents, and other scented household and personal care items.

Chanel No. 5 is one of the well-known scents that uses ylang-ylang as a foundation note.

Ylang-ylang extraction has been a long-running business since 1994. However, as crop farming is still the main source of income for the majority of farmers, there are still great hopes for this industry’s capacity to grow.

The Ylang Ylang Center in Anao will take you step-by-step through the procedure, from plucking the flowers to mechanical extraction.

Visit their store to purchase items like candles, sprays, insect repellents, essential oils, and even car fresheners.

Address: PJHG+V7H, Anao, Tarlac.
Contact:
Price: Starts from ₱ –

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Bara Mukti

I’ve been a travel blogger for about 5 years focusing on writing travel content about the Philippines and some Southeast Asian countries.