Things to Do in Angeles City
As Angeles City used to be the former location of Clark Air Base, there are plenty of expats in Angeles City. Perhaps this is the reason why the city is blessed with a great variety of activities on offer – from casinos to water parks. Some are touristy but all are definitely fun and there is also a great deal of options for families and are a great addition to your Angeles sightseeing program.
Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Bring the kids to Zoocobia Fun Zoo (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City) on a weekend for some interaction with animals and nature. Day tour packages are available from 250PHP to 500PHP while meals come at 95PHP, 175PHP and 250PHP for a student meal, set meal, or buffet.
We had a great time exploring around and seeing lots of different types of birds, mammals, and reptiles. You can feed or even ride some of them depending on the package that you purchased. Besides the zoo, there are also slides and a zip-line. If there's one thing that might put you off from visiting, it is that most of the animals are caged. If you don't mind that then it's a good recreational activity for the entire family.
Flying with Flying Club
For an extreme change of pace, why not fly an ultralight plane – you can book it with Angeles City Flying Club Tours (Woodland Airpark Talimundok, Sta. Maria Magalang). The club offers various flight packages starting from 2,466PHP. The view from above is simply breathtaking and we enjoyed the entire flight thanks to our reassuring and friendly instructor who even let us take control once in a while.
Flying in the morning means there's less turbulence but the view might be better in the late afternoon. Either way, this experience is really hard to beat. After your exhilarating time in the sky, you can check out the clubs' restaurant and pool. If you want to pop in, the club is open Monday to Thursday from 6 am to 5 pm and Friday to Sunday from 8 am to 5.30 pm.
Mountain Clark Firing Range
Meanwhile, the Mountain Clark Firing Range (15-29 Don Jose Street, Don Bonifacio Subdivision, Pulung Maragul, Angeles City) lets you live out your inner Lara Croft by having a go at tactical shooting. You can rent a variety of firearms from pistols to rifles from 500PHP to 1,000PHP and they teach you proper gun handling procedure. The quality of the weapons is excellent and the staff really care about their customers’ safety and enjoyment. It's undoubtedly a different way to relieve stress and blow off some steam. The range is open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.
El Kabayo Ranch
If you'd rather after John Wayne than Ms. Croft experience then head over to El Kabayo (Bldg. 4350 & 4351, Gil Puyat Avenue corner Panday Pira Avenue Clark Freeport Zone) where you can engage in some horseback riding, trail and carriage rides, and get some riding lessons. The place aspires to be like a town straight from a Wild West film so you will find replicas of a trading post, saloon, general store, and more. While there is a certain novelty in riding around this facility, we enjoyed meandering more into the countryside while on horseback. We also liked the fact that the horses look well-fed and healthy and they're all well-mannered too. Expect to pay around 370PHP to 750PHP for a 30-minute to 1-hour ride.
Clubbing and bar-crawling
Of course, what's a visit to the entertainment capital without spending a night or two in its many bars and clubs? If you dig country and retro music then visit Midnight Rodeo (1-A Oak Street, Angeles City) but if you're looking for some Vegas inspired stage shows then drop in at Tao (Fields Avenue, Angeles City). For a grooving nightclub scene, dance your way to High Society (Fields Avenue, Angeles City). The DJ plays trendy music ranging from house and trance with a bit of hip-hop thrown in.