Stuck for what to do in Manila when it’s raining? Here are some of the top rain-proof, weather-friendly, indoor activities in Manila.
The Philippine’s capital city is already well-known for its vibrant street culture, delicious road-side eats, and expansive outdoor bazaars- that’s all well and good when the sun’s shining, but what’s on offer in Manila when it’s raining?
There are a whole pile of unusual, adventurous, and entertaining indoor activities in Manila- as long as one knows where to look! There’s something to cure any type of rainy day blues; whether you’re feeling pent up and need to get some energy out, or if you just need a little pick-me-up on this grey, drizzly day.
Here’s our list of the best things to do in Manila when it’s raining:
1. Indoor Rock Climbing
There’s nothing worse than being stuck inside in Manila when it’s raining and feeling like you’re buzzing with energy- yet having no way to get it out. No need to take up a knitting habit just yet- anyone feeling restless on a rainy day should go check out Climb Central Manila.
This is the largest indoor climbing center in the whole country, with walls suitable for both beginners and advanced climbers. First time climbers won’t feel intimidated here thanks to the superbly friendly staff and the social atmosphere of the place.
Climb Central is located at: The Portal, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.
Opening hours: Weekdays from 1 pm to 10 pm / Weekends/Holidays from 10 am to 10 pm.
Prices: Adult Day Pass P600 (equipment rental included) / Discounts available for groups of 10+
2. Star Gazing at the Planetarium
If you’re hanging around Manila when it’s raining, it’s definitely worth heading over to the National Museum of the Philippines and checking out their Planetarium. Indoor stargazing is as entertaining as it is educational; it’s also a brilliant way to keep your mind active during the dreary, rainy days.
This is a super choice for quirky dates, family outings (kids love it), and solo travelers. The Planetarium often puts on free shows too, so it’s worth checking out their page to see what’s on when you’re around.
3. Visit Art Galleries
The contemporary art scene is taking off big-time in the Philippines, and you certainly don’t need to be any kind of art buff to enjoy the atmosphere at any of Manila’s art galleries.
There are absolutely tonnes to choose from, but here are a couple of suggestions to get you started:
- Galleria Duemila: Prides itself as the oldest gallery in the Philippines (1975), and displays the work of an array of up-and-coming local artists. Address: 210 Loring Street, Pasay
- Finale Art File: Their new 450 square meter warehouse location is split into three separate galleries, displaying works from contemporary high-flyers as well as some newcomers. Very dynamic, extremely diverse. Address: Warehouse 17, Chino Roces Avenue, La Fuerza Compound, Makati City
- MO_Space: Set up in a warehouse on Bonifacio High Street, MO-Space focuses on installation art, sculpture, photography, and performance- definitely one of the more experimental galleries in Manila. Address: Mos Design Building, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Fort Taguig
Have you got any other recommendations for things to do in Manila when it’s raining? Let us know in the comments section!