Aside from Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, there is another green spot right here in Quezon City. As part of my mission to give you fun options for the kids this summer that will not break the bank, I give you: La Mesa Ecopark.
Two years ago, Rupert, Zuri and I went to La Mesa Ecopark to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. La Mesa Ecopark has lots to offer its visitors and we had some great family moments in that place. Perhaps the only reason why we haven’t been back there yet is because Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is much closer to our house.
I checked their website recently to look for any updates. Currently, La Mesa Ecopark has these facilities which are perfect for a nice day out with the kiddos:
1. Lopez Picnic Grounds
For those of you who like eating al fresco, bring some food and drinks and sit under the trees at Lopez Picnic Grounds. Grilling facilities are provided.
2. Shell Flower Terraces
Nothing beats flowers to brighten up one’s day (maybe except for chocolates). If you have kids who love flowers like Zuri does, the Shell Flower Terraces will surely catch their interest.
3. Drilon Orchidarium
Speaking of flowers, orchids are up there with the best. Pay them a visit and let your kids appreciate the different colors.
4. Petron Fitness and Mountain Bike Trail
The fitness trail has 17 exercise stations and connects to a forested 1.2 km mountain bike trail. You may do some workout right under a canopy of trees that will protect you from Mr. Sun. Teach your kids how to exercise! 🙂
5. Mini Forest
This is a good way to expose the kids to a true forest scene without having to drive a long way from Metro Manila.
6. Swimming Pools
For me, swimming is already almost synonymous with summer. Summer = swimming, right? I’m sure the kids will agree. La Mesa Ecopark gives its visitors two options:
A. Old Salt Water Swimming Pool Complex
Instead of chlorine, salt granules are used to make the water safer and less toxic. Do you know of any other saltwater public pool?
B. New Swimming Pool Complex
This complex has two swimming pools. One is a 5-to-8-foot deep 25-meter lap pool with 6 lanes. The other is a large wading pool about 2 – 4 feet deep, shallow enough to be enjoyed by toddlers. Certified lifeguards supervise both pools at all times.
For fishing aficionados, tilapia, catfish and carp are waiting for you. Show the kids how fishing is done.
8. Horseback Riding
No need to go to Baguio, Tagaytay or Subic for some horseback riding. Visit La Mesa Ecopark and let the kids experience the thrill of riding a horse right here in Quezon City.
9. Butterfly Haven
The Butterfly Life Cycle is something every kid knows (being a favorite lesson in school). Why not let them see the real thing at the Butterfly Haven?
Another form of exercise that’s best done under the shade of trees is biking. Enjoy some quality time with the family while stretching your legs and lungs.
11. Adventure Zone
I guess this is more for the kids at heart than the real kids. For some adrenaline rush, La Mesa Ecopark offers the following:
A. Zip line
B. Bow and Arrow Fun Archery
C. Bungee Fun
12. Superferry Boating Lagoon
This is similar to Baguio’s Burnham Park paddle boat ride without the 6-8 hour drive. Kids love this.
Pavilions for private functions, camping facilities and educational tour packages are also available.
Here are the rates:
Park Admission Rates
Persons above 3ft PHP 50
3ft & below Free
Quezon City Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) PHP 40
Quezon City Students (w/ valid ID) PHP 20
Quezon City Senior Citizens (w/ valid ID) FREE
Non-Quezon City Senior Citizens PHP 40
SWIMMING POOL (operating hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily)
Persons above 3ft PHP 80
3ft & below PHP 40
-Proper swimming attire is strictly enforced.
-Pool admission rates apply to all who enter pool compound whether they will swim or not.
FISHING PHP 80/kilo; Fishing gear rental PHP 30/day
HORSEBACK RIDING PHP 50 – single; PHP 100 – w/ calesa
BUTTERFLY HAVEN PHP 60/person
BIKE RENTAL PHP 60 – PHP 90/hr
ZIPLINE Slide for Life PHP 200/person
BOW AND ARROW FUN ARCHERY PHP 50/3 arrows
BUNGEE FUN PHP 120/2mins
WATER BIKE RENTAL PHP 60/30 minutes
GENERAL OPERATING HOURS:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Open daily including holidays
Here are some of our pictures at La Mesa Ecopark 2 years ago.
Here is the park map taken from their website.
Here is the complete address of La Mesa Ecopark:
La Mesa Ecopark
La Mesa Dam Compound
Greater Lagro, Quezon City
Here is a map to help you get to La Mesa Ecopark (also from their website).
For more information, call the following numbers: Trunklines +63 2 430.4051/ (02) 430.5207
(02) 430-5207 (telefax). Or, visit their website at http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/bk/lamesa-ecopark.html
Don’t forget to bring an umbrella, a bottle of water and some snacks. Apply sunblock (just to be safe even under the shade) and insect repellent lotion. For swimming, bring swimwear, towel, slippers and extra clothes.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center