Innsider’s Guide to Clark
Clark Freeport is summed up in three words: fun, fun, fun! This up-and-coming Philippine destination is a fantastic place for those who get bored by the beach. Especially if they prefer adrenaline fueled adventures.
Accessible via Clark International Airport, which is home to many budget airlines. Clark is affordable and easy to reach from many Asian mega-cities, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai. Manila meanwhile, is less than three hours away by car.
Being a Special Economic Zone, the city has given rise to many modern developments. Including theme parks, activities and attractions designed to suit all ages. So whether you seek fast-paced pleasures, a round of golf, spa treatments or retail therapy… Clark Freeport is a the perfect destination.
Theme parks and family attractions
This place is full of fun family attractions. Aqua Planet is a great place to cool off with a collection of 38 water slides, pools and lazy rivers. Back on dry land, Zoocobia blends the beauty of Clark’s wildlife with other activities. Enjoy feeding the baby goats and pigs and riding camels. Then head to the zip-line or “gravity car”, which allows kids to ride down a 400-meter track. Head to Dinosaurs Island, where children can get up close to life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Iguanodon and Triceratops. There’s even an incredible 7-D “Super Screen” cinema to bring the prehistoric world to life!
Shop ‘til you drop
Shoppers have a wealth of opportunities to indulge in retail therapy here. SM operates some of the world’s biggest lifestyle malls, and the SM City Clark “supermall” is among the largest in the Philippines. Covering 17 hectares, it houses more than 300 retail outlets where guests can buy everything from top fashion brands to cutting-edge electronics. There is also an extensive food court, bowling alley and an IMAX cinema. And it could not be more convenient; the 154-room Park Inn by Radisson Clark is directly attached to the mall.
The great thing about being a Freeport is that Clark is a haven for duty-free shopping. Pick up the best bargains at a collection of duty-free malls, including Parkson, Puregold and Oriental Duty Free. Finally, visitors can discover local produce every Friday at Farm Fresh. Here, local producers gather to sell their goods directly to consumers at discounted prices.
Find your perfect way to unwind
There are many different ways to relax here. Golfers can enjoy a round on a choice of world-class golf courses. Including the 36-hole Mimosa Golf & Country Club. Or the spectacular Clark Sun Valley Country Club which is located more than 300 meters above sea-level. Or even the newly-opened FA Korea Country Club! This 36-hole championship golf course is complete with spa, pool and “VIP suites”. Alternatively, the Clark International Sports Complex offers a multitude of athletic activities. Similarly, Clark International Speedway is featuring a go-karting track, and Deka Wake Park guarantees to raise the aquatic adrenaline levels.
For guests who prefer more relaxing pursuits, Clark is also home to a collection of serene spas and massage centers. Meanwhile, the Puning Hot Springs and Philippine waterfalls are great for those who want escape the hustle and bustle and return to nature.
But Clark does have a serious side…
The city is not just a pleasure zone however. As former Spanish settlement and US air base, the area has a rich backstory. Nayong Pilipino Clark celebrates the region’s heritage and culture, including a series of museums and replicas of local villages. The Holy Rosary Parish Church in Angeles City dates back to 1877 and is recognized as a national historical site.
To discover this area’s rich history, the Clark Museum contains a collection of artifacts, photographs and interactive displays that tell the city’s story, including a 4-D theater.
Where to stay
Park Inn by Radisson Clark is attached to SM City Clark. This puts a complete collection of attractions right on guests’ doorstep. The hotel features 154 rooms and suites, an onsite restaurant, lobby bar, adult and kids’ pools and a fitness center, and for business travelers there is a 203-square meter meeting room.
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