Looking for a nice open-area spot in Metro Manila? Try going to Marikina City’s Riverbanks Center along the River Park. We’re sharing some pictures here so you can get a glimpse of what you can expect there. They have everything designed to amuse a family. They’ve got a family-friendly theme park, variety of foods, two nearby malls, a bazaar, rides, and games.
The park is usually crowded during the weekends. So I recommend you come on weekdays if you prefer a more peaceful atmosphere. Also, this is still a flood prone area, many of the establishment’s infrastructures are on stilts. So please be informed first about the weather before coming here.
But all in all, it’s a fun place to be even if you don’t have a budget. If you have a bicycle, much better. The park is bicycle-friendly so it’s good for sight seeing. It has a trail that stretches further east, from Marikina Riverbanks Amphitheater to Marikina River Park’s Roman Garden.
Marikina City’s River Park offers a family-friendly leisure space for all A statue of a mermaid riding on top of some fishes welcomes all visitors A closer look at her I think this is an unofficial parking space The river seems to be cleaner than before. Efforts to clean the river by the government has been prevalent There were still a few litters by the banks but it’s now becoming lush with the greeneries A foot bridge connecting both banks and you could see SM Marikina Mall on the other side. The mall is near so it’s walking distance You can fish here but I think it would still be safer if we have a go signal from DENR before you could eat your catch. Let’s stroll around some more… You could also bring your bicycle here. I actually encourage it so you can also go further since the River Park stretches longer than what I’ll be showing here. A closer look at the water. Looks cleaner than before but still has a hint of sewage smell. I don’t recommend swimming But I recommend you try these rentable rafts just for fun. A huge gazebo overlooking the river, usually used for special events. Yes, you can go up there if there’s no ongoing events People flock at the Riverbanks Center on their leisure Family-friendly, you can see children everywhere Some school girls practicing their dance… There’s a small amusement park too A closer look at the entrance of the amusement park Beside is a stature dedicated to children’s enjoyment A simple Ferris wheel. Not exactly the same as Disney Land but this is magical for kids and fun enough for teens “Frisbee” ride Lots of people around Try the Airsoft game. Shoot the target and win a prize A few more rides for kids Of course, adults can also join. If you’re young at heart The octopus ride People eager to ride the swinging boat… …and off they go Let’s see what else is there An open bar with live music at night. Get yourself a cold bottle of beer. Try your luck. Throw a P1.00 coin and you’re able to multiply it as your prize depending on the number it lands on More kiosks of fun things Try he dart game. Hit enough targets and win a prize Another target game that uses toy guns. Food is also everywhere But you might find it a bid difficult to find a spot to eat Are you a meat lover? I heard Iron Man likes shawarma It wouldn’t be complete without kwek-kwek and penoy. Refreshments too A Merry-Go-Round There’s also a mall, complete with varieties of restaurants and stores… …but who needs a mall if you’ve got a bazaar outside It’s almost Christmas, you can get your holiday decorations here also your party needs More affordable things for sale Get yourself a new bag or some glasses Knock-off shoes are also available It’s a maze in here Toys are everywhere too It’s almost night. The lights from the park are now more vivid There’s actually more people around this time than earlier ago Here’s our last look at the ticket booth. The night is not over for these folks A man throws a ball at his target at the “Striking Game” But before you go home, make sure you drop by the haunted house.