10 Must-Visit Tarlac Tourist Spots and Things to Do

10 Must-Visit Tarlac Tourist Spots and Things to Do

Klara Iskra Añonuevo

How to Go to Tarlac

1. mount pinatubo volcano crater hike and 4x4 ride, 2. philippine international hot air balloon fiesta, 3. monasterio de tarlac, 4. kart city tarlac, 5. tarlac recreational park, 6. canding falls, 7. saipan beach, 8. anzap twin falls, 9. aquino ancestral house, 10. jsj goat farm.

Monasterio de Tarlac and Mt Pinatubo

The province is also home to mountains and plains, so it’s no surprise that many Tarlac tourist spots are outdoors, offering a playground for adventure seekers. However, there are also places to visit in Tarlac that will allow you to learn more about the history and culture of the province. Since the province is also easily accessible from the National Capital Region by car, it is also a good option for a weekend getaway near Manila .

If you’re planning to visit the province soon, check out our list of what to do in Tarlac.

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Transportation in Tarlac

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If you are coming from other regions in the Philippines, it might be more convenient to book a flight to Clark International Airport. You can then rent a car in Clark, Pampanga or book airport to hotel transfers .

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Decades later, Mount Pinatubo is now a tourist attraction in Tarlac and is one of the Philippine volcanoes worth seeing . You can explore the volcano and its surrounding landscapes via Mount Pinatubo tours , which include crater hikes and 4x4 rides. 

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4x4 ride at Mt Pinatubo

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However way you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded by the picturesque crater lake view, which, at certain times of the day, glimmers with a turquoise hue. 

PIHABF Hot air balloon

You can ride a hot air balloon during the festival, as well as go tandem skydiving and tandem paragliding. You can also go on a helicopter ride to see Tarlac from an aerial view.


If you’re planning to stay in the area for more than one day, you can also book Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta accommodation packages that come with tickets, accommodations, and transfers to New Clark City. You can read our Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2024 guide for more information.

10 Must-Visit Tarlac Tourist Spots and Things to Do

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Even if you are not religious, you will still be able to appreciate this tourist destination in Tarlac, as it is part of the 278-hectare Mount Ressurection Eco-Park, which is lush with trees, plants, and other vegetation. It is also home to different species of birds and insects, making it a good stop for nature lovers. The monastery is located around 300 meters above sea level, so while you’re here, you can take in the stunning views while feeling a cool breeze.

Kart City Tarlac

If you want to live your Formula 1 or Mario Kart fantasies, Kart City Tarlac in Tarlac City is just the place for you! Kart City Tarlac (KCT) is a go-kart racing track where you can rent go-karts and race with friends. KCT has different kinds of go-karts that you can rent, including those for adult drivers and those for kids, so everyone can join in on the karting fun. In fact, go-kart racing in KCT is one of the popular things to do in Tarlac.

You can start racing at 1:30 PM, but since they are open until late at night, it would be better to hit the track after sundown so you won’t be under the scorching heat of the sun. KCT provides all the gear you need for go-kart racing, but remember to dress appropriately, and if you have long hair, bring your own hair tie.

Apart from hosting a go-kart race track, this Tarlac City tourist spot also has a restaurant and a KTV room, so you can load up on a delicious meal or sing your favorite tunes after racing laps with your friends and family.

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Tarlac Recreational Park

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Also in San Jose is the Tarlac Recreational Park, which is officially named the Jose V. Yap Sports & Recreational Complex. As its name suggests, there are plenty of things you can do at the park, including swimming (you can even enjoy night swimming here) in the Olympic-size pool, fishing, kayaking, and ATV riding. The park also has plenty of sports facilities, including basketball courts, volleyball courts, a football pitch, a golf course, a running track oval, and even a race track.

Because of its open spaces and wide range of facilities, it has become a popular location for team-building activities.

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However, if you want to just chill and relax, you can also have picnics here, or you can rent a casita, a cottage, or even a VIP Pavilion for a more comfortable stay.

Canding Falls

Located at Barangay Maasin in San Clemente, Canding Falls is considered one of the top places to go to in Tarlac, especially during the summer. It’s easy to reach this eco-tourism spot, as the falls is just around 1 kilometer from the jump-off point. The multi-tiered falls is known for its cold waters that are perfect for a refreshing dip.

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Apart from swimming, visitors can enjoy cliff jumping from different jumping points, with the highest being 20 feet up. Just note that some parts of the natural pool can be really deep, so make sure you know how to swim!

You can also rent tables and cottages here so you can enjoy a picnic while taking in the surroundings.

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Despite the name, this tourist destination in San Jose is actually located along a river and not by the sea. Nevertheless, like many beaches, it’s a great spot to cool off and relax. You can swim in the shallow waters of the river, just chill in one of the cottages along the river banks, or float aboard a bamboo raft while taking in the beautiful views of the river and the distant mountains. 

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Just note that while there may be some vendors here selling refreshments, the area is pretty bare, so make sure you bring your own essentials like towels, food, and drinks and ensure that you leave no trace when you leave.

ANZAP Twin Falls

The Asean New Zealand Afforestation Project or ANZAP Twin Falls in Mayontoc is one of the beautiful places in Tarlac that you should definitely add to your itinerary. As its name suggests, two cascades will greet you when you reach the site, with one flowing from the Matibya River and the other from the Piccan River. While the cascades are narrow, their height is impressive, with water flowing from a height of 200 feet. 

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Surrounding the falls is a lush forest that is home to a variety of trees, plants, and animals, making it one of the best hiking spots in Tarlac.

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This ancestral house in Concepcion, Tarlac, is recognized by the National Historical Commission as a historical site, and in 2011, President Noynoy Aquino unveiled the National Historical Institute Marker.

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The house served as the home of three generations of Aquinos, including the late president and his father, Ninoy Aquino. From the outside, the mansion looks grand as it sits on its expansive grounds with a man-made pond accentuating the gardens. Inside, you’ll find antique furniture, artwork, and lots and lots of framed photos of the Aquinos. Just note that you may need to schedule your visit in advance as the caretakers do not accept visitors every day.

JSJ Goat Farm

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This goat farm in Gerona, Tarlac, actually started as a hobby of the owners, starting with only 10 goats in 2001. Now, it is a booming business with hundreds of goats of different breeds. They also breed sheep on the farm. Apart from selling goats and sheep, the farm also produces goat’s milk and specialty cheeses. You can buy these products on the farm itself.

During your visit, you can explore the farm aboard a tractor and experience organic farming firsthand. You can feed the animals here, and if you visit at the right time, you can even try your hand at milking goats! The farm is definitely a must-visit if you’re looking for unique activities in Tarlac.

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Discovering the Top 20 Tarlac Tourist Spots

Discover the hidden gems of Tarlac, a province in the Philippines that offers a mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. Uncover the top 20 must-visit Tarlac tourist spots for an unforgettable experience.

1. Monasterio de Tarlac

Visit this stunning monastery atop Mount Resurrection in San Jose, home to a relic of the True Cross and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

2. Aquino Center and Museum

Learn about the lives and legacies of Philippine political icons Ninoy and Cory Aquino at this comprehensive museum in Luisita.

3. Capas National Shrine

Pay homage to Filipino and American soldiers who perished during World War II at this solemn memorial in Capas.

4. Kart City Tarlac

Satisfy your need for speed at this go-kart racing facility in Tarlac City, perfect for a thrilling day out with family and friends.

5. Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Dine at this unique floating restaurant in Gerona, offering a selection of Filipino dishes amidst a relaxing and scenic environment.

6. Tarlac Recreational Park

Enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as swimming, biking, and horseback riding at this expansive park in San Jose.

7. Anao, the Ylang-Ylang Capital of the Philippines

Discover the fragrant ylang-ylang flowers in Anao, where you can also visit the Ylang-Ylang Center and learn about the essential oil extraction process.

8. Mount Pinatubo

Embark on a challenging trek to the summit of this active volcano in Capas, offering breathtaking views of its crater lake and surrounding landscape.

9. Bamban Falls

Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of this picturesque waterfall in Bamban, surrounded by lush greenery.

10. Palaisdaan sa Tarlac

Experience a unique dining experience at this floating restaurant in Gerona, offering a wide range of Filipino dishes while you enjoy the serene ambiance of the surrounding fish ponds.

11. Tarlac Cathedral

Visit this historic Catholic church in Tarlac City, a beautiful architectural landmark dating back to the Spanish colonial period.

12. Kape Agape

Savor locally-grown coffee and delicious pastries at this cozy café in Gerona, promoting sustainable and ethical farming practices.

13. Ramos Ancestral House

Step back in time at this beautifully preserved ancestral home in Ramos, showcasing traditional Filipino architecture and antique furniture.

14. San Clemente Church

Visit this historic Catholic church in San Clemente, showcasing a blend of traditional and modern architecture and serving as a spiritual center for the local community.

15. Mayantoc Forest Park

Reconnect with nature at this lush forest park in Mayantoc, perfect for picnics, birdwatching, and leisurely strolls.

16. Concepcion Church

Admire the intricate design and architecture of this historic Catholic church in Concepcion, a testament to the town's rich cultural heritage.

17. Victoria Wet and Wild Park

Make a splash at this water park in Victoria, featuring a variety of water slides, pools, and recreational activities for the whole family.

18. Tarlac Heritage Foundation Museum

Learn about the province's history and culture at this informative museum in Tarlac City, housing a collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia.

19. Lapastangan Hills

Witness the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from this vantage point in Capas, perfect for photography and nature enthusiasts.

20. Calle Jose de Leon

Stroll along this charming street in Paniqui, lined with well-preserved ancestral houses and a quaint, old-world atmosphere.

Frequently Asked Questions about Traveling in Tarlac

1. What is the best time to visit Tarlac?

The best time to visit Tarlac is during the dry season from November to April, when the weather is generally sunny and pleasant. However, it's essential to be prepared for occasional rain showers even during the dry months.

2. How do I get to Tarlac?

Tarlac is accessible from Manila by bus or car. The travel time is approximately 2-3 hours, depending on your destination within the province. You can also take a bus from nearby provinces like Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Pangasinan.

3. What should I eat in Tarlac?

Some local dishes to try in Tarlac include the "batutay" or Tarlac longganisa, "chicharon camiling," and "iniruban" or rice cake. Make sure to sample the province's native desserts like "tupig" and "puto pao."

4. Are there any accommodations available in Tarlac?

Accommodations in Tarlac range from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses to mid-range hotels and luxury resorts. It's best to book in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

5. Where can I buy souvenirs in Tarlac?

You can find souvenir shops around popular tourist spots, in the city centers, and near local markets. Some local products to consider are handcrafted items, local delicacies, and woven products.

6. What safety precautions should I take when trekking in Tarlac?

When trekking in Tarlac, always prioritize safety. Go with a reputable tour operator, wear proper safety gear, and follow your guide's instructions. Stay hydrated, be prepared for changing weather conditions, and inform someone of your plans before you head out.

Experience the diverse Tarlac tourist attractions, from historical landmarks and cultural sites to stunning natural landscapes and exciting recreational activities. With its unique blend of charm and adventure, Tarlac promises an unforgettable trip for every traveler. Start planning your Tarlac adventure today!

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15 BEST Tarlac Tourist Spots (Places to See & Things to Do)

Tarlac is one of the lesser talked-about provinces in the county. In case you’re wondering what are the places to see and things to do here, we’re here to guide you!

Tarlac derived its name from a Hispanized derivation of the Pangasinan word “malatarlak,” which pertains to the talahib weed. Today, the province celebrates the Malatarlak Festival every year in honor of its roots and the Aetas, an indigenous group who first built civilization in these lands.

This province is mostly known for its historical sites, rice and sugar plantations, and various nature attractions such as mountains. It is a landlocked province, which means it has no beaches — but it has river banks and waterfalls where you can cool off during the summer. Tarlac is also dubbed as the Melting Pot of Central Luzon since it is home to different ethno-linguistic groups including the Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano, and Pangasinense. As such, you can expect to find different regional cuisines here!

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Without further ado, here are the best Tarlac tourist spots!

1. Mount Pinatubo

2. monasterio de tarlac, 3. tarlac recreational park, 4. kart city tarlac, 5. capas national shrine, 6. bamban museum of history, 7. anzap twin falls, 8. aquino center museum, 9. canding falls, 10. ubod falls, 11. mount damas, 12. mount telakawa, 13. jsj goat farm, 14. bulsa river white water rafting, 15. saipan beach, what to read next:.

Pinatubo crater lake

Mount Pinatubo is one of the most popular nature hikes in the Philippines. This active volcano laid dormant for 600 years until its violent eruption in 1991. It produced million tons of gas cloud into the stratosphere, which even temporarily lowered the global temperature by 1°F.

This active stratovolcano is located on the tripoint boundary of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. Via Tarlac, the jump-off point to Mount Pinatubo can be found at Barangay Sta. Juliana in Capas. From here, you need to ride a 4×4 vehicle, passing by barren landscapes and Aeta communities along the way. Then you need to trek the rest of the way to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo.

Location : (Jump-off point) Capas, Tarlac

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Monasterio de Tarlac is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tarlac. It is not only frequented by residents who attend the mass but also by tourists who are interested in its surrounding view.

Built in 2001, this monastery stands atop the Mount Resurrection Eco Park, which is part of the Zambales mountain range. Here you can appreciate the surrounding plains and mountains and take photos in the 30-feet statue of Jesus Christ, which is similar to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Aside from these, Monasterio de Tarlac also holds a relic of the True Cross , which is purportedly the wooden cross on which Jesus Crist was crucified. Brought from Germany to the Philippines, the relic is now enshrined in the monastery chapel where it is touched by the faithful after every mass. Twice a year, the relic is taken out for open veneration to commemorate its enshrinement and to celebrate the anniversary of the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community.

Location : San Jose, Tarlac

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The 78-hectare Tarlac Recreational Park is ideal for those who love adventure and families who want to bond together through fun outdoor activities.

You can rent out pavilions and cottages for day trips, as well as facilities such as BBQ grill. This park has different sports facilities you can use including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two swimming pools for kids, a race track, an oval, and a football field. If you want to head out there, there are also dune buggies and ATVs available for off-road adventures, a lagoon for fishing and kayaking, a biking trail, an airsoft ground, and other activities such as zipline.

The Tarlac Recreational Park isn’t just for day activities. You can stay overnight by renting one of the camping tents and enjoy the outdoor sky at night.

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Kart City Tarlac (KCT) is one of the most popular Tarlac tourist spots. It’s ideal for thrill-seekers and those who are looking for entertainment in the city.

This amusement park features a wide 700-meter racing cart track. Whether it’s your first time to try go-kart racing or you’re an experienced driver who want to compete in the racing activities, this site is for you.

Aside from the go-kart track, the park also has a billiards room, KTV room, and a restaurant that serves delicious food.

Location : Tarlac City, Tarlac

Capas National Shrine in Tarlac

If you’re interested in WW2 History, then you should visit Capas National Shrine in Tarlac. This is part of the WW2 loop tour done in Pampanga, Bataan, and Tarlac, offered by selected tour agencies.

Capas National Shrine is a 54-hectare memorial park built in honor of the Filipino and American soldiers who died at Camp O’Donell towards the end of the Death March. Here you can find a 70-meter-tall obelisk, built to signify peace and unity among Filipinos, Americans, and Japanese, and three marble walls engraved with the names of the fallen soldiers.

You can also visit a museum and a small monument built by the Battling Bastards of Bataan.

Location : Capas, Tarlac

Rhonie dela Cruz at Bamban WW2 Museum

This is one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in Tarlac, but someplace that history lovers will want to visit.

The Bamban Museum of History is a small private museum owned by Rhonie dela Cruz, whose grandfather and uncles fought in the Battle at Bamban Hills during the WW2. It houses old and new photographs, including the local war veterans and the indigenous people who fought with their fellow Filipinos, as well as various artifacts including artillery, helmets, and uniforms.

Aside from it being a resource for history, the owner also shares personal stories about the war and his conversations with both Filipino and Japanese war veterans and their surviving relatives.

Location : Bamban, Tarlac

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Tarlac has several waterfalls, perhaps the most famous of which is the Anzap Twin Falls. The Anzap Twin Falls is composed of two streams coming from the Matibya and Piccan Rivers, both measuring about 200 feet high.

Here you can appreciate the beauty of the waterfalls, which is one of the few twin falls in the country. You can also see interesting local flora and fauna, as well as forest trails.

The twin falls is tucked behind the ANZAP (ASEAN-New Zealand Afforestation Program) in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Getting here is challenging, as the roads are not yet developed. From Mayantok, it will take you about 5 hours of trekking. Alternatively, if you’re coming from San Jose, you can drive across rough roads and then trek for 30 min to 1 hour to reach the waterfall.

Location : Mayantoc, Tarlac

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The Aquino Center Museum is ideal for people who love history. It was built as a tribute to the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and his wife the late president Corazon Aquino, who fought hard to restore the democracy in the country after a 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

The museum houses artwork, memorabilia, and photographs of the Aquino Family. Most notably, it also houses the jacket that Benigno Aquino Jr. wore when he was assassinated, still stained in blood.

The Aquino Center Museum is located at Hacienda Luisita in San Miguel, Tarlac. It is managed by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation.

Location : San Miguel, Tarlac

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If you’re looking for a nature attraction that is easily accessible, try visiting Canding Falls in San Clemente, Tarlac. It is a multi-tiered waterfall, with the main pool for swimming as deep as 20 feet. There are cottages and tables for rent nearby, so you can stay for a while, enjoy the cool water in the basins, and even cliff jump in certain spots.

From the jump-off point in San Clemente, it only takes around 20 minutes of trekking to reach Canding Falls. Its easy access makes it a popular local destination especially during hot days.

Location : San Clemente, Tarlac

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Ubod Falls is said to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tarlac. Located within the wilderness in San Clemente, it stands about 160 feet high with a basin good for swimming and a cliff that is a potentially good site for rappelling.

It’s recommended to visit here only if you are physically fit, as the route is challenging. First, you need to trek following a river upstream and then climb up the rope segments of Si-el Falls, one of the two small waterfalls in the area. From there, trek for another 15 minutes to get to Ubod Falls.

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Mount Damas is a popular hiking destination in Tarlac due to its scenic views. Its peak is situated 685 meters above sea level, offering panoramic 360-degree views of the plains and mountain ranges of Tarlac and Pangasinan .

It’s located within the borders of the towns of Mayantoc, Camiling, and San Clemente. The jump-off point is located at Dueg Settlement in San Clemente (or alternatively at Barangay Papaac in Camiling), and the trek from the jump-off point to the summit takes about 7 hours. Some mountaineers do this as a day climb, while some opt for an overnight hike to witness the sunrise and sea of clouds (similar to Mount Pulag ) and to do a side trip to Ubod Falls.

Although the mountain is relatively small, the activity is still considered a major hike due to difficult trails. You need to trek, do river crossings, rock rappelling, and 45- to 60-degree ascent and descent via bamboo ridges. The trail is even more challenging when it is wet and muddy.

Location : (Jump-off point) San Clemente, Tarlac

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Mount Telakawa is another favorite hiking destination in Tarlac. It is located at the foot of Mount Pinatubo with a summit elevation of 645 meters above sea level, which offers breathtaking views of the volcanic mountain, lahar fields, and woodlands.

The mountain derived its word from “telakawa,” which means a pot placed upside down due to its shape. Its trail is mostly similar to that going to Mount Pinatubo, except that it is preferred by those who are up to a more challenging hike.

To get here, you need to pass through a river and the lahar fields in Crow Valley, with the option to meet with the Aeta community in Sitio Daig. Then you need to follow a gradually ascending trek amidst tall grasses to reach the summit. Most hikers camp at the summit for an overnight hike, so they can witness an amazing sunrise.

Goats in JSJ Goat Farm

Want to see and interact with farm animals? JSJ Goat Farm is a family-owned business located in a sprawling 10-hectare property in Barangay Caruray in Gerona, Tarlac. This farm is home to various pure-bred goats that originated from the United States and Australia, which produce top-quality fresh milk and milk products such as cheese.

Here you can go on a day tour to see the goats and sheeps, understand the farming process, and see how milking is done. You can also buy some of their products, including milk bottles, feta cheese, and kesong puti.

Location : Gerona, Tarlac

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Bulsa River white water rafting is the perfect activity for those who love to experience awesome adventures. Here you can experience kayaking along the 12.5-kilometer length of Bulsa River, starting from the mountain village of Maamot and then to the greeneries and towns in San Jose before proceeding to more intense parts of the river.

The activity lasts about 3-4 hours. The river rapids are classified as Class II, meaning they are smooth and gentle to moderately quick, so they are perfect for beginner kayakers. Here you can kayak while appreciating the surrounding mountains and even wildlife (including swimming carabaos) and then stop over to swim, cliff jump, and stone jump.

Bulsa River white water rafting is only open during the rainy season.

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Saipan Beach is a picturesque river bank found in San Jose, Tarlac. You can do a short stop-over here after visiting Monasterio de Tarlac, which is just 15 minutes away.

Here you can bathe and cool off in the water or rest in one of the cottages. Some vendors also sell halo-halo and other snacks as refreshment.

Where to stay in Tarlac

Tarlac offers a number of hotels and resorts ideal for solo tourists, couples, and families.

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That concludes our list of the best tourist attractions in Tarlac! Do you have other places to add? Let us know in the comments section below.

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12 Best Tarlac Tourist Spots (Nature & Adventure)


Tarlac is one of the most multicultural provinces in the Philippines consisting of Tagalogs, Ilocanos, Kapampangans, and Pangasinense. Due to the mixture of different ethnic groups, Tarlac has become a melting pot, offering a variety of the best local food in the country. It is also popular for having large sugar and rice plantations that were originally inhabited by the aboriginal settlers – Aetas .

The name of the province of Tarlac was derived from the Spanish word “Malatarlak” which means different types of grass. It is now celebrated as a festivity in Central Luzon. The Malatarlak Festival features traditional dancing, music, and drama using costumes inspired by grass.

Since the province is known for its vast fields, it is no surprise that there load of tourist spots in Tarlac involving outdoor activities, and eco-friendly tourist destinations such as the stunning Mount Damas, and the ANZAP Twin Falls.

Moreover, Tarlac offers lots of recreational areas for adrenaline rush experiences from go-kart racing to riding ATVs. If you’re not into extreme sports, Tarlac has more in store for you. For a laid-back trip, you can visit a popular sanctuary the Monasterio de Tarlac, or look back into history at Capas National Shrine and Aquino Center Museum.

So if you’re up to a mixture of activities, here are the 12 best tourist spots in Tarlac.

1. Monasterio de Tarlac

One of the most popular tourist destinations that religious devotees must visit is the Monasterio de Tarlac. Established in 2001, the monastery was built 300 meters uphill on the Zambales Mountain Range at Mount Resurrection Eco Park, Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac. With its beautiful landscape and scenery, the Monasterio de Tarlac has become a sanctuary for reflecting and reconnecting faith.

Monasterio de Tarlac

In addition to its beauty, the monastery is popular for having a 30 feet tall colossal statue of the Risen Christ similar to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue. The monastery also holds a piece the Relic of the True Cross that was believed to be dug by St. Helena from the Calvary Hill, Jerusalem, and later on, passed to Germany and brought to the Philippines.

How to get to Monasterio de Tarlac

To get to Monasterio de Tarlac, take the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway). When you reach Hacienda Luisita, take the exit and turn right onto MacArthur Highway towards the city center. Along the way, you’ll pass by SM City Tarlac. Just before reaching SM, you’ll notice a sign pointing towards the monastery, but don’t take that turn yet.

Keep following the road until you pass SM City Tarlac. Continue straight after the junction with McDonald’s and Mercury Drug on your left. Eventually, you’ll come across another McDonald’s. Turn left at that junction, and then follow the signs you see along the way.

Once you cross the bridge over the Tarlac River, make a left turn at the next intersection. From there, simply follow the road signs directing you to Monasterio De Tarlac.

2. Tarlac Recreational Park

For adrenaline junkies and fun-filled family adventures with friends or family, visit the Tarlac Recreational Park. The 78-hectare park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and is filled with different amenities such as a football field, race track, ovals, two large kids’ swimming pools, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. They also have pavilions, cottages, a sound system, barbeque grills, tables, and chairs that can be rented throughout the day.

Tarlac Recreational Park

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And if you’re quite adventurous, you can try their Dune Buggy and ride an ATV navigating bumpy off-road tracks. Tarlac Recreational Park features other challenging activities like airsoft, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and zipline. For overnight trips, visitors can rent camping tents and enjoy sky gazing.

How to get to Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park is located in San Jose, Tarlac. To get there, take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). Take Exit 118 and continue to Luisita Access Road in Tarlac City.

They’re open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For advanced booking, you can contact them at (045) 493-2471 or through mobile numbers 09178579208 or 09998853981. You can also visit their Facebook page or website for more information and references.

3. Capas National Shrine

A historic landmark in the province, the Capas National Shrine is the exact area where the Bataan Death March ended. The site was a former concentration camp, that now serves as a monument for the Allied forces of around 60,000-80,000 US and Filipino soldiers, as well as Czechs and Slovaks, who fought with the Japanese in 1942 at the Battle of Bataan during World War II.

Capas National Shrine

The Capas National Shrine was built by the Philippine Government to remember the deaths of thousands of soldiers at Camp O’Donnell who were forced to walk over 83 kilometers, from Mariveles and Bagac, up to San Fernando.

The shrine features 54 hectares of parkland containing memorials for the dead, a 70-meter obelisk, and 3 memorial walls where the names of Filipino and American soldiers who died back then were engraved. The walls also have engraved poems of peace and a statistical count of total imprisoned people by the Japanese.

4. Bulsa River

Another must-visit for the adrenaline junkies, Bulsa River is a 12.5-kilometer stream, running for about 3 to 4 hours, ideal for kayaking. It is rated as a Class II river, offering the perfect excitement for novice kayakers, with its smooth to slightly rapid flow and clear routes in between rocks.

Bulsa River

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Bulsa River is operated by the professional team of Rapid Stream Ecotours, ensuring that adventurers are safe and complete with essential gears. The stream starts at Maamot mountain village, and increases its speed moderately after rowing a couple of hours, and reveals a breathtaking view of towering mountains afar.

5. Kart City Tarlac

Apart from outdoor adventures, Kart City Tarlac is another great tourist destination in town for thrill-seeker tourists located near SM City Tarlac. Established in 2005, the facility features a world-class 700-meter racing kart track, European go-karts, and lapse timer system for racing activities.

Kart City Tarlac

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Before the race, riders are briefed in a waiting area and provided with racing suits, gears, and lockers to ensure that the guest’s belongings are secured and to avoid dropping any item during the race. Kart City Tarlac is also famous for serving mouthwatering pizzas, grilled foods, Filipino cuisine , beers, and features videoke rooms and Game Room Sports Bar.

6. ANZAP Twin Falls

Located at the Summer Capital of Tarlac at Mayantoc, Barangay Bigbiga, ANZAP Twin Falls is a natural gem hidden beyond Tarlac’s ASEAN-New Zealand Afforestation Project. The 200 feet high waterfall is considered the tallest waterfall in Tarlac, surrounded by abundant foliage and one of the three twin falls found in the Philippines.

ANZAP Twin Falls

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ANZAP Twin Falls is also a recommended spot for hikers and weekend warriors looking for a place to reconnect with nature. To reach the twin falls, cross the Nambalan River for 20 minutes and trek for about 4 hours to reach the Kawayan campsite. Rest for the night, and trek again the next day to reach ANZAP Twin Falls.

7. Mount Telakawa

Other than river adventures, Tarlac boasts the majestic beauty of Mount Pinatubo that erupted back in 1991. And if you’re in search of a thrilling activity in the area, there is no better place to visit than to hike and camp at Mount Telakawa. Located at the foot of Mount Pinatubo, Mount Telakawa measures 645-meter elevation, featuring the breathtaking view of Mount Pinatubo and the surrounding lahar land.

Mount Telakawa

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A tour uphill will consist of trekking, exploring an Aeta village, visiting a goat farm where hikers get their water source, and camping at the summit. So a trip to Mount Telakawa is an exciting and refreshing experience.

8. Aquino Center Museum

For history enthusiasts, visit the Aquino Center Museum situated at Hacienda Luisita, San Miguel to learn and recollect Philippine history. The facility was designed by Francisco Manosa, a renowned Filipino architect, and built to pay tribute to the late couple Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and President Corazon “Cory” Aquino for fighting for Philippine democracy.

Aquino Center Museum

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The Aquino Center Museum features compilations of images and relics displaying the Aquino family’s legacy and contribution to Philippine history. It features the lives of Corazon and Ninoy and shows two videos regarding Ninoy’s journey. Also, there are artworks displayed and Ninoy’s personal belongings, including the jacket he wore when he was shot dead at the Manila International Airport.

9. JSJ Goat Farm

Whether you’re into goat farming or love to hoard goat cheese products, heading to JSJ Goat Farm is a whole new experience.

The 10-hectare pasture was established in 2001 and is a family-operated business that started as a hobby. The founders Jeffrey and Kathleen first had not more than 10 goats and now breeds around 300 goats and sheep, including Dorpers, Anglo Nubian, Boar, British Alpines, and Saanen.

JSJ Goat Farm

JSJ Goat Farm

They also offer day tours at the farm educating visitors about goat farming, different breeds of goats, and watching the process of milking goats. Furthermore, JSJ Goat Farm offers top-of-the-line breed,s as they imported Australian goats in 2005, and sells specialty goat milk cheeses like Aussie Feta Cheese and Kesong Puti.

10. Mount Damas

If you’re looking for extreme outdoor activity, hiking up Mount Damas is the place to go. Mount Damas is one of the most picturesque mountains and a major hiking spot in Tarlac. The hike will take about 1-2 days or 4-5 hours, and will involve trekking at steep routes, rivers, rappelling down a waterfall, and crossing roped segments to the site. It is also rated with 6/9 difficulty to hike up Mount Damas, measuring 685 meters above sea level. So ensure that you’re all geared up before hiking.

Mount Damas

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There are also rivers along the trail, nipa huts for resting and has a scenic view of the Central Luzon Mountains. Mount Damas is accessible through San Clemente Dueg Resettlement, the major jumpoff point, or can be accessed at the alternate route at Barangay Papaac, Camiling Tarlac.

11. Ubod Falls

A must-stop for all hikers heading to Mount Damas, Ubod Falls is a 120-foot tall straight waterfall hidden in the mountain. To reach the site, follow the river track upstream where you will see two small waterfalls. The one is shorter and the taller curvy one is known as Si-el Falls.

Ubod Falls

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It will require climbing rope segments on the left side of Si-el Falls to reach Ubod Falls, which will be challenging for the less physically fit. From Si- el Falls, it will take around 15 minutes to witness the enchanting beauty of Ubod Falls. This spot is the perfect place to cool off and enjoy a dip from the cold water before heading down the jumpoff point.

12. Calao Falls

Another natural wonder tucked at the Mayantoc town, Calao Falls or Kalaw Falls, located at Barangay San Jose, is a popular tourist destination for hikers.

The spot is ideal for a short stop-over that can surely relieve stress. Calao Falls’s name came from the local Kalaw bird, or Rufous Hornbill, that once resides in the area now reported as endangered, and only a few can be spot on the Calao Falls. There is also a small waterfall hidden behind the granite rocks, where visitors can dive on a deep ravine.

How to go to Tarlac Guide 2024

To reach Tarlac, you can opt for buses departing from Pasay or Cubao. The journey typically takes around 3 to 5 hours, though this may vary depending on traffic conditions.

During the trip, buses often make a stopover in Angeles City, specifically at Dau or Marquee Mall. The main bus companies servicing this route include Victory Liner and Five Stars, with their final destination being La Siesta Bus Terminal in Tarlac.

Upon arrival at La Siesta Bus Terminal, travelers will find themselves just a short 10-minute walk from the city center. Additionally, SM Tarlac, a popular shopping destination, is conveniently located within a 5-minute walking distance from the terminal.

FAQ: Tarlac Tourist Spots

1. What are the top tourist spots in Tarlac? Tarlac boasts numerous attractions, such as the Monasterio de Tarlac, Aquino Center Museum, Capas National Shrine, and Kart City Tarlac. Each of these spots provides a unique experience for travelers.

2. Why is Monasterio de Tarlac famous? Monasterio de Tarlac is renowned because it houses a relic of the True Cross. It’s also a serene place with panoramic views, making it perfect for spiritual reflection and relaxation.

3. Are there any historical sites in Tarlac worth visiting? Absolutely! The Aquino Center Museum and Capas National Shrine are significant historical landmarks. The former showcases the life and legacy of the Aquino family, while the latter honors World War II heroes from the Bataan Death March.

4. I’ve heard about the ‘Isdaan Floating Resto-Fun Park.’ What can I expect there? At Isdaan Floating Resto-Fun Park, you can enjoy a delightful combination of dining and entertainment. Picture dining on floating huts surrounded by fish-filled ponds and engaging in fun activities like the “Tacsiyapo” wall, where you can vent frustrations by throwing breakables!

5. Can I experience nature in Tarlac? Definitely. The Mt. Pinatubo trek is a must-do for nature enthusiasts. Its majestic crater lake and awe-inspiring landscapes offer an unforgettable adventure.

6. Are there any festivals in Tarlac that tourists should look forward to? The Malatarlak Festival in January is one of Tarlac’s grandest celebrations. It commemorates the province’s agricultural heritage with vibrant dances and colorful costumes.

7. Is Tarlac a good spot for foodies? Tarlac offers a rich culinary journey. Make sure to try local specialties like the ‘chicharon camiling’, ‘batutay’ sausages, and ‘inuruban’ rice cake.

8. How accessible is Tarlac for tourists? Tarlac is easily accessible, thanks to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). It serves as a central hub in Luzon, making it a strategic stopover for travelers heading north or south.

9. Are there any eco-tourism spots in Tarlac? Yes, the KCT Eco Adventure Farm is a perfect spot for eco-tourists. Here, you can indulge in organic farming, bamboo rafting, and eco-trail walks.

10. When is the best time to visit Tarlac? While Tarlac is great to visit year-round, the dry season from November to May offers the best conditions, especially for outdoor activities.

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Top 20 Tarlac Tourist Spots: Best Destinations and Things to Do

Explore the various Tarlac tourist spots in this comprehensive travel guide. Discover remote destinations and adventurous things to do for lifelong travel.

Tarlac has so much more to offer aside from its important role during the Philippine Revolution, which deposed the Spaniards. It is more than its historical churches featuring European architecture.

Unknown to many, Tarlac is now a growing ecotourism destination in the Philippines.

Conquer its sleeves, and you’ll find numerous natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, panoramic mountain views, raging rivers, and many more. Tarlac also hosts the internationally-known Mt. Pinatubo, a favorite hiking destination.

Without further ado, here are the best places to go in Tarlac!

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1. ANZAP Twin Falls

ANZAP Twin Falls is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

ANZAP (ASEAN-New Zealand Afforestation Program) Twin Falls cascades towards a beautiful catch basin for more than 200 feet. Trekking to the falls will lead you into the lush forests of Tarlac, home to endangered flora and fauna species.

It’s a perfect getaway for those wanting to escape the lowland heat. ANZAP Twin Falls is a hidden Tarlac tourist spot.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Bigbiga, Mayantoc

2. Mount Damas

Mount Damas is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Mount Damas rises to more than 685 meters above sea level. It’s one of the favorite climbing destinations in Tarlac.

You’ll have a panoramic view of the mountain ranges and vast rice fields of Tarlac and Pangasinan from the top. Expect to trail on rocks and boulders, streams, and tall grasses before reaching the summit.

  • Location/Jump-off: Deug Resettlement, San Clemente

3. Ubod Falls

Ubod Falls is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Ubod Falls is another must-see waterfall in Tarlac, measuring more than 160 feet high. It cascades on a massive cliff-like heavenly drizzle. Lush vegetation surrounds the waterfalls, giving them a rustic view. It also has a natural pool where you can have an invigorating swim.

If you’re into a thrill, you can use the surrounding boulders to jump or dive into the pool. You can visit Ubod Falls after or before hiking Mt Damas. Ubod Falls is one of the new tourist spots in Tarlac province.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Clemente

4. Mount Telakawa

Mount Telakawa is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Mount Telakawa is another mountaineering tourist destination in Tarlac you should not miss. It stands for more than 645 meters above sea level.

You’ll get a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, lush forests, and lahar (molten lava) fields from the top. You can visit an Aeta community to experience its unique culture if you have time.

  • Location/Jump-off: Capas

5. Capas National Shrine

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Capas National Shrine pays tribute to the Filipino and American soldiers who fought the Japanese invaders during World War II.

A 70-meter monolith stands with a list of soldiers who perished during the war inscribed. It is one of the recognized historical tourist spots in Tarlac.

6. Nambalan River

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Nambalan River pictures the best of Tarlac’s ecotourism destinations. Its pristine waters emanate from forested mountains. The river has many deep pockets with inviting waters that one can’t help but jump.

Aquatic species such as shrimps and eels thrive in the river. During the rainy months, kayaking or whitewater rafting are favorite activities here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Mayantoc

7. Tinaboy Water Camp

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Tinaboy Water Camp features a beach-like setting along a beautiful river. The name of the site comes from “Tina” and “Boy” who were lovers who fell to their death from a cliff to the river. It is one of the rustic tourist spots in Tarlac.

You can have an overnight camp here while listening to the flowing waters or stargazing during the night. Enjoy swimming in its cold waters or try catching some fish for lunch.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Labney, Mayantoc
  • Trekking Time: 45 minutes

8. Calao Falls

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Calao Falls is a two-layered cascade. The main layer measures around 20 feet high with a circular catch basin. The pool is ideal for swimming, and it has cold and crystal-clear waters.

Tropical forests surround the waterfall. Wild fruits also abound. You’re lucky if you come here when these fruits are ripe.

  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes

9. Pangasaan Falls

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Pangasaan Falls cascades on the face of a massive limestone rock formation. It measures 20 feet high and is one of the off-beaten tourist spots in Tarlac.

It carved a very deep pool, and you can jump from one of the surrounding cliffs. Expect to trail on pristine rainforests before finally catching sight of Pangasaan Falls.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Jose

10. Monasterio De Tarlac

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Monasterio de Tarlac is a favorite pilgrimage destination in Tarlac, located on a site that is 300 meters above sea level. It boasts of a towering statue of Jesus Christ overlooking Tarlac’s plains.

The statute signifies the Catholic faith of the people. It is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Tarlac.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Lubiagan, San Jose

11. Duglo Falls

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Duglo Falls has multiple layers for you to explore. Each layer boasts different designs or features to offer. Just like in Pangsaan Falls, you need to hike on forest trails before reaching Duglo Falls.

One of its layers measures more than 40 feet high. Most of the waterfalls have inviting pools where you can enjoy the cold and crystal-clear waters.

12. Mt. Pinatubo

Mt Pinatubo is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Tarlac province has trails leading to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, one of the Philippines’ top mountaineering destinations. It became world-renowned when it erupted in 1992.

Just like in other jump-off points, the adventure to the summit begins via a 4-by-4 vehicle ride. That takes an hour. But you can also choose to hike your way for 3 to 4 hours. Mt Pinatubo is one of the top tourist spots in Tarlac.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Sta. Juliana, Capas

13. Tambu Lake

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Tambu Lake accidentally formed after the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1992. It used to be a stretch of rice paddies.

Today, it is becoming popular as a boating and fishing site for both tourists and locals. The lush vegetation surrounding the lake gives it a rustic view.

14. Canding Falls

Canding Falls is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Canding Falls is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Tarlac due to its accessibility. The waterfall is around 20 feet high, but its raging waters carved a wide and very deep pool.

You can climb on one of the cliffs and jump or dive towards the pool. Canding Falls is one of the best eco-tourism spots in Tarlac.

  • Trekking Time: 20 minutes

15. Timangguyob Falls

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Timangguyob Falls is another must-see waterfall in Tarlac. It has two layers with a naturally-built pool where you can have a thrilling plunge.

Enjoy the mists of the waterfalls as you relish the rustic atmosphere. Timangguyob Falls is one of the new tourist spots in Tarlac province.

16. Bulsa River

Bulsa River is one of Tarlac tourist spots.

Bulsa River boasts a 12.5-kilometer whitewater rafting experience. Enjoy riding the rushing waters while you catch sight of rustic sceneries along the way. There are also stop-overs where you can swim, bluff hop, or stone jump.

17. Tarlac Recreational Park

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Tarlac Recreational Park hosted several of the country’s national events, such as the Palarong Pambansa 2010. It covers more than 78 hectares and is an ideal site for different activities.

Among the things you can do here are mountain biking, swimming, zip line, rappelling, and many more.

18. Aquino Center and Museum

Aquino Center and Museum are one of the most famous tourist spots in Tarlac City. It commemorates Benigno Aquino Sr. and his wife late President Corazon Aquino. Both are considered icons of democracy in the Philippines.

One of the materials here is the blood-stained clothes of Benigno, who was assassinated during the Marcos regime.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy San Miguel, Tarlac City
  • Operating Hours: 8 am to 5 pm daily
  • Tel.: +63 45 9850968 or +63 45 9850969

19. Ylang-Ylang Center

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Ylang-Ylang Center showcases world-class creations from the Ylang-Ylang flower. The flower is one of the Philippines’ pride, known for its powerful scent. Today, the flower is marketed in the global perfumery industry.

  • Location/Jump-off: Anao

20. JSJ Goat Farm

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JSJ Goat Farm is one of the best agricultural tourist destinations in Tarlac. Get the chance to see and experience hands-on how goat milking is done. You can even drink fresh milk after the process.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Caruray, Gerona

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17 Outstanding Tarlac Tourist Spots

Located in the heart of Central Luzon, Tarlac is a province in the Philippines that offers a rich blend of natural wonders, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to serene spots for relaxation, Tarlac tourist spots has something for every type of traveler. Let’s explore some of the must-visit tourist spots in Tarlac that will leave you in awe of this beautiful province.

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1. Kart City Tarlac

Kart City - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Start your Tarlac tourist spots adventure with a thrilling go-kart experience at Kart City Tarlac. This popular go-karting track offers a challenging circuit and state-of-the-art karts that will satisfy your need for speed. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a first-timer, Kart City Tarlac promises an exhilarating time for all.

2. Mount Pinatubo – Tarlac Tourist Spots

Mount Pinatubo - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Embark on a thrilling adventure to Mount Pinatubo, an active volcano known for its majestic beauty. Trek through the scenic landscapes of Crow Valley, witness the remnants of the volcano’s catastrophic eruption in 1991, and be rewarded with the stunning crater lake at the summit. Mount Pinatubo offers a unique and unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It is a must visit Tarlac tourist spots for nature enthusiasts.

3. Anzap Twin Falls

Anzap Twin Falls - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Discover the natural beauty of Tarlac tourist spots at Anzap Twin Falls. Tucked away in San Jose, this hidden gem boasts two cascading waterfalls surrounded by lush greenery. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters or simply bask in the tranquility of the surroundings. Anzap Twin Falls is a perfect spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

4. Limiac Park

Limiac Park - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Limiac Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park features a well-maintained landscape adorned with trees, flowering plants, and manicured gardens. Take a leisurely stroll along the winding pathways and immerse yourself in the refreshing ambiance of the park. Breathe in the clean, crisp air, and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. This park is a relaxing Tarlac tourist spots.

5. Aquino Center and Museum

Aquino Center and Museum - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Philippines at the Aquino Center and Museum. This cultural institution pays tribute to the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and his wife, former President Corazon Aquino. Explore their lives through various exhibits, personal memorabilia, and interactive displays, gaining a deeper understanding of their significant contributions to the country.

6. Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

For a spiritual retreat, visit the Monasterio de Tarlac. Nestled on Mount Resurrection, this monastery offers a peaceful ambiance and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Climb the 300-step stairway to reach the towering 30-foot statue of Jesus Christ, known as the Risen Christ. The Monasterio de Tarlac is a place of solace and reflection for both locals and tourists.

7. Capas National Shrine

Capas National Shrine - Tarlac Tourist Spots

A site of historical significance, the Capas National Shrine commemorates the Filipino and American soldiers who died during the Bataan Death March in World War II. The shrine features a large memorial cross and a museum that showcases artifacts and photographs related to the war. Pay your respects to the fallen heroes and learn about this significant event in Philippine history. This Tarlac tourist spots is definitely for historical soul.

8. Isdaan Village

 Isdaan Village - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Indulge in a unique dining experience at Isdaan Village. This restaurant and amusement park concept offers delicious Filipino cuisine served in floating huts surrounded by fish ponds. Enjoy live entertainment, feed the fish, and marvel at the larger-than-life statues depicting Philippine folklore and culture. Isdaan Village is a feast for the senses and a great place for family outings. Isdaan Village is a unique Tarlac tourist spots

9. Bamban Museum of History

 Bamban Museum of History - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Step back in time at the Bamban Museum of History. This museum showcases artifacts, photographs, and historical documents that depict the rich heritage of Tarlac and its people. Gain insights into the province’s past, including its pre-colonial roots, Spanish colonial era, and contributions to the nation’s history.

10. Saipan Beach

Saipan Beach - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Saipan beach in not literally a beach, it is a riverbank located in San Jose, Tarlac. There are no hotels or resorts here. It is just a plain body of water. Usually the locals are always in here cool off. There are few nipa huts at bamboo rafts to ride on. You can still visit the Saipan Beach to discover another wonderful place in the city of Tarlac.

11. Maria Cristina Park

Maria Cristina Park - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Located in Tarlac City, Maria Cristina Park is a popular recreational area for locals and tourists alike. The park features beautiful gardens, a lagoon with paddle boats, and various leisure facilities. Take a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, or enjoy some outdoor activities in this scenic park.

12. Mt. Damas

Mt. Damas - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, Mt. Damas is a must-visit destination Tarlac tourist spots. This mountain offers a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience, with panoramic views of Tarlac’s landscapes as your reward. Enjoy the beauty of nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and conquer the summit for an unforgettable adventure.

13. Bulsa River

Bulsa River - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Experience the beauty of Tarlac tourist spots’ countryside at Bulsa River. This idyllic spot is perfect for kayaking, river tubing, and other water activities. Immerse yourself in nature as you glide along the river, surrounded by lush greenery and serenaded by the soothing sounds of flowing water.

14. Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park

Situated in San Jose, Tarlac Recreational Park is a family-friendly destination offering a wide range of recreational activities. From swimming pools and picnic areas to playgrounds and sports facilities, this park provides fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Spend a day enjoying outdoor activities and bonding with loved ones in this sprawling recreational park. A Tarlac Tourist spots for fitness fanatic.

15. JSJ Goat Farm

JSJ Goat Farm - Tarlac Tourist Spots

Discover the charm of the countryside at JSJ Goat Farm. This agricultural attraction allows visitors to interact with friendly goats and learn about goat farming. Enjoy feeding the goats, learn about the milk production process, and savor fresh goat milk products. JSJ Goat Farm offers a unique and educational experience for animal lovers and farm enthusiasts.

16. Capas ATV Adventure

Capas ATV Tarlac

Gear up for an adrenaline-pumping experience at Capas ATV Adventure. Explore the rugged terrains of Capas on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and navigate through challenging trails. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, this adventure is sure to get your heart racing and provide an exciting way to explore Tarlac’s landscapes. Never miss out this thrilling Tarlac tourist spots!

17. Aquino Ancestral House

Aquino Ancestral House

Delve into the history of the Aquino family at the Aquino Ancestral House in Concepcion. This ancestral home-turned-museum offers a glimpse into the lives of the late Senator Ninoy Aquino and his family. Admire the preserved furniture, memorabilia, and personal belongings that reflect the Aquino family’s legacy in Philippine politics.

Tarlac is a province that showcases the diverse beauty of the Philippines. From historical landmarks to natural wonders, there is no shortage of tourist spots that will captivate and leave you in awe. So, plan your trip to the different Tarlac tourist spots and explore these hidden gems that make this province a truly remarkable destination.

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Looking for Tarlac tourist spots to explore in your next visit to the province? For those seeking an unforgettable cultural experience, Tarlac is an unmissable destination. The province is full of captivating sites and attractions, from the monuments and memorials of the Tarlac Heritage Park to the lush forests of Mount Pinatubo and the majestic Zambales Mountains. History buffs will be enthralled by the remains of the battles fought during the Philippine Revolution of 1896, while nature lovers will be delighted by the abundance of natural wonders. For a truly immersive experience, visitors can explore the area’s many waterfalls and hot springs.

Tarlac also offers various cultural attractions, from vibrant festivals and traditional dances to unique cuisine. From the vibrant nightlife of Tarlac City to the tranquil beauty of the countryside, Tarlac is a province full of surprises. With its diverse landscape, vibrant culture, and rich history, Tarlac will surely be an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a trip to Tarlac, here are the top 12 tourist spots you shouldn’t miss:

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1. Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo is a majestic volcano in the Zambales mountain range in the Philippines. It is renowned for its explosive eruption in 1991, which left behind a captivating crater lake. The lake, nestled in the caldera, is a remarkable sight to behold. It is surrounded by rugged, ash-covered slopes and lush vegetation, creating an awe-inspiring landscape. Hiking to the crater of Mount Pinatubo is an unforgettable experience for any adventurer.

The river trail is quite challenging, but the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside make the trek worthwhile. As you ascend, you will be met with breathtaking views of the crater lake and its surroundings. The Mount Pinatubo crater lake is ideal for taking pictures and admiring the picturesque landscape. This outdoor activity is one of the most recommended Tarlac tourist spots you should not miss if you visit the province.

Kart City Tarlac

2. Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park, or Kart City, is an excellent destination for families looking to have a day of fun and excitement. With its go-kart racing, bumper boats, and other activities, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park also features various other attractions, including a mini-golf course, batting cages, a trampoline, and arcades.

The staff at Kart City is friendly and accommodating, ensuring everyone has an enjoyable and memorable experience. With its family-friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities, it’s no wonder that Tarlac Recreational Park is a top choice for leisure and excitement.

Ninoy and Corazon Aquino Artwork

3. Aquino Center and Museum

The Aquino Center and Museum is a tribute to the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., a figure of immense influence in Philippine history. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can explore the life and legacy of the Aquino family and their significant contributions to the nation. Visitors can better understand the family’s legacy and its impact on the country through interactive displays, photographs, and artifacts.

The museum also houses a library of books, documents, and other materials related to the Aquino family and their legacy. Visitors can also participate in educational workshops and lectures that provide an in-depth look at the Aquino family’s role in Philippine history. The Aquino Center and Museum is a living testament to the impact of the Aquino family on the nation and a great way to learn more about their legacy.

Capas National Shrine by jopetsy via Wikimedia cc

4. Capas National Shrine

The Capas National Shrine is a solemn reminder of the brave Filipino and American soldiers who sacrificed during World War II’s infamous Bataan Death March. It is a place of reverence and contemplation where visitors can pay their respects to the fallen and reflect on the immense sacrifices made by these courageous men and women. The shrine is a reminder of the courage and resilience of the Filipino and American soldiers who endured the horrors of the Death March and the strength of those who survived it.

It is a place of remembrance and healing, a place to honor those who gave their lives to protect freedom and democracy. The Capas National Shrine is a place of pilgrimage and remembrance, commemorating the bravery and fortitude of those who gave their lives for a cause greater than themselves. It stands as a beacon of hope, a reminder of the price of freedom, and the importance of never forgetting those we have lost. It is a place to honor the legacy of those who fought and died in the name of freedom and justice.

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5. Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac is a beautiful place situated atop Mount Resurrection. It is a tranquil sanctuary that allows visitors to find solace and inner peace. The majestic statue of Jesus Christ stands tall at the highest peak of the mountain, reminding visitors of the divine. From the top of the hill, visitors can admire the stunning view of the entire province.

The lush green valleys, the winding rivers, and the distant mountains create a breathtaking landscape that is simply mesmerizing. The peaceful ambiance and the captivating view make Monasterio de Tarlac a perfect destination for a quiet getaway. Visitors can stroll around the monastery and take in the serene atmosphere. The tranquil environment and the majestic statue of Jesus Christ make Monasterio de Tarlac a must-visit destination for anyone seeking peace and solitude.

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6. Tarlac Cathedral

The Tarlac Cathedral, or Saint Sebastian Cathedral, is an awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece. Its intricate design is a sight to behold, with its towering spires, elaborate stained glass windows, and magnificent sculptures. The cathedral is steeped in history, built in the early 19th century, and symbolizes the province’s deep religious roots.

It is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world to admire its beauty and grandeur. Inside, the cathedral is full of art and artifacts, from the intricately carved pews to the ornate altars. Visitors can take a guided tour of the cathedral to learn more about its history and significance. It is one of the most important religious sites in the province and is a must-visit for any traveler.

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7. Luisita Golf and Country Club

Golfers from all corners of the globe flock to the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac, a golfer’s paradise. With its lush greens, rolling fairways, and challenging layout, the course is a dream come true for any golf enthusiast. The clubhouse provides a warm and inviting atmosphere, with plenty of amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. From the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape to the meticulously maintained golf course, the Luisita Golf and Country Club has been designed to give golfers an unforgettable experience. The fairways are lined with trees and strategically placed bunkers, testing golfers to think strategically before each shot. The greens are meticulously manicured to provide a consistent putting surface, and the clubhouse offers a tranquil atmosphere with its comfortable seating and delicious food.

The Luisita Golf and Country Club also hosts several special events throughout the year, such as charity tournaments, corporate outings, and even weddings. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and always willing to make your experience enjoyable. You will be immersed in camaraderie and a spirit of friendly competition as soon as you arrive. For golfers of all levels, the Luisita Golf and Country Club is the ideal destination for a one-of-a-kind golf experience.

Museo Ng Tarlac – Tarlac City

8. Museo de Tarlac

The Museo de Tarlac is a cultural gem in the Philippines in Tarlac City. This museum preserves and showcases the Tarlac province’s rich history, art, and heritage. Its exhibits offer visitors a glimpse into the region’s past, celebrating its diversity and cultural significance.

Discover the captivating tourist spots of Tarlac, a province full of adventure, history, and relaxation. There’s something for everyone, from thrilling outdoor activities to fascinating historical sites. So, why not plan your visit and explore Tarlac’s many attractions?

Anao Ylang Ylang Center

9. Anao Ylang-Ylang Center

At the Anao Ylang-Ylang Center, you can explore the diverse range of products made from this aromatic flower, from soaps and insect repellants to perfumes and crafts. Learn about the intricate extraction process and the various applications of Ylang-Ylang essential oil.

Gain insights into sustainable farming practices and the economic importance of this flower in the region. Enjoy an enlightening journey into the world of fragrances and discover the unique properties of Ylang-Ylang. Shop for various Ylang-Ylang products and take home a piece of this aromatic paradise.

Saint Josemaria Escriva Parish Church in Gerona, Tarlac

10. Saint Josemaria Escriva Parish Church

Designed by Fr. Alex Bautista, the church was opened in 2013 and is home to a relic of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It is a place of spiritual refuge and a source of blessings for believers and non-believers alike. Step into the St. Josemaria Escriva Parish and be captivated by its beauty and tranquility. Experience its drive-through view of the Blessed Sacrament and be overwhelmed with its sacredness and holiness. This is a place to find peace, hope, and faith.

Tarlac Cuisine at Tatuns

11. Tatuns Kambingan in Tarlac City

If you’re longing for the unique taste of Filipino cuisine, specifically the succulent flavors of fresh goat meat, then Tatuns Kambingan in Tarlac City is the place to be! From sinampalukang kambing (goat meat in tamarind soup) to kalderetang kambing (goat meat stewed in tomato sauce), Tatuns Kambingan prides itself on serving authentic Filipino flavors with a focus on goat-based dishes. So, if you’re looking for a unique and delicious culinary experience, look no further than Tatuns Kambingan!

Hot Chocolate Kape Agape

12. Kape Agape in Anao, Tarlac

Kape Agape is a coffee shop in the heart of Anao, Tarlac. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, family, and even travelers and enjoy their specialty coffee. The café was founded in 2015 to bring the best of local coffee to the people of Anao and to support local coffee farmers in the region.

Every ingredient used in their dishes is sourced from the organic farms of each barangay in Anao, making Kape Agape the epitome of local coffee. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or to explore the agricultural identity of Anao, Kape Agape is the perfect destination.

Best Time to Visit Tarlac

The best time to visit Tarlac in the Philippines is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. During this time, the weather is generally sunny, and there is little rainfall, providing ideal outdoor activities and sightseeing conditions.

How to Get to Tarlac

Getting to Tarlac is relatively easy, as it is accessible by various modes of transportation. Here are the different ways to reach Tarlac:

Clark International Airport (CRK): The nearest airport to Tarlac is Clark International Airport, located in Angeles City, Pampanga. You can take a taxi or rent a car from the airport to reach Tarlac, which is approximately a 1 to 2-hour drive, depending on traffic.

  • Private Vehicle: If you have your own car or prefer the convenience of driving, you can reach Tarlac via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Take the NLEX heading northbound and exit at the SCTEX toll gate. Continue driving until you reach Tarlac City.
  • Public Bus: Several bus companies operate routes to Tarlac from major cities in Metro Manila, such as Cubao, Pasay, and Caloocan. Look for buses headed to Tarlac City; the journey usually takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the most popular tourist spots in tarlac.

Tarlac, Philippines, boasts several popular tourist destinations. Mount Pinatubo, a dormant volcano, draws trekkers and adventure seekers to its picturesque crater lake. The Aquino Center and Museum pays homage to the late President Corazon Aquino and her husband, Ninoy Aquino. Monasterio de Tarlac, a mountaintop monastery, offers spiritual solace and panoramic views. The historic San Sebastian Cathedral, known for its distinct architecture, is another attraction. Additionally, the Tarlac Recreational Park provides a family-friendly space with recreational activities. These diverse attractions showcase the province’s blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and religious significance, attracting visitors from far and wide.

Which Tarlac tourist spots are considered Instagrammable?

Tarlac offers Instagram-worthy spots like Mount Pinatubo’s stunning crater lake, the scenic views from Monasterio de Tarlac, and the unique architecture of San Sebastian Cathedral. The vibrant landscapes, historical sites, and cultural richness make for captivating photos, attracting travelers seeking visually appealing and shareable moments.

What are some romantic destinations in Tarlac?

Tarlac presents romantic getaways such as The Monasterio de Tarlac, providing serene surroundings for couples to reconnect. The enchanting ambiance of Mount Pinatubo’s crater lake offers an intimate escape. The Tarlac Recreational Park with its lush landscapes and serene atmosphere is another option. These destinations allow couples to share moments of tranquility, adventure, and natural beauty, making Tarlac a charming choice for romantic outings.

What are the must-see tourist spots in Moncada, Tarlac?

Moncada, Tarlac, offers notable attractions like the Moncada Church, showcasing historical architecture and religious significance. The Diwa ng Tarlac Park, a scenic area with gardens and sculptures, is also worth visiting. These sites encapsulate Moncada’s cultural and natural charm, providing visitors with a glimpse into its unique identity.

Which resorts are popular among tourists in Tarlac?

Tarlac features several popular resorts that cater to tourists seeking relaxation and leisure. The Luisita Golf & Country Club offers a serene environment with golf facilities and recreational amenities. The Isdaan Floating Restaurant and Theme Park provides a unique dining experience alongside entertaining attractions. The Microtel by Wyndham Tarlac is a comfortable option with modern amenities. Additionally, the La Maja Rica Hotel offers a blend of comfort and culture. These resorts offer diverse experiences, from outdoor activities to cultural immersion, making Tarlac a destination of choice for various types of travelers.

What are the recommended Tarlac tourist spots to visit?

  • Mount Pinatubo: Trek to its breathtaking crater lake.
  • Monasterio de Tarlac: A mountaintop monastery with panoramic views.
  • Aquino Center and Museum: Commemorates the legacy of President Cory Aquino.
  • San Sebastian Cathedral: Known for its unique architectural design.
  • Diwa ng Tarlac Park: Features gardens and sculptures.
  • Tarlac Recreational Park: Offers outdoor activities and family fun.
  • Isdaan Floating Restaurant: Combines dining with amusement park attractions.
  • Luisita Golf & Country Club: Ideal for golf enthusiasts and relaxation.
  • La Maja Rica Hotel: Blends modern comforts with local culture.
  • Capas National Shrine: Honors Filipino and American soldiers.
  • Kart City Tarlac: Go-karting and recreational activities.
  • Tarlac State University Botanical Garden: Displays diverse plant species.
  • Capas Freedom Park: A historical park with sculptures and monuments.
  • Anao Quirino Bridge: Architectural landmark over the Pampanga River.
  • Bamban Museum of History: Showcases local heritage and artifacts.

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31 Cool Tarlac Tourist Spots

Although it is not a usual place where tourists go, there are many cool Tarlac tourist spots that you should consider visiting when going to the Philippines . Tarlac is one of the 81 provinces of the Philippines and is located in Central Luzon , just 130 kilometers away from Manila.

Tarlac is bounded by Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales and Pampanga. It’s close to the beach and mountains and a very quiet place if you want to relax. In this Tarlac travel guide we would share with you some of their churches, historical spots, natural attractions, restaurants and many more.

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You can get accommodation starting from 800-1000 PHP (less than $20 USD ) for a room in a guesthouse. Can you imagen if you are two of you traveling in the Philippines, it will be $10 USD each.

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Best time to visit tarlac.

Since the Philippines is made up of many different islands, weather conditions may vary from one city to another. If you’re traveling to Tarlac, you can expect considerably small variations to the city’s weather.

Humidity is high in the Philippines and the warmest months here are April and May. You can hit the beaches near Tarlac city during these months to cool off. Basically, January to March is the best time to visit Tarlac as this is the sunniest period of the year and is relatively cooler than other months.

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Getting tarlac by bus from manila.

SM City Tarlac

If you are getting by bus from Manila to Tarlac. There are buses leaving from Manila to Tarlac in Pasay and Cubao. The trip will take 3-5 hours depending on the traffic.

Prices are starting at $5 USD and you can book online . The bus departure is every 30-45 minutes and there are buses with air conditioning and without. If you are coming from Manila by bus to Tarlac. The bus will stop by Angeles City: Dau or Marquee Mall .

The main buses companies going from Manila to Tarlac are Victory Liner and Five Stars getting to La Siesta Bus Terminal in Tarlac.

Once you arrive at La Siesta Bus Terminal you can go walking distance to city center just 10 minutes and less than 5 minutes walking distance to SM Tarlac.  

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If you are getting from Manila to Tarlac by private transportation van or car. It will take you around 3 hours getting to Tarlac depending on the traffic leaving Manila.


There are flight companies going to Clark like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia . You can get cheap flights from Singapore and Hong Kong. Also inside the Philippines there are cheap flights going to Coron and Cebu from Clark International Airport.

If you are coming from Clark International Airport. You will have to get Grab or a taxi going to DAU Bus Terminal. Once in DAU you will get the bus coming from Manila going to Tarlac.

It will 70 PHP and it will take an hour to get to Tarlac passing by San Miguel and ending in La Siesta Bus Terminal close to SM Tarlac. You can also get a bus from Marquee Mall going to Tarlac. It will cost 80 PHP .


Those visiting Tarlac are in for a treat. Many of the food and hotels in the city are inexpensive but more than satisfying. A full meal in the city can go for as low as 80 PHP per person while a bottle of beer can be bought for around 50-65 PHP .

Restaurant food can be bought for around 500-800 PHP for two people. Pretty cheap, right? And if you only have 20 PHP in your pocket and you’re feeling pretty hungry, you can even buy plenty of street food with your cash.

Transportation is also pretty cheap with jeepneys going all over town at a flat rate of 9 PHP . If you want towrite a tricycle for two kilometers distance expect to pay around 50 PHP .

Those who are looking for budget hotels in Tarlac and can find one on a promo for around 900-1200 PHP . For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around $50-120 USD . You can also try AirBnB in Tarlac.

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Churches in tarlac.

Since the Philippines is a Catholic country, churches can be found everywhere. Some are old and some are new, but each one is special and different from each other. Here are some of the churches in Tarlac that are known to be Tarlac Tourist Spots too.


Monasterio de Tarlac

This sacred relic can be found in Monasterio de Tarlac, a monastery located on top of Mt. Resurrection in San Jose, Tarlac. This is one of the top Tarlac tourist spots for those who want some peaceful time to pray.


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San Sebastian Cathedral is located in the city center, specifically in Brgy. Mabini, Tarlac. It’s also known as the Tarlac Cathedral and was opened after World War 2.


Another church in Tarlac that you must visit is the Santa Faustina of the Divine Mercy Parish. It’s located at Paniqui-Anao Rd, Paniqui, Tarlac. Many people visit this church during Holy Week.


St. Josemaria Escriva Parish

This is also known as the Parokya ni San Josemaria Escriva or the Diocesan Shrine of St. Josemaria Escriva. It’s the first church in the Philippines dedicated to St. Josemaria Escriva. It’s located in Gerona, Tarlac.


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It is also located in Gerona, specifically in Federosa Memorial Park. During the Papal Visit in 2015, Pope Francis used the altar table of this church, making it popular to Catholics. 


6. isdaan village water park.

Isdaan Village Water Park - Tarlac Tourist Spots

This floating water park and restaurant in Gerona is definitely one of the most popular Tarlac tourist spots you shouldn’t miss. It’s a popular place to go to when you get hungry on the road.

There are also many spots here where you can take photos and post on your social media such as the floating nipa huts, large statues of animals, birds, insects, superheroes, and famous personalities.


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Tarlac Plazuela is located in the city center, close to San Sebastian Cathedral. You will find people enjoying the day especially at sunset. There are street food stalls outside the park if you want to try a snack.


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Maria Cristina Park is located in front of Museo de Tarlac and The Capitol. When the sun goes down, it is a great place to walk around or just relax, playing with the kids.


Located in San Jose, Tarlac, Tarlac Recreation Park or also known as Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex, offers a wide range of activities for their customers. You can set up tents here for an overnight stay and go camping and fishing. Make sure to bring your own fishing gear.


10. capas national shrine.

This is a memorial shrine built in 1991 to commemorate the Allied soldiers who died at Camp O’Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March during the Second World War. It’s located in Brgy. Aranguren, Capas, Tarlac.


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This is one of Tarlac tourist spots you should visit to know more about the history of the Philippines, especially during the 1970s and the late president Cory Aquino and her late senator husband Ninoy Aquino’s contribution to the country. It’s open from 8AM to 5PM daily and located at Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac.


This historical museum located in Bamban, Tarlac exhibits different photographs, personal belongings, documents, and other memorabilia of the fallen soldiers who fought the war from 1941 to 1945.


This is a monument honoring the late Senator Ninoy Aquino located in Tarlac City.


Just like her husband’s, this is a monument that honors the late President Cory Aquino located in Tarlac City.


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The Tarlac Provincial Capitol that was built in 1909 is also one of Tarlac tourist spots that’s considered historical because it has seen a lot of wars and history throughout the years. It’s located on a hill Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac.


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Also known as Museo ng Tarlac, this museum exhibits the arts, talent, and crafts of local artists. Currently, it also serves as the office of Tarlac Provincial Tourism. It’s located along Romulo Blvd, Tarlac City.



It’s also one of the historical Tarlac tourist spots that honors and commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Death March. 


Fun activities in tarlac, 18. kct kart city.

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KCT Tarlac City is a perfect place to have fun with your friends, especially if you love Karts and/or you’re bringing kids with you. It’s located in front of SM City Tarlac. You can enjoy the karts 5 minutes for 250 PHP and it will be so much fun.

If you are visiting with kids there is a small playground. And there are also options for food in the restaurant. Prices are affordable as well.



Located in MacArthur Highway, Capas, Tarlac, VES Food Resorts boasts a wide variety of Filipino dishes, as well as exotic ones like Nilasing na Hipon, Kalderetang Ostrich (stewed ostrich), and Kangaroo Steak. It’s located at 588 Jimenez St., Sto. Domingo II, Capas, Tarlac.


20. ubod falls.

Ubod Falls can be found in Mt. Damas in Camiling, Tarlac. Before you can get to Ubod Falls, you must hike Mt. Damas, which is kind of not for beginners because of its hike difficulty of 6 over 9.


This beautiful paradise is definitely one of the must-visit Tarlac tourist spots. It’s located in Brgy. Maasin, San Clemente, Tarlac. It’s easy to get here. According to those who have already visited this place, you have to pay the entrance fee of 10 PHP first in Brgy. Maasin, and trek for 20 minutes to reach the beautiful waterfalls.


22. mt. pinatubo.

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Mt. Pinatubo is mainly located in Pampanga, but can be viewed in Tarlac, too. It’s the most popular hiking place in the area. Trekking this mountain can be done in a day, which involves riding a 4×4 on a lahar field, and 3-hour trekking back and forth. Below are some of the price packages if you are coming from Manila:

Package 1 (from Manila to Pinatubo Crater Lake via Capas, Tarlac) – PHP 2000 to PHP 3000

Package 2 (from Manila to Pinatubo Crater Lake via Botolan) – PHP 2500

Take note that this does not include food and may change without further notice. If you have an idea about the recent packages to hike Mt. Pinatubo, please comment below and we’ll update the blog post.

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Like we said earlier, this is located in Camiling Tarlac, and not really an easy hike for beginners. You can reach its summit in 4-5 hours of hike, so make sure to allocate 1 to 2 days if you would like to hike this mountain. You can find the beautiful Ubod Falls here, so it’s worth it!


Another mountain in Tarlac you can hike is the Mt. Telakawa. It stands at 630 meters above the sea level and one of the best choices for hikers who are looking for an extreme hiking experience in Tarlac.


25. nambalan river.

One of the famous Tarlac tourist spots especially during the hot summer days is the Nambalan River. You can find it in Mayantoc, Tarlac, also known as the Summer Capital of Tarlac . Just pay PHP 10 for the entrance fee, and you can already enjoy swimming and even rafting in the river. Don’t forget to bring your own food and drinks, too!



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Situated in San Jose, Tarlac, Bulsa River is one of Tarlac tourist spots for those who want to experience adventure, too. This river has wild waters, with smooth and moderately quick rapids. You can do kayaking here. It’s really fun!


Saipan Beach, Tarlac tourist spots

Although it is called a beach, Saipan Beach is actually a river. It’s a good place where you can have snacks like Halo-Halo and rent a cottage just beside the river and enjoy the cool breeze. You can stop by at Saipan Beach after visiting the Monasterio de Tarlac, which is also located in San Jose, Tarlac.


28. ylang-ylang center.

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Ylang-Ylang Center is actually a museum in Anao, Tarlac. It’s open everyday and it features a lot of Ylang-Ylang products which include perfumes, insect repellants, soaps, and other products derived from the aromatic oil of this flower.


Tarlac Tourist Spots - JSJ Goat Farm

This goat farm in Brgy. Caturay, Gerona, Tarlac, is a 10-hectare farm with goats and sheep. They breed goats and produce meat, milk, and cheese from their animals. It’s open to the public for touring the farm and tasting their food products.


30. f. tanedo street.

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After visiting San Sebastian Cathedral and Tarlac Plazuela, you can keep walking down F. Tanedo Street. It’s full of shops and places to eat on the way to the local market. It’s one of Tarlac tourist spots you should visit to enjoy the local vibes.


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If you love visiting local markets, you will love Tarlac local market since it’s big and easy to walk around. We have to say that we loved it more than the one in Angeles City, ha!


Cindy’s bakery & restaurant.

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Although they already have several branches in the Philippines, Cindy’s Bakery & Restaurant located in Tarlac is probably the most special one because it’s the first bakery they built in 1971. They serve delicious different kinds of breads, local dishes, pastries, and many more. One of the best places where to eat in Tarlac.


Tarlac Tourist Spots - Urdu

Another well-loved restaurant in Tarlac is Urdu Restaurant. They serve authentic Filipino dishes, cakes, empanadas and many more. Prices here are affordable too.


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Located in F. Tanedo Street, this is one of the favorite burger joints of the locals in Tarlac. It’s famously known as KB. They serve delicious burgers for affordable prices.


Located in 7051 E Fairlane Road, Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City, Tatun’s Kambingan is one of the favorites of locals and tourists for yummy goat dishes. They serve other dishes too such as kampukan, kare-kare, bulanglang liempo, and angus beef steak. 


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This store is well-known for its party needs such as cakes, pastries, sweet delicacies, balloons, pasalubongs, and many more. However, they also started selling non-food items such as flower bouquets, leather shoes, and wallets.

After visiting Tarlac tourist spots, you must stop by at Macapinlac Cakehouse and Shoe Store located in F. Tañedo Street!

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Kape Agape is situated in Heroes Lane, Anao, Tarlac. This is a simple cafe that serves different food such as coffee, toast, nachos, Pancit Anao, pasta dishes, and many more. 


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If you want to try local food, Betty’s Resto Bar will be a great choice. It’s perfect for having coffee and their sweets. There is Ube, chicharrones and more delicacies to try.


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This restaurant is located in San Sebastian – San Vicente Diversion Road in Tarlac. It’s a must-visit for friends who would like to chill and eat barbecue over a few drinks.


My north star hotel.

Where to stay in Tarlac - My North Star Hotel

My North Star Hotel is one of the best sellers in Tarlac. It is a three star hotel that has a 24 hr front desk, room service, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms actually have a seating area, a Flat screen TV, air-conditioning , clothes rack and private bathroom. The location is near at the MetroTown Mall and Fortune Restaurant. A Standard Twin Room offering Asian breakfast costs about 29 USD per night.

My North Star Hotel is located at Blossomville subdivision, Brgy Sto Cristo, Tarlac City, 2001 Tarlac, Philippines.

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Microtel by Wyndham Tarlac

Microtel by Wyndham Tarlac is recommended by guests because of its comfortable bed and room cleanliness. The service crew is really accommodating with its guests that’s why they excellent service ratings. Microtel’s 1 queen bed has a shower, air-conditioning unit, desk, seating area, and free WiFi in all rooms. A queen bed room costs about 37 USD per night. Microtel has an exceptional reputation among guests.

Microtel by Wyndham Tarlac is located at Luisita Industrial Road, San Miguel, Tarlac City, Philippines, San Miguel, Tarlac, Philippines, 2301


The Farmhouse by EDL offers a peaceful ambient surrounding you can surely relax from. The place is a 3-star hotel with rooms having seating area, a flat-screen TV, private bathroom with free toiletries and a bidet, air conditioning unit, a desk. A Standard Twin Room costs about 50 USD per night offering a superb à la carte or Asian breakfast.

The Farmhouse By EDL is located at EDL Drive Sitio Nueve Barangay Dolores Capas Tarlac, 2315 Tarlac, Philippines

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Tarlac Tourist Spots Guide – 12 Interesting Destinations to Wander The Plains of Central Luzon

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  • June 14, 2021 November 28, 2021

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Discover the 12 interesting Tarlac tourist spots and learn about the best places to visit when you happen to stay at Tarlac.

Tarlac province is known for its plantations of rice and sugarcane, thanks to its vast plains. On the other hand, its mountainous sides naturally developed a catch for some outdoor Tarlac tourist spots.

Other than its ecotourism aspect, Tarlac also contributes to historical events during the last world war, like the end destination of the Bataan death march in Capas.

It takes less than two hours to travel into its capital Tarlac City. Soon, future connections of railway systems in the Philippines will eventually expand, reaching the province of Tarlac.

With the ongoing development of New Clark City, more opportunities for growth both in the public and private sectors lie ahead.

Learn about the interesting Tarlac tourist spots

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1. Monasterio de Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is one of the popular Tarlac tourist spots for the faithful and the locals of Tarlac.

The Monasterio de Tarlac is one of the popular Tarlac tourist spots for the faithful and the locals of Tarlac.

The monastery lies in Barangay Lubigan in San Jose atop Mount Resurrection, which forms part of Zambales mountain range.

Monasterio de Tarlac houses the Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relic came from Essen, Germany, when its keeper, Msgr. Volker Bauer met Fr. Archie Cortez at an event in 2007.

In addition, a stunning 30-foot statue of Jesus Christ adds to the point of interest in this pilgrimage site.

It is best to get here as early as possible when planning to attend their mass offering because it gets crowded quickly.

What keeps this place a go-to destination aside from its religious offering is the breathtaking overlooking of the plains in Tarlac.

There is also a gift shop and small store to buy some snacks when needing a quick bite.

2. Aquino Center Museum

The Aquino Center Museum highlights the life and works of Aquino family.

One of the influential families in the Philippines in terms of political affairs is the Aquino family.

In Tarlac City, one of the educational Tarlac tourist spots is the Aquino Center Museum. This museum dedicates to former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr and his wife former President Corazon Aquino.

The expansive and modern-looking museum of the Aquino family will walk you to the life of the former public servants through visuals. Here, you can recollect the past from a collection of memorabilia and photographs of the couple.

It summarizes their political influence on democracy, their accomplishments during their governance, and the challenges and tragedies that brought havoc to their family.

One creepy yet fascinating display is Senator Benigno’s preserved stained clothing when he was shot to death.

3. Kart City Tarlac

Enjoy a day full of fun at Kart City Tarlac. As a favorite bonding place of family and young adults, you'll have a blast with every activity to try.

Kart City Tarlac is a place to end the weekdays with fun and one of the favorite weekend Tarlac destinations for families.

It all started as a personal race track among friends. Years later, it has bloomed into a melting pot for leisure activities.

As the name implies, the KCT features a kart race track where guests can experience the thrill of riding a kart. In addition, KCT reconfigures its racetracks now and then, bringing more excitement even to its avid customers.

So whether you’re a beginner or a sucker for some late-night adrenaline rush, this Tarlac tourist spot is the perfect place.

For the weekend family bonding, child-friendly racetracks are available as well.

After your karting experience, you can dine at the restaurants, just beside the racetracks.

Aside from the exciting kart rides and restaurants, KCT also offers game rooms for billboards and darts. Besides, their KTV lounge is an excellent last stop to end the night with a round of sing-alongs.

4. Capas National Shrine

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The Capas National Shrine is a memorial and park complex that commemorates the bravery of the Filipino and American soldiers during the Japanese occupation.

Located in New Clark City, the Capas National Shrine lies on 54-hectare government property. Trees were then grown to 35 hectares of land. These trees represent each of the soldiers who died in Capas at the Bataan Death March.

The centerpiece of Capas National Shrine is the 240-foot obelisk, which symbolizes peace. Around the obelisk are three concrete walls with black marble finishing, where names of fallen soldiers are engraved.

The memorial wall in Capas Shrine

On its western side, there is a separate memorial for the American and Czech soldiers as well.

Not far from the memorial is a garden park where you can also spot relics of a livestock wagon.

If you happen to visit the Corregidor and historical places in Bataan, visiting Capas National Shrine can give you a sense of finality to the horrific Bataan Death March stories.

The Capas National Shrine is one of the historical Tarlac tourist spots and national parks in the Philippines that pays homage to the bravery of the old war heroes.

The Capas National Shrine is the former Camp O’Donnell, a US reservation base in the Philippines that became a prisoner-of-war camp after the Japanese invasion.

5. La Sagrada Familia Parish

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When going for a Visita Iglesia in Tarlac, you might want to pay a visit to La Sagrada Familia Parish in Gerona, Tarlac.

This church is famous among the faithful Catholics because the altar used Pope Francis’s marble platform during his visit in 2015.

The church is relatively new, with its completion in 2017. In addition, the intricate yet fascinating facade easily captures the attention of every churchgoer.

Compared to other churches in Tarlac, the La Sagrada Familia Parish is relatively more minor in size.

The late Father Alex Bautista, who practiced Architecture before becoming a priest, designed the church. What was donated as a small parcel of land now fits in the La Sagrada Familia Parish in Gerona.

The late priest also designed the Saint Jose Maria Escriva Church, which houses a relic of Saint Jose Maria Escriva.

6. Tarlac Recreational Park

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The Tarlac Recreational Park is a great place to test your adventurous palate among other outdoor Tarlac tourist spots.

Also known as Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex, you can find this sports hub in San Jose, a 25-minute ride from Tarlac City.

This 78-hectare complex offers engaging and thrilling activities, not just to sweat off some steam but to pump some adrenaline as well.

The exciting activities in Tarlac Recreational Park are buggy rides, mountain biking, ATV rides, rappelling, and zipline. If you are visiting with a group of friends, airsoft is a great thing to try.

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The lagoon inside the complex allows guests to do water activities as well, like kayaking and fishing.

Camping is an excellent choice also if you want to spend the night in the park.

The Tarlac Recreational Park was once a host to Palarong Pambansa (National Games) in 2010.

Sponsored events and local sporting events are commonly held in Tarlac Recreational Park too.

7. Isdaan Village

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Roadtrip adventures when visiting Tarlac tourist spots may sometimes catch you in hunger. If you happen to be traveling along the roads of Gerona, you won’t miss seeing the eye-catching signage of Isdaan Village.

This famous destination in Tarlac offers a unique dining experience on floating nipa huts. More than a dining place, Isdaan Village also has small parks to enjoy guests of all ages.

They serve a variety of freshwater fishes caught alive from their fish pens. Other seafood and local cuisines are also available on their menu.

While waiting for your orders, you can freely roam around the compound and take some souvenir photos. There are multiple giant statues of fishes and animals you can look at in Isdaan village.

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Another exciting activity inside this park and restaurant that made it famous is the Tacsiyapo Wall. Originating from the Kapampangan dialect, Tacsiyapo means shame on you.

More than what it means, you can playfully and express some emotional outburst by throwing in ceramics like glass and plates to the wall.

When visiting with your little ones, the Bata Batuta Park at the rear part of Isdaan Village will keep them occupied.

8. New Clark City

The New Clark City is envisioned to be first smart city in the Philippines

The New Clark City is an ongoing master-planned community development of the government, soon catering to some national and local government offices and private sectors.

While the development of infrastructure in New Clark City is ongoing, the national government first initiated sports facilities. This is in time for the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

The New Clark City houses the 20,2000-seater athletics stadium and the 2,000-seater aquatic stadium. In addition, the Athlete’s village can accommodate up to 1,500 athletes.

New Clark City envisions being a core player to boost Tarlac tourist spots and sports tourism in the Philippines as a whole.

9. Goshen Resort and Hotel

The Goshen Resort and Hotel will take you into Europe without leaving the Philippines. Their Roman inspired structures and design has earned them one of the ideal Tarlac tourist spots for family days and staycations.

Are you dreaming of visiting Rome soon enough? Why not have a slice of visuals of Rome in Tarlac instead, or say for the time being.

The Goshen Resort and hotel in Bamban, Tarlac, scores a stunning resemblance of Rome architecture in their resort complex.

Goshen Resort highlights its coliseum-like structure, which is half-built, acting as a facade of the resort. One can indeed have a quick Rome-inspired trip when you visit Goshen Resort.

Perfect for a weekend bonding with family or special someone, rooms are available for a night or two.

Large arcs and Roman columns adorn every corner of the resort. Moreso, Roman statues contribute a crisp vibe to the overall charm of the resort.

As stunning and colorful during the bright daylight, the resort paints a different view when the sky turns dark.

Unlike other natural and historical Tarlac tourist spots, the Goshen Resort and Hotel makes one of the famous pre-nuptial locations in Tarlac.

10. JSJ Goat Farm

JSJ Goat farm pioneers the breeding of goat in Tarlac. Aside from producing goats and sheep for breeding, they also cater for meat and dairy production.

Explore JSJ Goat farm in Barangay Caruray in Gerona and learn about goat farming.

Sprawling on a 10-hectare farm, JSJ Goat Farm is a family-run business that once started from raising only native goats. By improving the quality of their product, the family has exported purebred goats from Australia and United States.

Some of the breeds they raise are Anglo Nubian, Boer, British Alpines, and Saanen, while Dorpers are sheep.

JSJ Goat Farm pioneers as goat breeders and meat producers in Tarlac. In addition, they are also producing milk products such as fresh milk, flavored kinds of milk, and a variety of cheese.

Visiting the farm allows guests to see the goats and sheep in their elevated pens from a kid, doe, and billy.

The  JSJ Goat Farm  is one of the agricultural Tarlac tourist spots you can visit if you’re into farming.

11. Ylang Ylang Center

Ylang ylang is one of the native flowering trees on the Philippines. In Anao, the flowers are harvested and is processed into raw cosmetic ingredient for soaps and perfumes.

Anao, the smallest of the towns in Tarlac, is known for its domestic production of ylang-ylang extracts.

The ylang-ylang extract is known for its usage to manufacture soaps, perfumes, insect repellants, and other home and living products that use scents.

One of the famous perfumes that use ylang-ylang as a base note is Chanel No. 5.

The industry of ylang-ylang extraction has long been in operation way back in 1994. However, scaling the potential of this industry is still in high hopes since crop farming is still the central basket of most farmers.

Visiting the Ylang Ylang Center in Anao will walk you through the process from flower picking up to mechanical extraction.

You can drop by at their shop to buy products like sprays, insect repellants, essential oils, candles, and even car fresheners.

12. Aquino Ancestral House

The Aquino ancestral house is one of the Tarlac tourist spots that is both educational and laidback

For the laid-back travelers who enjoy visiting ancestral houses, the Aquino traditional house in Concepcion is among the Tarlac tourist spots not to miss.

This old domain of the Aquino family has been home to three generations of Aquinos that have taken office to the government.

While its declaration as a historical site dates back to 1987, it was only in 2011 when its National Historical Institute marker was unveiled.

The Aquino house looks more of a European style accentuated with neo-classical columns. On the other hand, its interior feels warm and classy thanks to the red Narra wood as a primary material.

Knowing the political background and contribution of the Aquinos, visiting their olden house can give you a glimpse of their early lives and how affluent they are in the early times.

You can find the Aquino ancestral house in the city proper of Concepcion, near the parish church and town plaza.

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Tarlac is known to many as a stop-over province for travelers going in and out of northeastern Luzon. Besides the vast haciendas of rice and sugarcanes, there are also interesting Tarlac tourist spots worth discovering.

With the upcoming development of New Clark City, economic activities will eventually influence tourism more in Tarlac.

If you plan to stay for a night or two in Tarlac, there are plenty of affordable hotels to choose from.

Going around the province isn’t that complicated, with most of the roads on concrete pavements. Jeepneys and tricycles are widely used public transportation around Tarlac.

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Central Luzon is home to several fascinating tourist destinations, and Tarlac is no exception. With its abundance of historical and natural attractions, the province is quickly becoming a sought-after travel destination. Whether you’re in the mood for an adrenaline-packed day of karting or a reflective retreat to find inner peace, Tarlac has something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking and a wide range of other exciting activities in this beautiful region.

Top Tourist Spots in Tarlac

Tarlac Recreational Park

Spanning 78 hectares, this versatile outdoor sports and recreational park serves as a popular venue for athletic competitions and is one of the top tourist spots in Tarlac . However, it’s not just athletes who flock to this sprawling facility—families and groups of friends also come here to relax and camp amidst the picturesque surroundings. The park offers a wide range of activities to cater to all interests, including biking, swimming, and even fishing. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply looking to unwind in nature, this all-in-one destination has something to offer.

Top Tourist Spots in Tarlac: Tarlac Recreational Park

Kart City Tarlac

Ever since go-karting was introduced to the public in Tarlac, it has become a thrilling attraction that draws families and thrill-seekers alike. The perfect weekend getaway for those looking to bond with their loved ones, especially their kids, go-karting promises an adrenaline-fueled adventure that’s sure to bring on the fun. The four-wheeled machines are an exciting way to experience the rush of speed and test your driving skills while creating lasting memories with your family.

Aquino Center & Museum

For a journey back in time, the Aquino Center & Museum is a must-visit historical site in Tarlac . Among the many attractions in the province, this museum stands out as a highlight, offering visitors a chance to explore the past through informative displays and fascinating relics. Each exhibit is accompanied by detailed information, providing valuable insights into the history of the Philippines. Fans of the late President Cory Aquino and her husband will especially appreciate this museum, as it offers a unique glimpse into their lives and legacy. Come and discover the rich history and culture of Tarlac at the Aquino Center & Museum.

Capas National Shrine

The Capas National Shrine is a significant historic landmark in Tarlac, as it marks the exact location where the Bataan Death March ended. The site, which was formerly a concentration camp, now stands as a solemn monument to honor the Allied forces of approximately 60,000 to 80,000 US and Filipino soldiers, as well as Czechs and Slovaks who fought alongside the Japanese in the 1942 Battle of Bataan during World War II. The shrine serves as a reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of those who fought for their country and endured unimaginable hardships in the war. As a symbol of respect and gratitude, the Capas National Shrine is a must-visit tourist spot in Tarlac for those seeking to pay homage to the heroes of the past.

JSJ Goat Farm

Visiting a goat farm is a delightful and unique experience that can only be found in Tarlac. Conveniently located in Barangay Caruray, Gerona, this farm offers visitors an opportunity to witness the process of milk production and taste the refreshing goodness of fresh goat’s milk. The tour provides a chance to interact with these gentle animals, learn about their behavior and habitat, and appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into producing high-quality milk products. A visit to this goat farm promises to be a memorable experience that is both educational and enjoyable for all ages.

Monasterio de Tarlac

Nestled in the tranquil Mt. Resurrecion, this monastery is a serene haven for pilgrims and spiritual seekers alike. Just a 45-minute drive from the town proper, this peaceful destination is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and find solace in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Visitors to the monastery will be rewarded with stunning views and a sense of serenity that is unmatched anywhere else in Tarlac. The monastery is also home to a significant religious relic, the True Cross of Christ, and features a towering 30-foot statue of the Risen Christ that inspires reverence and awe in all who see it. Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment, quiet reflection, or just a break from the stresses of everyday life, a visit to this monastery is a must.

Ylang-ylang Center

If you happen to be in Anao, make sure to visit the Ylang-ylang center – a must-see attraction in Tarlac. This center is a proud showcase of the international scent market that features products made from the Ylang-ylang, a local flower that has successfully penetrated the global perfumery industry. The center offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the history and uses of the Ylang-ylang flower, and witness first-hand how it is processed to create fragrant oils and perfumes. As one of the few places in the world where this remarkable flower is grown, the Ylang-ylang center is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the Filipino people. A visit to this center promises to be an educational and aromatic experience that is not to be missed.

Bulsa River

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, a visit to Bulsa River is a must. This 12.5-kilometer stream offers an exhilarating kayaking experience that is sure to get your heart pumping. With a smooth to slightly rapid flow and clear routes between rocks, Bulsa River is rated as a Class II river, making it an ideal destination for novice kayakers. The entire kayaking journey takes about 3 to 4 hours, offering plenty of time to take in the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or a first-timer, a trip down Bulsa River promises to be an unforgettable experience that is not to be missed.

ANZAP Twin Falls

Nestled in the Summer Capital of Tarlac, in Mayantoc’s Barangay Bigbiga, lies a natural wonder that is not to be missed – ANZAP Twin Falls. This hidden gem is located beyond Tarlac’s ASEAN-New Zealand Afforestation Project and boasts a breathtaking 200 feet high waterfall, making it the tallest waterfall in Tarlac. Surrounded by lush foliage, ANZAP Twin Falls is one of only three twin falls found in the Philippines, making it a must-see destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. A visit to ANZAP Twin Falls promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, offering a glimpse into the raw beauty of Tarlac’s natural landscape.

Mount Damas

Standing tall at over 685 meters above sea level, Mount Damas is one of the most popular climbing destinations in Tarlac . With its rugged terrain and stunning views, Mount Damas offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for climbers of all levels. The climb to the summit promises to be a thrilling adventure, with the opportunity to take in breathtaking vistas of Tarlac’s natural beauty along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a first-time adventurer, a trek up Mount Damas is an experience not to be missed.

Tarlac’s Ubod Falls is a breathtaking waterfall that towers over 160 feet tall, cascading down a massive cliff like a heavenly drizzle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the falls offer a rustic yet serene view that’s a must-see for any nature lover. A natural pool at the base of the falls provides the perfect spot for a refreshing swim, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Ubod Falls is a natural wonder that should not be missed.

Mount Telakawa

If you’re looking for a mountaineering adventure, make sure to add Mount Telakawa to your list of must-visit destinations in Tarlac. Standing at over 645 meters above sea level, this majestic mountain offers a challenging yet rewarding climb for outdoor enthusiasts. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, making the effort well worth it. So if you’re up for an adventure and want to experience the beauty of Tarlac from a different perspective, make sure to add Mount Telakawa to your itinerary.

How to get to Tarlac

Although Tarlac does not have a commercial airport, travelers can easily reach the province through Clark International Airport. Upon arriving at the airport, visitors can take a jeepney to Dau Bus Terminal and hop on a north-bound bus that will pass by Tarlac. Buses from Manila going up north are also available in various areas such as Pasay, Cubao, Sampaloc, and Caloocan, but it’s important to confirm with the driver or conductor if the bus will pass by Tarlac. During the trip, buses usually have stopovers in Tarlac, making it a convenient mode of transportation to reach the province.




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Francisco Macabulos monument  | Tarlac Tourist Spots | Photo by  Judgefloro


Visiting Tarlac is one of the excellent travel decisions one could make. Why? For one, it is just close to Manila (around 130 kilometers). Thus, reaching this place will only take about a couple of hours. The next reason is that Tarlac has a lot of things to offer. If you are after the food, scenery, history, or whatever it may be that you are looking for, Tarlac has it. In this write-up, a list of the tourists’ spots to visit in this beautiful province is prepared for you.

List of Tarlac Tourist Spots


San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church of Capas  / Capas Church Photo by Ramon FVelasquez

La Sagrada Familia Parish

Situated in Gerona, this church is famous since the altar here was used by Pope Francis during his Papal Visit in the country in 2015. Aside from that, the architectural beauty of the church is worth the visit.

Monasterio de Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is perhaps one of the most popular tourist spots in the province. Believers and tourists alike would go to the top of the mountain to attend mass and enjoy the view from the top. The trees, the city, and everything your eyes could reach the peak of this place is a beauty to behold.


San Sebastian Cathedral | Tarlac Tourist Spot  |Photo by   Judgefloro

San Sebastian Cathedral

Situated at Barangay Mabini, the San Sebastian Cathedral or also known as the Tarlac Cathedral holds an impeccable history. Opened after World War II, this Cathedral has been witnessed to centuries and decades of history.

St. Jose Maria Escriva Parish

Situated in Gerona, this church is the first-ever church in the country dedicated to St. Josemaria Escriva.

Isdaan Village Water Park

This floating water park in Gerona is one of the most recommended spots to visit in Tarlac. Those who would like to grab some authentic grilled seafood and all other Filipino cuisines may come here and enjoy the newly harvested fish.


Capas National Shrine | Tarlac Tourist Spot 

Capas National Shrine

Situated at O’Donnell, this place marks the end spot of Death March during World War II. Thus, the site is like a cemetery in vibe, but it is still noteworthy—the walls where the names of the people who joined the death march are also worth seeing.

Museo de Tarlac

It is situated at the office of the Provincial Tourism of Tarlac, the Museo de Tarlac or also known as the Museo ng Tarlac holds numerous arts and crafts produced by local artists.

Tarlac Recreation Park

Those who are more into adventure may go to Tarlac Recreation Park. They have tons of activities like ATV rides, fishing, and the likes. Overnight stay for campers is also conveniently offered.


Corazon Aquino Monument | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by  Judgefloro

Cory Aquino Monument

This monument was also built to honor the late president Cory Aquino for her immeasurable contribution to serving the country.

Death March Monument

This monument located at Capas is another landmark which aims to honor and commemorate the hardships and trials of the fallen soldiers who were part of the infamous Death March.

Bamban Museum of History

The place is loaded with memorabilia and exhibits of the fallen soldiers in 1941 up to 1945. Hence, a historical perspective of the previous war could be widened by visiting this museum.


Ninoy Aquino Monument Barangay Cut-Cut, Tarlac City  | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by  Ramon FVelasquez

Ninoy Aquino Monument 

This monument was built to honor the late senator and the hero of democracy of the country, Senator Ninoy Aquino.

Nambalan River

Situated in Mayantoc, this place is known as the Summer Capital of Tarlac. Aside from sightseeing, you may also enjoy some swimming activity here.

Nearby San Sebastian Chapel, right at the city center is where you could find the Plazuela. It is a simple park where you could sit and relax while enjoying the sunset; there are also available food stalls if you wish to grab some food while relaxing.


Tarlac Provincial Capitol | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by  Ryomaandres

Tarlac Provincial Capitol

Located at San Vicente, this building was built in 1909, making it a historical spot to visit. It had managed to stand the test of time, war, and all other past events.

Ubod Falls is in Mt. Damas in Camiling. Heading here may need some hiking at Mt. Damas. It is not a comfortable journey since it is a steep mountain, making it not suited for beginners in the field of hiking.

Maria Cristina Park

This park is the hub of families who would like to sit and relax while enjoying the afternoon vibes. Kids could run and play in the area.


The Aquino Museum | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by Judgefloro  

The Aquino Central Museum

The history of the country during the era of the Aquino administration could be seen in this museum. It is situated in Hacienda Luisita, and it is available for a visit from 8:00 am up to 5:00 pm.

KCT Kart City

In front of SM Tarlac is where you could find the KCT Kart City, those who love riding carts or just want to give their kids some fun activities may head here. Nearby food stalls and restaurants are also available.

Santa Faustina of the Divine Mercy Parish

This church is situated in Paniqui-Anao Road. The place is usually flocked during Holy Week due to pilgrims and mass-goers.

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VES Food Resorts and Villas | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo from the Fb page of VES Food Resorts and Villas

VES Food Resorts and Villas

Filipino dishes serves at its finest is possible in Ves Food Resort and Villas in Capas Tarlac. From the authentic cuisine down to exotic food, they have it all ready for you.

Canding Falls

Situated in San Clemente Tarlac, it will only take about 20 minutes of trekking to reach the destination. Once you are here, you will be welcomed with the refreshing view of the waterfalls.

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Mt. Damas | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by Aninah Ong

Heading here would take about four to five hours of challenging to strenuous hiking and trekking. Thus, this is not recommended for beginners. You may also visit the Ubod Falls on your way to the peak.

Bulsa River

Bulsa River is located at San Jose Tarlac. The water here is wild, making it suited for those who are into a higher level of adventure. Thus, this place is a fun and pleasant spot to visit.

Saipan Beach

Saipan Beach is not a beach; it is a river. You can rent a cottage here and stay there while enjoying the smooth flow of water in the river. Halo-halo is also offered for purchase as a refreshment.

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Mt. Pinatubo | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo by Sindre Helvik

Mt. Pinatubo

The trekking activity in this mountain will need an entire day to enjoy the place thoroughly. Thus, there is a need to ride the offered 4×4 ride to reach the viewing area. There are varied packages and offers which you could take in exploring the place.

Mt. Telakawa

Mt. Telakawa is 630 meters above sea level. Hence, this place is the must-visit spot for those who are looking for extreme and at the same time challenging mountain hiking activity.

Tanedo Street

May it be shops or food hubs that you are after,  then heading to F. Tanedo Street will never disappoint you. Buying some items in this shopping district as a souvenir from people back home is also a good idea.

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JSJ Goat Farm | Tarlac Tourist Spot  | Photo from JSJ Goat Farm FB Page

JSJ Goat Farm

This 10-hectare goat farm also offers a variety of products from cheese, milk, and meat – all from their goat farm.

Local Market

Visiting the local market of Tarlac is a convenient one for the place is big. You can walk around without worrying about too much crowd. Plus, prices are always open for some haggling.

Ylang-Ylang Center

All Ylang-Ylang products from soaps, insect repellants, perfumes, and all other crafts are on display and for sale in Ylang-Ylang center. This aromatic flower can be used as the main ingredient in producing these products.

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Aquino Family Ancestral House,Concepcion Tarlac | Tarlac Tourist Spot  |  Photo by Ramon FVelasquez

Aquino Family Ancestral House

The structure is the ancestral house of national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in Concepcion, Tarlac. The structure was declared a historic site because of its national significance, being the home of the Aquinos who have served the Filipino people.

If you are still having a second heart about visiting Tarlac, then it is time for you to remove all those doubts and begin planning your trip. Stay safe and have fun!

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10 Best Tarlac Tourist Spot : Guide to the Most Popular Attractions

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Tarlac is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. It has become the country’s eco-tourism destination due to its rich and natural tourist attractions . The vast plains and mountains of the province are naturally dotted with rafting rivers picked for hiking and camping and majestic waterfalls for swimming. Leisure parks and historical sites are also suitable for day trips and sightseeing in Tarlac tourist spot .

There is no doubt that Tarlac Province can provide tourists with adventure and outdoor activities. 

Mt. Pinatubo. Tarlac Tourist Spot

Tarlac Province is bordered by Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija on the East, Zambales on the West and Pampanga on the South. This is an inland province, which means that their luck has no beaches. 

It has approximately 1.3 million residents, and people speak Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog and English. There are many interesting places to visit in the province, not just for people heading to Northern Luzon. 

Tarlac is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the best tourist spots in Tarlac and why you should add them to your travel itinerary!



Tarlac province is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the Philippines. From its stunning mountain ranges and crystal-clear rivers and lakes, to its lush forests and tranquil beaches, Tarlac is a nature lover’s paradise.

The province is also home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including several endemic species that can only be found in Tarlac. This makes the province a great destination for nature enthusiasts who want to see everything that the Philippines has to offer.


The best time to visit Tarlac depends on your personal preferences and the activities you want to do while you’re there. Here are a few things to consider:

  • If you want to avoid the crowds and the hottest weather, you might want to visit during the cooler months of December to February.
  • If you want to experience Tarlac’s annual festivals, you could plan your trip around one of these events. For example, the Tarlac Festival is held in April and celebrates the province’s culture and history.
  • If you want to do outdoor activities, such as hiking or exploring the province’s natural attractions, you might want to visit during the drier months of March to May.

Overall, the best time to visit Tarlac is a matter of personal preference, but you might want to consider these factors when planning your trip.

Find out about the 10 best places to visit in Tarlac and the most interesting tourist spots there:

1. Tarlac Recreational Park

Tarlac Recreational Park. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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Tarlac Recreational Park is a famous tourist attraction. It covers an area covering 78 hectares. The local government manages the park to host outdoor and sports activities. It hosted the 2009 Central Luzon Regional Sports Association and two major sporting events.

There are many outdoor activities available, including ATV riding and off-road vehicle riding, mountain biking, zip line, flying, fishing, kayaking, and swimming. This is a great place to build family bonds or for hiking in the Barkada group building making it the best Tarlac tourist spot . Here you can also find large-scale gatherings and special events. 

2. Tarlac Monastery

Tarlac Monastery. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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One of Tarlac’s most popular places to visit, is Tarlac Monastery. It is a peaceful and tranquil monastery that sits on top of a mountain, surrounded by a landscape and a granary. Standing there, the iconic statue of Jesus Christ, stands 30 feet tall, with his arms extended, looking out over the mountains and forests of the province. It was covered by a golden shrine, which pilgrims lined up to touch and pray.

Many people have witnessed the miracles and witnesses of those who made the pilgrimage to the true Cross.

3. Bulsa River

Bulsa River. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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One of their luck is the Bulsara River.

The province’s top tourist attractions are also a great spot for whitewater kayaking. This bizarre adventure is 12.5 km long and full of enthusiasm. This adventure is perfect for adventure seekers. You will be able to maneuver and inflate a kayak while you go down the rapids. You will find yourself immersed in nature and crossing mountains, as well as encountering wild animals (mainly carnivals). You can also use the ladders to swim, cliff jump, and rock dive. However, the white water kayaking interlock does not remain open every day. It is seasonal. It is only available during the rainy season, when the river has its highest water level. To experience this thrilling adventure, you must make an appointment. 

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4. Capas National Shrine

Capas Tarlac. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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Tarlac’s most famous landmark is the Capas National Shrine. It pays tribute to the Filipino-American soldiers who survived briefly the death march in Bataan but died in Camp O’Donnell.The shrine is an important memorial and is well worth a visit if you’re interested in history.

5. KCT Kart City

KCT Kart City. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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KCT Kart City, a Tarlac amusement park known for kart racing, is one of the Tarlac Tourist Spot that love adventures. Every kart track is in excellent condition and well-maintained.

For those who want to experience kart racing or those who love adrenaline. The rental cost is 250 pesos per 5 minutes. While some may be disappointed by the cost, you will find that the excitement and fun you get will not let you down.

There is also a billiards room and an ATV. They also have cartoon races and a great place to eat dinner, especially at night, because they offer delicious food. 

6. ANZAP Twin Falls

Twin Falls. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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One of Tarlac tourist spot is Twin Falls, which is in a mountainous part of the province. It is a 200-foot waterfall whose amount of water changes with the seasons. The area is surrounded by fences and lots of greenery. Most trips to the falls may require beginners to camp for at least one night. The trip isn’t that hard, but there are a few tough trails and a river to cross. Some places have nice views of the river and mountains and are good places to stop and rest.

You may need to camp overnight for most trips to the waterfall. It is easy to make the journey. The journey will take you by a river, and through some difficult trades.

You can see beautiful mountains and rivers in some places, making them a great place to relax. 

7. Ubod Falls

Ubod Falls. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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Ubud Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Tarlac. It is situated on a steep Cliff. Ubod Falls is another Tarlac tourist spot and popular waterfall located in Pantabangan town. The falls are smaller than ANZAP Twin Falls but are just as beautiful. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the pool at the base of the falls or take a hike up to the top for a better view.

8. Mt. Damas

Mt. Damas. Tarlac Tourist Spot

Mt. Damas located in San Clemente, Tarlac.

To conquer the mountain’s top, you will need to traverse rivers, tall grass, rocks, and steep trails. The guide is helpful, even though the trail isn’t very clear. It is worth taking the 2nd option to see the incredible morning clouds. Also, you should go on the side trip to Ubud Waterfall when you are going to Mount Damas. This is outside the borders of the provinces of Tarlac, Camiling tourist spot , San Clemente, and Mayantoc.

9. Mt. Tekalawa

Mt. Telakawa. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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Mount Telakawa is popular Tarlac tourist spot with both locals and visitors. You can see magnificent views of volcanoes, mountains and forests from the top of the mountain at 645m above sea level. The journey involves crossing a river and volcanic clay filled Crow Valley. The trail involves a steady climb of tall grass and is challenging. The majority of the mountaineering group requires a two-day itinerary. This allows for stargazing and socializing in a comfortable overnight camp. The magnificent views at the top of Mount Arayat will amaze you. 

10. Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo. Tarlac Tourist Spot

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Because of its stunning landscape and rich history, Mount Pinatubo in Tarlac is a popular tourist Tarlac tourist spot. This mountain is a stratovolcano, which last erupted in 1991. It has caused widespread destruction and loss. Tourists love to visit the large crater lake that was created by the eruption at the mountain’s summit. It is surrounded with lush forests, making it a wonderful place to hike, picnic, and swim. Many tourists visit the area surrounding Mount Pinatubo to learn about their culture and traditions.


Tarlac province is an excellent place for outdoor adventure enthusiasts . There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and explore the wilderness. The forests and mountains are filled with wildlife, and there are many rivers and streams that offer great opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and swimming. The people of Tarlac are warm and friendly, and they are always happy to welcome visitors to their province.

If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy some outdoor adventure, Tarlac province is definitely worth considering. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a thrill seeker or a nature lover. So don’t miss out – come and explore Tarlac province today!

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  • Refresh your knowledge about one of the country's unforgettable piece of history that happened in EDSA through Aquino Center and Museum . 
  • Visit the mystical spring of Barangay Dolores . A woman in the late 1800's dreamt so many times about this spring that can cure her mother's illness as told by a voice. She found it after three days of searching - her mom was healed from the water she got from the spring. Today, it is a favorite spot among local excursionists. This spring might be of great addition to your Visita Iglesia Tarlac itinerary.
  • See the train relic used to deliver sugar cane in the 60's. Central Azucarera de Tarlac is a sugar milling and refinery planet that used to operate in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City. This relic used to be a part of a mighty train that transports goods many years ago. You'll find it at the facade of Robinson's Complex in Luisita. 
  • Check out the 79-year old Eisenhower tree inside Camp General Servillano Aquino. This tree was planted by Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower, Chief of Staff of Marshall Douglass MacArthur who was the military adviser of the Philippine Commonwealth. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the US from 1953 - 1961. 
  •  Hang out at Tarlac City Plazuela.  Formally known as the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Plazuela, this town square is just in front of Tarlac City Hall. It is said that some of the most prominent heroes of the Philippines have been here already such as Jose Rizal, Gen. Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini and more. Today, it is a venue for many events in Tarlac. It has basketball and volleyball courts too.
  • Find inner peace at Monasterio de Tarlac. Guided by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit on September 14, 1998, the parish priest of the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus founded a monastic congregation following the inspiration of the Risen Christ in giving "Hope to the Hopeless". Fast forward to 2007, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines that time enshrined the relic of the Holy Cross of Jesus which was transferred from the Diocese of Essen, Germany to Tarlac.I strongly suggest this place to anyone who wants to have a spiritual retreat or looking forward to do  Visita Iglesia in Tarlac which is coming soon.
  • Play golf at Luisita Golf Course. One of the finest 18-hole, par 72 championship golf courses in Central Luzon and for that matter, in the country. Luisita Golf Course has small man-made bodies of water that makes it an ideal and Instagrammable spot for playing this kind of sports.
  • Explore the Sikwako River Pool. An awesome combination of water and limestone, the trek to the fall's pool of the Sikwako River guarantees everyone a captivating nature scenery . Let yourself stumble upon a cascading fall in the middle of the river trek, halfway through to the Sikwako Falls!
  • Get wet at Duglo Falls. On the way to this majestic falls, several mini waterfalls in the middle of a forest, the incessant chirping of colorful birds of different sizes and a melodic sound of the rushing water from the river await you. This 40-foot waterfall is surely a thing of incredible beauty! 
  • Level up your falls hunting trip by adding Calao Falls in Barangay Nambalan, Mayantoc. It only takes 30 minutes of trekking to reach the first of two 20-feet waterfalls in the Calao River. Stay in awe as you're surrounded by an abundance of fruit-bearing trees, mahogany and tropical pine tree as well as flowers and shrubs during the trek.
  • For beginners, hike Mount Tangisan in Sitio San Pedro, San Jose. An imposing mountain standing beside the Abelling community, this mountain is a favorite for neophytes of mountain climbing. It stands at 490 meters above sea level that's why it is perfect for leisure hiking and rappelling as well.
  • For intermediate and experts, go check Mount Telakawa in Santa Juliana, Capas, Tarlac. If you're looking for a more extreme hiking challenge, Mount Telakawa stands at 630 meters above sea level. 
  • Never forget Tarlac's most popular attraction - Mount Pinatubo's crater. You can start riding on a 4X4 vehicle for an hour then choose what kind of adventure you want. The hike to Mount Pinatubo's crater is 2 hours and 30 minutes. You'll be rewarded with a view of the lahar landscapes along the river and the spectacular view of the volcano's crater.
  • From South. Take NLEX-SCTEX exit at Hacienda Luisita going towards McArthur Highway. Turn right and proceed towards north to Tarlac City Proper.
  • From North. As you reach Tarlac City via McArthur Highway before entering the City Proper, turn right going to Aquino Blvd (you will pass UNIWIDE Warehouse) then follow the service road leading towards Tarlac City.

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The province of Tarlac in Central Luzon is really not known for tourism. In fact, some people even dub it, jokingly, as the toilet stop of Luzon—the area being frequented only by motorist needing to relieve themselves on their way to another province. But my visit to Tarlac opened my eyes to its many tourist spots and food places unknown to most travelers in the country. Tarlac has a lot of tourism potential—it has historical places, museums, adventure parks, religious destinations, hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, and gastronomic places. With this travel guide, allow me to help you to get lost in Tarlac.


Tarlac Province


Tarlac province is located in the region of Central Luzon. It is a mere two to three hours ride by bus from Metro Manila. Numerous buses with terminals in Cubao, Quezon City (Victory Liner, Five Star, Baliwag Transit, Genesis, JAC Liner), and Manila (Philippine Rabbit, Viron, Genesis) pass by the province through the NLEX. Fare for an aircon bus is usually pegged at an average of ₱250.00, depending on what town you’re gonna get off. As of this writing, there are no operational airports in the city, the nearest one being Clark in Pampanga.


The main mode of transportation to get around in most towns in Tarlac is the tricycle. The minimum fare varies for each municipality. To move from town to town, there are jeepneys, e-jeeps, and mini-buses. Note that for San Jose, public transport are few and far between since most residents use their own private transportation.


Kapampangan and Ilocano are the common dialect in Tarlac. Although most, if not all, Tarlaquenos speak and understand Filipino and English. Note the translations are in Kapampangan first and Ilocano second.

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There are a few local tour operators that you can tap if you don’t want to do a DIY Tarlac tour. I actually recommend joining a local tour especially if you don’t have a car, since most of the tourist spots in Tarlac are a bit far from each other. Here are a couple of recommended ones:

Markyance Travel & Tours Contact Number: (0917) 516-5656 Excursionista Travel & Tours Contact Number: (0918) 611-1115     


Tarlac isn’t really a tourism hub, so guesthouses, inns, and hotels are not that numerous compared to other places. Although the concentration of lodgings are located in the center of the province, Tarlac City, one can still find a few lodging houses and resorts on the province’s outlying towns.

Hotels Tarlac


Tarlac is said to be a true melting pot of Pampango , Ilocano , Pangasinense , and Tagalog people . So I guess it isn’t really that surprising that the province has a lot of good restaurants lining its streets. What surprised me though was the level of choices they have, from street food, to local delicacies, and all the way to fine dining.

Hotels Tarlac


Before visiting Tarlac, the only tourist spot (if you really can call it that) I know in the province is the iconic Jesus sculpture at the Monasterio de Tarlac. But Tarlac has so much more to offer, especially for nature and adventure lovers (although I have yet to cover their hiking trails and waterfalls). For the culturally inclined, museums, churches, historical sites, and ancestral houses are always available for visits.

Tarlac City Tourist Spots


Malatarlak Festival by Karen Patio

INURUBAN AND CHICHARON FESTIVAL Location: Camiling | Date: Every October 8 BUYBOY FESTIVAL Location: San Clemente Date: Every Last Saturday and Sunday of April MALATARLAK FESTIVAL Location: Tarlac City Date: Every January 20 BELENISMO SA TARLAC Date: Whole December



You won’t go home empty-handed when visiting Tarlac. The province has more than a few local delicacies that you can bring back home as pasalubong . Most of these are readily available in Tarlac City and one recommended shop is at Centro Pasalubong de Tarlac . They have a good selection of OTOP products from local farmers and cooperatives which range from foodstuff like goat/carabao milk, local chicharon , muscovado sugar, bugnay juice, sweet potato wines, kesong puti, hipon chips, to the usual keychains and ref magnets.

Centro Pasalubong De Tarlac


Tarlac Tourist Spots Map


The whole Province of Tarlac covers an area of 2,737 square kilometer. That is a huge, and creating an itinerary that would cover all the tourist spots in the province seemed impossible. What I present here instead is a trip itinerary we did during the Tara Quin Tarlac familiarization tour, with Tarlac City as our base. This is entirely doable, provided you have your own transportation with you. If you’re not bringing a car with you, my recommendation is to avail of packaged tours being offered by local tour operators (see Organized Tours section above).

► DAY ONE Morning arrival in Tarlac City Check in at Hotel Breakfast at King Burger Visit the Aquino Center and Museum Lunch at the V.E.S. Foods Visit the Aquino Ancestral House Visit the Capas National Shrine Dinner at Dampa sa Tarlac

► DAY TWO Breakfast at Urdu Restaurant Visit JSJ Goat Farm Visit La Sagrada De Familia Church    Visit Monasterio de Tarlac Picnic Lunch at the Tarlac Recreational Park (bring own packed lunch) ATV, Kayaking, Swimming, Biking at the Tarlac Recreational Park Dinner at Primadeli Ristorante

► DAY THREE Early Hotel Check Out Breakfast at any nearby Carinderia or Restaurant Go to Sta. Juliana in Capas for Mt. Pinatubo Trek Picnic Lunch at Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake (bring your own packed lunch) Depart from Tarlac City END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY


If time is on your hands and you still have days left before going back home, Tarlac is a good basepoint to extend your vacation trip. Here are some of the places you can easily go to.

Tarlac to Baguio

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One stop shop ka na talaga :) Galing :)

Thanks Jombats! Bisita na sa Tarlac! :)

hw mch po budget for 3d/2n at tarlac,f sundan ang itineraru nyo?

I heard Echo Park in Tarlac.. but I don't see it here... I want to have a picnic with family there and I am thinking if there is place where we can also order Lechon Baka.....

Hi Lita, Did you mean Monasterio De Tarlac? Monasterio de Tarlac is located at the Mount Resurrection Eco Park in the barangay of Lubigan.

Hi I am really interested. How can I get there? Exactly. Especially in the crater? Please reply ASAP! Thanks!

Hi Naya, you mean Mount Pinatubo? You may click the link above for a detailed post about how to get there :)

Pwede po ba na i-include niyo rin poyung expenses kung okay lang para po may idea po kami kung kaya ng budget. Hehe. Salamat :)

Hi guys, for the trip budget, I specifically didn't include one as a traveler's budget can wildly differ from person to person, some likes to eat a lot, a few don't; some likes to stay at posh hotels while others opt for the cheapest accommodations.

hi! bka my idea po kayo how to get to bolinao pangasinan from tarlac? we're planning to go there after our tekking at mt. pinatubo. thanks in advance :)

Sorry for the delayed response. I think you can catch a bus from the Dau terminal going to Bolinao. Were you able to go?

Hi :) May age limit po ba pag mag-sstay dun?

Hi there, age limit for which place? :)

Pwede po ba solo traveler sa Monasterio de Tarlac? May masasakyan po ba papasok?

Hi Anon, yes you can commute to Monasterio de Tarlac. There are jeepneys and tricycles that can bring you there.

anu po yung iba pang pwedeng puntahan malapit sa Capas National Shrine? Salamat :)

Hi there, as far as I know there's not much else to see around Capas except the National Shrine

I'm eager to try things i haven't discovered yet. Philippines is so much fun to enjoy. This travel guide and itinerary you post is a big help to me.

You're welcome :)

May alam po ba kayong sakayan mula alicia isabela to concepcion tarlac?Saka may mairerecommend po ba kayong mga books or anything else para po pag-aralan yung dialect nila?

Hi there, not really a resident of Tarlac, so medyo hindi ko po kabisado talaga ang mga sakayan dyan. As for their language, same din po. Let's hope may Tarlaqueno na makabasa ng comment nyo.

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