Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Bacolod City (and nearby Cities)

Bacolod City, Philippines – This is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental and it is widely known as the City of Smiles because of the warm welcome you will receive when you get to this city. The city is known for its rich local history, a vibrant food culture, and the best tourist attractions that you can visit. Some of the top things to do in Bacolod City are listed below.

Best Things to do in Bacolod City photo by Brian Kairuz via Unsplash
Best Things to do in Bacolod City Photo by Brian Kairuz on Unsplash

Top 15 things to do in Bacolod City


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Learn about the local history and culture from the Negros Museum

The Negros Museum
The Negros Museum

One of the top things to do in Bacolod City is to visit the Negros Museum and the museum is housed in a building that was built during the American Colonial era. This is a place to go if you want to learn more about the history and how the people of Negroes Island lived their lives in the early days. Through the museum’s collection of old furniture and fixture from ancestral houses, you will learn about the elegant lifestyle of old families.

Visit the ruins in Talisay

Water Fountain at The Ruins
Water Fountain at The Ruins

Although the Negroes Occidental’s is not called the Taj Mahal but is kind of serves the same purpose as it immortalizes the memory of a loved one. It was located in the Batulau Street and it was built in 1911 by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his wife that died of tragic death. He raised his 10 children till the World War II and the Americans demolished the mansion because they feared the Japanese would occupy it. You can go and see the frame of the house which standstill today. Also Read: The Ruins in Talisay City

Go sightseeing in the Provincial Capitol Grounds

Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental
Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental

This is the official seat of the provincial government and it served as the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. You will love the Romanesque architecture of the building and it also has a nice surrounding park and lagoon that includes the Ang Paghimud-os statues which were made by Eduardo Castrillo. You will also like the interesting sculptures which can be found in the lagoon.

Visit San Sebastian Cathedral

Bacolod Cathedral
Bacolod Cathedral

This is also known as the Bacolod Cathedral and it is located along the Rizal Street which is across the Bacolod City Public Plaza. Visiting here is one of the things to do in Bacolod City as you can see the baroque architectural style and it is among the century-old churches in Negros Occidental. The church is also regarded to be the most beautiful church in the province as it is made up of coral stones and lime quarried of Guimaras Island and Palawan wood.

Explore the Silay City

The Balay Negrense Museum
The Balay Negrense Museum

You can visit the Silay City which is part of the Bacolod Metropolis area which is popular for its museums and heritage sites. You will have so much to do here if you want to learn more about the city history. This area is dubbed as the seat of arts, ecotourism, and culture in Western Visayas and this city is among the two Museum Cities which is widely known as the National Historical Institute which has over 30 heritage houses and museum. You will go back in time when you walk along the street of Silay.

Go for fun at Campuestohan Highlands

Campuestohan Highlands photo via FB Page
Campuestohan Highlands photo via FB Page

This is located in Talisay City after your visit to the ruins. There are many adventures rides that you will get your blood pumping hard. This one of the best things to do in Bacolod City and the highlight of this tour is the zip line, a rope course, cable hamster wheel, a four-lane sky bicycle track. This tourist attraction is family friendly and you and your kids will love it here as there are a mini train, grand carousel, a lot of open area for playing.

Cross the longest bamboo bridge in the Visayas

You can visit the Balaring Mangrove which homes more than 20,000 mangroves and birds and it is also the longest bamboo bridge in the Visayas. In this 50-hectare eco-park is the bridge which is believed to run close to a km long with the mangroves covering you on both sides. You will get to see the full view of the park from a three-story bamboo tower which you will surely love.

Explore the Church of the Angry Christ in Victorias City

Inside the Church of the Angry Christ
Inside the Church of the Angry Christ

This is situated inside of Victorias Milling Company and the church is well known for its controversial wall-sized mural with vibrant colors and striking art strokes which you will like. The painted atlar is a combined artistry of Spanish-American painter Alfonso Ossorio together with Filipino artist Benjamin Valenciano. Also Read: The Church of Angry Christ in Victorias City

Go hiking at different waterfalls

Mambukal Lake by Choi2451 via Wikipedia CC
Mambukal Lake by Choi2451 via Wikipedia CC

If you want to relax and just leave the city behind, the best place for you is the Mambukal Mountain Resort is the recreation haven. There are many fun things that you can try out in this resort like swimming pools, picnic huts, butterfly garden, zip lines, bat caves, and others. The highlight of the resort is the seven-waterfall hike and you can hike the seven different waterfalls which will be fun for you.

Watch the Sunset at Capitol Park and Lagoon

Aerial view of the Capitol Park and Lagoon by Shawn7711 via Wikipedia CC
Aerial view of the Capitol Park and Lagoon by Shawn7711 via Wikipedia CC

This is the center of Bacolod City and the complex homes Capitol Hall, the Negros Museum, provincial library, and some government buildings with a manmade lagoon in the middle. You can come here in the morning for people watching as you will find the locals here and this is the best place to relax or join recreational activities in the evening. You will also get to see the scenic sunset while you walk around here.

Explore the Lakawon Island

Lakawon Island Budget Travel Guide photo by Louie Martinez via Unsplash
Lakawon Island Budget Travel Guide photo by Louie Martinez via Unsplash

Lakawon island is located in a 16-hectare banana-shaped island and you will also love the white sand shores and the clear blue waters. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the best place for you to unwind and enjoy the cool nature. The resort is lined up with several amenities and activities that you can try out which you and your family are going to love.

Go souvenir shopping

One of the thing that you should do before you leave the city is to visit the Pasalubong shop where you will be able to buy souvenir items and delicacies which are truly Negrense that you can take with you to your friends and loved ones.

Shop for local crafts in the Negros Showroom

Negros Showroom via FB Page
Negros Showroom via FB Page

If you are looking for local crafts to buy and take home with you then the Negroes Showroom is the right place to go. The showroom was built by the Association of Negroes producers which is a group of local producers that are mainly cottage or home-based industries. The local crafts are displayed and you can pick the ones that catch your fancy. You can also buy clothing and accessories which are handmade from this store.

Try out local foods at Pala-Pala

Pala-Pala Grilled Foods
Pala-Pala Grilled Foods

Pala-Pala was once a seafood market which is located in downtown Bacolod and you can buy cheap and fresh seafood. You can then buy seafood and then take them to the eateries so as to have them cooked the way you like it and the restaurant are then going to charge a small cooking fee based on the ingredients needed for the dish. You can also visit the Pala-Pala without going to the seafood market where you can just choose the seafood that will be cooked for you.

Go dining at Manokan Country

Authentic Bacolod Inasal
Authentic Bacolod Inasal

If you are in Bacolod city and you did not try out the famous Chicken Inasal then you are missing, you should try to fix this at the Manokan Country. The food complex is in an entire street of the hole in the wall restaurants where selling various types of grilled foods and also the Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

Bacolod city has many attraction and famous things that you can do and there are many local cuisines that you can try out in this city.

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