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Top 10 Bacolod Tourist Spots

The MassKara Festival is what defines Bacolod every October. But there’s so much more to the “City of Smiles” than just the colorful festival. There are a ton of things to do and places to visit for the rest of the 11 months of the year. Visiting this city on a month not starting in “O” isn’t a loss. Follow this list of the top 10 Bacolod tourist spots and you’re still sure to have slappin’ good time.

1. Capitol Park and Lagoon

Capitol Park Bacolod

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There’s nothing like a calming stroll along the park after a stressful day at work or at school, and at Capitol Park and Lagoon you get that plus more. Located at the heart of Bacolod City, the complex offers a place for the community to unwind with a jogging trail, an open recreational area, and a man-made lagoon. The Capitol Park complex is also where the Capitol Hall, the provincial library, the Negros Museum, and a few more government buildings are located.

  • Type: Park
  • Location: Lacson Street, Bacolod City
  • Budget: FREE
  • Time: 24 hours
  • Activities To Do:
    – Take a stroll along the tree-lined park and let the early morning or late afternoon breeze brush your hair. It will be the perfect way to cap a packed day of traveling.
    – You can take a trip to the Negros Museum and the Provincial Library. It will help give you an idea of how culturally-rich this Visayan city is.
  • Don’t Miss: The sunset is a must see! Make sure you take photos of it near the lagoon.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Visit Capitol Park and Lagoon in the morning or late in the afternoon, so you won’t have to endure the scorching hot sun.
    – Make sure you check out the two golden carabao statues on both ends of the park. It’s a sight for sore eyes.


2. The Ruins

The Ruins is one of the most photographed Bacolod tourist spots and for a good reason. This architectural masterpiece is a sight to behold. While the mansion may have been stripped down of its walls after being destroyed by World War II, there’s enough structural frame left as a testament to its former beauty.

What makes it even more enthralling is the story behind it. Known as the “Taj Mahal of Negros”, the mansion was built by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his lost love, Maria Braga. Today, what survives of the structure has been turned into a high-class Ilonggo-Spanish restaurant.

  • Type: Restaurant, Heritage Site
  • Location: Batulau Street, Hacienda Sta. Maria, Talisay City
  • Budget: P100 (entrance fee)
  • Time: 8am to 8pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Appreciate the beauty of this structural masterpiece. The mansion is breathtaking from afar, but as you come closer you’ll appreciate the detail that went into every part of the structure.
    – To experience the rich history of this tourist spot better, you can choose to dine at Don Mariano’s Garden. A little hefty on the pocket, but their food offerings are delicioso!
  • Don’t Miss: Make sure you ask your guide to tell you the story of Don Mariano and Maria Braga, it’s like a real-life telenovela.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Joining group tours are suggested for this tourist spot. SInce it’s rich in history, you wouldn’t be able to appreciate The Ruins fully if you don’t get every bit of detail about it.
    – Make sure you take photos of this masterpiece. If you can, wait until the evening when the whole structure lights up.


3. Lakawon Island

Bacolod Lakawon Island

(photo via Facebook, @lakawonisland)

Fine white sand, clear blue waters, the biggest floating bar in Asia — these make up a perfect vacation and all these are found in Lakawon Island. The 16-hectare banana-shaped island has everything the family will enjoy. Water sports activities are plenty in this patch of paradise, while those looking to party can enjoy the biggest floating bar in the continent. It’s a trip for the whole family!

  • Type: Beach, Resort
  • Location: Brgy Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: starts at P280
  • Time: 24 hours
  • Activities To Do:
    – Lakawon Island offers a ton of activities and facilities the whole family/ barkada will enjoy! You can go snorkeling, kayaking, or kite surfing. Or just pitch a tent and enjoy the view and the starry night sky. You can also try your hand at beach volleyball and beach soccer.
    – The Floating Bar is a must try! The biggest one in Asia, it’s an experience like no other. Especially when you get a view of the sunset while you sip your Pina Colada.
  • Don’t Miss: Make sure you cross the long boardwalk to the middle of the sea!
  • Travel Tips:
    – You can bring your own food and even grill it in the island for a tiny corkage fee of P50 per person.
    – If you’re not planning to stay overnight, you can rent one of their Umbrella Huts or Canopy Tents for a day tour. Rent starts at P600 per day.


4. Balay Negrense

Established in the 1890s and completed in 1901, Balay Negrense is one of the several Heritage Houses recognized by the National Historical Institute in Negros Occidental. The house was commissioned by Victor Fernandez Gaston, a sugar magnate during the 19th century.

After his death in 1927, the house was neglected and abandoned until it was taken in by the Negros Cultural Foundation (in cooperation with the heirs) and transformed into a museum. It now serves as a lifestyle museum in the province, giving guests a peek into the lifestyle of the wealthy during the Spanish colonial era.

  • Type: Heritage Site, Museum
  • Location: Cinco de Noviembre St., Silay City, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: P60 (entrance fee)
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Balay Negrense gives tourists a peek into the lives of the wealthy over a hundred years ago. Serving as a museum, you can browse through the memorabilia and furniture from old Negros. The architecture and interiors of the home also reflect the Spanish and American influences of the time.
    – Make sure you visit the bedrooms upstairs that replicate rooms from the past. It also features clothing and accessories from the 1900s.
  • Don’t Miss: Make sure you spot the huge portrait of Victor Fernandez Gaston on the second floor as well as all the photos of his children located around the museum.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Balay Negrense is located near several more museums and heritage sites. It’s best to visit all in one trip, so you can appreciate Bacolod and Negros Occidental’s history and culture better.
    – Make sure you make a stop at El Ideal Bakery and Restaurant too. Established in 1920, the bakery is an icon in the area and sells scrumptious desserts and pastries.


5. Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

(photo via Commons, @Hbalairos)

Another heritage site in Silay City, the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum houses memorabilia from the Jalandonis that reflect the history of Silaynons. Also known as “Pink House”, the two-story house reflects the typical structure of the iconic Nipa Hut.

Parts of the house’s structure have been flown in from Mindoro, while others came from Germany. Memorabilia and antiques from the 19th century are exhibited in the museum, as well as impressive artworks.

  • Type: Heritage site, Museum
  • Location: Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: P50 (entrance fee)
  • Time: 9am to 5pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
  • Activities To Do:
    – There are so much memorabilia to check out at this museum. From the Karitela (carriage) used by the family in the 1900s to old Steinway Piano which is over a hundred years old, there’s much in store for guests.
    – Ask your travel guide about the history behind the rooms and memorabilia exhibited in the museum. It sets the perfect background for your museum trip.
  • Don’t Miss: There’s an exhibit of Barbies and Kens (dolls) designed to personify known historical and political Filipino characters.


6. Balaring Mangrove

Balaring Mangrove is an eco-tourism park that serves as a home to over 20,000 mangroves. Being one of the main sources of food and income among locals, the 50-hectare haven aims to preserve these water submerged trees, as well as to offer protection to marine life and birds found in the area. Aside from the mangroves, this site is also home to the longest bamboo bridge in Visayas, making it a must visit in Bacolod.

  • Type: Nature
  • Location: Brgy. Balaring Mangrove Eco-Tourism Coastal Area, Silay City
  • Budget: P20 (entrance fee)
  • Time: 6am to 5pm
  • Activity To Do: Take a stroll along the longest bamboo bridge in the region, believed to be close to a kilometer-long. The atmosphere is very serene and calming and is a great way to relax and unwind.
  • Don’t Miss: Make sure you face your fear of heights and climb up the watchtower. The view on top is great!
  • Travel Tip: The tour will only take about an hour, so make sure you plan your itinerary ahead of time so you can visit other Bacolod tourist spots.


7. Negros Museum

Negros Museum

(photo via Commons, @SnappyHip)

Negros Museum is the first of its kind in the Philippines in that it doesn’t focus on curating artifacts. Instead, this museum located at the heart of Bacolod City features contemporary artworks and reproductions to tell the story of Negros. It may not have much memorabilia from the olden times, but Negros Museum makes sure to focus on showing what the province was like hundreds of years ago and how its locals have evolved through time through art.

  • Type: Museum
  • Location: Gatuslao St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: P50 (entrance fee)
  • Time: 9am to 6pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
  • Activities To Do:
    – Stroll through the many exhibits of the museum, including paintings that reflect the culture of Bacolod. Of course, there are also antique items donated by locals to be displayed.
    – Check out the contemporary artworks exhibited and sold by current local artists of Bacolod.
  • Travel Tip: After a trip to the museum, make a beeline for the man-made lagoon at the Capitol Park. It’s worth a visit!


8. Campuestohan Highlands Resort

If you only had one site to visit in Bacolod, Campuestohan Highlands Resort should be on your shortlist. The resort offers a variety of amenities and activities you, your family, and your friends will enjoy. Kids can enjoy the swimming pools, playground, and heroes hall. Those who are looking for an adventure can try the zipline, sky bicycle, hanging hamster wheel, or the wave pool. Seniors can relax at the spa or coffee shop. There are enough activities to keep you busy for days at Campuestohan Highlands Resort.

  • Type: Resort
  • Location: Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan/ Brgy. Granada and Alangilan, Talisay City
  • Budget: starts at P150 per person (entrance fee)
  • Time: 7am to 6pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Try their many thrilling attractions like the sky bicycle, hamster wheel, or the bungee trampoline.
    – If you’d rather just relax and unwind, you can lounge around the pool area, have a cup of coffee at the coffee shop, or have a scrumptious meal at the restaurant.
  • Don’t Miss: You can also go horseback riding around the resort.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Kids under two years old are free of charge.
    – For overnight stays, the resort requires a 50% downpayment to confirm your booking.


9. Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

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If you like enjoying nature, you should drop by Mambukal Mountain Resort. The site offers a range of adventures waiting to be explored. You can enjoy their butterfly sanctuary and bat watching areas, or go on their famous seven-waterfall trek course. They also have wall climbing facility, a lagoon, a zipline, and swimming pools among others.

  • Type: Resort
  • Location: Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: P50 (Adult entrance fee), P20 (Kids entrance fee)
  • Time: 24 hours (Facilities are available from 8am to 5pm)
  • Activities To Do:
    – Finding an activity to do at Mambukal’s isn’t a problem. But for those who would prefer relaxation over adventure, you can try their Japanese Ofuro pool and Ishiwata Bath House both believed to help the body be relieved from stress and tension.
    – For the thrill seekers and nature lovers, the trek up to seven different waterfalls has been popular among tourists and for obvious reasons — Seven. Waterfalls.
  • Don’t Miss: You can find the largest bat in the world, the Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox, at Mambukal’s.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Mambukal’s offers a range of accommodations to fit every budget — from ordinary lodges at P600 per night to more cozy rooms at P4,000 per night.
    – Mambukal Mountain Resort is one of the most famous Bacolod tourist spots, so make sure you make reservations before your visit.


10. Pulang Tubig Falls

An 80-meter high majestic waterfall sits in the forest of Patag in Silay City. The waterfall got its name from the color of the water that ran from the falls during the Japanese regime. It is said that a Japanese headquarters sat atop the mountain and the waters turned red from the soldiers’ blood.

It’s quite a long trek to reach the waterfalls, but the view is absolutely worth it!

  • Type: Nature, Waterfalls
  • Location: Northern Negros Natural Park, Silay City, Negros Occidental
  • Activities To Do:
    – Appreciate the raging beauty of the majestic waterfalls. It’s powerful and beautiful all at the same time!
    – Swim in its fresh, cold waters! Don’t worry, the water isn’t red anymore.
  • Don’t Miss: The trek up is an awesome adventure in itself, as you’ll see breathtaking sceneries and even wildlife.
  • Travel Tips:
    – The trek is rough and bumpy at times. It is not suggested for people with health issues or have low endurance.
    – There aren’t comfort rooms or changing rooms near the falls. So make sure you pack all the necessities and dress appropriately.


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