At the Heart of Baguio City: Burnham Park

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Burnham Park is the most accessible tourist attraction in Baguio as it is located right at the heart of the city.

Named after Daniel H. Burnham, the American architect who created the urban park many years ago, it has remained to be a favorite destination among tourists and locals alike. The park almost never gets empty as tourists flock to the area all day long, but we could easily spot the locals as well. We even saw a lot of students eating their lunch in the picnic area, and it made me kind of jealous because I didn’t get to do something like that as a child from where I live.

Anyway, the park is an ideal destination for families because it’s kid-friendly. There’s a playground, lots of amusements for kids, and a vast space for them to run around in. However, adults can have an equally good time at Burnham Park too!

One of the activities you can do at Burnham Park is biking. There are many types of bicycles for rent at the park. We got a tandem bicycle for only Php 50. I have to admit, it’s actually harder than it looks when you’re the one in front. I tried to man the bike, but gave up right away because I couldn’t get it to move. Well, backseat it is for me then. 😀

The park also has a huge man-made lake where people can ride different kinds of boats. The one thing that I looked forward to when I added Burnham Park into our itinerary was riding a swan boat (because reasons).

We got a pedal-powered swan boat, instead of the rowing type, because it’s easier to operate (and because my legs are stronger than my arms).  It was even a huge coincidence that we got boat #2 because that’s the day of our anniversary! lol Anyway, there are different boat operators, so if you want the swan boat, look for the sign that says Swan Boat Baguio. Here are their rates:

Row Boats

Small Swan Boat (Good for 4-5 persons) – Php150/boat
Big Swan Boat (Good for 5-6 persons) – Php200/boat
Pontoon Boat Good for 4-5 persons) – Php150/boat

Pedal Boats

Swan Boat (Good for 3 persons) – Php200/boat
Pontoon Boat (Good for 2 persons) – Php200/boat

Additional fee: Guide/rower – Php50 (Optional)

While walking around the park after boating and riding, we found a stall that sold healthy smoothie bowls and decided to try it because we loved the ones we tasted in Siargao. Well, I didn’t really like this one. Sorry. Haha.

We visited Burnham Park several times during our stay in Baguio and I just have to say that one of my favorite parts was the one and only stall that sold strawberry shawarma.

It was, by far, the best shawarma I’ve had in my entire existence that I kept going back for more. We got curious at first and asked why it’s called strawberry shawarma. I honestly thought they were just going to put bits of the fruit inside the wrap, but the guy at the store said that they infused the meat with strawberry juice. Interesting, right?

And the first bite was heaven. The sweetness of the meat really went well with the spicy sauce. It’s such a simple dish, but it’s sooooo good. Or maybe I’m just biased because I like anything with strawberry in it.

We visited Baguio City on the month of the Panagbenga Festival, so there were plenty of beautiful and colorful flowers everywhere. The entries for the annual Panagbenga landscaping competition were displayed in Burnham Park. (I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos because I was busy with my shawarma. lol)

I love how the park remains well-maintained even if a lot of people go there every day. Looks like the city is really taking care of their treasures. 🙂

Check out my Baguio City travel video to see more of Burnham Park.

Have you been to Burnham Park? Tell me about your experience! 🙂

xo Faith Mari


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