Rizal is a province in the Philippines situated in CALABARZON Region in Luzon dotted with beautiful man-made and natural tourist spots. Rich in history and culture, it is famous for its museums and heritage churches. Being a mountainous province, its waterfalls, caves, and resorts are favorite destinations among locals and tourists.
Rizal is just around 16 kilometers away from the busy streets of Metro Manila that’s why it is one of its quick weekend getaway destinations. It is bordered by Bulacan (north), Quezon (east), Laguna (southeast), Metro Manila (west) and Laguna de Bay (south). 99% of the residents in the province speak Tagalog language.
Many suggested that if you can travel with your car or motorbike, it’s much better than public transportation to enjoy the views and interesting stopover sites along the roads. There are plenty of places to visit in the province but listed below are the most visited tourist spots in Rizal you may want to include in your list.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Rizal
1. Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is one of the most visited tourist spots in Rizal, a beautiful museum with amazing Mediterranean-inspired architectural designs and landscapes. It boats its six art galleries of well-curated sculptures, paintings and art installations spread into six different buildings. The museum is full of modern and contemporary arts by the Filipino artists that almost everyone can appreciate, whether you are Filipino art lover or not. What many people also admire is that the artworks are not placed inside glasses so you can really take a closer look to the art’s details and taking pictures are allowed unlike other museums.
📍 Pinto Art Museum is located in 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal.
2. Avilon Zoo
Avilon Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Rizal of all ages, the largest zoological institute in the Philippines of both in land area and collection of animals. There are around 3,000 species of exotic wild animals inside the 7.5 hectare facility. Vast diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates can be found here. The animals are healthy and mostly friendly which is a wonderful thing. It is also a very interactive zoo since guests are encouraged to experience feeding the animals. Avilon Zoo’s goal is to be one of the Southeast Asia’s premiere wildlife facilities. The zoo is opens at 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM on weekends.
📍 Avilon Zoo is located in Barrio San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.