Let's Go to Baguio (Part 3): Family Fun in Burnham Park

After a restful sleep in Wharton Condominium; me, My Beloved Wife Lei, and the kids have the energy to finally begin our tour around Baguio City. Our first target for that day was the tourist spot considered as the “Mother of All Parks” in Baguio City. That park is none other than Burnham Park.

How We Commuted to Burnham Park

Elephant statue in Children's Playground in Burnham Park.

Burnham Park is located at the center of Baguio City. Thus, almost all jeepneys passes around this park. The park is centrally located that almost all jeepney routes have a terminal just outside of it.

We had no difficulty of riding a jeep from Wharton Condominium and we just paid 13 Pesos each. We reached the park in less than one hour.

Burnham Park Entrance Fee

The good thing about Burnham Park is that it doesn’t have any entrance fee. We entered the park for free! Actually, all public parks in Baguio City can be entered for free. This is one reason why I love about Baguio.

Our Fun Experience in Burnham Park

What immediately welcomed us when we disembarked from the jeepney were these go karts:

Go karting was the first fun thing that we did in Burnham Park. A kart can be rented for 50 Pesos for 30 minutes, while the chopper (I guess this is the four-seater go kart) can be rented for 75 pesos also for 30 minutes.

We rented the chopper since we decided to ride as a family. Our kids sat at the front while we pedaled and drive the kart from the back. It was a fun experience at the start but became exhausting near the end of 30-minutes. I guess I need to exercise more to increase my stamina for these kinds of activities.

Samuel and Samantha enjoyed riding the kart at first but became bored after a few run around the small course. Well, the best way to keep the kids from getting bored is...ice cream!

Baguio is famous for strawberries that’s why we bought the strawberry-flavored ice cream. Samuel and Samantha liked it.

After 30 minutes of pedaling around the go kart course, we moved on to the fake lake in the middle of the park. 

This is the iconic Burnham Lake, which is famous for boating. Of course, we didn’t miss the opportunity and rented a boat.

There are plenty of boats to choose from. There are those that look like swans…

...which are good for selfies. There are those that have amusing design like this one featuring Spongebob:

We were given the option to row the boat ourselves or get a boatman. I don’t know how to row a boat so we chose the latter option. The actual price of renting a boat is 200 Pesos but my Beloved Wife managed to haggle with the boatman so we rented the boat for 150 Pesos.

The boatman toured us around the lake. It was an uneventful tour and we got bored quickly. We disembarked the boat even if our time was not finished. Well, at least we got our selfies in the middle of Burnham Lake.

Burnham Lake and Burnham Park was so named not because of burnt hams but because of the American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham. He and William Parsons were commissioned by the US Colonial Government to prepare the plans for Baguio City. Burnham believed that “every citizen should be within walking distance of a park”. This is the reason why Burnham Park is at the center of the city and very accessible to everyone.

Daniel Burnham's bust in Burnham Park. (Source: Wikipedia)

Our next stop is the Children’s Playground, which is the most fun part of our trip to Burnham Park. 

This is the first time that Samuel and Samantha saw a true outdoor playground. So, they ran. They climbed up and down. They went down the slide. They didn’t stopped playing to the point that we have to drag them out of Burnham Park at lunch time. I understand my children’s excitement with this playground. The reason is that the town in Laguna where we live didn’t have decent playground.

We spent the whole morning in Burnham Park. All in all, it was a fun experience. I enjoyed this park because I saw my children having great fun.

The people of Baguio are very fortunate that they got Daniel Burnham to plan their city. Their city became beautiful and surrounded by greens and is worthy to be called as the City of Pines. And I envy them for that.


Read more about our adventures in Baguio City:

Let's Go to Baguio (Part 1): The Family Adventure Begins

Let's Go to Baguio (Part 2): Our AirBnB Experience in Wharton Condominium

Our AirBnB Experience in Wharton Condominium, Baguio City

As someone who traveled far and wide, I have been to different kinds of accommodations. I have slept in high-class hotels. I have slept in a surot-infested hotel. I have slept in a campus dorm. I have slept in resorts. I even slept in a shack by the sea. But it was my first time to sleep in a condominium unit rented out via AirBnB and I experienced it in Baguio.

We booked our accommodation in Baguio through AirBnB because we believe that it is cheaper than staying in a hotel. AirBnB is more convenient to because we did everything online, including payment.

Wharton Condominium, Baguio City
(Source: Traveloka)

My Beloved Wife Lei chose Wharton Condominium after a wide selection of Baguio accommodations in AirBnB. We were not disappointed because we got a very good room with two big beds…

Our bed in Wharton Condominium, Baguio City

...kitchen and sink with refrigerator…

Our room in Wharton Condominium, Baguio City

... and TV.

The bathroom is nice too because it has a hot and cold shower.

What I noticed about this condo unit is that it didn’t have an aircon. I guess it’s cold enough in Baguio so aircon is not needed.

Another thing that I like in this Baguio condo is that there is a mini grocery and a food court on the ground floor. These amenities saved us from a lot of trouble during our first night in Baguio. As I said in the previous post, we were exhausted when we reached Baguio City after a very long bus trip from Manila. It was already evening and we were hungry when we reached Wharton Condominium. We bought water, foodstuffs, and other things from the mini grocery, and we also bought cooked rice from the food court. It was a relief for us because we didn’t need to go out and we can just focus on resting our tired selves.

A View from our room in Wharton Condominium, Baguio City
A view from our room in Wharton Condominium.

I can say that Lei made a very good choice for our Baguio accommodation. The Wharton Condominium had everything that we need and we had very good sleep after our long days of touring the city.

I have only two complaints about Wharton Condominium. The first is that the road to condo is very steep. Thus, it was a difficult walk for me, Lei, and the kids. Another complaint is that this Baguio condo is located far away from the city center or even from the highway. Thus, it was difficult for us who only commute.

All in all, we had very good stay in Wharton Condominium and we might book it again when we revisit Baguio.

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