The City of Pines has always been a destination getaway for Filipinos. It has a completely different environment from the rest of the country, which may be the reason for its popular choice. The feeling of being in “Little America” adds to its unique aura of seemingly vacationing outside of the Philippines. One of the most favorite activities that remain unique to the city is boat riding in Baguio.
Boating at the Burnham Park Lagoon is the park’s main attraction. However, it’s not free to boat as the boats need to be rented. It costs about 60 pesos for half an hour and 120 pesos for a whole hour. The boat can accommodate up to four people at a time.
Kids and the young at heart most especially will enjoy the little boat ride in the man-made lagoon found at Burnham Park. Many young ones have their first boat ride in Baguio. Parents and companions should then practice certain safety precautions when boat riding in Baguio. Although the man-made lake is pretty shallow, it is still important to take safety measures especially for those on their first time.
Make sure to take your child onto the boat even before going out of the water. By this, you will be able to access the safe areas and the not safe areas on the boat. Life jackets are a good idea especially for younger kids. Although wearing life jackets on the Burnham Lagoon is not required, you may want to make sure that your child is safe by having them wear a life jacket. Make sure to tell your child not to remove the life jacket the entire time he is in the boat. Tell him the proper way to sit when the ride begins. Let him know the safe areas and the danger areas on the boat. For first-time riders, have the child help you steer the boat to satisfy his curiosity. Make him feel comfortable to alleviate any fears of boat riding.
Watch as people paddle, or struggle to paddle the boats around the lagoon. People watchers will definitely enjoy watching other boats get stuck in the center of the lagoon or even start paddling around in circles. Other visitors can rent skates and bikes around the Burnham Park if boat riding is not their activity. The park is parallel to the famous Session Road, which is easy to find around the city.
The lake used to offer swan-shaped boats where visitors use their legs to paddle. Unfortunately, these boats have been taken off the lake and replaced with standard small boats that make use of arm paddles. It’s also fascinating to see convenience stores called sari-sari stores that roam around in boats selling junk food, soft drinks and local delicacies. You can even have pizza delivered to your boat right in the middle of the lagoon!
Not only is Baguio a great tourist destination with many attractions, it’s a great place to enjoy quality time with your family and friends. With the simple activity of boat riding in Baguio, the City of Pines can be enjoyable as you want it to be!