There are many places you can visit while you are in the Philippines, and each one of them holds its respective beauty, sights and things to offer. Tarlac is one of those provinces that despite its smallness certainly has a great deal to offer a visitor. Let us discuss some of the things to do in Tarlac for first timers in this comprehensive Tarlac travel guide.

A Go-Kart racing circuit in the heart of Tarlac City.
A Go-Kart racing circuit in the heart of Tarlac City.

As agriculture is a key activity in this province you will find that there are some of the best producers of rice and sugar cane based right in Tarlac. And so while you are here you will be able to see for yourself the various farms anad beautiful rural areas of Tarlac. You may also visit or stay at some of these farms, such as the well-known EDL Farm.

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Needless to say, with so many farmers you can rest assured that the food in Tarlac is as genuine and as tasty as it can get. As a result, there are many restaurants that serve great food in Tarlac. A Tarlac food trip is simply a must if you are visiting this town. Some of the most well-known places you could visit include Tatuns, Bonnette’s BBQ & Grill La Boneteria, Betty’s Resto Bar, and Kape Agape.

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Bonnette’s BBQ Grill (Tarlac City)
Tatun’s Goat Kampukan is highly recommended!

At Tatun’s Kambingan, one must try their special Kambing dishes like, kaldereta and kampukan. They also serve Ox tail kare kare, Bagis, binagoongan, papaitan, kilawin, etc.

kape agape tarlac
Kape Agape is a community café advocates for a cause and promotes arts awareness and serving good food.

Betty’s Resto Bar where you will be able to eat some of the best native cakes.

Betty’s Resto Bar boasts best native cakes in Tarlac!

In Tarlac you will also be able to visit some beautiful churches. St. Faustina Parish, where you will also be able to see the relic of this saint. The relic is said to be part of the finger of St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland. Another church worth a visit is the St. Josemaria Escriva Parish church. Here there is the Blessed Sacrament located at the back of the church which you will be able to visit through a drive-through facility. There is also a relic of this saint.

St. Josemaria Escriva Parish dedicated to St. Escriva, founder of the Opus Dei

Another church that you can visit is the La Sagrada Familia Parish church which was recently inaugurated in 2017. The altar table in this church was kissed by Pope Francis during his visit here.

Besides churches, you will also be able to visit the Aquino Museum, a very nicely preserved museum where there are plenty of memorabilia to appreciate.

ninny aquino museum

There are plenty of items that belonged to Ninoy and Former President Cory Aquino to see here. If you have children traveling with you, or you are up to some fun you could go to Kart City. Here you will be able to find some first-class equipment to spend some time entertaining yourself. Apart from go-karts there are also numerous games rooms and a karaoke.

kart city tarlac

Last but not least, we suggest that you buy a ylang-ylang souvenir before leaving Tarlac. Ylang-ylang flowers are used a lot especially for oil extracts and perfumes, and the demand for them is really high. So you should make it a point to buy some while you are here as it makes for a great souvenir of this humble town.

Tarlac Provincial Capitol has its own historical significance which was built in 1906 and serves as the seat of the Tarlac Provincial Government.

tarlac provincial capitol

We hope that this Tarlac travel guide gave you a good idea of the things to do in Tarlac. A visit here is well worth it!

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Lakbay Norte Familiarization Tour was organized by North Philippines Bureau (NPVB) in cooperation with NLEX Corporation, Bulacan Tourism and Convention Visitors Board (BTCB), Tarlac Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB), Ilocos Norte Convention and Visitors Bureau (INCVB), Victory Liner Inc., Department of Tourism Region 1, Department of Tourism Region 3, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and Merrell Philippines.  Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization trip aiming to boost the tourism in the Northern Luzon.

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