Must-See Places To Visit In Tagaytay
When the city heat, smog and traffic gets too much for you, people often retreat to Tagaytay for its cool climate, peaceful lifestyle and amazing views. For most people, Tagaytay is just a view of Taal lake and the volcano but there is so much more to see and do. For that reason we have put together this list of must-see places to visit in Tagaytay just so you don’t miss out next time you are there. Don’t sit at home melting in the next Manila heatwave, escape to somewhere cooler.
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Sky Ranch is one of the first places to visit in Tagaytay for most people. It is a great family destination with rides catering for the kids and the kids-at-heart. With plenty of areas to sit, relax and take in the amazing view of Taal Lake and Volcano.
Take note – On our first visit we arrived at 11 am to find most of the rides and attractions didn’t open until 3pm.. Yes, the park was almost deserted. There were still plenty of things to do and a beautiful view to take in as we waited till 3pm. Close to 2 pm the park started to fill with people and really come alive.
The entrance fee varies depending on the day of your visit, if it’s on a weekend it’s Php 100 for adult, the ticket is discounted for senior citizens and students.
People’s Park in the Sky
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Built on the highest peak in Cavite, Mt. Sungay, the People’s Park is high on the list of places to visit in Tagaytay for many reasons. Once called the Palace in the Sky, this site was left unfinished and abandoned after the Marco downfall in 1981.
Because of it’s high elevation, People’s Park gives to most amazing panoramic views of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and even Metro Manila on a clear day. It is also great for photographers as a lot of the site has that eerie feeling of abandonment which transfers well to the camera. Visiting the park after dark can be quite romantic watching the lights of the Tagaytay City and SLEX.
Picnic Grove Tagaytay
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This park ideal for picnickers as well as family gatherings but make sure you get there early if you want to secure a cottage. Picnic Grove also offers a lot of other exciting activities – horseback riding, cable car, Eco-trail and zipline. Picnic Grove also has a viewdeck where you can line up to take photos of Taal volcano and lake. Cottages cost P100 for the day.
Reputedly the world’s smallest active volcano, Taal volcano is sometimes described as “A crater within an island within a lake”. Being 406 meters high, Taal Volcano sits as an island in the middle of Taal Lake which is actually a large caldera that formed when a much-larger crater of an older volcano collapsed.
If you like to hike and have a spare few hours then I highly recommend doing this. You catch a boat from the Yacht club across to the island and hike to the top of the crater. For the adventurous, this is definitely one of the best places to visit in Tagaytay.
A word of caution -. Around Tagaytay many people are selling “Taal lake tours”. These appear to be fixed prices and give the impression you have to pay the ticket price. Some are a complete rip off! They promise a lot but deliver very little. It appears the objective is to fleece as much as the tourist will pay. Reputable operators will have government-issue IDs if you wish to verify their identities (also for your peace of mind, if you’re worried that you’ll be overcharged).
After arriving at the hotel you quickly realize it offers one of the best view of Taal Lake to be seen. Honestly, no photo can do justice to this breathtaking view.
The Nurture Wellness Village, is located in Tagaytay’s popular Amadeo area. The Spa offers a wide range of amenities, activities and perks to guarantee you have a good time.
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On our second stay at the Lake Hotel our good memories of the hotel were smashed. The Lake Hotel Tagaytay Review
I have visited Sonya’s Garden for two different times of a day on different days and I could say my experiences were lovely. Breakfast was great!
Sonya’s Garden is truly a breathe of fresh air…. If you like nature and the country feel, you will love this place. A wonderful garden, restaurant, spa and B&B. Definitely a place to spend the afternoon or even extend it to a few days. For a light lunch, a romantic weekend or just a bit of sight-seeing, Sonya’s Garden is one of my favorite places to visit in Tagaytay.
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Great for families with children.. The kids love this place. Paradizoo combines the charm of a farm and a mini-zoo, where you can interact with all kinds of animals like llamas, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers and an albino carabao. Other attractions are the Discovery Shop, the flower garden, cafe, the butterfly garden, Karitela Ride, Horseback Riding, Zing Ride, bird and animal feeding.
Paradizoo is a nice place to visit and want to spend some quality time with family.
Tierra de Maria is famous for its 50 foot tall statue of the Virgin of Manaoag which you can have your photo taken standing in front of. At the base of the Virgin you will find a wishing well with candle holders. There is also a shrine housing a smaller replica of the virgin and a fish spa service. If you have never tried a fish spa, I highly recommend you try.
The chapel is quite small so it is best to avoid going there on holy days or Sundays. After the chapel you can go upstairs for a selfie with the huge Mary of Manaoag statue. You also get a good view of the Taal Lake from the roof top.
This museum showcases the works of the world-renowned glass artist Ramon Orlina, a skilled pioneer of glass sculpture. On our visit, the museum was clean and the staff friendly but professional. All-in-all, I found it to be very educational and interesting. For some light refreshments the museum has a coffee shop on the roof deck. Museo Orlina often gets overlooked but it is definitely one of the places to visit in Tagaytay.
Fantasy World was constructed by a Japanese businessman and aimed to be the first theme park in the Philippines exclusive to members and having residential condos inside the complex. Due to insufficient funds, construction stopped and the once lively castle has turned into a lonely one with its faded colors and empty halls. The property is now operated by the homeowners association.
An area of restaurants and bars that has become the center of Tagaytay City nightlife. Offering romantic evening views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano just adds to it’s appeal. Most of the establishments found here are common in Manila but this does not take away from the charm. After all, a cappuccino on the ridge seems to taste better than a cappuccino in the urban jungle.
It is strange when an area gets known for having the most beautiful Starbucks in the Philippines. For a while Instagram was flooded with pics of people sitting at Starbucks with a coffee in one hand and the amazing Taal View behind them.
From Italian to French, the place now offers a variety of cuisines to cater for every taste, morning, noon and night. I will admit, having dinner there had a seductively romantic feel with the lights, the cool breeze and stunning views of the famed Taal Lake and Taal Volcano.
Residence Inn zoo or Zoo at Residence Inn (ZooRI) is Located along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, 33.2 Kilometer away from Sta. Rosa exit.
Kids love this zoo as it is very interactive. Some of the animals include a snake, tiger, owl an iguana. You can have your photo taken worth the tiger or ride the zipline.. There is fun for all ages making this one of the recommended places to visit in Tagaytay.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Just passed Picnic Grove is the well-maintained Japanese Friendship Garden. Built to evoke a value of freedom, peace and international unity into the hearts and minds of people it is now a park where you can relax amid its finely manicured lawn, lush ornamental plants and blooming flowers.. This 1200 sqm (13,000 sq ft) garden is located in Barangay Sungay East, in front of the Development Academy of the Philippines. For the weary visitor you can sit near a small fountain area under the heavy shade of mango trees. A refreshing break from other Tagaytay tourist spots.
Marcella Agoncillo Museum
One of Taal’s oldest houses, built in the late 17th century by Marcela’s grandfather Andres Mariño. The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo, the maker of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution against the Spanish. The different flags of the revolution are also displayed at the site. Location : Marcela Agoncillo St., Taal