Updated: Mar 7
Do you feel like melting in the next Manila heatwave or do you want to escape somewhere cool? Try visiting these Tagaytay Tourist spots to beat that summer heat: and take in some amazing scenery.
Summer in the Philippines sometimes never seems to end and with it comes the unbearable temperatures, humidity and a scorching sun. For this reason, many escape the city and go to provinces to feel a little breeze and fresh air. One of our favourite go-to places not too far from Manila is Tagaytay. If you just want to relax or do some exploring, there are plenty of Tagaytay Tourist spots to keep you busy. Below we have put together the list of our favourite things to do in Tagaytay where you just want to recharge or if you are after a bit more adventure.
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Sky Ranch Theme Park
Located near the famed Taal Vista Hotel, Sky Ranch is one of the Tagaytay tourist spots you must make time to visit. Kids and kids at heart will enjoy the rides, good and family-friendly ambiance. Don’t make the same mistake we made… We arrived around 11 am and entered the park only to find that most of the rides and attractions didn’t open until 3 pm... 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 3 pm. Close to 2 pm the park started to fill with people and really come alive. The park is small and the majority of the rides (but not all) are catered for kids. This is a good place for families. I loved the Zipline… I love how it makes you feel like you are flying. 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.
Peoples Park In The Sky
Located on top of Mt. Sungay, the highest peak in Cavite, People’s Park was part of a mansion commissioned by the former First Lady Imelda Marcos. In 1981 it was originally called the Palace in the Sky but with the downfall of Marcos in 1986, the mansion was left unfinished. It was then opened to the public as a park.
Every time I go to the park I am amazed at the panoramic view of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and even Metro Manila on a clear day. Try visiting the park after dark to see the lights of the Tagaytay City and SLEX.
On arrival, you can park in the parking area and walk to the gate, which is like a small castle. Once you have paid your entrance fee you can either walk to the top or pay around P5 and catch the Jeepney.
The view definitely gets a 10 out of 10 but, sad to say, the park is not being maintained or cleaned up very well. It would be good if they could use some of that entrance money to renovate, clean up and beautify the area. Doing this will surely attract more visitors and tourists. But still, with that said, People’s Park is still high on our list of Tagaytay Tourist Spots.
Picnic Groove Tagaytay
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Similar to People’s Park, Picnic Grove has a view deck where visitors line up to take photos of the volcano and surrounding lake. With its cottages and hilly surroundings, this park ideal for picnickers as well as family gatherings. Picnic Grove also offers a lot of other exciting activities – horseback riding, cable car, Eco-trail and zipline.
This zip line offers three options for 3 different levels of thrill. Also, two people can zip tandem (together) to add to the fun. You can zip a one-way trip or do the round trip which means you can try two of the three options. This is great for those who want to try the least scary option before bumping up the dare factor.
If you want to take have a picnic you have to pay for a cottage (P100) which brings me to the next point… Just like the People’s Park, Picnic Grove wasn’t as clean as I would have hoped. On the occasions we have visited, there was garbage piled up on the sides of the pathways. Click here to find out more about Picnic Grove Tagaytay.
A visit to Picnic grove is never done without doing a souvenir shopping and thus, perfect for buying “pasalubong.” You can find a lot of items such as native bags, key chains, dresses and shirts and a whole lot more. ‘Swear, you’ll be overwhelmed by the numerous items and stores to choose from. Don’t forget to say “tawad” (or discount) to have a great deal of shopping.
Here is some essential information that could help you plan your next weekend hideaway at the Picnic Grove:
•Entrance Fee: ₱ 50/person
•Parking Fee: Cars & Vans – ₱35 / Buses –₱100 / Jeepneys – ₱50
•Cottages and Sheds: ₱100-500
•Horseback Riding: ₱150-200/hour
•Zipline (all rides with a souvenir photo): ₱200 (weekdays);
₱300(weekends & holidays); ₱100 (additional ride)
Taal Volcano Crater
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.
Taal Volcano is considered as one of the world’s most active volcanoes having over 20 eruptions since 1572. If you catch a tricycle to Taal Lake you can usually negotiate a “full package deal” with the driver. This should include the tricycle ride, boat, and horse riding on the volcano – everything depends on your negotiation skills as to the price you get. You catch the boat from the Taal Yacht Club.
A word of caution -. Around Tagaytay, many touts operate selling “Taal lake tours”. These appear to be fixed prices and give the impression you have to pay the ticket price. These touts 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-issued IDs if you wish to verify their identities (also for your peace of mind, if you’re worried that you’ll be overcharged).
I love Sonya’s Garden…. If you like the country feel without the city stress.. take a look at this one. A great garden, restaurant, spa and B&B. Definitely a place to spend a few hours or a few days. One of my favourite Tagaytay Tourist Spots.
Tierra de Maria
For the spiritually-minded, this is a great place for meditation and inner healing, Tierra de Maria is one of the famous Tagaytay tourist spots for its 50-foot tall statue of the Virgin of Manaoag. At the base of the Virgin, you will find a wishing well with candle holders. The place also has a shrine that houses a smaller replica of the virgin and offers fish spa as a service.
When we visited it was packed with worshipers, tourists and vendors. The chapel is quite small so we had to make our tour fast so as to make room for other worshipers and visitors to enter. After the chapel, you can go upstairs for a selfie with the huge Mary of Manaoag statue. You also get a very good view of the Taal Lake from the chapel rooftop.
This museum showcases the works of the world-renowned glass artist Ramon Orlina, a skilled pioneer of glass sculpture. Museo Orlina also features other artists working in a variety of media aside from glass. For some light refreshments, the museum has a coffee shop on the roof deck.
On our visit, we found the staff cheerful and attentive, yet strict. The venue was clean and well kept. The guide clearly explains the story and history behind each artwork. Very educational and enjoyable… I don’t know a lot about art but I still found it quite interesting and well worth the visit. Also, a valid school ID provides a discount on the entrance fee.
Fantasy World 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 colours and empty halls. The property is now operated by the homeowners association
With your entrance fee, you are free to roam the premises, have a picnic with your family and/or friends, or take a swim in their pool. If you want privacy, you got it here! Fantasy World is the mini replica of the castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavarian, Germany.
This place combines the charm of a farm and a mini-zoo, where visitors may interact with different interesting animals like llamas, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers and an albino carabao in a backdrop of vegetable and flower gardens. 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 if you enjoy nature and want to spend some quality time with your family. The place has a lot of vegetables, flowers and farm animals (some are even roaming freely).
One Destination is a collection of restaurants and bars that have become the nightlife hub of Tagaytay City which offers a range of cuisines and entertainment for visitors. It also has a great view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano which add to its appeal. Most of the establishments found at One Destination are common in Manila but this does not take anything away from the charm. After all, a Mocha on the ridge seems to taste better than a Mocha in the urban jungle.
Initially known for the most beautiful Starbucks in the Philippines, Twin Lakes Shopping Village has become one of the latest Tagaytay tourist spots to create a buzz among tourists and in social media. From Italian dishes to French desserts, the place now offers a variety of offerings, 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.
If you are into wine then you will love the10-hectare vineyard where a vineyard that will finally bring Europe’s revered winemaking traditions to the Philippines. This makes Twin Lakes not only the first master-planned tourism estate in Tagaytay but also the country’s first vineyard resort community.
Apart from the refreshing breeze, stylish hotels and delicious food, Tagaytay also has the Residence Inn zoo that anyone who is going to Tagaytay should visit. Residence Inn Zoo or Zoo at Residence Inn (ZooRI) is Located along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, this zoo in Tagaytay is 33.2 Kilometer away from Sta. Rosa exit.
What I like about this place is you can interact with some of their animals such as snake, tiger, owl, iguana, and such. But you have to pay to have a photo opportunity with the tiger but that is to be expected. A fun time for all, not only for kids from feeding animals to the zip cable. Worth adding to the list of Tagaytay tourist spots you need to visit.
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.
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.