Tagaytay City is relatively known for being an accessible place for chilling and pampering. The location of Tagaytay is one of the city’s greatest pride. With its cool climate and stunning views, many travelers and even the locals choose to take part of what nature offers.
As Tagaytay is conveniently situated in the heart of Cavite and is a well-known resort city, there is innumerable stuff you can use your time with while you’re in the area.
1. Picnic Grove
A very famous place in Tagaytay with a very affordable entrance fee. There are numerous activities everyone can do here such as picnicking, horseback riding, taking advantage of the zip line, souvenirs shopping or even just walking around! A great place to spend both families and circle of friends’ weekends or holidays far from the busy streets of the Metro.
Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay Sungay East-End, Cavite
Landline: (046) 413 4206
Entrance Fee: Php 50.00/person
2. People's Park in the Sky
A historical urban park in Tagaytay which was previously known as The Palace in the Sky, an unfinished mansion built during the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Era. Aside from its huge part in the Philippine history, the park is situated in the mountaintop of Tagaytay that offers enormous views of the city which makes it listed as one of the places to see.
Address: Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay, Philippines
Entrance Fee: PhP30.00
3. Museo Orlina
Museo Orlina is an impressive reflection of Ramon Orlina’s numerous artistic accomplishments and passion for creating beautiful glass sculptures. The four-level modern building is a talent space for Orlina’s remarkable glass crafts and for all art forms of his various artist friends.
The museum was opened in November 2013. Aside from Orlina’s glass works, sight-seers can expect photo-documentations of the artist’s prestigious works, his hand painted vintage cars, his collection of toy cars, and even an amphitheater for musical and other artistic presentations.
Address: Hollywood Subdivision Road, Brgy. Tolentino East, Tagaytay CityLandline: (02) 857-0100 local 1450
Landline: (046) 413.2581
Entrance Fee: Php 100.00 (General)
Php 80.00 (Students/Senior Citizens with Valid ID)
4. Puzzle Mansion
If you’re a huge fan of puzzles, you missed half of your life if you’re still unable to visit The Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay. One good fact about the place is, there was only one woman, Georgina Gil-Lacuna, who upheld this collection. While some people document their lives in digital form, this Filipina expressed herself by traveling the world and putting up the biggest puzzle collection which caters many forms of human interest.
Address: Cuadra Street, Brgy Asisan, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Entrance Fee: PhP 100.00
5. Sky Ranch Tagaytay
Sky Ranch is enumerated as one of the absolute experiences for families and groups of friends in the renowned Leisure City, Tagaytay. Kids and even kids at heart will never out of place with the extraordinary park ambiance, amazing rides, and several food establishments high above Tagaytay.
The park is best for weekend and holiday recreation with its carefully selected park rides. Indubitably, with the Sky Ranch’s Zip line and The Sky Eye, which is dubbed as the tallest Ferris wheel in the country, you’ll assuredly have the perfect spot of Taal Lake and Volcano along with other provinces and cities around the landmark. There are also a number of exciting activities such as The Viking, Jump Around, Log Coaster Flying Bus inside the Sky Ranch compound.
Address: Tagaytay – Nasugbu via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City (Beside Taal Vista Hotel)
Landline: (02) 857-0100 local 1450
Entrance Fee: Php80.00 (Weekdays)
Free entrance for children 3ft and below
6. Boat ride to Taal Lake and Volcano
Ever encountered some locals in Tagaytay holding Boat ride to Taal signage and wondered where this ride will take you?
As everyone is astounded by the view of Taal Volcano in the midst of the waters of Taal Lake from the grounds of Tagaytay, you will be further amazed, beyond doubt, on what awaits you when you see the volcano within a lake, within a volcano within another lake up-close. Exhaustion is brushed away even after hours of trekking.
More details at (http://www.tlyc.com/the-tlyc-volcano-tour/)
Paradizoo is a theme park that suits your desire for a peaceful yet an exciting site. From its word, you can expect a combination of a paradise and a zoo within Metro-Tagaytay which is a perfect escape from the busy world of Manila. Its serene haven of the farm, garden, and various local animals are what you can expect in this sanctuary.
Address: Km 63 Panungyan Mendez, Cavite
Landline: 899-9824; 895-7142
Entrance Fee: P149.00 (Adult)
P99.00 (Kids between 3ft to 4ft)
FREE for kids below 3ft
20% discount for Senior Citizen (need to present I.D.)
8. Reptiland Adventure
Reptiland Adventure is the newest theme park located in Alfonso, Metro-Tagaytay. It is known for Reptile Animatronics, Haunted woodland, Mini Zoo, Team Building Amenities, Life size cartoon characters with still a touch of the Filipino culture. The mechanized zoo highlights the interaction with dinosaurs, turtle cracking its head, cobras, and crocodiles. As guests approach the animals, special sensors detect the body heat and the animals start moving.
Address: Brgy. Palumlum Alfonso, Tagaytay, 4123 Cavite City
Mobile: 0908 866 9724
9. The Gingerbread House
Do you believe in Fairytales? The Gingerbread House will give you that fairytale book setting. It was conceptualized after the journey of the siblings Hanzel and Gretel, who got lost in the woods and later discover the Gingerbread House built by a witch.
There is a mini forest that serves as the Hansel and Gretel trail, a candy cane entrance, a dream board where visitors can write wishes onto and a wishing well. Upon entering the house, you will be welcomed by the smell of freshly-baked bread drifts in the air. You can either dine at the actual Gingerbread house or Alfresco, try the Fish Spa they offer, and even buy gingerbread goodies or DIY gingerbread house kits.
Address: Brgy. Palumlum Alfonso, Tagaytay, 4123 Cavite City
Mobile: 0917 630 3124
10. The Heritage Town of Taal
Near Tagaytay City lies the actual town of Taal which boasts its heritage landmarks. Many are oblivious that aside from the famous Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, there’s, even more, Taal can offer. Taal is known for its old ancestral houses or their well-preserved Bahay Na Bato. Perchance, the most outstanding structure is the St. Martin de Tours Basilica (Taal Basilica), which is described as the biggest Catholic Cathedral in Asia and indicates a great treasure and prominence of Taal in the past. It is also known as the Balisong (folding pocket knife) and Barong Tagalog (Philippine National Costume) Capital of the Philippines. Another must see is the first Camera Museum in the Philippines, The Galleria Taal, which is a home of vintage photography equipment collection owned by Mr. Manny Inumerable.
Whereas Taal experienced a number of worst calamities in the country, she still stands as one of the well-maintained realms of the Philippine history and culture. Its structures, local customs, cuisines and other artistries have been recognized as Cultural Treasures by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines.
More details about Taal at (http://www.taal.ph/)
Since Tagaytay is located near the mountains, beaches, and recreation areas of Batangas and Cavite, backpackers also come up here because of the following:
Written by: Shielah Paglinawan