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Top 15 Things to Do in Tagaytay

A cool weather is almost an impossibility in Manila with its tropical sun scorching down on the metro. But for those who want to unwind, sans the sweat, Tagaytay is probably the best place to visit. A three-hour drive away, the city has been a favorite vacation spot for Metro Manila locals due to its proximity and it’s crisp breeze.

So if you’re looking to go on a road trip, Tagaytay is your best bet with its unique places to visit, scrumptious food and exciting activities to try.

Here are the 15 best things to do when in Tagaytay.

For the Adrenaline Thirsty
For the Whole Family
For the Art Enthusiasts
For the Relaxation Seekers
For the Food Trippers

For the Adrenaline Thirsty

1. Reach for the sky at Sky Ranch

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Conveniently located along Nasugbu Highway, Sky Ranch promises unlimited fun for the whole family. The leisure and entertainment complex features an amusement park that kids and kids at heart will enjoy.

Sky Eye, one of the biggest Ferris Wheels in the Philippines, is the focal attraction of Sky Ranch. It boasts of 32 air-conditioned gondolas that give an epic view of Tagaytay City and its landmarks Taal lake and volcano.

  • Location: Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Kaybagal South (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P80 (Mondays to Fridays), P100 (Weekends), Children 3 feet and below are free
  • Operation hours: 10am-10pm (Mondays to Fridays), 8am-10pm (Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays)
  • Adventure level: Chill
  • Highlight(s): The breathtaking view from the Sky Eye.
  • Insider info: Want ride-all-you-can tickets? Book it! This is not available for walk-in guests.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone numbers: (02) 862-7704, 862-7712, or 831-7000 loc. 6347
    Website: www.skyranch.ph
    Facebook: @SkyRanchPHL

  • Activity tips:
  • – Don’t bring food as only food bought in the restaurants within SkyRanch are allowed.

2. Ride a 300-meter long Zipline

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If you’re the more adventurous type, you can try out one of the Zipline attractions in Tagaytay. With the breathtaking Taal Volcano as your backdrop, you can take the exhilarating 300-meter long leap at Sky Ranch.

Or you can zip down the mountains in Picnic Grove. Aside from the Zipline, it also offers a Cable Car ride above an eco trail. The 300-foot high Zipline can accommodate up to three people in one go, while the cable car can board the whole family.

  • Location: SkyRanch (View Map or Picnic Grove View Map)
  • Fee(s): P500 (SkyRanch), P200-400 (Picnic Grove)
  • Operation hours: Same as park hours/ 9am-6pm
  • Adventure level: Wild
  • Highlight(s): The exhilarating feeling of zipping over the trees and people.
  • Contact details:
  • Facebook: @ZiplineSaTagaytay

  • Activity tips:
  • – Wear closed-toe shoes. Or if you’re not, hold on to it tight so you don’t drop it.

3. Place your bets at a world-class casino

Nothing screams excitement more than a game of luck and wit. The 47,000 square foot Casino Filipino, situated in front of Taal Vista Hotel, houses 346 gaming machines and 26 game tables for those who want to try a hand of chance.

  • Location: E. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City (View Map)
  • Operation hours: Open 24 hours a day (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Adventure level: High-risk
  • Highlight(s): Winning!
  • Insider info: You can sign up for a free membership at any branch.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone number: (046) 413-1506, 413-1616 loc. 200
    Website: www.casinofilipino.ph/tagaytay/

  • Activity tips:
    – Wearing slippers, shorts, and hats/caps that cover the view of your face is not allowed.
    – As they say, keep it fun. Game responsibly!

4. Trek Taal Volcano

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(photo via Flickr, @sherpas428)

Take the once in a lifetime opportunity to trek the smallest active volcano in the world! Although a little heavy on the budget and less than an hour drive from Tagaytay’s town proper, the two kilometer trek offers the most unique experience in Tagaytay.

The adventure kicks off with a short boat ride to Volcano Island before treading the sandy trails of Taal Volcano.

Passing through volcanic steam vents to reach the crater, you can reward yourself with a quick swim at the peak in the sulfur-diluted lake within the volcano.

The priceless scenery and breathtaking summit is definitely the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Location: Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P100 for Municipal Tourism Tax. You still have to account for the transportation going to Talisay, then the boat, and other expenses like boat landing fee, etc.
  • Operation hours: Best to do it in the early morning before the water gets rocky and the trail gets too hot.
  • Best for: Nature lovers
  • Adventure level: Mildly wild
  • Highlight(s): Seeing the Taal Volcano and Lake in all its full glory.
  • Insider info: The “real” Taal Volcano is located behind Mt. Binintian, the volcano-like mountain seen from Tagaytay.
  • Activity tips:
    – Since there’s exposure to volcanic fumes, make sure to consult your doctor if you have respiratory problems.
    – Protect yourself from the sun and heat. Put on sunblock, have a face mask, wear long sleeves and cap or bring an umbrella and have a bottle of water.

5. Learn how to sail a boat

Sailing is not a popular activity in the Philippines but you should definitely give it a try. Instructors and boats are available for rent at Taal Lake Yacht Club for students of all levels and ages.

  • Location: Talisay-Laurel Rd. Talisay, Batangas (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Around P2,500 to P3,000 per person/day, inclusive of instructor and boat fees
  • Operation hours: Sailing class schedules depend on the instructor’s availability for the day.
  • Best for: Water lover
  • Adventure level: Wild
  • Insider info: Interesting info about the activity, location, etc.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone numbers: (02) 811-3283, 811-3183 (Makati office)
    Website: www.tlyc.com

  • Activity tips:
  • – Make sure to read the comprehensive information from TLYC’s website regarding sailing lessons.

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For the Whole Family

6. Fall in love with nature and animals

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(photo via Instagram, @thegreatartfuldodger)

From the name itself, Paradizoo is a combination of a Paradise and a Zoo. The 12-hectare farm offers a getaway from the bustling metro with its tranquil gardens, lovely flora and fauna and haven of animals.

The theme park offers a great place to bond with the family while appreciating nature.

Paradizoo already offers a Farm Frenzy pet store, a meditation garden, an Orchidarium and new thrilling attractions Camel Ride and Zing Ride.

  • Location: Maglabe Drive, Mendez (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P199 Adults, P149 Kids (3ft-4ft only)
    Note: Children 3 feet below are free while 4 feet above will pay adult rate.
  • Operation hours: 8:30am-4pm, daily
  • Best for: Families
  • Adventure level: Mild
  • Highlight(s): Petting the animals or trying the Camel ride and Zing ride.
  • Insider info: Get 10% discount when you book online.
  • Contact details:
  • Website: www.zoomanity.com.ph/themeparks/paradizoo/
    Facebook: @zoomanitygroup

  • Activity tips:
  • – Do the tour early to avoid the crowd.

7. Take Instagram-worthy photos at an abandoned mansion

Formerly known as “Palace in the Sky,” the People’s Park is a historical urban park that offers one of the best panoramic views of Tagaytay. There isn’t much to do in the park itself, but if you’re into old structures, you can take a snapshot or two of the unfinished mansion that once belonged to the Marcos family.

  • Location: Mount Gonzales (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P30
  • Operation hours: 7:30 am-6pm
  • Best for: History lover
  • Adventure level: Chill
  • Highlight(s): Reaching the summit and taking in the breathtaking view.

8. Go horseback riding

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(photo via Instagram, @finhogar)

Ok, this may not be a “unique” thing to do in Tagaytay, but there’s something about riding horses in chilly weather — it’s the perfect combination. Horseback riding is one of the most popular things to do in Tagaytay and kids would definitely enjoy giddying up around the hills of Picnic Grove.

  • Location: Picnic Grove (View Map)
  • Fee(s): 350/hour
  • Operation hours: 9am-6pm
  • Best for: Laid-back
  • Adventure level: Mild
  • Insider info: If you only want to take photos with the horse, you may do so for P20.
  • Activity tips:
  • – Bring your own baon to save money.

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For the Art Enthusiasts

9. Try not to break anything in the Glass Museum

Ramon Orlina is one of the pioneers of glass sculpting in the country and Museo Orlina showcases his best works. An unlikely art gallery, the museum aims to elevate the art form that is not given much appreciation.

Aside from glass sculptures, other bodies of work are also displayed in the museum including a range of art cars.

  • Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road, Brgy. Tolentino East, Hollywood Subd. (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P100 (General admission), P80 (Students/senior citizens with valid ID)
  • Operation hours: 10am-6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)/Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Best for: Art entusiast
  • Adventure level: Chill
  • Insider info: The Museum Levels are named after Orlina’s children.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone number: 0917-5315108, (046) 413-2581
    Website: www.museo-orlina.org

  • Activity tips:
  • – Take note of what are not allowed including: flash, tripods, food and drinks, and pets.

10. View the largest jigsaw collection in the world

The Guinness record for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles can be found in this diverse city. Georgina Gil-Lacuna holds the records with a total of 1,028 puzzles.

Amassing all jigsaw pieces over 26 years, the collection is housed in a hectare-wide museum in Tagaytay City. It features several types of puzzles, be it normal, 3D or 4D and has some of the biggest puzzles in the world, including an 18,000-piece masterpiece.

  • Location: Purok 4, Cuadra St., Brgy. Asisan (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P100
  • Operation hours: 7am-7pm (Mondays to Fridays), 7am-8pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Best for: Families
  • Adventure level: Laid-back
  • Highlight(s): The 3D puzzles put together by Georgina herself.
  • Insider info: Guinness World Record holder for having the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world.
  • Contact details:
  • Facebook: @PuzzleMansion

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For the Relaxation Seekers

11. Nurture your body at one of Asia’s Most Relaxing Spas

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(photo via Instagram, @nurturewellnessvillage)

Named by CNN Go as one of the Most Relaxing Spas in Asia, Nurture Wellness Village offers a unique way of relaxation through “Ecotherapy” — healing through and by nature. Tucked away in a coffee orchard, Nurture features native Ifugao architecture, Filipino decor and locally themed spa treatments.

The hotel and wellness center also features Filipino-inspired accommodations, a pool, an organic garden, a Reflexology trail and a Glamping (Glamorous Camping) garden. They also offer group packages starting at Php2,200 for an overnight stay, breakfast and a Hilot massage session.

  • Location: Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Depends on the package you’re planning to get
  • Best for: Those who want to de-stress
  • Adventure level: Very relaxed
  • Highlight(s): Getting a massage.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone number: 0918-8888772,(02) 710-9786
    Website: www.nurturewellnessvillage.com
  • Activity tips:
  • – Disconnect to connect. Turn off your phones to enjoy a more relaxing stay.

12. Rejuvenate in a traditional Chinese bath house

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(photo via Instagram, @theyaparazzi)

If there’s one culture that knows a thing or two about rejuvenation, that would be the Chinese. And at Qiwellness Living, they’re bringing the centuries-old healing practice of a bathhouse facility to the city.

The hot and cold dip pools offer a sanctuary for relaxation and revitalization from tension, stress and body and muscle pain. Pre-booking is encouraged.

  • Location: Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P2,580 per person for the two-hour Bathhouse Experience
  • Operation hours: 1pm-10pm (Wednesdays to Sundays). Special requests: Monday bookings, Morning bookings from 10am
  • Please note that last call for a 90-minute massage is at 8:30 pm.

  • Insider info: Gift cards are available for overnight and spa packages. One year validity from date of purchase.
  • Contact details:
  • Phone number: 0917-5226969
    Website: qiwellnessliving.ph

13. Calm your mind and go soul searching

One of the best places to go “find yourself” is at Tierra de Maria. Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria is known to make prayers and wishes come true, which is why it is popular among tourists.

The 50-foot Marian shrine, the quaint church and the quiet atmosphere make for a good place to meditate and do soul searching.

  • Location: Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Barangay Sungay South (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 8am-5pm
  • Insider info: The church offers online prayer healing.
  • Contact details:
  • Facebook: @tierrademaria

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For the Food Trippers

14. Enjoy Tagaytay’s local specialty, Bulalo

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(photo via Instagram, @wendelopez)

No one can ever say no to good food, and at Tagaytay there’s one strip any food lover should tread — Bulalo Belt. Yes, the city has a strip of restaurants dedicated to the iconic Filipino dish.

Bulalo is the Filipino version of Beef Marrow Stew — a delicate bowl of shank and bone marrow in steaming beef soup.

At Tagaytay, Bulalo restaurants are overflowing. At every corner you’ll see one and each won’t disappoint. But for a different take on this beautiful dish, you can try Mer-Ben Tapsilog’s Crispy Bulalo — a deep fried take on the usual soupy dish for only P520 for a plate good for four.

  • Fee(s): Depends on the restaurant where you’ll get it
  • Best for: Hearty eaters
  • Highlight(s): Sipping hot bulalo soup while taking in the panoramic view.

15. Bring home a secret recipe

One of the most popular places in Tagaytay is Sonya’s Garden. An oasis in the heart of the city, the luscious green patches of the garden serve as a getaway from all the hustle and bustle.

Although it is better known as a Bed and Breakfast, one thing stands out from Sonya’s Garden — their Secret Salad Dressing.

Sonya’s Secret Salad Dressing is so delectable, people from Manila take the three-hour drive to Tagaytay just for this. While they’ll never reveal the secret behind this drool-inducing masterpiece, you can purchase a few bottles of the salad dressing to bring home with you. Sonya’s Secret Salad Dressing is definitely worth the visit!

  • Location: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P683/person (Classic buffet)
  • Operation hours: 8am-6pm
  • Contact details:
  • Website: sonyasgarden.com

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One response to “Top 15 Things to Do in Tagaytay”

  1. Rachel says:

    I want to bring my hubby.to show him .tagaytay. give us nice place where wr can enjoy for 3days n a cheaoer hotel.thanks

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