things to do in tagaytay

Discover for yourself why Tagaytay is a favorite weekend destination for local travelers. Where can you find the best bowl of warm bulalo soup amidst the cold Tagaytay weather?  What places and hotels at Tagaytay offer the most scenic view of Taal Lake and Volcano? Which of the Tagaytay restaurants are known to tickle your taste buds? Find out how to make the most of your trip to this Cavite province with our list of things to do in Tagaytay.

From pilgrimage tours and art-inspired excursions to gastronomic food trips and enchanting city views, there’s an irresistible charm to Tagaytay City located on the outskirts of Metro Manila. Despite being just 2-3 hours away from the Philippines’ capital, Tagaytay has cooler weather that’s why visitors from all walks of life keep coming back again and again, happy to get their fill of the fresh mountain air, especially in November when it gets even cooler than usual.

Whatever your religious affiliation, a trip to Terra de Maria promises to lift your spirits and inspire introspection. Museo Orlina is the perfect destination if you want to surround yourself with beautiful glass sculptures and commissioned works of art. Puzzle hobbyists and game enthusiasts are sure to relish a visit to the record-breaking Puzzle museum in Tagaytay. In need of a quiet place to rest and rejuvenate? It’s hard to resist a good massage and a world-class pampering session at Nature Wellness Village.

Families with young kids and big groups looking to have a fun-filled stay are also in for a treat. Sky Ranch and Paradizoo offer fairground attractions that kids will love, while a side trip to Fantasy World Batangas is a great excuse to take a memorable group photo op against an interesting backdrop and nippy Tagaytay weather.

Put on your favorite cool-weather outfit and take note of the fun activities that await you in Tagaytay. Here are all the Tagaytay tourist spots you’re sure to keep coming back to, year after year.


Spend a Fun Day at Sky Ranch and Other Tagaytay Top Tourist Spots

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If you’re looking for Tagaytay tourist spots that are easy to go to aside from offering fun, wholesome activities for everyone to enjoy, here are a few places for you to consider.

1. Sky Ranch

A trip to a theme park is part of every child’s fondest memory, so if you’re looking for a fun and memorable experience with the kids, add Sky ranch to your things to do in Tagaytay! This entertainment complex has everything you can expect from an amusement park, which includes rides and other attractions that appeal to every age group.

For a panoramic view of the city and Taal Lake and Volcano, don’t forget to ride the Sky Eye, which is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the country. Entrance fee is PHP50.00, and each ride has an additional fee that ranges between PHP50.00 - 150.00.

2. People’s Park in the Sky

Formerly known as the Palace in the Sky, the People’s Park in the Sky is an incomplete mansion that was converted into an urban park and is considered to be one of the must-see Tagaytay tourist spots that you can include in your visit. Located at the top of Mt. Sungay, the view from the peak is breathtaking.

It is said that during former President Marcos’ administration, First Lady Imelda Marcos ordered the mansion to be built to accommodate former US President Ronald Reagan’s planned trip to the Philippines. Construction stopped when the visit was canceled. What’s left of the scaffolding and roads can now be enjoyed by the public. Entrance fee is PHP30.00 per head.

3. Puzzle Mansion

Here’s another mansion that’s worth a visit, especially if you’re a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast! This museum houses one of the largest collections of finished puzzles in the world, so big that it even earned a Guiness World Record for puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna in 2012.

Don’t miss the dazzling 2D and 3D puzzle sets, along with various shapes, sizes, materials, and subject matter. Puzzle reproductions of paintings by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Degas, and Gaudi are not to be missed.  Entrance fee is Php100.00.

4. Tagaytay Picnic Grove

If you’re pressed for time and want to make the most of your Tagaytay stay, a visit to the Tagaytay Picnic Grove is a great choice, especially if you’re with kids and a big group. The park is filled with many exciting activities - eco trail, horseback riding, zipline, cable rides - all against the breathtaking view and the cool Tagaytay weather to boot. Entrance fee is Php50.00 per person, with additional fees per ride, park attraction, and hut rental.

5. Paradizoo

Miniature horses, llamas, ostriches, and camels are just some of the adorable farm animals you’ll find at this nature inspired theme park in Tagaytay, Philippines. With all the refreshing greenery and laidback atmosphere surrounding you, Pardizoo is a great alternative if you’re looking for a wholesome, gadget-free, farm-inspired trip for the family. Entrance fee is PHP199.00 for adults and PHP149.00 for children.

6. Enjoy a side-trip to Fantasy World

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Touted as Philippine’s version of Disneyland, Fantasy World was originally intended to rival the world-famous amusement park. But then construction abruptly stopped, and it never quite became fully operational, at least not to the extent it was supposed to operate.

Today, what’s left of it has turned into a tourist attraction of its own. With its colorful buildings and Bavarian inspired castles, visitors have been coming to Fantasy World to enjoy the colorful surroundings while taking lots of pictures.

For an extra Php300.00, you can even rent medieval costumes and let your imagination run wild! So if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a Princess or King for a day, here’s your chance to fulfill your fantasy!

Entrance fee is Php1,000.00, for a maximum of 10 persons.

Appreciate the Scenic Views of Taal Lake and Volcano and Unwind with Other Light Activities in Tagaytay

Need a respite from your hectic schedule and want to do some sightseeing? Enjoy the cool mountain breeze and surround yourself with beautiful works of art by visiting these must-see destinations:

1. Museum Visit at Museo Orlina

Named after renowned glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, this museum houses replicas of commissioned artwork and also serves as a venue for other artists, both local and foreign, to showcase their paintings, sculpture, and other works of art using various media. The entrance fee is PHP100.00 for adults and Php80.00 for students and senior citizens.

2. Spiritual Journey at Tierra de Maria

It’s hard not to get into a solemn mood as soon as you enter the gates of Tierra de Maria. Aside from the many posters reminding visitors to observe silence, the 50- foot image of Mother Mary with her outstretched arms is a welcoming sight will inspire you to get into a prayerful state of mind. Add the breathtaking view from the panoramic deck, and you’ll come out feeling spiritually refreshed and invigorated.

3. See the Beauty of Taal Lake and Volcano

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Aside from relishing the cool weather, taking a moment to have a glimpse of Taal Lake and Volcano from Tagaytay City restaurants, cafes, and hotels has become something of a tradition for returning visitors. Its prime location along a mountain ridge gives you an unobstructed view of the famous “island within a lake, inside a volcano”. Taal Volcano, reputed to be the smallest active volcano in the world, is visible along with dining establishments and other attractions that are located along the ride on Aguinaldo highway.

4. Relax and Unwind at Nurture Wellness Village

If you’re looking for a full-on pampering session that will leave you totally refreshed and rejuvenated, then the Nurture Wellness Village is the answer to your prayers. It offers complete packages for health and wellness services that go for more than the usual 1 hour massage.

From its commitment to sustainability to its holistic approach to wellness, it is an oasis for those who need it the most. The list of credentials it has accumulated through the years speaks for itself which include: one of CNN Go’s Most Relaxing Spas in Asia, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 3 years in a row, Top 7 Spa by Asia Spa Magazine.

Wake Up to the Cold Tagaytay Weather in These Tagaytay Hotels Overlooking Taal Lake and Volcano

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Looking for centrally located, luxurious accommodations with spectacular views? Take your pick from these popular hotels options that fit those specifications:

1. Taal Vista Hotel

While the biggest attraction of Taal Vista Hotel has always been the unparalleled view of Taal Lake and Volcano, another reason for its popularity is its family-friendly atmosphere, making it a reliable choice for couples with small children.

From its proximity to family-oriented Tagaytay tourist spots like Picnic Grove and Sky Ranch (just right beside it!), the hotel itself offers superior amenities, including a swimming pool, scrumptious food, and an in-house spa. Perfect for a relaxing staycation with the family!

2. Escala Tagaytay

The hotel itself is a visual delight: from the fiber optic lights on the infinity pool to the stunning lake and Taal Lake and Volcano views that’s fully or partially accessible from every room, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay here all day. Why venture out to tick off items from your list of things to do in Tagaytay when you can just chill out here and enjoy the hotel’s wonderful amenities?

3. Summit Ridge Tagaytay

This is a great spot for business conventions and other corporate functions because of its excellent hotel amenities. It has one of the largest banqueting and state of the art facilities for small and large meetings, conventions, and events. With in-house catering services, basketball and badminton courts, spa services and an infinity pool, you can even opt to do your own cooking in one of its 18 suites.

4. Anya Resorts

You can expect personalized service in one of the 78 suites that you’ll book at this luxury hotel. Anya Resorts is a member of exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), an internationally recognized institution comprised of 500 handpicked hotels from across the globe. With its heated pool and an Experience Assistant assigned to each guest, you can expect a memorable stay while enjoying amenities that cater to your needs.

5. Villa Ibarra Tagaytay

A popular wedding venue, Villa Ibarra’s interiors has the trappings of the quintessential romantic setting that’s perfect for a marriage proposal or an intimate gathering. With its high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and spiraling staircase, the unfettered view of the famous Taal Lake and Volcano is the cherry on top of this well-appointed hotel.

Eat the Best Bulalo in Tagaytay and other Filipino Cuisine at These Restaurants

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that when it comes to mouthwatering Filipino local dishes, Tagaytay restaurants have it all. Here are just a few of the many places for you to try.

1. Bulalo at Mahogany Beef Market

Sip on a steaming hot bowl of bulalo soup (beef marrow stew) to counteract the chilly Tagaytay weather?  Then head on over to one of the stalls at the Mahogany Market eatery. At PHP350 per serving, you get an overflowing bowl of soup that can easily feed 2 to 4 people, depending on the size of your collective appetites.

This eatery is located at a public marketplace, so don’t expect fancy service here; you’re in for a no-frills dining experience. But what it lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for its ability to appease any latent bulalo hankerings you might have, pronto. Don’t forget to get some fresh fruits and other Tagaytay delicacies at nearby stalls after your hearty meal.

2. Antonio’s Garden

This Spanish colonial style mansion is located on a hillside estate in Tagaytay, Philippines, and in recent years has quietly built a reputation for mouthwatering food and exemplary service. Name any special occasion that requires a great ambiance and excellent cuisine and chances are, Antonio’s Garden will be at the top of every foodie’s list.

In 2015 it was the only Philippine restaurant to be included in the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, with its Lechon de leche (suckling pig slow roasted and rubbed with herbs and spices) as the winning dish that helped the restaurant cinch the coveted prize.

Expect organic dishes and impeccably crafted plates that will stimulate your appetite. If you don’t mind shelling out more than usual for a sumptuous meal set against effortlessly chic interiors, go ahead and make a reservation today. Don’t forget to follow their smart casual dress code - it is, after all, a fine dining establishment.

3. Bag of Beans

When you think of dessert in Tagaytay, people invariably think Bag of Beans. What started out as a rustic hole in a wall cafe along Aguinaldo Highway has now become so well known that the name Bag of Beans is linked to the chilly city itself. It has become so successful that more branches have sprouted around Tagaytay City, each one just as beautifully appointed as the last.

A slice of their scrumptious Baked Blueberry Cheesecake costs PHP170, and a cup of housebound coffee is priced at PHP130. Along with their branches, they’ve expanded their menu considerably too, so you can have a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner meals here as well. While the original main branch is still standing, people flock to the Athena and West Lake branches for the beautiful French country farmhouse inspired interiors and a sweeping view of Taal Lake and Volcano.

4. Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

This is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat while being surrounded by various trinkets and handmade goods. Owned by Tsong and Tsang, a duo of crafters who started the Indie Green Culture shop, the charming cafe is filled with unique indie finds that will appeal to the artist in you. There is a PHP100 consumable entrance fee is used to support local art makers and crafters.

5. Sonya’s Secret Garden

Sonya’s Garden is technically located outside of Tagaytay city, but this charming place has become so synonymous with the city itself that most visitors are not aware of the fact. We can easily dismiss this minor detail because Sonya’s Garden represents many of the fine attributes we associate with Tagaytay: verdant greenery, colorful flowers, and healthy meals.

Taste their edible flowers, feast on their healthy lunch buffet, and discover another secret spot nearby for a quick dip in chlorine free water (beach people, take note!). Their Secret Haven is a natural mineral spring-fed river that you can visit when you check in their bed and breakfast.

Start Planning Your Tagaytay City Weekend Getaway!

Whether you're a self-professed beach vacationer or a mountain-loving purist, Tagaytay has something unique to offer you. Even outgoing party-goers crave for some much needed me-time pampering sessions every now and then, so why not include Tagaytay tourist spots, family-friendly destinations, and wellness spas in your list of things to do in Tagaytay?

If you’re one of those people who enjoy drinking a hot cup of coffee while taking in the cold Tagaytay weather and spectacular views, then it’s time to start making arrangements for your next getaway!

Get your sweaters and empty tummies ready, the chilly Tagaytay weather and their scrumptious world-class dishes are all ready for you to explore. Explore Tagaytay tours and activities that you can add to your itinerary.