One of the best cities to visit in the Philippines if you’re looking for a quick getaway is the city of Tagaytay which is located around 60 kilometers away from Manila. It’s one of the most popular among locals to visit because of the beautiful nature that simply engulfs it.
The stunning scenery in Tagaytay is one that you should never miss if you plan on coming to the Philippines. The weather is cooler too compared to that of Manila which is probably why many Filipinos frequently come to the city as well.
However, the star of the show is the beautiful Taal Volcano which is the second most active volcano in the country. The volcano is surrounded by Taal Lake with its opening at the center!
The naturally beautiful city of Tagaytay is definitely the perfect day trip destination for you and your family. Simply one that you can go to if you ever get tired of the hot and humid weather in the Philippines.
So, with that being said, here are the 10 Best Tourist Spots and Things to Do in Tagaytay!
1. Sky Ranch Tagaytay
Definitely one for the little kids and the kids at heart, Sky Ranch offers plenty of rides that will surely make your adrenalin rush— for joy!
There’s a lot to do in this 5-hectare amusement park and is a great place to spend a day filled with excitement! Sky Ranch is owned by SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the same owner of SM Mall of Asia and SM Mega Mall, two of the biggest malls in the world.
One of the most popular rides here is the Sky Eye Ferris Wheel which takes you up 63 meters above the ground. They also have other exciting rides like the 300-meter-long zipline. And for the kids, Sky Ranch has pedal boats and a grand carousel that are just quite fun even for the adults. And plenty more that you can discover when you visit Sky Ranch!
Location: Km. 60, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM, daily.
Entrance Fee: Ride-All-You-Can Day Pass originally costs Php980 or $18 per person but there’s an exclusive discount on Klook! You can get it for as low as Php390 or $7 per person!Klook.com
2. Puzzle Mansion
Ever wanted to see a Guinness Book of World Record holder? Well, this is your chance because the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay was awarded as the ‘World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Collection’ by Guinness!
The Puzzle Mansion is owned by a retired businesswoman by the name of Gina Gil-Lacuna. Her love for puzzles started in 1987 when she bought her first puzzle which showed Mickey’s Racing Team. She loved traveling and would buy puzzles as her souvenirs. Her collection grew and grew until she amassed over 1,028 puzzles and was awarded the world record in 2012.
The oldest puzzle in the collection is the first puzzle Lucana bought but you can also spot other 2D puzzles and even awesome 3D ones as well as reproductions of classic paintings by Picasso, Degas, and others! The Puzzle Mansion is simply a cute spot to visit and it might even inspire you to start a collection of your own!
Location: I. Cuadra, Brgy. Asasin, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, Friday to Sunday only.
Entrance Fee: Php100 or $2 per person!
3. People’s Park In The Sky
You might have read about People’s Park in our blog about the 10 Best Things to Do in Davao City but there’s also another People’s Park that you might need to know if you’re going to Tagaytay.
The People’s Park in the Sky located in the City of Tagaytay is a park that overlooks the entire city. It is the highest point in the area and it also offers a beautiful view of Taal Lake and Volcano! Though, it was not originally meant to be a park.
Back in 1981, a mansion was commissioned by former First Lady, Imelda Marcos, for the visit of then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The mansion was dubbed the ‘Palace in the Sky’. However, the President’s visit was canceled which prompted the construction of the mansion to halt.
Today, it now serves as a park for locals to spend their time in and for tourists to get an amazing panoramic view of Tagaytay. The park includes a chapel, garden, food stalls, and souvenir shops as well as the original mansion. And according to the Tagaytay Tourism Council, the People’s Park offers a 360-degree view of Taal Lake on a good sunny day!
It is a great climb though but the view from the top will make it all worth it!
Location: 42RC+MQ8, Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 5 PM, daily.
Entrance Fee: Php30 or $0.55 per person!
4. Nurture Wellness Village
If relaxation is what you crave, relaxation is what you’ll get! Especially if you come to Tagaytay’s Nurture Wellness Village!
The Nurture Wellness Village is a beautiful spa hotel that aims to offer you the best wellness experience in the city. The hotel is tucked away surrounded by a coffee plantation. The interiors were inspired by Philippine traditional Nipa huts and the massages are from traditional Filipino ways.
Again, you can get relaxing massages here at Nurture Wellness Village and you can also go glamping with your friends too! The venue and location is perfect for that Boho-style wedding or simply hangout with your friend group.
Location: Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Luzon, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM, daily.
Entrance Fee: Varies on the chosen package. Check out Nurture Wellness Village for Spa and Room deals!
5. Taal Volcano and Lake
The Taal Volcano is perhaps the most iconic site in Tagaytay City because this oddly formed volcano is surrounded by a lake and it’s just so magical.
Taal Volcano is considered to be one of the smallest volcanos in the world. The area of the Taal Volcano is actually quite interesting because the huge crater has a lake inside of it and within that lake is an island which you can actually visit!
However, you might want to take precautions though because the Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano in the country with around 33 eruptions reported dating back to 3580 BCE. Unfortunately, due to the phreatomagmatic eruption that occurred in 2022, visiting Taal is not advised and it still continues to threaten the lives of the people in the area.
Without the threat though, you can go cruising and boat riding on the lake for Php600 or $11 and even go on a hike too!
Location: Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM, daily.
Entrance Fee: Php50 or $1 per person.
6. Paradizoo Theme Park
Paradizoo is a really huge nature and wildlife attraction of our 10 hectares of land! There are many things to do here segmented into different areas. You can head to their multiple flower gardens for some nature sightseeing or get close to animals. Get a chance to feed farm animals and learn about sheep shearing or cow milking. It is a place where you can interact with animals, which is really fun for families. It is a good place if you would like to be educated about nature by visiting their agricultural and botanical stations like the vegetable garden. As the whole area is really spacious it is a great place to head to if you’re looking for a relaxing and experiential trip. The attraction ticket is also really affordable at only $2.80 USD if you book in advance, we have provided the link to book this ticket below.Klook.com
7. Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Want to experience a quick thrill and still be able to relax? Visit Tagaytay Picnic Grove! It is essentially a place where you can go picnicking with your friends or family but there are tons of outdoor activities you can try out too!
Tagaytay Picnic Grove has picnic areas like tables, gazebos, or huts that you can rent out. You can bring your own food too and you can even bring your own griller if you want to cook while you enjoy the view of Taal Lake. But if this is too mellow for you, you can also go on a zipline for that quick rush of excitement, hop on a cable car, go horseback riding, and even go shopping!
Overall, Tagaytay Picnic Grove is quite a nice place to relax. We do have to note that it is also a very popular place among tourists so there might be times when you’ll see a bunch of tourists taking pictures and photographs!
Location: 4XGX+26G, Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay, End, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday to Saturday. 7 AM to 8 PM, Sunday.
Entrance Fee: Php50 or $1 per person.
8. Museo Orlina
The next attraction on this list is the Museo Orlina which is a museum that showcases the work of multi-awarded contemporary Filipino glass sculptor, Ramon Orlina.
The Museo Orlina houses some of Ramon Orlina’s abstract glass sculptures. The museum, however, is not just a plain museum. It is also an amphitheater and a music center. In fact, the museum hosts a variety of music festivals that feature some of the best artists, both tenured and emerging, in the country!
During these festivals, you’ll find stalls selling different kinds of art! And fun fact is that most of the members of the Orlina Family are artists too!
Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road Brgy, Subd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday to Sunday only.
Entrance Fee: Php150 or $3 per person.
9. Zoori – Residence Inn Theme Park
If you’re someone that likes visiting zoos, don’t leave Tagaytay without visiting ZOORI. While visiting the attraction you can get to see a scenic view of Taal Volcano. They have many different types of animal enclosures like reptiles, birds and animals that you can visit. The most exciting would be their talented animal show and magic performance that you must not miss. While you’re here, you can also further enjoy the view of Taal Volcano by going on their bike zip or cable car ride. Spend your day with these tame and friendly creatures as part of your itinerary. The tickets are also not expensive so book your tickets today at the link below!Klook.com
10. Sonya’s Secret Garden
Have you heard about Sonya and her Garden? No? Well, it’s sort of like a secret but since we’re friends, I’ll tell you about it!
Sonya’s Secret Garden is quite an aesthetically pleasing place, especially for those who love plants and flowers! The Garden actually looks like it could be a place in Alice in Wonderland because of how magical it is.
You’ll find tables tucked amongst lush foliage with flowers hanging from the ceiling. There’s even a bed laced with tree roots looking as if a fairy sleeps there at night! Basically, the Garden is just so pretty!
Sonya’s Secret Garden is actually a Bed & Breakfast where you could spend the night in a relaxing room, a restaurant, and a spa. The restaurant in the Garden is known for its delicious vegetarian-friendly meals but they also have tender meat dishes too for the meat lovers out there!
Overall, this 25-year-old Secret Garden may not be a secret anymore but there’s no doubt that it’s one place you can consider staying in when you visit Tagaytay!
Location: Barangay, Alfonso, 4123, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM, daily.
Room Rates: Starts at Php6,000 or $109 per head. You can only book a room on Sonya’s Secret Garden’s official website.
11. Our Lady of Manaoag
With most of our blogs that are centered around the Philippines, there is always a church or a cathedral on every list. This list is no exception because the Our Lady of Manaoag Church at Tierra de Maria is yet another church we highly recommend you visit!
The area has a small church that you could enter if you wish to say a prayer or make a wish but the highlight of this place is the 50-foot statue of Mary, the Mother of God. There’s not much to do here in terms of exciting activities (it’s a church, after all). However, the reason why people come to visit the church is to pray and ask for help for all endeavors, problems, etc.
So, if you’ve got time, you can definitely visit the Our Lady of Manaoag!
Location: 333 Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM, Friday to Wednesday only.
Entrance Fee: FREE.
12. Mahogany Beef Market
Have you ever tried Bulalo before? It’s a savory beef soup with beef, corn, leafy vegetables, potatoes, and many other ingredients that is perfect for a cold, rainy evening! But if you’ve been to the Philippines, you know Filipinos love their hot soup even on a blazing hot day!
If the idea of Bulalo is enticing to you then you’re in luck because Mahogany Beef Market serves the best Bulalo in all of the Philippines! After all, Tagaytay is known for its delicious Bulalo! The market sells fresh produce, seafood, and meats but stalls can also be found here selling different food items and of course, Bulalo.
Bulalo is a staple here in Tagaytay and all the stalls have it on their menu! The best part is that all ingredients used in the dish are fresh so that means you’ll get the freshest beef too! And mind you, it’s the best kind of Philippine beef you’ll ever get considering that carabao beef is tougher compared to other kinds of beef.
You should never miss the Bulalo because nobody cooks Bulalo like the people of Tagaytay!
Location: 10 Mahogany Ave, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 5 PM, daily.
Entrance Fee: FREE.
What is the best month to go to Tagaytay?
Tagaytay is known as the second “Summer Capital of the Philippines” after Baguio City. That in itself tells us that the best month to go to Tagaytay is during the Summer season, along the months of March to May.
During Summer, the temperature in the Philippines can go up to 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit! Plus the humidity during that time adds to it too! So, that’s why locals either go to the beach in Boracay or go up to the mountain city of Baguio! But you don’t have to travel that far when Tagaytay is just two hours away from Manila!
To make your trip planning easier, you can use our trusted travel resources to quickly check out the availability of accommodations and get the best discounts on attractions such as Sky Ranch!
Where to Stay in Tagaytay?
If you’re finding a place to stay in Tagaytay that provides convenience and comfort, check out these few accommodations below.
The Penn Room Tagaytay at Cool Suites
This is not exactly a hotel but rather a studio apartment which consists of one bedroom, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a coffee machine. It is great if you prefer a kitchen in your room to do some light cooking or food preparation.
Similar to hotels, towels, bathrobes and bed linens are provided. You will also get high-speed WiFi and parking lots which you can use. The apartment is air-conditioned so you don’t have to worry about the heat.
As it is located in a condominium, there are facilities like an indoor play area and garden which you can relax at. The views from the apartment also feature garden views. It is a great place to stay as it is close to the city and is fully furnished with all the basic necessities that you will need for a comfortable stay. Check out The Penn Room Tagaytay here.
Tagaytay Staycation by Naya and Darla
Similar to The Penn Room, Staycation by Naya and Darla is a studio apartment. This apartment is fully furnished as well with a kitchen and dining area. You can be sure that you will not feel so cramped here with room sizes of around 27 square meters. Something really special is that you can head to their roof deck to have a view of Taal Volcano as it is only located 14km away. If you’re looking for something to eat, this place offers on-site restaurants too. Being located close to the city centre it is very convenient, it is only 5km away from Picnic Grove and 7km away from People’s Park in the Sky. Be sure to check out Tagaytay Staycation by Naya and Darla!
Taal Vista Hotel
Taal Vista Hotel is an English Tudor-styled mansion that will make you feel like a celebrity. It provides world-class service for its guests with a 24-hour front desk with currency exchange, luggage storage and concierge services. You can practically stay in this hotel as it provides 3 different dining options and a bar for you to have a drink at. If you wish to stay indoors, visit their game room for some activities or sign up for their massage treatments at the spa house.
For their rooms, they are well-designed with modern amenities and premium bedding. If you’re looking to do some work, or surf the net, be sure of their fast speed wifi available. This hotel might be slightly more expensive but if you’re looking to spend some money to get quality, this is it! Check out photos and more information about the rooms in Taal Vista Hotel Here.
If you’re looking for other interesting places to stay, check it out here for the best deals!
Is Tagaytay worth visiting?
The short answer is YES! Tagaytay is worth visiting especially if you’re looking for a weekend trip somewhere outside of Manila. Maybe you’ve got extra time but the constant hustle and bustle of the capital is exhausting you, so head on to Tagaytay!
The weather is nice, the people are friendly, and the food is great! Basically, Tagaytay is simply perfect for a quick escape. Plus, you don’t have to feel pressured about anything aside from enjoying the ambiance of the city because the city itself is already peaceful, to say the least.
So, YES! Tagaytay is definitely worth visiting!
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