Top Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Tagaytay (the Philippines)
Tagaytay City or Tagaytay is well known as the hottest favorite tourist attraction in the Philippines. Located in the Cavite province, Tagaytay is famous for its scenic and beautiful landscapes, cooler climate and natural attractions as it is placed at a high altitude. It is strategically positioned facing the Taal Lake with the serene views of Taal Volcano Island in the heart of the lake. The city has a lot of vantage points for exploring Taal Volcano. Tagaytay is around 59 km from Manila and is a great escape for the locals to spend some quality time.
In this guide, we will get a complete overview of several things to do in Tagaytay apart from some unique ideas to have some fun in this exotic city. A lot of Tagaytay sightseeing activities are done in the Taal Volcano Island and Taal Lake here. Some of the Tagaytay tourist spots are situated around the beautiful Taal Lake and Volcano.
What to Do in Tagaytay?
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Table of Contents
- 1 Experiences and top things to do in Tagaytay
- 1.1 Hike to see the Taal Volcano crater
- 1.2 Have a fun time in Sky Ranch
- 1.3 Go to Sonya’s Secret Garden for Lunch!
- 1.4 Tagaytay Picnic Grove
- 1.5 Try Tagaytay’s special Bulalo at Mahogany Market
- 1.6 Visit People’s Park in the Sky
- 1.7 Check out Puzzle Mansion
- 1.8 Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria
- 1.9 Have a relaxing day at Nurture Wellness Village
- 1.10 Cafe Veranda Cultural Show
- 2 Top Landmarks and attractions in Tallinn
- 3 Practical information and Tallinn travel tips
- 4 Where to stay in X?
- 5 Short in time? Go sightseeing in X on tour!
- 6 Are you on Pinterest? Pin these for later read!
Experiences and top things to do in Tagaytay
Hike to see the Taal Volcano crater
The Taal Lake and Volcano are the most appealing attractions for Tagaytay sightseeing. Mt. Binintian is the mountain which is distinctly seen from Tagaytay. There is a dormant volcano named the Taal Volcano behind the peak. It is one of the best Tagaytay tourist attractions for nature lovers. There have been 33 eruptions recorded in Taal Volcano and, according to some sources, is also the world’s smallest active volcano. The volcanic mountain covers Taal Lake. You can also witness a giant cratered mouth along the sides in the middle of the lake. There is another lake inside the crater. This place is often known as the twin lake.
It is best to start your journey from Manila to Tagaytay in the morning to get there. If you are heat sensitive, bring some sunscreen. Take a short boat ride through Taal Lake to reach the volcanic island. You can get to the Taal mountain crater by taking around 35 to 40 minutes’ walk through 2 km sandy trail from the village.
En route, you pass through the volcanic steam vents. The water seems dark green from the top. You can easily swim inside the crater in the sulphuric lake. It is a great once in a lifetime experience, but it may be costly a bit. However, tourism tax costs up to P100 per person, excluding the cost of a boat ride, etc., according to the service you prefer.
Have a fun time in Sky Ranch
If you are getting here in Tagaytay with your kids, don’t forget to visit Sky Ranch (or Sky Fun). It is an amusement park located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and was inaugurated in March 2013. The Sky Ranch is owned by SM Land commercial property division of SM Investments Corporation (merged to SM Prime Holdings, Inc), which also has several restaurants and shops. It includes 63m big Sky Eye Ferris wheel, 32 gondolas, rides, and kiosks.
This amusement park offers some of the best Tagaytay rides in the serene backdrop of Taal Volcano and lake. The Sky Eye Ferris wheel is the major attraction for Tagaytay adventure, which is the highest/tallest Ferris wheel at around 63m off the ground level. It gives breathtaking views of the volcano and lake from the top.
Taking a ride of Sky Cruiser is one of the best things to do in Tagaytay. It is a pedal bike at a considerable height. The sky-high track offers captivating views of Taal Volcano and Lake. Zipline is yet another favorite ride here. You can zip through around 300m high in the breathtaking backdrop of Taal Lake.
You can enjoy other amusing activities and rides, such as Snail Attack, Super Viking, Lobster Pot, and Bubble-O-Fun. Enjoy these fun games to spend a wonderful time at Sky Ranch with your kids and family. However, you cannot take food from outside there. You can buy food only inside the restaurants at Sky Ranch.
Go to Sonya’s Secret Garden for Lunch!
Sonya’s Secret Garden is a complete package of Bed & Breakfast, Restaurant, Wedding venue, and Spa. It is strategically positioned on a magical setting. It is tucked all around in tropical green, and it is tied well with beautiful teak wood furniture seamlessly. It is undoubtedly one of the best Tagaytay restaurants for a wonderful lunch.
You must try Tagaytay specialty ‘Bread & Dips’, which has homemade bread made of sesame seed from Sonya’s oven with a range of tapenades like basil pesto, bruschetta, and fresh green peppercorn sprinkled in olive oil. Along with it, you can also try fresh salads, pasta, and tenderly cooked dishes. You may also enjoy tarragon tea and Dalandan juice which is squeezed freshly, with your meal. It is pure heaven for food lovers.
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove is a picture-perfect laid-back setting with some of the uninterrupted views of Taal Volcano and Lake. Here, picnic spots are located in the breathtaking hilltop. You can enjoy other activities like kite flying, horse riding, eco-trails, cable car riding, and zip lines. It is worth to take a selfie while riding a horse here, which may cost up to 20p. You may remain busy all day with activities, shopping, and restaurants.
• Entry fees to the park cost 50p per person. If you have kids below four years, their entry is free with age proof.
• According to your needs, you may rent Picnic Huts for 150p, table for 100p, Family Sheds for 300p, Viewdeck Hall 2500p, or Pavilion for 500p.
• During weekdays, zip lines cost 200p. During holidays and weekends, costs go up to 300p for one way zip, and extra 100p to ride back.
Try Tagaytay’s special Bulalo at Mahogany Market
If you crave for hot and spicy Bulalo, you shouldn’t miss visiting the famous Mahogany Market. Bulalo is a special dish made of fresh beef directly from the daily production in the market. The mahogany market has plenty of carinderia and food stalls. Bulalo is so fresh that there is a meat section in front of the food stalls.
When visiting Tagaytay, don’t miss the hearty and warm Bulalo (a kind of beef shank soup), which is a perfect staple. Mahogany Market is among the best destinations to enjoy a dish. Mahogany Market has a lot of delicious Bulalo restaurants along Aguinaldo Highway which will fill your taste buds with delicious meals.
You can also enjoy some of the affordable bulalos available in Tagaytay in Mahogany Market. Some eateries also offer some complimentary bananas and side dishes as well. The rates for a delicious Bulalo start at 120 PHP. You can also enjoy some other Filipino delicacies in this market if you want to try something else.
Visit People’s Park in the Sky
Previously called as the Palace in the Sky, the People’s Park in the Sky is an incomplete historical mansion, which was once owned by the Marcos family. Later on, it was turned into an urban park. The hilltop has wooden footbridges, benches, and gazeboes. It is built atop Mt. Gonzales, and it has a lot of souvenir shops and refreshment stalls around the park.
Besides, it also has stunning views of the valley from a hilltop. People’s Park in the Sky has something for everyone, especially for enjoying a relaxed and peaceful afternoon and clicking some Instagram-worthy pictures. Entry costs 30P here.
Check out Puzzle Mansion
Exhibiting a massive line of the jigsaw puzzle which is well known as the most significant collection in the world, Puzzle Mansion is a museum located in Gina Gil Lacuna’s summer house spread over one hectare in Tagaytay, who was also the puzzle collector. You will undoubtedly be amazed by different puzzles, the attention to detail, various types of formats, and cultural references, and be sure to have a great time at the mansion.
If you have got kids along, don’t forget to visit the B&B at the Puzzle Mansion, which is the best place to visit and/or stay. Puzzle Mansion has also won an accolade for having the world’s most extensive range of jigsaw puzzles in 2012. So, it is evident that it has high numbers of configured puzzles. You will also find the well-known characters like Piglet and Winnie the Pooh, next to 3D puzzles of spooky dinos, and puzzles which are the actual pieces of art. Located in the backyard, it also has a serene blue pool.
Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria
The Philippines has no lack of religious and spiritual attractions, and Tagaytay is one of them. It also has a lot of meditation centers, shrines, and churches where you can find peace and solace. The tranquil Catholic church is the best church of them. It is the best paradise for prayers and reflection. Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria is a gorgeous shrine which epitomizes the aura of serenity and peace.
It is a red/brown statue of Mother Mary standing 50 ft. tall, something which can’t be missed. The walls decked with dried flowers and vivid images genuinely add to the beauty of the chapel and the exquisite surroundings of the church add up to its grace and appeal. Our Lady of Manaoag is also known to be an ideal place of healing, relaxation, and meditation.
You may also take a typical family photo here and add a charm to your Facebook cover. At this place, you can find the beautiful atmosphere at Christmas. It also has a flea market opposite the church where you can shop small Jesus statues and crosses.
Have a relaxing day at Nurture Wellness Village
Nurture Wellness Village is well known for its chic and rustic bungalows where you can have a relaxing stay. It is a hub of healing therapies and relaxing massage treatments, as the name suggests. It has a rustic charm, making Nurture Wellness Village an ideal place for couples to visit in Tagaytay.
Tucked away from lush vegetations and serene coffee plantations, Nurture Wellness Village has elegant and pastoral accommodation for the visitors. You will also be served with the view of Taal Lake, private gardens and traditional techniques. Be sure to get there and stay in the comforting wellness center for a mesmerizing romantic trip in Tagaytay.
In short, Nurture Wellness Village is truly blessed by nature with serene surroundings to amaze the visitors to the core. Indeed, it is the tranquil heaven of lush greens and deep relaxation. Founder of Nurture Wellness Village, Cathy Turvill developed the traditional and holistic therapies for wellness to foster overall mind, body, and soul, and provide complete relaxation to the visitors and pamper them.
Here, guests are greeted with extended wellness menu in sublime spa along with the unmatched Asian traditions so they can be revitalized with several natural treatments in the breathtaking setting. The rooms are placed conveniently in separate villas in a large verdant green cover, and all the rooms are very comfortable, homey and clean, with a great Filipino touch. Nurture Wellness Village is indeed the best choice for visitors thanks to world-class facilities and friendly staff.
Nurture Wellness Village is flocked by thousands of guests every year. With the increasing popularity of the estate, it has become even more challenging to manage reservations efficiently and quickly. There was also a risk of loss of data which were run manually.
Cafe Veranda Cultural Show
Dining out while enjoying an entertaining show… what else would anyone need? Get there or enjoy your stay at Taal Vista hotel where you can experience delicious Filipino 4-course meal with a dance show of skilled Filipino artists in traditional costume.
It offers excellent service with friendly staff and hardly any queue to be seated. It provides a variety of refreshing and tasty dishes. You can share tales and stories to the future generation with unique, memorable and sensational feasts. You can enjoy one show at lunch and another at dinner. The artists here perform three sets. So, plan to reserve the table around the stage in advance.
Top Landmarks and attractions in Tallinn
Practical information and Tallinn travel tips
Why should you visit Tallinn?
First of all, Estonia has three major cities: Tallinn, Tartu, and Pärnu – all beautiful on its own but we’ll only tackle Tallinn for this post. To start with, Tallinn’s old town is a well-preserved medieval city making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the old town alone you’ll get the opportunity to inhale its medieval atmosphere and enjoy a fantastic time checking out some of the Baltics crown jewels.
When is the best time to visit Tallinn?
Any time of the year I would say! That said, it is always up to you when you want to come. I do suggest visiting in Spring or in Autumn though since, as it always is, Summer is peak season and you’ll most likely see more crowd than usual. Winter is great since the city gets covered in snow and it looks beautiful and magical. Plus, the old town itself is small that you don’t even need to spend so much time outside to see the beauty of Tallinn. I do suggest to dress appropriately for winter when you plan to visit Estonia in cold season so that you can enjoy the town without freezing your ass off. Also, if you’re interested, you can also check out this list of awesome places to visit during winter in Europe!
Do you need a visa for Estonia?
Estonia is part of the Schengen area and citizens of EU group of countries can freely enter this Baltic state while citizens of USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia can enter the country just with their passports and stay for 90 days. You can check our guide on how to get a Schengen visa and as well to see if you’re eligible to enter the country with just your passports or if you’ll need to apply for a visa prior entry.
Where to book your flights to Tallinn?
Check our handy-dandy guide on how to find the cheapest flights around the world – read it here.
Do you need an insurance?
Remember this: anything can happen! Read our take on why you need a travel insurance and how it can save you money when things go unplanned – read it here.
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