9 Top Things To Do In Tagaytay (The Philippines)

by Saket Newaskar Updated on 13 Oct 2018

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Tagaytay or Tagaytay City as it is commonly known is probably the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines. Located in the province of Cavite, Tagaytay is renowned for its beautiful scenic landscapes, natural attractions and relatively cooler climate because of its high altitude. It is ideally located overlooking the Taal Lake providing views of the Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake. The city offers various vantage points for viewing the Taal Volcano. Tagaytay is about 59 kms (37 mi) from Manila and is a frequent escape for the city locals to have some downtime.

Here we try to provide a comprehensive overview of various popular things to do in Tagaytay along with some offbeat ideas for having some fun time in this beautiful city. Most sightseeing activities in Tagaytay are connected with the Taal Lake and Volcano here. Some activities are designed for soaking in the beautiful views of the Taal Lake and Volcano.

Our list of what you can do in Tagaytay:

  1. Top activities with Taal Volcano and Lake or with Views of Taal Volcano and Lake
  2. Go for some spiritual rejuvenation at Our Lady Of Manaoag
  3. Go for a food trip - Top things to do for Foodies in Tagaytay
  4. Time at the Zoo with family
  5. Top Indoor things to do in Tagaytay
  6. Relaxing in Tagaytay - Relaxing activities in Tagaytay
  7. Shopping in Tagaytay
  8. Things to do in Tagaytay at night
  9. Some Offbeat stuff to do in Tagaytay
  10. What To Do in Tagaytay: Day-Wise Ideas
  11. Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Tagaytay, Philippines
  12. Top Tagaytay Activities And Tours
  13. Types of Things To Do in Tagaytay

Let's explore one by one the best things to do in Tagaytay:

1. Top activities with Taal Volcano and Lake or with Views of Taal Volcano and Lake

1.1) Hike up the Taal Volcano and enjoy the Beauty of Taal Lake

Taal Volcano - a hiking spot in Tagaytay
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The Taal Volcano and Lake are undoubtedly the most attractive attractions for your first visit to Tagaytay. The Mountain you see from Tagaytay is Mt Binintian. This is a Dormant Volcano. The Taal Volcano is behind Mt Binintian. This place is a paradise for nature lovers. Taal Volcano has been through 33 recorded eruptions and as per some sources is also the smallest active volcano in the World. The Taal Lake surrounds this volcanic mountain. You can see a huge cratered mouth and sides right in the middle of the lake. Inside the crater, there is another lake. Thus, sometimes this place is called the twin lake.

It is best to start for Taal lake from Tagaytay in the morning to avoid the heat. Carry some sunscreen if you are sensitive to heat. A short boat ride through the Taal lake takes you to the volcano island. A 35 to 40 minutes walk through a 1.24 miles (2 km) sandy trail from the village will take you straight to the Taal mountain crater.

On the way, you pass through the volcanic steam vents. From the top, the water looks dark green. You can also swim in the sulphuric lake inside the crater. This is a beautiful once in a lifetime experience but it may be slightly expensive. You have to shell out about P100 per person for tourism tax, cost of the boat ride etc are separate depending on the service you choose.

1.2) Ride on the Philippines’ tallest Ferris wheel at Sky Ranch and enjoy with your family

Sky Ranch in Tagaytay - a must visit spot with family and kids
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If you have kids with you during your stay in Tagaytay, then Sky Ranch is a must visit. This amusement park offers some of the best rides in Tagaytay in the backdrop of the Taal lake and Volcano. The main attraction is the Sky Eye Ferris Wheel which is the tallest / highest ferris wheel at 63 m above the ground. Views of the lake and volcano from the top are just breathtaking.

Another interesting ride is the Sky Cruiser. It is a pedal bike at a significant height. The track in the sky offers beautiful views of the Taal Lake and Volcano. Another popular ride here is the zipline. You can zip through a height of 300 m in the backdrop of the Taal lake. Other amusing rides and activities like Super Viking, Snail Attack, Bubble-O-Fun and Lobster Pot. These fun-filled games ensure that the time spent at Sky Ranch is a splendid one for your kids and family.

  • You can purchase food only inside Sky Ranch restaurants. Outside food is not allowed.
  • Treasury Office, located in Sky Ranch Tagaytay: Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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1.3) Have a Picnic at the Picnic Grove

Panoramic view of Taal Lake & Volcano, Tagaytay
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Picnic Grove is a picturesque, laid back place with some incredible panoramic views of the Taal Lake and Volcano. Picnic areas here are in a scenic hilltop setting. Other activities here include horse-riding, kite flying, cable-car, eco-trails and ziplines. A selfie while horse riding here is worth it! It may cost you 20p. Shopping, restaurants and activities here can keep you busy for the whole day.

  • An entry into the park costs 50p per head. Kids below 4 years go free if you carry age proof.
  • You may rent a table (100P), Picnic Huts (150P), Family Sheds (300P), Pavillion (500p), Viewdeck Hall (2,500p) depending on your requirement.
  • Zip lines cost 200p during weekdays and 300p during weekends or holidays for one way zip and an additional 100p for a ride back.

1.4) Enjoy the beautiful views at the People's Park In The Sky

People's Park in The Sky - photography spot in Tagaytay
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This place was earlier known as the "Palace in the Sky". This park is a historical incomplete mansion (belonged to the Marcos family at some point of time) converted into an urban park. The hilltop is spotted with benches, wooden footbridges and gazeboes. Built on top of Mount Gonzales, there is also a multitude of refreshment stalls and souvenir shops surrounding the park. Again, the views of the valley from the hilltop are stunning. Ideal for Instagram worthy photography and spending a relaxed afternoon, People's Park In The Sky is perfect for people of all ages. Admission here costs 30P.

2. Go for some spiritual rejuvenation at Our Lady Of Manaoag

The Philippines is full of spiritual and religious places and Tagaytay is no different. You will find many churches shrines and meditation houses where you can meditate.

2.1) Our Lady Of Manaoag - Mother Mary is kind!

Our Lady of Manaoag - place to visit for peace
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The most prominent of these is a tranquil Catholic church which is a perfect place for reflection and praying, Our Lady Of Manaoag. This is a gorgeous shrine emanating an aura of peace and serenity. This 50ft red/brown statue of mother Mary. You can't miss this. The walls decked with colorful images and dried flowers add to the beauty of this chapel while the lush green surroundings amp up its attractiveness. Considered to be a healing place, Our Lady Of Manaoag is perfect for meditating and relaxing.

This place is nice for a traditional family photo for your facebook cover! The atmosphere at this place is beautiful during Christmas. You can shop for small Jesus Crosses and Statues in the flea market adjacent to the Church.

2.2) Experience solitude at Lourdes Church

Featuring beautiful and spacious interiors, Lourdes Church beguiles tourists with its aura of quietude and peace. The wonderfully designed surroundings and the tranquil landscapes make this church a great place to pray, rejuvenate and meditate.

3. Go for a food trip - Top things to do for Foodies in Tagaytay

Places in Tagaytay for foodies
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3.1) One of the most popular places in Tagaytay to eat is Sonya’s Garden

Though this was a hidden gem some time ago as a bread and breakfast, Sony's Garden has become one of the most popular places to visit in Tagaytay. Reason: Their salad dressing. People from far corners of the country will come here to purchase this secret recipe salad dressing. Try some for yourself and bring back some for your friends too!

3.2) Chill and eat at Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

A well-known place to eat in Tagaytay, Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is a hippie-themed restaurant boasting of a funky vibe. Decked up in artsy stuff like dreamcatchers, posters and photos, this café is ideal for youngsters from all around the world. That’s not all- they also stock up on quirky stuff like coloring books, temporary silver and gold sticker tattoos and yarns.

In addition to the lip-smacking snacks served here, they are also known for their eclectic drinks and beverages.

3.3) Don't miss Pasalubong

Pasalubong means some stuff travellers bring home from their destination. Try some of the Pasalubong stuff like pies, cakes, breads and confectionary items. Amira's Buco Tart Haus, Carmela's Banana Cake, Owen and Sophia house of Delicacies, Rowena's Pasalubong are some good places for Pasalubong in Tagaytay. Try to get some home too!

4. Time at the Zoo with family

There are two zoos; the Paradizoo and Residence Inn zoo, you may choose to visit one of them depending on the time you have and your location.

4.1) Spend time with farm animals at Paradizoo

Paradizoo in Tagaytay - for recreational activities
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A theme farm with separate sections for farm animals, vegetable and flower gardens, Paradizoo is a nature lover's paradise. Bequeathing you with a chance to get up close and personal with the farm animals, this zoo has separate tour guides for every farm cluster. Here, you can also indulge in off-beat recreational activities like horseback riding and camel feeding. The Paradizoo also houses a quirky café as well as a discovery shop.

4.2) Indulge in recreational activities at Residence Inn Zoo

A popular tourist attraction in Tagaytay, the Residence Inn Zoo is so much more than a quintessential menagerie. In addition to housing plethora of wild animals and exotic birds, this place also consists of a theme park that showcases wonderful shows and offers exciting activities like ziplining. This zoo inn is also known for the exceptionally comfortable and affordable accommodation option, it provides to the visitors.

5. Top Indoor things to do in Tagaytay

5.1) Take a look at the world’s largest puzzle collection at Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion, Tagaytay
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Featuring a collection of a jigsaw puzzle which is recognized as the biggest in the world, Puzzle Mansion is a museum nestled in the puzzle collector Gina Gil Lacuna’s one-hectare summer house in Tagaytay. The variety of puzzles, the different types of formats, the attention to detail and the cultural references leave you fascinated and make sure that you have a wonderful time at this mansion.

5.2) Admire fantastic artwork at Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina in Tagaytay
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Museo Orlina displays fantastic artwork of glass sculpture artist Ramon Orlina and is considered to be one of the finest museums in the country. A must-visit place for all art buffs, this museum is a popular tourist spot in Tagaytay. The exhibits, which are housed on different levels and sorted into various galleries, give the visitors a glimpse into this complex art form of glass sculpting.

6. Relaxing in Tagaytay - Relaxing activities in Tagaytay

Live in rustic-chic bungalows at Nurture Wellness Village. As the name suggests, Nurture Wellness Village is a center which provides tourists with relaxing therapies and healing treatments in a rustic ambiance and one of the best places to visit in Tagaytay for couples. Tucked away between lovely coffee plantations and lush vegetation, Nurture Wellness Village offers visitors with pastoral yet elegant accommodation options, traditional techniques, private gardens and a beautiful view of the Taal lake. A visit and stay to this cozy wellness center is undoubtedly one of the most romantic things to do in Tagaytay.

7. Shopping in Tagaytay

7.1) Shop till you drop at Ayala Malls Serin

Offering visitors with a wide selection of local and international shops, Alaya Malls Serin is the perfect place to head to for a relaxing evening after a hectic day of sightseeing in the city. Taking care of all your shopping woes, a visit to this mall promises you with the best of retail therapy sessions. With numerous restaurants housed in the mall, it is also one of the best places to eat in Tagaytay.

7.2) Twin lake shopping village

Some beautiful scenery is awaiting you while you shop here at the Twin lake shopping village. Laid back overall this place has a good ambience for cafes and restro-shops.

8. Things to do in Tagaytay at night

Nightlife in Tagaytay
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While it has a plethora of exciting things to do in daytime, a few think the town’s nightlife is a dull dud. But, we would force you to disagree. A place that offers restaurants to embark on a sumptuous gastronomic journey along with live music, bars that have the best of ales, and karaoke venues where you can sing to your heart’s content, definitely proves to be good enough to enjoy the night. Following are a few places that dominate the nightlife in Tagaytay, letting you have a great experience.

8.1) Tap your feet to the live music at TAJ

If Indian and Mediterranean cuisines titillate your taste buds, there can be no better place than TAJ to enjoy dinner in Tagaytay. You can enjoy your food while listening to live acoustic music. After gorging down chicken biryani, which is the most recommended dish, you can smoke some deliciously flavored shisha by ordering hookah.

8.2) Drink the night away at Papa Doms Bar and Restaurant

Head towards Papa Doms Bar and Restaurant and trump your companions at a beer pong game. Offering unlimited beer and a wide range of pulutan, this place is a favorite amongst locals and highly recommended to tourists.

8.3) Visit the pocket-friendly restaurant - Dencio’s

Although Dencio’s isn’t open very late in the night, it is a good place to have dinner if you are travelling to Tagaytay on a budget. The place provides delicious Filipino comfort food and drinks at a very reasonable rate. It is mostly favored by young adults.

8.4) Go wild at The Wild Juan

This is a favorite hangout place amongst friends visiting Tagaytay. The restaurant is located along the highway. It provides innovative Filipino dishes that are served with a western twist. If you want to indulge in some Filipino crafted beer, this is the best place to be. Do not worry if you are waste, since you can always spend the entire night here.

8.5) Sing your heart out at Hellenic

Hellenic is a videoke and karaoke venue at Magallanes Square of Tagaytay. With a collection of around 50,000 recordings, this place encourages people to unleash the singer in them. You may also enjoy brilliant dance performances that are put up here at regular intervals.

9. Some Offbeat stuff to do in Tagaytay

Sailing at Taal Lake - Though Sailing is not the main attraction here, you may try it out as all the necessary equipment is available near the lake. If you want something really offbeat yet highly romantic then places like The Purple Owl Tagaytay or the Moon Garden will make you not want to leave! Cozy accommodations, a very “Tumblr-like” ambience, open-air movie screenings complete with lots of cushions and fairy lights, places like these are the ones you must look for while in Tagaytay.

Summary List: Tagaytay Points of Interest

Based on above recommendations, here is the summary of 22 points of interest in Tagaytay to visit:

  1. Taal Volcano
  2. Taal Lake
  3. Sky Ranch
  4. Zipline Ride
  5. Picnic Grove
  6. People's Park In The Sky
  7. Our Lady Of Manaoag
  8. Lourdes Church
  9. Sonya’s Garden
  10. Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe
  11. Paradizoo
  12. Residence Inn Zoo
  13. Puzzle Mansion
  14. Museo Orlina
  15. Nurture Wellness Village
  16. Ayala Malls Serin
  17. The Purple Owl Tagaytay
  18. TAJ (for dinner & live music)
  19. Papa Doms Bar and Restaurant
  20. Dencio's
  21. The Wild Juan
  22. Hellenic
Author: Saket Newaskar
Saket is CTO and co-founder @ Triphobo.com. Saket loves to travel the world with his daughter and wife. He has travelled over 40 countries.

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    # 1 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 8168 times in trip plans
    Taal Volcano

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Island, View Point

    Address: Taal Volcano, Batangas, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 02:00 pm Details

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  2. Sky Ranch

    # 2 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 5270 times in trip plans
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    Tags: Entertainment, Rides

    Address: Tagaytay – Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City (Beside Taal Vista Hotel)

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

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  3. Puzzle Mansion

    # 3 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 2055 times in trip plans
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    Tags: Museum, Entertainment, Resort, Games

    Address: Cuadra Street, Brgy Asisan, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Puzzle mansion is a museum where you can find the record-breaking puzzle collection of Gina Gil Lacuna who is a Guinness world record holder for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the wor...Read more

  4. Our Lady Of Manaoag

    # 4 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 4348 times in trip plans
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    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Statue

    Address: Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A beautiful place replete with serenity, this shrine was built as a replica of the Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. As you approach the gate, you will be delighted with a huge towering statue of ...Read more

  5. Museo Orlina

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    Museo Orlina

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Exhibition

    Address: Hollywood St., Hollywood Subd. Tolentino East, Tagaytay City, Santa Rosa - Tagaytay Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A museum exhibiting fantastic art work of glass sculpture artist Ramon Orlina, Museu Orlina is one of the best museums of the country. Walk in to explore the finest art works of the artist that are no...Read more

  6. Picnic Grove

    # 6 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 4198 times in trip plans
    Picnic Grove

    Tags: Paint Ball, Trail, View Point, Walking Area

    Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay Sungay East-End, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Picnic Grove offers a variety of recreations for everybody, especially the family, a lush 500 meters long walking area, a paintball war jungle, a volcano and lake view deck, a horseback riding area an...Read more

  7. People's Park In The Sky

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    Tags: View Point, Entertainment

    Address: Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Even though it is need of some urgent maintenance, this park is well worth a visit to admire Taal Lake and Voclano from afar. The beauty of this park lies almost entirely in the views it offers. You w...Read more

  8. Nurture Wellness Village

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    Tags: Leisure, Spa

    Address: Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The Nurture wellness village is a blissful wellness center that offers relaxing therapies and treatments. Thoroughly professional therapists work their magic and release all the toxic energies trapped...Read more

  9. Taal Lake

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    Taal Lake

    Tags: Island, Water Body, View Point, Lake

    Address: Luzon, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Not many people will get to explore a lake on an island in a lake on an island in their lifetime. Taal lake near Taal Volcano is the only geological wonder in the world where these attributes are a li...Read more

  10. Ayala Malls Serin

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    Ayala Malls Serin

    Tags: Cafe, Restaurant, Entertainment, Mall

    Address: East, 4120, Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Spread over three levels, this mall and entertainment centre in the city of Tagaytay is a perfect place for some retails therapy or for a relaxing evening after the day of sightseeing. Offering open s...Read more

  11. Paradizoo

    # 11 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 1044 times in trip plans

    Tags: Zoo, Safari

    Address: Paradizoo, Maglabe Drive, Mendez, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    One of the best Tagaytay first Zoo theme farm. A visit to Paradizoo in Tagaytay is a must for those who wish to explore this place. Visitors can interact with the farm animals up close and p...Read more

  12. Residence Inn Zoo

    # 12 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 598 times in trip plans
    Residence Inn Zoo

    Tags: Zoo, View Point, Entertainment, Adventure Sport

    Address: Neogan, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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  13. Zipline Tagaytay

    # 13 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 1060 times in trip plans
    Zipline Tagaytay

    Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Adventure, Adventure Sport

    Address: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay, Luzon, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    For a little bit of adventure and a gorgeous view, try the Zipline or Cable car at the Picnic grove. The zipline takes you free-flying on a thick wire with harnesses to secure you. The view from the z...Read more

  14. Caleruega Church

    # 14 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 19 times in trip plans
    Caleruega Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Bgry. Caylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines

    Considered as one of the most popular wedding chapels in the Tagaytay area, Caleruega is a beautiful and seen chapel nestled in an equally beautiful region. The Church has a beautiful architecture and...Read more

  15. Lourdes Church

    # 15 of 49 Things To Do in Tagaytay | Added 14 times in trip plans
    Lourdes Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Silang Junction North, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

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