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Here’s where to relax after eating all the bulalo in Tagaytay.
Images: Nurture Wellness Village Website
Tagaytay used to be a place simply for sightseeing and enjoying the high-altitude breeze. Then it gracefully evolved into a gastronomical melting pot, a place where even the most discerning foodies can satisfy their cravings. Still, Tagaytay has a lot more to offer, from family-friendly activities to thrilling adventures and pampering retreats.
Check out these many other things you can do in Tagaytay other than eating!
1. Get a dose of adrenaline rush at Sky Ranch.
Location:Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City
Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Enjoy the rides and enjoy the view at Sky Ranch Tagaytay.
Image: Leona Camatog
If Tagaytay were a soup, Sky Ranch would be its spice. This theme park has given the city a pinch of thrill and excitement with rides that are enjoyable for both kids and adults. It has over 20 attractions with different thrill levels.
Its most famous attraction is Sky Eye, one of the country's biggest Ferris wheels, which provides a mesmerizing 360-degree view of Tagaytay and the Taal Volcano and Lake. Other famous rides among adults and big kids are Super Viking, Zipline, and Drop Tower. Small kids, meanwhile, will not have a dull moment at the Grand Carousel, Play Zone, and Bubble-O-Fun. The entrance fee is PhP80 on weekdays and PhP100 on weekends and holidays.
Gamble with friends just for fun at Casino Filipino Tagaytay.
Image: Casino Filipino Tagaytay
Government-run Casino Filipino is one of the oldest casinos in the country. It has a branch in Tagaytay, situated near Sky Ranch along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, where people can gamble for fun and see live entertainment.
Casino Filipino Tagaytay houses 346 different kinds of slot machines, from reel and video slots to progressive jackpot and electronic table games, as well as 26 internationally recognized table games and a huge bingo hall. You might also catch some famous celebrities perform there live.
As of March 2021, Casino Filipino Tagaytay is yet to announce its reopening.
3. Pamper yourself at Nurture Wellness Village.
Location:Nurture Wellness Village, Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II, West Cavite, Tagaytay
Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay pampers its guests to the fullest.
Image: Nurture Wellness Village
Nurture Wellness Village is one of the best go-to places in Tagaytay when you seek to be pampered. This spa has a holistic approach to relaxation, using massage as a means to not only relieve body pain but also to calm the mind and boost well-being.
Nurture Wellness Village offers different kinds of treatments with Filipino healing traditions at its core. You can avail of a full body massage ranging from PhP1,200 to PhP1,800. They also offer hand and foot massage, body scrub, couple massage, facial treatment, and treatment combinations. Rates are higher in the peak season, from November to May.
4. Go on a spiritual pilgrimage at Tierra de Maria.
Location:Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Sungay South, Tagaytay City
A 50-foot image of Virgin Mary welcomes visitors at Tierra de Maria in Tagaytay.
Image: Tierra de Maria
While Tagaytay brings you closer to nature, it is also a good place to be in touch with your spiritual side. One of the most visited churches in Tagaytay is Tierra de Maria, where a 50-foot statue of Virgin Mary stands to welcome devotees at the entrance.
Upon entering, you will find a beautiful wine-covered photo wall depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, and the life of Jesus. There is also an area where you can write your prayer requests. On the third floor, there is a viewing deck where you can view the Taal Volcano and Lake as you reflect in peace.
5. Ride a horse or try zip-lining at Picnic Grove.
Location:Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Barangay Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City
Operating hours:7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admire the view while riding a zip-line at Picnic Grove in Tagaytay.
Image by writer
Picnic Grove one of the places that will always be on one's itinerary in Tagaytay. It is a one-stop recreational place, housing various facilities and activities for everyone to enjoy, as well as commanding an unobstructed view of the Taal Volcano and Lake.
While you can tour around the place by foot, another great way to do sightseeing here is by riding a horse, which costs PhP350 per hour. For a more thrilling activity, you can head to one of the two zip line facilities, both of which will let you get scenic views as you take your flight. A zip line ride costs PhP200 to PhP400.
Experience riding a camel at Paradizoo in Tagaytay!
The first theme farm in Tagaytay, Paradizoo is the best place in Tagaytay to meet, interact, and learn about farm animals. You can see them up close, feed them, ride a camel, and even experience milking the goats. You can also study the life of honey bees and butterflies.
Covering ten hectares of land, Paradizoo has different learning facilities that are especially ideal for children and nature lovers. Besides interacting with the farm animals, you can also learn about agriculture and gardening. There are also recreational amenities such as a meditation garden, a souvenir shop, a cafe, and a kids' playground. The entrance fee is PhP199 for adults and PhP149 for children.
7. Go on a staycation at Discovery Country Suites.
Location:#300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City
One of the suites at Discovery Country Suites, Nantucket, is inspired by the American Cape Cod.
Image: Discovery Country Suites
Discovery Country Suites is an ideal place to go on a staycation in Tagaytay as it feels more like a home than a hotel. It only has a total of seven unique and spacious suites, each inspired by different cities all over the world.
Discovery Country Suites takes pride in personalized services that will make you feel pampered, like welcoming guests with complimentary drinks, serving wine and cheese at sundown, and providing milk and cookies before you sleep. The hotel has a garden with Jacuzzi, a fireplace lounge, and an in-house restaurant, Verbena. You can also enjoy scenic views of the Taal Volcano and Lake from the garden or from the balcony of your room.
As of March 2021, Discovery Country Suites is yet to announce its reopening.
Which of these things come first in your list of unique things to do in Tagaytay? Whatever it is, make sure to stay safe and enjoy!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on April 28, 2018.
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About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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