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These 7 Tagaytay Tourist Spots for Family Are Nothing but Absolute Fun

Check out these enjoyable tourist spots in Tagaytay with your family!

By: Viktor Austria | June 23, 2023
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Tagaytay is the best of both worlds, a blend of natural sanctuaries and active amusement parks.

Images: Yoorekka (L); ZOORI Zoo at Residence Inn Tagaytay Facebook page (R)

Only a couple of hours away from Manila is Tagaytay, a natural haven whose only shortcoming is that it’s probably underrated. While the country’s second summer capital—with all its nature reserves, amusement parks, cozy museums, and five-star restaurants—has all the makings of a perfect weekend getaway thanks to the Tagaytay tourist spots for families.

So if your ideal weekend only ever involved warm beaches or flights abroad, read on. Here are a few places to go in Tagaytay to prove that a perfect bonding is just a day’s drive away!


1. People’s Park in the Sky

Where: Mt. Sungay, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Dapdap East, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Daily, 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM


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At the highest point in the province, People’s Park offers visitors an unparalleled view of Tagaytay.

Image: @earli95

To start the list of Tagaytay tourist spots for the family with the perfect vantage point of all of Tagaytay. People’s Park in the Sky sits atop Mt. Sungay, the highest point in Tagaytay and all of Cavite, at 2,326 feet above sea level. This park is also one of the places to go to Tagaytay. It is known as Palace in the Sky, a mansion commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos to accommodate then-US President Ronald Reagan. Sadly, it was left unfinished when his visit didn’t push through.

Once at the peak, this is the best place to visit in Tagaytay. You can marvel at the misty Taal Lake view and Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club through one of its many viewing deck.

The admission fee is PhP30 per head. You can also hop onto a horse and take a photo for PhP20 or ride one for the hour for PhP150 to PhP200.

How to get to People’s Park in the Sky: via commute: Ride a bus going to Tagaytay, Mendez, or Nasugbu from terminals in PITX in Parañaque or Buendia Pasay, then get off at Olivarez Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney with a “People’s Park” sign and get off at the mansion (travel time is around 1.5 to 2 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Silangan/Carmeltown. Turn right onto Silangan Industrial Park Road, then right onto Yulo Boulevard. At the roundabout, take the second exit, turn right, and turn left towards People’s Park (travel time is around 1 to 2 hours).


2. Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Where: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Barangay Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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Find the rest and respite you seek amidst Tagaytay Picnic Grove’s peaceful surroundings.

Image: @zetsu1006

Another Tagaytay tourist spot for the family is this natural haven, the Picnic Grove. This is the best place to go in Tagaytay for a peaceful afternoon picnic. Within the vast 13-hectare lush greenery, you can ride one of the many horses for rent or trek through the winding eco-trail toward the majestic sight of Taal Lake. This Tagaytay tourist spot for families starts the trail at the viewing deck, marked by a large wooden pergola. You can then endure the march, stopping by the hanging bridge midway or hopping on the zip line—or on the cable car if you’re a large group—straight toward the end of the boardwalk.

You can rent a table or an entire cottage to sit comfortably there. As one of the best places to visit in Tagaytay are also souvenir kiosks so you can preserve your memory at the Picnic Grove.

The entrance fee is PhP75 per head.

How to get to Tagaytay Picnic Grove: via commute: From the Olivarez Terminal, ride a jeepney with a “People’s Park” sign and ask to be alighted at the Picnic Grove signage along Tagaytay-Calamba Road. From there, walk towards the Picnic Grove area (travel time is around 1.5 to 2 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road, then left onto Tagaytay- Calamba Road, then right towards Picnic Grove (travel time is around 1 to 2 hours).


3. Sky Ranch Tagaytay

Where: Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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Wait until your pod is at the highest point of the Sky Eye for a great panoramic shot of the city.

Image: Sky Ranch Tagaytay Facebook page

Sky Ranch is next on our list of Tagaytay tourist spots for families. Opening in 2013, this five-hectare leisure and amusement park houses the tallest Ferris wheel in the country, the Sky Eye, at 207 feet. This is the best place to go in Tagaytay if you’re up for an adrenaline rush.

You can also test your mettle at the Super Viking, an open-seated gondola that swings up to 90 degrees; pedal through the elevated course at Sky Cruiser, which offers an aerial view of Taal Lake and Volcano; or feel the rush as you fly through their 300-meter-long zip line. This is one of the best Tagaytay tourist spots for families because it also has more than 20 thrilling rides with individual entrance rates, so be sure to come early and plan.

The admission fee is PhP100 for one-year-old and above. Eleven months old and below are free in this Tagaytay tourist spot for the family! Admission fees for checked-in Taal Vista guests are waived too.

How to get to Sky Ranch Tagaytay: via commute: From the Olivarez Terminal, ride a jeepney with any of the following signages: “Mahogany,” “Mendez,” “Alfonso,” or “NBI” then get off at the Sky Ranch marker (travel time is around 2.5 to 3 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road, then another right onto Tagaytay- Calamba Road. At the Tagaytay Rotonda, continue straight onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, then turn right onto J.P. Rizal Street, left onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, then right towards Sky Ranch Tagaytay (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours).


4. Sonya’s Garden

Where: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite
Operating Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (breakfast buffet); 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM


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Sonya’s Garden also has its own in-house bakery with locally sourced ingredients.

Image: Sonya’s Garden Facebook page

If all that adventure made you hungry, head on to Sonya’s Garden for your family lunch fix; this is the best place to visit in Tagaytay. This rustic garden is one of Tagaytay’s tourist spots for families; it is a wedding reception venue, a spa house, a country store and apothecary, and a bed and breakfast, but what families would find most fitting for them is their restaurant.

Talking about the buffet, this is a place to go in Tagaytay! Their buffet is available from lunch to dinner from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at PhP1,065 per person. They also serve exquisite entrées: Chilean Sea Bass, Angus Ribeye steak, or Tendon Callos (beef stew), just to name a few. They say the garden doubles as their restaurant’s pantry, so everything is guaranteed fresh whether you choose the Classic Buffet or the Breakfast Buffet.

You can also dine among the ambient garden of the Conservatory, the Morning Glory climbing vines, or the Sunflower’s sharp yellows at this Tagaytay tourist spot for the family.

The recommended budget is PhP2,000 to PhP2,500 for two persons.

How to get to Sonya’s Garden: via commute: Ride a bus going to Tagaytay, Mendez, or Nasugbu from terminals in PITX in Parañaque or Buendia in Pasay, then get off at Buck Estate Subdivision. From there, ride a tricycle heading straight to Sonya’s Garden (travel time is around 3 to 3.5 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road, then right onto Tagaytay- Calamba Road. At the Tagaytay Rotonda, continue straight onto Tagaytay- Nasugbu Highway, right onto J.P. Rizal Street, right onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, and another right onto Buck Estate Road. Sonya’s Garden will be on your left (travel time is around 2.5 to 3 hours).


5. Café Veranda

Where: Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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Non-hotel guests are also welcome to enjoy the day-long buffets at Café Veranda.

Image: Taal Vista Hotel Facebook page

Another Tagaytay tourist spot for the family that’s in the business of serving good buffet treats is Café Veranda, located in Taal Vista Hotel. After being renovated last 2016, this place to go in Tagaytay now features a brighter interior with a pop of pastel colors and sophisticated marble flooring and installations. It also features an outdoor terrace with an open pit fireplace, making booths more spacious and tables more elongated.

But the star of this Tagaytay tourist spot for the family is the buffet. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets with different menus for their buffet sections: appetizers, salad, pasta and noodle, Japanese, grilled meat, pizza, entrées, and desserts. This is one of the best places to visit in Tagaytay because their buffet has a carving station and open theater kitchens to witness the freshly prepared food.

The recommended budget is PhP1,800 to PhP2,000 for two persons.

How to get to Taal Vista Hotel: From the Olivarez Terminal, ride a jeepney with signage “Nasugbu” or “Mendez” then get off at Taal Vista Hotel (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road, then another right onto Tagaytay- Calamba Road. At the Tagaytay Rotonda, continue straight onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, then turn right onto J.P. Rizal Street, left onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, then right towards Taal Vista Hotel (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours).


6. ZOORI Tagaytay

Where: Kilometer 65, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Barrio Neogan, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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Zoori Tagaytay also has a gallery of fun facts about their resident animals.

Image: Zoori Residence Inn Tagaytay Facebook page

ZOORI, or Zoo at Residence Inn, this Tagaytay tourist spot for families welcomes all curious kids and kids-at-heart who love all kinds of animals.

Stroll through the zoo’s many sections: the Serpentarium, which houses all cold-blooded reptiles; the Eagle Ridge, where eagles glide overhead; the Zoo Ground, where you can take a picture with a tiger or ride a miniature horse for cheap; or the Aviary, where you can feed the various colorful birds. If you just want to watch a stimulation, this Tagaytay tourist spot for families has a Mega 5D Rider.

This is a place to go in Tagaytay where you can rent a bike or a cable car to get around or ride the zip line to zip through all the attractions. This Tagaytay tourist spot for family also has a restaurant by the Gazebo and a Zoovenir Shop, so you can bring home a memory of these beloved beasts.

The entrance fee is PhP499 (adult), and PhP399 (kid 3 ft. up), while kids 3 ft. and below are free.

How to get to ZOORI Tagaytay: Ride a bus to Alfonso, Balayan, or Nasugbu, then alight at Residence Inn Tagaytay along the National Highway, ZOORI Tagaytay should be nearby. (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, then right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Road. At the Tagaytay Rotonda, head straight onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, right onto J.P. Rizal Street, then right onto Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Residence Inn, and ZOORI Tagaytay should be at your left (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours).


7. Museo Orlina

Where: Hollywood Subdivision Road, Hollywood Subdivision, Barangay Tolentino East, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


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Ramon Orlina, proprietor of Museo Orlina, has won awards for his glass sculptures here and abroad.

Image: Museo Orlina Facebook page

Cap off your trip by visiting the newest Tagaytay tourist spot for family, Museo Orlina. Opening in 2014, the gallery is owned by a world-renowned artist who is considered a pioneer of glass sculpting in the country, Ramon Orlina.

The private gallery has four levels, all named after Orlina’s children: the Nasea, where seasonal exhibitions are held; the Ningning, where most of his glass works are displayed; the Anna, which houses photographs and his early works on bronze and steel media; and the Michael, or the roof deck level which offers a stunning panoramic view of the Tagaytay highlands.

There’s also a sculpture garden in this Tagaytay tourist spot for families where gigantic installation pieces stand and an outdoor amphitheater where concerts and art performances usually occur.

The entrance fee is PhP150 per head, while seniors, PWDs, and students are PhP120 per head.

How to get to Museo Orlina: Ride a bus going to Tagaytay, Mendez, or Nasugbu from terminals in PITX in Parañaque or Buendia in Pasay, then alight at Tagaytay Rotonda. Ride a tricycle heading straight to Museo Orlina (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours); via private car: enter SLEX and exit via Sta. Rosa. Turn right onto Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, then right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Turn left and drive further; Museo Orlina should be on your right (travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours).


When the whole family is complete and craving a quick getaway, look no further than the Second Summer Capital of the Philippines! Which place is making its way to your weekend itinerary?


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Stay safe as you travel! Follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on September 27, 2019.


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About Viktor Austria
Viktor would love to receive an extra hour a day as a Christmas gift. That way, he won’t have to struggle over splitting his 24 hours among making brand copies and campaigns, writing children’s stories, going to the gym, commuting around Taguig, and feeding his two overweight cats. He hates the hustle culture, that’s why he’s thankful for friends who have time to spare on weekends, preferably over spicy ramen and cold bottles of beer.
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