Tagaytay is one of the most famous spots for those who want to travel to Asia. This place is known for its cool climate, refreshing views and varieties of restaurants that offer heavenly gastronomy to tourists. Nearby towns include historic spots and resorts that are perfect for sports and recreational activities. Below is a list of some family-friendly activities you can do in and near Tagaytay, Philippines.
The most popular tourist destinations in Tagaytay are Picnic Grove, Taal Lake, People’s Park in the Sky, Cliffhouse and Paradizoo. Picnic Grove is a great place for family bonding, picnics and picture taking. It has a view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano.
Another great thing to do in Tagaytay is to go on a food trip! There are various eating spots in this place. They have restaurants like Bag of Beans, Sonya’s Garden, Antonio’s and Leslie’s. You will also find Josephine’s Restaurant and Marcia Adams to delight your taste buds. No trip to Tagaytay would be complete without having a hot bowl of bulalo.
Sky Ranch Riding
If you are traveling with kids, a leisure park is a great place to visit. Sky Ranch offers activities like horseback riding and a mini-amusement theme park.
Its main attraction is the Sky Eye, which is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines. There are lots of rides for kids and the inevitable zipline, where you can zip down with a scenic view.
Relax at Sonya’s Garden
Sonya’s Garden has been a family favorite for a long time. You get to enjoy healthy meals in a lush garden setting in this picturesque bed and breakfast and restaurant.
Moreover, you’ll find lots of romantic spots and benches set amidst hanging vines and tree branches. With Instagram-worthy details like flowers in bowls of water, mosaic tiles and rare plants, it’s ideal for photos. The romantic setting has made Sonya’s Garden a very popular honeymoon and destination wedding venue.
Visiting the Puzzle Mansion
The Puzzle Mansion is the home of the world’s largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. Tagaytay local and jigsaw puzzle aficionado Gina Lacuna was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in November 2012. She has converted her family rest house to a gallery/museum and bed and breakfast. The mansion houses her extensive and ever-growing collection of solved puzzles. (1,028 when she got the record, but many more now.)
Stopping by GBR Museum Cavite
Some of the most interesting galleries are in the World Aviation History Exhibit. It showcases air and space transportation from the Wright Brothers to the Lunar Roving Vehicle. The exhibit contains 47 colored in-flight aircraft paintings executed by Stan Stokes. Stokes is an artist from the USA who did similar paintings for the Smithsonian Institute. Aviation geeks will definitely love this. With so many small, not-so well maintained museums in several provinces, it’s great to know Tagaytay, Philippines has quality museums like this
Cooling down at the country club
If you’re staying at the Microtel, you’ll find the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club nearby. It has several sports and leisure facilities, including a resort-style swimming pool with water slide, bridge walkways and sand beach. You’ll find nearby beaches and more accessible pools in the metro area really crowded in summer; this offers a good, exclusive spot away from the crowds.
Buying pasalubong or treats
Before leaving Tagaytay, do not forget to buy pasalubong items. Favorite souvenirs from Tagaytay include buko pie, fruit tarts, banana cake and raisin bread. And don’t overlook coffee beans, gourmet tuyo, Tawilis products and native desserts.