Located on the eastern side of Tagaytay City, Tagaytay Picnic Grove is a sprawling 13.5 hectare park where families and friends can come to share good food, great camaraderie, and a spectacular view. It’s one of the top travel destinations in the Philippines frequented by families and friends throughout the year.
Getting to Tagaytay Picnic Grove
There are a number of different routes that you can take to get to Tagaytay City’s Picnic Grove. The fastest, and easiest way is to take the South Luzon Expressway. Take the Santa Rosa Exit. Turn right after the toll gate. Just keep going straight. Once you reach the end of the road (which takes about an hour), take a left. Drive for about five minutes, and you’ll find the Tagaytay Picnic Grove on the right side.
Entrance Fee at Tagaytay Picnic Grove
As we drove into the park, it was clear to see on just how popular it is with the sheer amount of people coming in with their own private and rented vehicles. I even spotted a few getting off from the jeepneys that pass along the main highway.
We first made our way to the picnic grove’s administrative building to pay our entrance fee. In addition to the P50 ($1.18) entrance fee per person, there is a parking fee depending on the kind of vehicle that you bring:
Cars = P50 ($1.18)
Vans = P100 ($2.36)
Buses = P150 ($3.55)
After you pay the entrance fee, you will be given a card which you will need to surrender to the guard at the exit gate when you leave Tagaytay Picnic Grove at the end of the day. You can pay any time but I would strongly suggest to do this first so that you don’t have to worry about this later. This would also give you a chance to check out one of the few maps of the area to give you a bearing on where to go.
Things to Do at Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Contrary to my initial believe that Tagaytay Picnic Grove is just your usual conventional picnic grove with sheds and barbecue grills, the Picnic Grove at Tagaytay City is bustling with life and so much things to do.
The first thing that you will find when you enter Tagaytay Picnic Grove is the horseback riding area where kids line up to ride horses and ponies with rather intriguing names like Hillary and Obama. The horseback ride usually last an hour and cost P200 ($4.73) for the big horses and P150($3.55) for the ponies. For an additional P150 per horse, you can go for one of their adventure trail horseback rides.
Pass the horsback riding area, you’ll come across this wide open grassy space that provides one of the best views of Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City.
I’m pretty much a city girl and seeing so much green was definitely a welcome sight. Kids spent their time flying kites, playing with bubble wands, or just running around while the grown ups laze in the grass and spend their time taking pictures and catching up on the latest gossip.
Tagaytay Picnic Grove’s Eco-Adventure Trail
Being our first time here, my brother and I decided to take a walk through their Eco-Adventure Trail, which starts on the bottom-most part of the park, and goes all the way up. It’s a good way to tour the picnic grove and also burn all those unneccessary baby fats.
Zipping through Tagaytay Picnic Grove
As we made our way through the Eco-Adventure Trail, we came across the Zipline and Cable Car rides offered by Tagaytay Zipline.
These offer a unique and adventurous way to get from one end of the park to the other, and you’re given a souvenir photo at the opposite end for free. Weekday rates cost P200 ($4.73) one-way while the weekend and holiday rate is P300 ($7.09) for a one-way trip. A roundtrip is just P100 ($2.36).
Eating at Tagaytay Picnic Grove
When it’s time to eat, most Filipinos would choose to rent out one of the many picnic sheds and barbecue grills that line the walkway. Rental rates range between P100 ($2.36) and P500 ($11.82), depending on the size.
If you didn’t bring anything with you, Tagaytay Picnic Grove has a few stalls serving snacks. The Alamat Restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of different seafood and meat dishes popular in Tagaytay and other parts of the Philippines. These are served in a bilao, a traditional serving platter.
We headed back near the entrance of the park, we stopped for a while to admire the different souvenirs and handcrafts made by local artists and small businesses sold along the walkway.
The ones that caught my eye were these keychains and bracelets that you can buy and have it personalized. Three items only cost P100 ($2.36). The personalizing is free. This is a great but cheap gift for friends and family.
Relax and Unwind with a Fish Spa Treatment
Tagaytay Picnic Grove has an on-site fish spa to help you pamper your aching feet after a day to walking around. Read my post Refreshing Fish Spa Experience at Tagaytay Picnic Grove to learn more about it.
Altogether, we spent just only P2,000 ($47.28), which makes this such a great place to visit on a budget. So the next time that you’re planning a trip to Tagaytay, make sure to spend a day at Tagaytay Picnic Grove. It’s a great place to hang out with family and friends without having to cost you a lot of money.
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