Tagaytay is a popular place to escape to,leaving behind the taxing city life. It is one of the most sought after wedding destinations in Luzon. Located approximately 60 kilometers away from Manila, Tagaytay is well-loved for its cool climate and the scenic views that come with it. With the never-ending developments in every corner of this city, expect sporadic traffic jams in some areas, but nevertheless, this holiday city in Cavite always receives throngs of visitors throughout the year.
What are the 10 things you can do in Tagaytay? Here are some ideas:
1. Enjoy the view of the Taal Volcano and Lake
The country’s 2nd most active volcano, Taal Volcano, and its lake, seen from Tagaytay Ridge, are quite iconic and considered as one of the country’s best tourist spots. The picturesque scenery is just awesome, whether while the sun is rising giving the spot an ethereal glow, or during sunset when the whole area is bathed in gradient hues.
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2. Have fun in the different parks
Tagaytay has a good number of leisure and nature parks for everyone – Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Peoples’ Park in the Sky, Paradizoo, Sky Ranch, to name a few. Any park mentioned here will surely provide you exciting activites for the day.
3. Indulge in a Food Trip
There are a lot of impressive restaurants in Tagaytay City. From Filipino dishes to fusion American/Asian cuisine to Italian and Japanese fares, the city is surely a good place to have a gastronomic adventure. Don’t forget to order the comforting ‘bulalo’ and of course, ‘tawilis’.
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4. Pamper yourself and relax
Get some pampering amidst the beautiful, serene surroundings in any of Tagaytay’s spa resorts. Try Nurture Wellness Village for a relaxing day retreat and come out refreshed and rejuvenated.
5. Visit a museum
For art aficionados, Tagaytay has interesting museums worth checking out. The Museo Orlina, which showcases the works of internationally-celebrated and pioneer glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, is a must-visit when in Tagaytay. The city is also home to the world’s largest collections of jigsaw puzzles, the Puzzle Mansion. From regular puzzles to the 2D and 3D puzzles, this museum has it for sure!
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6. Enjoy a staycation
For long weekends, families, couples or even ‘barkada’ definitely think of Tagaytay as one of their top choices for a staycation. Who wouldn’t want to take some days off away from the heat of the concrete jungle? And Tagaytay has certainly a place for you – from shoestring budget to royal splurge – depending on your fancy. One great place to have staycation is the beautiful Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay . It offers modern rooms, tropical gardens, a vegetable garden, a pool, a petting zoo and kiddie playground… perfect for the whole family.
7. Stop by to offer some prayers
Tagaytay has some of the most visited churches, with remarkable details set within their lush tropical greenery. Located along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway is the Our Lady of Lourdes Church. It features a Candle Chapel where each candle’s color represents a particular prayer. There is also the very solemn Pink Sister Convent. Also ocated on the outskirts of Tagaytay are 2 beautiful churches that are both popular for weddings – the Chapel on the Hill and the Caleruega Church.
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8. Buy Pasalubong
Tagaytay has shelves-full of pasalubong for everyone. Of course, topping the list is the pie that’s synonymous with the city, buko pie. There are culinary herbs as well, tarts, sylvannas, coffee beans, garden plants and freshly picked fruits to take home.
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9. Have a romantic dinner
Tagaytay has restaurants and hotels that offer romantic dinner settings for you and your partner. Always a reliable place for lovey-dovey dates, the chilly weather and the delicious food truly set the mood for a lovely night.
10. Practice your photography skills
A subject of numerous lovely photographs, Tagaytay is indeed a place for professional or budding photo enthusiasts. Its scenery is always breathtaking, whether on a gloomy or rainy day, and even better on sunny days.
Tagaytay is a playground for photographers — from a silhouette photograph of Taal Volcano, to a micro shot of a fern unfolding a young frond, to a smiling child riding a horse — Tagaytay will always be about memories and photographs.
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See you one fine day in the 2nd summer capital of the Philippines!
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