Not to be confused with People’s Park in the Sky, the PICNIC GROVE is still one of the best places to visit when you’re in Tagaytay.

I have been to TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE a couple times already in the past.  I went there last Thursday to check it out again and was surprised to see the many changes that happened to the place from the last time that I visited it.  My first visit to Tagaytay Picnic Grove was in the early 90’s and believe me when I say that it has completely transformed itself from being just an ordinary picnic site to a leisure park.  Some of the old landmarks and markers are still there, a few disappointing degradation, a lot of additional attractions but it still has the same cozy, family-friendly and welcoming feel.

BeFunky_CIMG6439What makes TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE a very special place is not its facilities but its wonderful view of the Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano.

If you’re coming from Manila whether via the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road or Silang-Aguinaldo Hiway, Tagaytay Picnic Grove is located on the left side of the Tagaytay-Calamba Road.  There are also lots of Tricycles that can take you there and the fare ranges from 50 to 60 Pesos a ride.  Tricycle and Jeepney terminals are located near the Olivarez Plaza (Tagaytay Rotonda).  This is also where the Buses going to and from Manila stops.

Upon reaching TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE, you may choose to pay at the Payment Area or the Ticket Booth located at the entrance.

Payment Area
Payment Area

Walk-in visitors prefers paying at the ticket booth while those with vehicles goes straight to the Payment Area.  Here are the schedule of fees inside the Tagaytay Picnic Grove to help you budget your visit there.

Entrance Fee

50 Pesos/Head

Parking Fees

35 Pesos (Car/Van)

50 Pesos (Jeepney)

100 Pesos (Bus)

Cottage Rentals

100 Pesos to 500 Pesos

It’s easy to spot the Payment Area, aside from the huge sign, it is also where the comfort rooms are located, where most of the vehicles are parked and there’s these two huge pineapples located in the front of the building.  It’s impossible to miss.  By the way, there are no fees for using the comfort rooms.  Thank God for that!

Who lives in two pineapples under the sea? - Spongebob 'squared' pants
Who lives in two pineapples under the sea? – Spongebob ‘squared’ pants

Inside the picnic area, the first thing you’ll probably notice are dozens of souvenir shops, pasalubong shops and snack shops lined-up going down to the Eco-Trail.  You can buy a Tagaytay souvenir shirt for as low as 120 Pesos (adult size) just like what I am wearing.  Colored shirts are of course more costly.  There are also other souvenir items like keychains, pens, etc.

My Tagaytay T-Shirt
My Tagaytay T-Shirt

The TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE Eco-Trail will lead you first down to the cottage areas facing Taal Lake and the majestic Taal Volcano.  The trail will then pull you up to the boardwalk and bridges surrounded by wonderful trees and the fresh cool breeze of the highlands of Tagaytay.

The Eco-Trail
The Eco-Trail
Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge
before crossing
before crossing
after crossing
after crossing
resting by the tall trees
resting by the tall trees

Along the way you’ll see the ZipLine and Cable Car area, which is one of the newest attraction of the place.  I wasn’t able to ride the Zip Line and Cable Car, there are just too many people at the waiting line so its a pass for me.  Anyway, I was there more for the sights that’s why I wasn’t that disappointed.

ZIP LINE and CABLE CAR Rates

One-Way

200 Pesos (Weekdays)

300 Pesos (Weekends)

Two-Way

300 Pesos (Weekdays)

400 Pesos (Weekends)

*all rides includes a souvenir photo

Zip Line and Cable Car Area
Zip Line and Cable Car Area
This is where the HANG you
This is where they HANG you
ready for take-off
ready for take-off
and away they go
and away they go
Cable Car Rides are for sissies (joke) hehe
Cable Car Rides are for sissies (joke) hehe

There are a few more mini attractions inside the TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE like Horse Back-Riding (2oo Pesos for an hour ride) and the Fish Spa.  They also have these miniature horses that you can rent for a souvenir picture.  That’s right have a SELFIE moment with a mini horse.

The Eco-Trail ends at the View Deck.  This is where visitors have their pictures taken with the beautiful Taal Lake as a background.

at the View Deck - too much wind
at the View Deck – too much wind

So that’s it!  A relaxing eco-adventure inside the Tagaytay Picnic Grove.  The good thing about the trail is that you can take all the  time that you want, take it slow and just lose all your worries away as you gaze  upon one of the Philippines’ most awesome views – but don’t lose your parking and entrance tickets cause that might bring the worrying back.

If you really want to make it a real spiritual experience (communing with nature type of thing), I suggest that you visit the place during its off peak season and on weekdays so that there will be less people inside the grove.  You won’t get enough time for a picture-picture opportunity when there are a lot of people around.

Going through the Tagaytay Picnic Grove Eco-Trail can also build you an appetite but don’t fret because aside from the snack shops inside, there is also this restaurant right across the main entrance called KOORAH-KOORAH  that serves special Bulalo, Kare-Kare and many other dishes for prices that are very affordable.

Koorah Koorah .. La Koo- Koorah Cha
Koorah Koorah .. La Koo- Koorah Cha

I ordered the Lechon Kawali meal priced at only 95 Pesos.  It comes  with a rice, the Lechon Kawali, a bulalo soup and one hard-boiled egg.

This is late lunch (Lechon Kawali)
This is late lunch (Lechon Kawali)

If you’re planning to stay in the area  a little longer, I recommend you stay at the Tagaytay VIEW PARK HOTEL.  The hotel is located just across TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE – talk about perfect and convenient locations.  The hotel has 35 air-conditioned hotel rooms you can choose from (11 Standard Rooms, 14 Premiere Rooms, 6 Deluxe Rooms, 3 Family Rooms, a Family Suite and an Executive Suite).  All equipped with TV, DVD and free WiFi access.

View Park Hotel new signage (before it was I think reddish?)
View Park Hotel new signage (before it was I think reddish?)
View Park Hotel Executive Suite – I dream of owning this one!

VIEW PARK HOTEL also has its very own restaurant (RED LEMON GRILL) and Cafe (ADAM’S CAFE).

Red Lemon Grill and Adam's Cafe
Red Lemon Grill and Adam’s Cafe

If you still have time, you might want to go and visit also the OUR LADY OF MANAOAG Prayer Site.  It is just within walking distance from the Tagaytay Picnic Grove.  Pilgrims and devotees flock this prayer site all year round to make a WISH.  But the word WISH in the Our Lady of Manaoag is an acronym for:

  • WORSHIP God the Father.. seek the powerful intercession of the,
  • IMMACULATE Heart of Mary… implore the mercy and love of the,
  • SACRED Heart of Jesus… invoke the power of the,
  • HOLY Spirit

And that’s how you make a WISH at the Our Lady of Manaoag.  Here’s a visual tour of the place:

a huge statue of Mama Mary carved from the walls of the buiding
a huge statue of Mama Mary carved from the walls of the buiding
the image of the Our Lady of Manaoag
the image of the Our Lady of Manaoag
an image of the crucified Christ
an image of the crucified Christ
but of  course a souvenir photo right in front of the wishing well
but of course a souvenir photo right in front of the wishing well

Tagaytay is indeed a fantastic place to visit.  I’ll never grow tired of going to that place.  I am already planning my next trip there because there are still a lot of places (well-known and hidden) in the City of Tagaytay that I’ve got to CHECK.

Check out also my post about the OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH IN TAGAYTAY

 

 

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34 thoughts on “PLACES: Tagaytay Picnic Grove

  • May 24, 2014 at 9:47 am
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    Bro, was planning to bring some street children to Picnic Grove, and stumbled upon your blog. It was really helpful and gave me a better idea on what to expect! Thank you very much! Looking forward to seeing more of your travels! Cheers!

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    • May 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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      WOW! Glad you found my post helpful! 🙂 Thanks very much for reading! 🙂

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  • June 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    Tnx for d info..by d way how much is d rate of d view park hotel?

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  • July 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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    wow thank you for you blog. ^_^

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  • August 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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    Hello, can i bring foods inside?

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  • August 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    Pano po kaya go jan f commute from cubao?ndi po kc aq aware eh! 🙁 tnx po

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    • August 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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      Hi ever, I am not 100% sure but I think there are a lot of bus terminals in Cubao that offers rides going to Nasugbu Batangas – those buses will take you to Tagaytay.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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    Nagcheck ako ang availability for sept kaso lahat ng dates blackout.. San pa pwede magstay na malapit lang? Thanks!

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  • August 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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    pre, salamat sa blog na to. plano ko dito dalhin girlfriend ko para sa 1st aniversary namin. tipid pero maganda. sakto sa budget ko. hehehe

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  • September 16, 2014 at 11:12 am
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    what is the nearest church to attend mass near picnic grove sir?

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    • September 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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      Ina Ng Laging Saklolo Parish is the nearest, along tagaytay-calamba road and near ligaya drive – next is the Our Lady of Lourdes (near Rotonda)

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  • January 11, 2015 at 1:17 am
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    Really helps! 🙂 Lalo na yung rates. 🙂

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  • January 27, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    Great info going therw now with my 2 kids. Thanks

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  • October 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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    Hi there, thank you very much for what you shared, my sister and her family are coming home this christmas for vacation and i found your blog. i promised my pamangkins we will do ziplining.. so excited na..

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  • November 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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    Hi Bro, what time ito nagbubukas?

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  • January 28, 2016 at 10:42 am
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    Pwede po ba ang may dalang food sa picnic grove? Thanks

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    • January 29, 2016 at 7:37 am
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      Hi Mary Jean, yes, bringing of food is allowed inside the picnic grove 🙂

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  • October 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    Hi Raindeocampo, your experience brought us to the real place, Picnic Grove in Tagaytay. Reading your blog gives me a better idea of what to expect when we go there. Thank you so much. It helps a lot. God bless 🙂

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    • October 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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      Thank you also Ms. Maritess, this means so much to me. Glad that my blog has helped you. God bless you also.

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  • December 23, 2016 at 11:12 am
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    hi, kpag nasa tagaytay terminal kana. ano ssakyan papuntang picnic grove? at how much thanks

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  • January 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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    Hello po, pwede po bang mag tricycle or jeep papuntang picnic grove galing sa olivarez plaza which is babaan ng bus? How much din po yung fare? Thank you and godbless po.

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  • January 6, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    Hi yes, there are Tricycles that can take you from Olivarez to Picnic Grove – fare at that time was 50 to 60 pesos per ride.

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