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    Family Fun Day at Tagaytay Picnic Grove

    A very rare occasion when Tutubi's growing family went on a field trip to Tagaytay, a week before Christmas, ended up at Tagaytay Picnic Grove for a day of fun and family bonding with his parents, siblings, nephews and nieces during a cold, rainy day.

    Tutubi's first and only prior visit to Tagaytay Picnic Grove was about 12 years ago and he remembers the place as if nothing much changwited except for the addition of zipline and cable car rides.

    The main attraction still of Picnic Grove is simply the picnic cottages with breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, enveloped by cool, crisp air of Tagaytay City, a city perched on the ridge of an ancient caldera home to Taal Lake.

    tagaytay picnic grove cottagespicnic cottages rental offered to visitors. The ones shown can be rented at PhP150.00 per use. Tip: occupy them first then wait for the person collecting the payment. Cottages are a rarity during lunch on weekdays and holidays so better come early

    tagaytay picnic grovea school holding a family day at Picnic Grove with Taal Volcano and Taal Lake as backdrop.

    tagaytay picnic grove kite flying
    Kite rentals are present but what the heck, Tutubi can make a kite DIY style using walis tingting, paste/tape and newspapers for a simple setup and better using other materials of course

    tagaytay picnic grove horseback ridinghorses can be rented for an hour for about P200 and can seat two medium-built persons

    Overnight accommodations at Picnic Grove are also available for those looking for a place to stay in Tagaytay beyond the usual day tour. Restaurants are waiting for park visitors who didn't bring the usual picnic meals. Souvenir shops line the pathways for mementos and pasalubongs like t-shirts, mugs and other things stamped with Tagaytay brand.

    Tagaytay Picnic Grove Travel Information:

    Tagaytay Picnic Grove Entrance Fee: PhP50.00/person
    (free entrance fee for children under 4 years old)
    Parking Fee: PhP per car/vehicle
    Horseback ride price: P200/hour big horse
    Picnic Cottage rental: PhP150.00/use for small cottages

    Picnic Grove
    Address: Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City
    Telephone number +63.46.413.4206

    For details, you may call Tagaytay Picnic Grove contact number or visit their official website/email address.

    For Tagaytay Picnic Grove review, the place is operated by Tagaytay City government but is not really well-maintained usual of government-run establishments. There are inadequate toilets for use (better use the ones inside the restaurants). But being a cheap place to spend time with family and friends, and bring food to share. Tourist traps and nuisance in typical "tourist spots" abound where you'll be offered horses every now and then (much like Boracay's boatmen)

    How to get to Picnic Grove, Tagaytay:

    Please click this How to Get to Tagaytay post for detailed post on getting there with commuting and driving directions for those with cars/vehicles. Note that the usual van rental rates to Tagaytay from Manila is P3.5k, whole day, all in except toll fees. Vans can seat 12 people or more so it's cheap to organize a Tagaytay tour if you're a big group.

    Coming up: Tagaytay Zipline and Cable Car Adventure

    Related Posts:

    Taal Volcano Trek
    Tagaytay Highlands,
    Good Shepherds Ube Jam
    How to Commute to Tagaytay

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:50 PM,


    At Dec 28, 2009, 10:54:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Sounds like a fun place and it looks pretty good as well. I could have a picknick there!

    At Dec 29, 2009, 2:03:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    i didn't know that picnic grove offers overnight accommodations. are they good?

    At Dec 29, 2009, 4:30:00 PM, Blogger watson said...

    Hi Tutubi. Pasensya na po, medyo off topic, but I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

    At Dec 30, 2009, 3:16:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    hoped your christmas was joyful. happy new year. peace and good health in the coming year.

    At Dec 30, 2009, 2:16:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    I've been here a few times. I only like the eco-trail...

    zipline and cable car?!! that's new! I'd love to try that...

    At Dec 31, 2009, 9:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Our family visited recently on Dec.26,'09 and we felt like we were totally ripped-off!
    This place is in dire need of a major make over. Considering they charge P50 per head for entance and additional parking fees for each car, you would think they would have generated enough funds to at least fix up the toilets!(1 stinky toilet each for boys & girls) Even their admin. office looked like it was ready to fall apart(the ceiling was lined with plastic bags to keep the rain from pouring in).
    The zip line & cable car was also such a sham. They charge P300 per head for a very short trip off the edge of the hill... you couldn't even take in the view. I would honestly prefer to ride the ferris wheel in a "perya" or star city.
    It's like, the management doesn't care about improving the quality of the place because they know that people don't have much choice.
    All they care about is getting you in to pay the entrance & parking fee... No staff was present inside to maintain any security or cleanliness! Garbage all around.
    A TOTAL RIP-OFF. I will never go back to this place until they change the management!

    At Jan 1, 2010, 2:11:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    just dropping by to wish you a happy and bountiful 2010 :)

    At Jan 1, 2010, 8:28:00 AM, Blogger ace said...

    these pics are making me miss tagaytay!!! lol.

    happy new year, tutubi! i hope you have a great bash, wherever you are. :D

    At Jan 3, 2010, 2:01:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    happy new year tutubi! blessings for you and your family this 2010 :)

    At Jan 3, 2010, 7:12:00 AM, Anonymous zingtrial said...


    At Sep 5, 2012, 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    magkanu po dapat ang bugdet pra masulit ung tagaytay ndi nmn po mag oovernight?


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