When we say Tagaytay, this place shouldn't be missed when visiting the city.
Aside from People's Park In The Sky, one of Tagaytay’s most frequently visited landmarks is its famous Picnic Grove. This is one of the most common images that come to mind when Tagaytay is mentioned.
|Picnic Grove Tagaytay in 2013
Sitting at the Tagaytay Ridge, it is one of the few spots where visitors can enjoy the view of the Taal Lake and the majestic Taal Volcano.
At Picnic Grove, visitors can enjoy relaxing activities such as taking a stroll through the trail or simply hanging out by their huts and taking in the picturesque view of Taal Lake and the majestic Taal Volcano.
The 13-hectare park is not only just for a picnic. It also offers various recreational activities. There are two zip lines and a hanging cable car, and visitors can take souvenir shots there.
ABOUT PICNIC GROVE
In 1956 -1964 during the presidencies of Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal, Tagaytay seek to promote a new image as the top tourist city. The 13 hectares Picnic Grove was built but was soon abandoned.
Between the period of 1970 to 1975 moneyed families in Manila started to build their weekend residences along the ridge. Picnic Grove was cleaned–up and refurbished.
On December 22, 1980 the City Government moved through the management of Picnic Grove to the National Government through the Department of Tourism’s and HSDC/SICOR/PTA.
Last 23 December 2005, after twenty five (25) years of managing the Picnic Grove the department of Tourism turned over the management back to the City Government of Tagaytay.
|A viewdeck along the Eco-trail
PICNIC GROVE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The amusement park was required to close since the start of COVID-19 pandemic.
On October 23, 2021, the local government of Tagaytay City announced the reopening of Picnic Grove at 50% capacity. The new operating hours are 6AM until 10PM daily.
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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
It was in 2013 since I visited Picnic Grove with my siblings. It was my first time get there. Ever since I was in my younger age, I was dreaming of going to Tagaytay and see the majestic view of Taal Volcano and the lake.
The awesome view of Taal Lake and the Picnic Huts
One of most iconic views I always see is this one from Picnic Grove. So that day in February, I asked my girlfriend and my siblings to go here for a day tour.
We literally just walk around the area without trying some of the activities here. We bought a pack of espasol which is sold by some vendors inside.
Walking through Eco-Trail
Then, we just took photos, more photos while walking along the Eco-trail. Until we reached the view deck which wasn't looking nice that time. Some of the structures were worn out and not well-maintained I suppose.
Anyway, at least, I loved they pathways and the hanging bridge. Well, technically, it was not the amenities or the ambiance I was after for when we get here. Once I saw Taal from afar, I was satisfied. Knowing that this is the only volcano inside a lake inside an island in the Philippines (or even the world, I guess), it was perfectly enough to say, "it's a nice day".
After spending a few minutes (maybe an hour) here, we ate lunch at the nearby bulaluhan which is just across the entrance of the grove.
Then, we straight ahead to People's Park in the Sky that afternoon for another tour around the area. Without knowing much more in the city, we headed straight back to Laguna after we went to People's Park.
I came back here in November, same year, with my officemates. It was the same, just a little foggy compare to my first visit.
PICNIC GROVE ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES
One-hour horseback riding: Php350
- Table rentals (Php100)
- Picnic huts (Php150)
- Family sheds (Php300)
- Pavillions (Php500)
- View decks (Php2,500)
Optional: a photo on horseback priced at Php20 per photo.
Also check out my list of 5 Tagaytay Hotels with breathtaking view of Taal
Zipline and Cable Car Weekday Rate
- One Way: Php200 / person
- Two Way: Php300 / person
Zipline and Cable Car Weekend/Holiday Rate
- One Way: Php300 / person
- Two Way: Php400 / person
HOW TO GET TO PICNIC GROVE
- By bus/jeepney: Picnic Grove is located along the Tagaytay-Calamba Road, approximately 10 minutes away from Olivarez Plaza, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.
- By car: From Olivarez Plaza, head south towards the Tagaytay Rotonda and merge into the Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Follow along the stretch of the road. Along the way, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, Tagaytay South Ridge Estates and the Development Academy of the Philippines. Picnic Grove is on the right side of the road.
For those who are bringing own vehicle, you may use Waze or Google Maps for directions. If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can rent a car or van here.
Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Brgy. Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City
Operating hours: 7:00AM to 7:00PM
Entrance fee: P50.00 (4 yrs. old and above)
*Senior citizens and PWDs are entitled to a 20% discount on Entrance Fees. They must present their IDs before payment to avail of the discount.
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ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN TAGAYTAY
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Picnic Grove
- What can you see in Picnic Grove?
It is one of the few places on the Tagaytay Ridge where travelers can see Taal Lake and the mighty Taal Volcano. The 13-hectare Picnic Grove is more than just a spot to have a picnic. It also has a variety of leisure opportunities. Visitors will take souvenir pictures on two zip lines and a suspended cable car.
- Is it allowed to bring food in Picnic Grove?
Feel free to bring your food but the table and cottages has a fee.
- How much is the entrance fee in Tagaytay Picnic Grove?
The entrance fee was 50 pesos per head.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN TAGAYTAY CITY
On September 6, Tagaytay City opened their tourism under MGCQ amid COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the establishments started to reopen. On September 11, Picnic Grove was announced to reopen the same week the city has began to accept tourists. Kindly follow Tagaytay LGU and IATF's safety protocols while you are staying here.
Read our TAGAYTAY TRAVEL GUIDE for other things to do or to visit in the city.
This blog is part of my Tagaytay Trip in 2013.
WHERE TO STAY IN TAGAYTAY
- Casa Alegria - Check Rates and Availability
- La Bella Tagaytay - Check Rates and Availability
- Escala Tagaytay - Check Rates and Availability
- The Lakeview Suites - Check Rates and Availability
- Taal Vista Hotel - Check Rates and Availability
BUDGET STAY IN TAGAYTAY
Also check out my list of 5 Tagaytay Hotels with breathtaking view of Taal
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