Probably the most visited recreational place in Tagaytay City, the 13.5-hectare Picnic Grove is a fixture in the area since time immemorial. It’s easily accessible via jeepneys from the Olivarez terminal; a quick eleven peso-ride and you’re there.
There are loads of activities at the Picnic Grove that would suit all sorts of folks. There’s the relatively new zipline that soars 300 feet above ground for the daredevils, horseback riding for those looking for something countryish, the eco trail for walking enthusiasts, souvenir stores for the shoppingeras, and of course the picnic spots for those who just want to hang out and enjoy Tagaytay’s view and weather.
I’ve tried the zipline before and it’s really not as scary as it looks. The ride took less than a minute and provides a somewhat different view of the Taal Volcano.
If you’re still unwilling to do the 250-meter zip-down through the park, you may opt for the less adventurous cable ride; same awesome view, different pace. Price for a one-way zipline ride is pegged at Php200.00 on a weekday and Php300.00 on weekends and holidays; for a two-way zip just add Php100.00.
Horseback riding is probably the oldest leisure activity in Tagaytay parks. I, unfortunately haven’t tried it, even once. An hour-long horseback ride at the Picnic Grove cost Php150.00 - Php200.00 depending on the horse’s size, plus another Php150.00 for the trail.
Now the eco-trail I have tried numerous times before. The track is actually a series of concrete platforms that crosses the edges of Picnic Grove. Don’t worry about falling off the side of the cliff though as metal rails are provided for. This place has one of the best vantages in viewing Taal, which claims the title for being the world’s smallest volcano.
The trail can be crossed in ten minutes if you’re in a hurry, but why do that right? The best way to enjoy this is by walking slow and stopping every now and then to fully appreciate the panoramic surroundings. One would also have to cross a hanging bridge before completing the trail, no worries though as the bridge is pretty stiff, no dizzying sideway motion while crossing.
A lot of stores selling shirts, bags, keychains, and all sorts of souvenirs can be found along the park’s entrance. It’s like a market all on its own, but there’s one seriously lacking among these stores, ref magnets. Every store seemed to have keychains, but no ref magnets. I need them ref magnets!
And lastly, the best way to enjoy Picnic Grove is by actually holding a picnic there!
Huts and picnic sheds are readily available in the area with prices ranging from Php100.00 to Php500.00. Grills are also on hand on some of them so you can definitely bring something over to barbeque.
Most say that a Tagaytay trip is expensive. Not true, I say. Head off to the Picnic Grove and enjoy good old picnic fun with family and friends without burning a hole through your pocket.