Tagaytay is a less than a two-hour drive away from Manila, which makes it the perfect venue for quick out of town trip to de-stress. The Tagaytay cool breeze makes the experience even better and doubling it with an amazing view of the Taal landscape makes it near to perfection. But with more than a handful of activities to do in the cool city, one of the deemed favorites is horseback riding in Tagaytay.
Tagaytay horseback riding is usually done at the Tagaytay Picnic Grove, which is the most visited tourist site in all of Tagaytay. The Picnic Grove makes horseback riding possible both for the amateur and experienced ones, as well as for the small ones and the rather, big ones. There are horses to suit every skill level of a rider. Kids can go around in circles on the flat space or the more eager ones can opt for the adventure trail. The adventure trail takes you to a much wider field where horses carry their passengers around on a much faster pace. But for those who still find that quite boring, you can ask your guide to take you somewhere else more adventurous such as the narrow and uneven paths of the forests. Guides will undoubtedly know the nearby areas very well as you might even end up seeing an unobstructed view of the Taal landscape even better than the ones most people see.
The Picnic Grove is dotted with dozens of picnic tables, barbecue pits and a special overlooking view of the Taal Volcano, Taal Lake and the coastal town of Batangas. Aside from horseback riding, the Picnic Grove also offers accommodations for overnight stays in their duplex cottages. They have a camping area, bike rentals, a butterfly sanctuary, an eco-adventure trail and another well-loved activity, zip lining. The 250-meter zip line activity shoots you from one mountain to the other in less than a minute’s time. But if you don’t feel like soaring up in mid-air, opt for the safer and slower alternative, a cable car ride that gives you a spectacular view of the Taal landscape as well.
It costs 200 pesos to rent a small horse and 250 pesos to rent the big ones for a one-hour ride. The adventurous ones who’ll want to experience riding through the Tagaytay slopes can opt to explore a number of trails with an additional fee of 200 pesos. You should also note that there is a fee to get inside the Picnic Grove that is charged per person, with an additional fee for parking as well. The Picnic Grove is known to be one of the cheaper attractions in Tagaytay, so expect it to be crowded especially during the weekends.
Kids and kids at heart have always had an amusement for horses, which makes horseback riding in Tagaytay a great chance for them to experience riding horses first-handedly. Make sure to have your cameras with you and take tons of pictures on your horseback riding adventure.