Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sky Ranch at Tagaytay

The Sky Ranch at Tagaytay

A new amusement park now calls Tagaytay City home. The Sky Ranch now offers visitors a plethora of new activities whenever they visit the so-called 'Country's Second Summer Capitol'. This festive park also hold a claim to fame for having the Philippine's tallest ferris wheel called the 'Sky Eye'.

So apparently Tagaytay now has the country's tallest ferris wheel.

Here are some shots I took of the newly opened Sky Ranch in Tagaytay City. As we were driving along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, we spied this little amusement park during our effort to find a good vantage point to shoot the Taal Volcano yesterday. No luck there because of the rain and clouds. But I guess good things do happen for a reason. We had a lot of fun trying the few but worthwhile rides around the park.

Entrance fee was around 50 pesos since they had a 50% off discount for their opening promotion (Actually, entrance fee is Php 80.00). Then you had to pay additional for the rides. Around 50 pesos for the carousel, 150 for the ferris wheel and 100 for the Viking Ship if I'm not mistaken. Staff were very friendly and helpful. (More details on the price of things at the end of this post.)

The 'Sky Eye' (Php 150.00) or the ferris wheel was probably the best attraction at the park. I think it's due to the novelty that this is the largest wheel in the country. The ride was alright, it lasted around 20 minutes. The attendants usually value your group solidarity when you line up to ride it. Meaning, they allow your entire group to get inside a ferris wheel car without any stranger or non-group member coming along. The ferris wheel car is air conditioned and can hold around 4 people. It's a bit cramp though. (Not good for those of your with claustrophobia.) When you're at the top, the wind picks up too and buffets the tiny car around. So, steel yourself for that.

The Super Viking (Php 100.00) on the other hand is what I would have to say would be the second best ride at the park. Although I didn't capture it on camera here, just imagine it as one of those huge ships that rock you back and forth. It lasts around 10-15 minutes and really gets your adrenaline pumping. Its nice too since you have a view of the surrounding mountainside every time you go up to plunge back down. Since the climate is relatively cold at Tagaytay, just remember that it gets even more so when you ride this ship that rocks to and fro at break neck speeds.

One thing I liked about this small amusement park was that they weren't 'camera phobic'. They allowed people to freely use their DLSRs in taking pictures of the rides. They also dont mind if you set up your tripod and take long exposures of the rides. (In my opinion, a tripod is essential whenever you choose to shoot an amusement park)

Sky Ranch Details:

Address: Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway.

Address Notes: It's a little bit past Robinson's Tagaytay and it is very near the Casino Filipino at Tagaytay.

Telephone: (02) 857 01 00

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
                         Saturday to Sunday  8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyRanchTagaytay


Sky Ranch Price List

(Image lifted from Sky Ranch Tagaytay Facebook. Click to Enlarge)

Basic Admission - Php 80.00

Sky Eye (Ferris Wheel) - Php 150.00

Super Viking - Php 100.00


*The park is camera friendly. They allow you to bring in tripods and take long exposures. I'm not too sure about bringing in lighting equipment though. 

**There are numerous food stalls and restaurants strewn around the park. You will not want for food.