SM’s contribution to the revitalization of Tagaytay’s tourism comes in the form of mixed-use leisure development Sky Ranch.
Whenever you can get away from school or work, Tagaytay is one of those convenient destinations you visit simply because it’s close enough, not because of the variety of things you can do once you’re there. Let’s face it, beyond the customary photo by the Taal Volcano, the patronage to People’s Park, and the stop at Mushroomburger, there really isn’t much to do but enjoy the cool atmosphere. Then SM Land, Inc.’s Commercial Properties Group accepted the challenge by creating Sky Ranch, a family destination that’s slated to change your mind about this Cavite city.
Located along the E. Aguinaldo Highway about an hour from SM Mall of Asia via the SLEX or Coastal Road, Sky Ranch is a hodgepodge of fun, festivities, and food that pledges to improve the tourist experience of both local and foreign visitors.
“Sky Ranch will enhance the overall image and atmosphere of Tagaytay City as a tourist destination,” SM Land senior vice president David Rafael said. “This is made possible of course in synergy with our existing resources and developments in the area.”
Built within 5 hectares of land right next to SM-acquired hotel Taal Vista, Sky Ranch emulates a modern ranch, replete with flowering plants, pine trees, and natural stone, all of which complement the grand view of the Taal Lake and Volcano. And as the leisure park it’s designed to be, it’s got something for every visitor to enjoy.
Sky Fun is Sky Ranch’s amusement park, and its biggest (no pun intended) claim to fame is the Ferris wheel dubbed “Sky Eye”. At 63 meters or 207 feet high, it’s the tallest Ferris wheel in the country, providing riders with an unobstructed view of the entire park and the surrounding landscape. Other rides include the Nessi Coaster, Sky Fun Carousel, Super Viking, the Express Train, and a kid-friendly version of the Super Viking, the Mini Pirate Ship.
When hunger strikes, you can choose from an assortment of restaurants offering cuisines ranging from American (Red Engine Diner) to Filipino (Leslie’s) at the Sky Ranch façade. Want to eat al fresco while enjoying the view? You can do so by renting one of the 20 gazebos lining the cliff overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake. If a quick bite will suffice, there are food stands all over the park that offer grub on the go.
Since the Sky Ranch site used to be a spot visitors frequented to ride horses, it seemed only logical for the facility to retain the activity (after all, what would a trip to Tagaytay be without horseback riding?). The Riding Loop is Sky Ranch’s on-site horseback riding area where guests of all ages can ride safely because of the much-improved trail, safety equipment, and trained horse guides.
Located right in the middle of the park is The Venue at Sky Ranch, a 2,000-plus square meter tent that can be rented for concerts, expos, conferences, or even social gatherings like parties and receptions.
At this point, it’s too early to say if this new development is what Tagaytay needs to again become more than just an accessible place for some R & R. One thing’s for sure: with many of Sky Ranch's attractions already open and more in construction, the city is definitely on the right track to reawakening its appeal as a tourist’s must-see.
Sky Ranch is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City. For inquiries, call 8570100 loc. 1131 or visit www.sm-land.com/cpg.
The 2,000-plus square meter main events venue can be rented for various events.
The gazebos are strategically located to face the scenic Taal Lake and Volcano.
The Sky Eye, the Sky Fun Carousel, and the Nessi Coaster are only a few of the rides at Sky Ranch.
Restaurants with an assortment of gastronomic offerings line the parking lot.
How to get to Sky Ranch