Who doesn’t get wanderlust while browsing social media? I found myself attracted to places featured on TikTok videos after long periods of restricted traveling. One place that caught my eye is Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay. The inviting entrance and façade seemed promising, so I decided to take a trip down to Tagaytay to see if it lives up to the hype.
All opinions are of my own. NO compensation received. Opinions expressed belong to Kat&Beyond and are NOT influenced in any way. This personal review is based on March 2022 visit. Was it worth the drive? Read on to find out more about my thoughts on this new destination, and if you should make the trip too!
Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay Is Still On Soft Opening
We arrived without a clue that the area was under soft opening. We decided to manage our expectations, then give the place a chance. After all, there’s a reason why it looked so enticing on TikTok!
Entrance was simple and affordable: Php 50 per visitor for a consumable ticket, with an additional Php 10 for every fish feed bag. Look into spending for the latter if you want to spend time with the fish.
The first thing we noticed upon entry was that the staff were very preoccupied. They were still busy painting as well as fixing up the area. I was a bit disappointed as we roamed around. Much of the place was still clearly under construction. It’s not a welcome sight if, like us, you had to drive quite a distance from the city!
Strawberries Still Underway, But Check Out The Fishing Activity When It’s Ready
Maybe it was because the farm was still under development, but we didn’t see any strawberries. It doesn’t come close to the promise of the name. The ponds outside were still quite green, while the roofed ones only contained koi fish.
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There was a fishing activity advertised on the grounds. For Php 50, you’d get to fish for half an hour to catch tilapia. If you catch fish, you’ll pay Php 250/kg, then an additional Php 100/kg as a cooking charge. Pretty pricey for a fish! Lastly, there’s a cleaning only charge at Php 80/kg.
They Have A Way To Go Before Visitors Can Enjoy
Despite these disappointments, there were also some good ideas underway. There was a play area for kids under construction with a merry-go-round. The place itself is very serene and picturesque – very IG-worthy, especially the restaurant! It nearly tempted us to stay and eat there.
However, in the end we left without claiming the consumable entrance fee. It was a pity we couldn’t stay to taste any of the specialty dishes. But we were determined because the staff were clearly flustered. We didn’t want to get in their way and add to the fuss.
It’s a great place for events. But it’s going to take some time and polishing for the facilities before I can wholeheartedly recommend this for a drive out from the busy city. For now, I suggest people just keep an eye on how things go and see if they want to visit for themselves.