Singapore is one of the most highly developed countries of the Asian continent. Singapore’s economy today is developing dynamically. Due to its favourable position on the main sea route from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, Singapore turned into the largest transport and shopping centre of Southeast Asia for several decades.
This small Eastern country is not inferior to the oldest cities of Europe by number of attractions, which are interesting for children and adults.
Here is our version of the top 10 fun things to do in Singapore.
1. Gardens by the Bay
The garden, planted with super-trees was opened in 2012 on Marina Bay. 18 giant trees, with heights of 25 to 50 metres, are steel trees supporting living plants. More than 160 thousand plants of 200 varieties grow on the super-trees (including orchids, ferns, ivy, etc.). Two of the biggest trees are connected by OCBC Skyway bridge.
In addition to the trees you can enjoy walks in the park, and see the Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, on the shores of which hundreds of dragonflies live.
We recommend you visit the amazing light show, Garden Rhapsody, which happens daily at 19:45 and 20:45.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive
2. Jurong Bird Park
The second attraction among things to see in Singapore in my opinion is Jurong Bird Park. It was founded in 1971, and is the largest bird park in Asia. The area of 20 hectares is home to over 5,000 birds of 380 species. One of the main attractions of the park is an aviary with penguins. Just imagine, the penguins are in the tropics! Did you expect it ever? Another amazing attraction is the seven species of pelicans, including the world’s largest Dalmatian pelican.
I recommend you visit a display of feeding pelicans – that’s quite funny. Ostriches live here too. The real pride of the Park are 15 species of Lories who live in the aviary of 3000 (!) sq.m. Inside the aviary you can spend a few hours watching Lories – they are not afraid of people and literally eat from your hands. Among birds of prey you will discover here eagles, hawks, vultures and owls.
Without fail visit the show «Kings of the skies», where you will learn much about a falconry. You will be impressed by the flamingo lake, which is simply fascinating. In addition to the birds that I have listed, toucans, swans, ibis, peacocks, and herons live here.
Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
3. Universal Studios Singapore
If you love the thrill of rides, I offer you the most exciting things to do in Singapore – to visit the Universal Studios. Twenty attractions including two very adrenaline-inducing roller coasters, the 4D “Transformers” attraction, and the breathtaking “The Mummy” – and more are waiting for you!
The park operates on an “all inclusive” basis, that is, you buy a ticket and you can ride all day on all the rides as many times as you want (food in the cafes and restaurants of the park is not included in the ticket price). The park is divided into seven thematic areas:
In the “New York” there is the “Light! Camera! Action!” pavilion. Here you can see how to make a movie. You will be shown a short scene: the night, New York, a hurricane begins. And then everything falls apart, explodes and burns. But it is better seen with your own eyes.
In “Hollywood” zone there are no rides; here there are street shows, as well as the show «Monster Rock».
There are also City of the Future, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Fairy kingdom, and Madagascar zones. Unquestionably, you will have a lot of fun, but it should be noted that some attractions are not recommended for pregnant women, or people with balance or heart problems. On most of the rides entry is denied to children who are below 102 cm tall.
The park is located on the Sentosa island near the Aquarium.
4. S.E.A. Aquarium
In my list of top ten things to do in Singapore must surely be included the New Singapore Aquarium, which was opened in 2012 at Sentosa, and is the largest in the world. Its dimensions are indeed impressive:
- The aquarium contains 54.6 million litres of water.
- More than 800 species of marine animals inhabit it.
- The total number of inhabitants is more than 100,000 animals (including 200 sharks)!
The environment here is designed as closely as possible to the natural marine life: multi-coloured fishes, majestic rays, huge groupers, tiger sharks are floating in the filtered light amid the wreckage of ancient ships. You can also see crabs here (including the giant Japanese spider crab), sea stars, fierce morays and a large number of different species of jellyfish.
It feels like you are immersed in a submersible on the ocean floor. I highly recommend you visit it, especially if you come to Singapore with kids.
The aquarium is located on Sentosa island, not far from the Universal Studios theme park.
5. Singapore Zoo
If you are looking for things to do alone in Singapore I can suggest Singapore Zoo, where you surely won’t be bored. It’s the place to enjoy the harmony of nature because the Singapore Zoo is one of the best in the world, and the animals living in it are not caged. How about being in the real Wild World? Yes, even the tigers, cheetahs and lions calmly walk free.
Competent organization of space here allows visitors to feel safe: dangerous animals are separated from the visitors by moats, and relatively safe animals (like zebras or giraffes) are separated by low fences.
You can visit various interesting Shows in Singapore Zoo, for example:
- Splash Safari – a very funny show with fur seals, held daily at 10:30 and 17:00.
- Elephants Show – held at 11:30 and 15:30.
- Rainforest Show – a show featuring snakes and monkeys held at 12:30 and 14:30.
- Feeding the polar bear – 10:00 and 13:00.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
6. OCBC Garden Rhapsody
Among things to do in Singapore on a budget I would list the Garden Rhapsody. It’s a very beautiful street show in Singapore, and absolutely free. The idea of the show is to demonstrate that humanity and nature can live in harmony.
The action takes place late in the evening near the magnificent Gardens by the Bay. The huge trees come alive with music, lit with thousands of lights. In fact, it looks amazing!
7. Marina Bay Sands
One of the most wonderful things to visit in Singapore is the huge Marina Bay Sands hotel with a swimming pool on the roof. This 55-storey hotel is shaped like a ship and can take “on board” a few thousand “passengers” (there are 2561 rooms here). The hotel is magnificent in any weather, at any time of the day.
A special mention must be made of the 150 metres long swimming pool, which is located at an altitude of 191 metres. It’s considered the highest pool of this size in the world. Unfortunately only hotel guests are allowed to swim in the pool. But the observation deck on the roof of the Marina Bay is available to everyone who buys a ticket.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
8. Night Safari
Among things to do in Singapore at night is the Night Safari. This world-first natural park for nocturnal animals, has been created in Singapore.
Leopards, Indian hippos, striped hyena, badger-tarsier, Asian Fishing cat and 1000 other animals of 130 species are ready to reveal their secrets in the light of the moon.
9. Snow City
Snow City has Singapore’s first indoor ice rink, the area of which is 3000 square metres, and is a constant temperature of -5 ° C. It consists of two levels, one of which is completely covered by artificial snow.
There is the 60-metre snow slope here, where you can play snowballs, ride inflatable sleds, snowboards or skis. If you need, the experienced instructors will teach you skills of skiing or snowboarding.
10. Science Centre Singapore
Since 1977 Science Centre Singapore has been taking both children and adults into the wonders of science. This is the place where you can empirically determine how a tornado is formed, where lightning comes from, what an echo is. Optical illusions, atomic structure, the birth of a new life, the nature of a tsunami – all this things and much more are explained in the Science Centre. All exhibits can be touched by hand.
Several times a day they conduct various experiments.
The centre has also an IMAX cinema with 248 seats. The movie screen has the shape of a hemisphere, made by NanoSeam technology. It shows non-fiction films about the lives of animals. The thrill of watching a movie on a huge spherical screen is unusual and immersive.
Address: 15 Science Centre Road
Of course there are not only exciting things to do Singapore. This amazing city-country is full of other fantastic attractions and adventures. Just go there and tell us about your impressions.