Singapore has planned on becoming a “ City in a Garden” in the near future. This gives many possibilities to enjoy its nature on the weekends or after office hours. The city-state has beautiful parks and reservoirs but also some islands just a boat ride away. Here are some of our favourite places the UEX team definitely recommends to enjoy mother nature:
1) Explore Singapore’s islands
These islands are just a boat ride away. They is a great way to avoid the hustle and bustle of Singapore and explore the rich flora and fauna.
Coney Island, former island of a millionaire, is now home to one of the richest ecosystem in Singapore. Try spotting one of the 80 species of birds that have settled here or hike throughout the island. You can also rent a bike to explore all the secrets of this island.
Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is the first marina park in Singapore. Swimmers and snorkelers can enjoy a beautiful reef. There are more than 250 species of hard corals, 100 species of fish and 200 species of sea sponges to see! To enjoy the rich biodiversity, the park has established two trails : shallow and deep. You will be able to stop at least 20 stations marked by sign in order to appreciate some unique species. Check to see if you meet the criterias to dive here.
Pulau Ubin is a great day trip where you can walk or bike through the island. There are several trails around the island to enjoy abundant wildlife and plants. Try heading out to the Chew Java Wetlands and take a walk along the boardwalk. You will be able to see some incredible marine wildlife. Try going there during low tide not to miss all the different species!
2) Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is an ecological wonder for all nature lovers. With its mangrove and tidal ponds, it has an incredible ecosystem of mammals, reptiles. The reserve offers many observation decks to look out for the park’s wildlife. A 31-hectare extension has opened its doors in 2014. It offers many activities like the Mid-canopy Walk from which you can spot different species of birds and insects. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a breathtaking view from the Coastal Boardwalk.
Spend a day walking around this park, admiring its large ecosystem and taking photos of all the animals and flora is a great way to enjoy Singapore’s nature.
3) Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges is a trail that connects many parks in the west part of Singapore. It links Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, then to HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and to Labrador Nature Reserve. The 10 km of trail offers one of the best panoramic views of Singapore. It’s also gives you the possibility to observe a wide range of flora and fauna.
Don’t miss the Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore! No need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy it. So put your sneakers on and go explore this trail through Singapore’s nature!
4) The Singapore Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Garden, founded in 1959, is an internationally renowned tropical garden that expands over 82 hectares. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is Singapore’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Garden is located just 5 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road. It offers a peaceful sanctuary right in the heart of Singapore.
It holds an immense collection of plants from tropical regions and can be a great way to enjoy all this rich gathering of plants. It’s also a great place to have a stroll with kids. You can also go dining or have a brunch in one of the garden’s restaurants, completely surrounded by the impressive nature. It’s a good way to enjoy your weekend!
You can also attend concerts that are held regular basis for free at the Symphony Lake. Some are also kid-friendly. Check out the Botanic Garden’s website to get more info.
5) Gardens by the Bay
Spanning over 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is separated in three distinctive waterfront gardens: Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The latter will act as the link between the two other gardens in a couple of years. Bay South Garden is the largest and most developed of the three gardens. You can find the world-famous Supertrees with the OCBC skyway and the two conversatories: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
The Garden is part of a strategy by the Singaporean government to transform Singapore. The idea is to transform from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. It gathers a large variety of species of plants, from tropical forest to more cool and temperate climates. This garden impresses each and every one of its visitor thanks to an innovative concept that presents the plant kingdom.
Gardens by the Bay would please anyone. From adults looking for an afternoon stroll to a plant lover, it’s fun for everyone. Even a family looking for an sunday afternoon activity will be delighted, especially with the Far East Organization Children’s Garden. It’s an absolute favourite of the UEX team!
6) Fort Canning Park
This park is an iconic landmark of the Little Red Dot. You can have a small insight of Singapore’s history, and also enjoy the Singapore’s nature. The park is currently undergoing enhancements to bring to life its rich history and its wildlife. The National Parks offer 4 trails in this park :
- Two of which are based on the history of the landmark and takes 45 minutes
- The two others offer the possibility to discover abundant nature: Spice Garden and Trees of the Fort Trail
7) NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®
The National Parks organize a series of concert in the city’s park: Rockestra®. It’s a great way to enjoy some music with family and friends while being surrounded by Singapore’s nature. Check out the next event’s date here. This is also a kid-friendly event!
8) Park Connector Network
A great way to run, walk or cycle through the Singapore’s parks is to use the Park Connector Network. The local government has put into place a website that proposes various loops all over the Little Red Dot. This is the perfect way to discover the countless parks of Singapore while staying fit. You can read our article on ways to enjoy sport for free in Singapore for more idea.
We could go on and on with ways to enjoy Singapore’s nature in the Little Red Dot with the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden and so much more. However, the few 8 ways we just shared have all been tested and approved by the UEX team.
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