Singapore is well-known for being a global financial hub but beneath it is a beautiful garden city with a mix of cultural elements. If this is your first time visiting this amazing city-state, you’re in luck! With so many great attractions in Singapore, it can be difficult to pick those that are worth your while. From breathtaking skyline to lush gardens, this country has it all.
Here’s a run-down of top attractions in Singapore that you definitely need to check out:
1) Marina Bay Sands
As part of the country’s iconic skyline, the Marina Bay Sands is one of the top attractions in Singapore that many people flock to visit. From light shows to having claim to the world’s highest and longest infinity pool, it has a number of attractions within its compound. Currently the most luxurious mall in Singapore, it also houses top international names like Louis Vuitton and Chanel among others.
Make sure to check out the ArtScience Museum which showcases art, science, technology and cultural world-class exhibits!
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
3) Singapore Botanic Gardens
This 74-hectare botanic wonderland is a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to an array of lush plants and flowers. It comprises a number of different gardens and is suitable for people of all ages. With more than 300 species of vegetation, it is a perfect location to view exotic plants, trees and flowers. In addition, it has also attracted all kinds of colourful birds and insects with oriental pied hornbills, spotted wood owls, crimson sunbirds and stork billed kingfishers among them.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is free and open to the public every day of the year from 5am to midnight.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road ,Singapore 259569
4) National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is Singapore’s first ever museum, with frequent rotations of exhibitions. There are also innovative festivals held like the Night Festival, film screenings, and exhibitions that cover Singapore’s history throughout the years. We particularly liked the Story of the Forest exhibit, which is an absolutely gorgeous and immersive installation that transforms William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings into three-dimensional animations. It is a real visual masterpiece!
Also, remember to check the website for timings of the free daily guided tours!
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
5) Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a large observation wheel, similar to the London Eye, and stands at 541 feet above the ground. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city overlooking Singapore’s magnificent skyline, while providing a rich content on Singapore history, culture and iconic landmarks in a multimedia in-capsule experience.
One complete rotation takes about 30 minutes and each of the capsules can carry up to 28 passengers. They are all air-conditioned so don’t worry about feeling stuffy inside!
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Sentosa is a 500-hectare island resort with an exciting array of attractions that will keep you occupied for days! You can enjoy exhilarating rides in the 2017 Best Amusement Theme Park in Asia with Universal Studios Singapore, admire incredible sea creatures in really huge tank with S.E.A Aquarium, or take water play to another level at the Adventure Cove! I haven’t even mention the 3 beaches and beach clubs that you need to check out. Don’t forget to take a picture of the iconic Merlion statue.
For the complete experience, take the cable car from Mount Faber to reach Sentosa! Definitely one of the top attractions in Singapore!
Sentosa Island, Singapore
7) Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo houses more than 4,000 animals and is one of the world’s first ‘open concept’ zoos. This means that the animals are housed in landscaped enclosures and have plenty of room for them to move around.
There are 3 parks within its compound – the main Singapore Zoo, the River Safari, and the Night Safari. The River Safari is a river-themed wildlife park that houses over 7,500 aquatic and terrestrial animals, with the main attraction being the Giant Pandas. When the sun sets, continue your journey in the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, which opens at 7.30pm.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
8) Chinatown / Kampong Glam / Little India
Time to go on a cultural journey in not one, but 3 top attractions in Singapore! Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India are the true testament to Singapore’s rich ethnic, cultural and historical heritage.
– Chinatown for its traditional shops, night markets, and late night dim sum spots. Skip the souvenirs as they are overpriced for tourists.
– Kampong Glam for the impressive Sultan Mosque and streets full of delicious Turkish and Mediterranean food. During the weekends, there are often flea markets and arts events happening in the neighbourhood.
– Little India for restaurants that offer authentic Indian cuisine, food markets, temples, and vibrant festivals that take place throughout the year. There is also Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall selling many items at low prices.
9) Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park is an iconic hilltop landmark that has played a significant role in the history of Singapore. Enjoy a leisure stroll in the shades or wander through the spice garden and take in the sights. You can also visit Battlebox Museum, the former WWII British command post that now offers a tour which covers Singapore’s fall and the the function of the underground command post during the war.
In recent years, it has also become a popular location for concerts and events to be held, such as Films at the Fort, so be sure to check out the schedule if you are visiting!
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
10) Merlion Park
If you are skipping Sentosa, you still have a chance to snap a shot with the iconic Merlion statue at the Merlion Park. The Merlion is actually a marketing creation but has since been adopted as the national symbol of Singapore. Half-fish and half-lion, it signifies Singapore’s location and ties to the waters, as well as its beginnings as the “Lion City”.
If you are staying at the Fullerton, the Merlion Park is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel so don’t miss the opportunity to check it out!
Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
11) Jewel Changi Airport
Marvel at this new headline-grabbing mixed-used development that features attractions, gardens, shopping and dining options as it aims to be the gateway to the world from Singapore. Opened in April 2019, the main highlight is the HSBC Rain Vortex, located at the heart of Jewel. Standing at 40 metres high, it is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. At night, it transforms into a spectacular light-and-sound show that is sure to dazzle anyone.
From the Canopy Park to the Discovery Slides, there are numerous attractions here that you definitely need to check out. After that, explore more than 280 shops that includes popular F&B outlets such as Shake Shack and Emack & Bolio’s! If you are stuck in transit, you now know where to spend your time!
Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
Visit all these top attractions in Singapore and let us know what you think!
Singapore is also home to some of the best multi-cultural food in Asia and you will be able to experience flavours and spices from all over the world. Check out our guide on What to Eat in Singapore!
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