10 Things You Should Not Miss While In Singapore

Choosing the best things to do in Singapore is no easy task; this is a city bursting to the seams with impressive attractions, exciting activities, and plenty of day trips for all the family.

Almost everyone will have seen an image of the city’s symbol, the Merlion, and this makes our list alongside the nearby Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Singapore Flyer – both of which offer breathtaking views across the iconic Singapore skyline. This tiny island state is also a land of contrasts; Chinatown and Little India, both gastronomic and shopping hubs in their own right, represent the incredible ethnic diversity of the country.

Discover all of these, and more, in our list of Singapore’s best things to do!

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Universal Studios Singapore was the latest addition to Singapore’s attractions list. Opened in 2010, Universal Studios Singapore has seven themed sections with countless rides and shows, all related to major hit movies. The park is part of the US$4.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa Development.

Start off in Hollywood. Strolling down Hollywood Boulevard will make you think that you’re in the States, not in a tropical Asian country. This is the main shopping area of the park. New York is based of course on the city of New York and here you can have your photo snapped with ‘movie stars’ such as Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. Continue on to Sci-Fi city featuring a pair of the world’s tallest intertwining roller coasters among other things and then to Ancient Egypt where you will be faced with two massive guard statues. The atmosphere is truly that of ancient Egypt so get in to experience the ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ ride, a must for adults but not quite the best thing for young kids.

2. GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover, making this destination great fun for both kids and adults.

The best place to grasp the size of Gardens by the Bay is from the top of Marina Bay Sands, which sits directly opposite the park, the space encompass 250 acres of reclaimed land on the waterfront. Getting here is easy, either via walkways from the hotel, giving you an elevated view of the gardens, or taking the slightly longer riverside promenade to enter the park near the two domes. Walking around the park won’t cost you a cent but if you want to step inside the climate-controlled conservatories, or walk amongst the Supertrees, there is a fee. The main park area is open from 9:00 to 21:00.

3. SINGAPORE ZOO

Billing itself as the world’s best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo is a pretty impressive place. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated, with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space. The orangutans are particularly impressive, and visitors can watch as babies and adults alike swing high above their platforms and snack on bananas. There is also a large chimpanzee family, zebras, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures.

For a unique and personal wildlife experience, try the Singapore Zoo Breakfast with the Orangutans. This hassle free tour includes transportation from and to your hotel, allows you a half day to explore the zoo, and has an optional upgrade to enjoy breakfast in the company of the zoo’s much-loved orangutans.

4. ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK

Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa has enough fun rides and slides to satisfy the thrill seekers, and also has a range of other water-based activities for those not so fond of hurtling down huge tunnels or spirally around giant funnels in rubber rings. Whilst this waterpark offers seven different adrenalin-filled water rides, it’s their more unique attractions like Ray Bay and Rainbow Reef (that allow you to get up close and personal with over 20,000 fish), which really sets Adventure Cove Waterpark apart from the rest of Sentosa’s never ending list of attractions.

Located at Resorts World Sentosa, Adventure Cove Waterpark can easily be accessed from the mainland over the short bridge near the harbour front. Once inside, the fun can only begin at one place: the water slides! Kids of all ages will love the ‘Duelling Racer’, where two riders shoot down the high speed water slide on mats, with the first one making it across the finish line the winner.

5. JURONG BIRD PARK

Situated on Jurong Hill is the largest bird park in the world – Jurong Bird Park, featuring 8,000 birds of more than 600 species. Founded in 1971 and managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Jurong Bird Park was first initiated by Dr Goh Keng Swee, the then Minister for Finance, with the prime objective of providing an exclusive leisure zone for the residents of Jurong – little more an industrial area at that time. But little did Dr. Goh know that the park would turn out to be a world-renowned attraction catering to more than 900,000 visitors per year. In fact, there are many tourists who now visit Singapore solely to visit this open-concept park and its rare bird ensemble.

Spread over an area of about 202,000sqm, Jurong Bird Park is truly a haven for bird watching aficionados, with a slew of specialties such as the African Waterfall Aviary, the Jungle Jewels Flight Aviary, the Lory Loft and the Southeast Asian Birds Aviary. The African Waterfall Aviary – the largest walk-in aviary – is reminiscent of an African rainforest. It stands out not only for its exotic array of birds such as black-masked birds, shoebills and saddle billed storks but also as the site of the world’s tallest manmade waterfall.

6. SKYLINE LUGE

Sentosa brings you the first ever luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that’s safe for all ages. With a unique steering and braking system that allows you to make the ride as leisurely or as exciting as you want. Jump on the Skyline Luge Sentosa and brace yourself for a brand new island resort adventure!

While at Sentosa enjoy another fun experience; the Sentosa Luge and Skyride. The luge is a non-motorised, three-wheel carrier (aka self-driving car system) that careens down a steep hill on a 650-metre track from the Imbiah Lookout to Siloso Beach. Then try the Skyride – an open-air cable-driven chairlift offering sensational lofty views of the nearby beaches while taking you right back up to the Imbiah Lookout.

7. SINGAPORE RIVER CRUISE

The Singapore River Cruise, which cuts through the heart of the city, was for many decades the main artery of trade and commerce for the British. Today, the stately Victorian and neo-classical Roman structures still stand proudly along the river banks, but they jostle for space with the many concrete-and-glass skyscrapers that have shot up in more modern times.

The best way to view many of the buildings, statues, monuments and museums that Singapore has inherited from its colonial past is to take a walk along the Singapore River, or a river-boat tour that starts at Clarke Quay. You will be brought along the Singapore River on an old bum-boat, the kind that used to navigate up and down the river in colonial times.

8. SEA AQUARIUM

The centrepiece of S.E.A. Aquarium™ is the Open Ocean habitat, a humongous aquarium which makes you feel like you’re on the cavernous ocean floor. Many just sit and stare in rapt fascination, at the sweeping ocean scenery beyond the spotless glass panels. As you stare at the shoals of fish and fascinating sea creatures swimming in the tanks of the S.E.A. Aquarium™, you may wonder who is actually watching whom. Are they, in fact, ogling humans like two-legged mammal exhibits from the other side of the glass tank?

The multitude of marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium™ are grouped according to ten different zones with over 50 habitats. Deepen your knowledge of marine ecosystems by observing aquatic species from the Bay of Bengal, the Straits of Malacca & Andaman Sea and the Great Lakes of East Africa, the underwater community in coral reefs, and cool marine life in the cold-water habitats.

9. SENTOSA CABLE CAR

Getting to Sentosa Island is so easy, with a number of convenient options including taking the monorail, getting a taxi, self-driving, walking along the boardwalk or taking the Sentosa Cable Car. The Sentosa Cable Car is a great way to get to Sentosa Island from Singapore as you will have an amazing view of both islands. It is also a fantastic way to navigate around Sentosa Island whilst you are there, as there are two main lines and a number of stations.

The Sentosa Island Cable Cars have two routes on the island; Mount Faber Line (north to south) and the Sentosa Line (east to west). The Mount Faber Line is the line that you catch to get on and off the island and the Sentosa Line is the one to navigate around the island once there.

10. SENTOSA ADVENTURE LAND

Explore and enjoy 3 exciting 4-D experiences in a high-tech, interactive entertainment zone at Sentosa 4D Adventureland. Embark on a sensory journey filled with cinematic surprises and 4-D digital effects during Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Join Sean and his stepfather as they embark on a quest to the cryptic isle. As you become part of their adventure, experience a new generation of virtual movie magic through a synchronization of 3-D imaging and special effects such as wind, scents, and water sprays.

Try the Extreme Log Ride and be transported to the wilderness of the Himalamazon. Follow the spectacular journey of a gigantic log as you maneuver through the harvesting plant. Ride through ravines and down valleys, dive into crocodile-infested waters, and feel the wind and water as you splash through this exciting, simulated world.

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