A lot of people will describe Singapore as a mega city, comprised of various districts with their own unique flair. What is commonly overlooked, though, is the admirable attention to green space. Singapore wants to be the greenest city in the world, and it is quite obvious when you find yourself in this remarkable city. For those who love nature, fresh air, and picnicking beneath a sunny sky, here are the best green spaces in Singapore to visit:
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is more than 150 years old and will find a special place in your heart. Not only is it perfect for adults, solo travelers, groups, and children, the layout is masterful and will keep you engaged for hours. The highlights of the Singapore Botanic Garden include the National Orchid Garden and the Evolution Garden, where real samples of petrified wood can be found. Little ones will enjoy the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, where there are plenty of hands-on activities to teach them about nature.
Gardens by the Bay
Whether you visit the Gardens by the Bay during the day or night, there is something scintillating about this place. During the day, the gardens are abuzz with international visitors, water shows, and special events. You can enter two massive indoor greenhouses called the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest to check out the 35-meter tall waterfall. In the evening, the towering supertrees (vertical gardens) light up, creating a futuristic ambiance that will blow your mind. Wander the paved paths around the Gardens by the Bay before taking a break by the Quay, where the infectious nightlife will keep you up til the morning (where you can watch the sunrise up between those stunning supertrees).
Fort Canning Park
Those who love combining their outdoor recreation with history should hurry on down to Fort Canning Park. At the heart of the city, Fort Canning Park is a unique take on displaying historical remnants and war memorials. You can wander the carefully manicured grounds to see a 19th century Fort Gate, weathered grave markers, colonial age buildings, and even a replica of the Raffles’ 19-hectare spice garden from 1822. Nearby are also several museums, including the Peranakan Museum and another devoted to stamps that is popular with children.
If you are looking for something a little more cultural, then why not head to the Chinese Garden? Cross the bridge into the main garden and be transported to Ancient China. You can wander 13.5 hectares of stone bridges—including the Bai Hong Qiao bridge, stone lions, pagodas, and tea houses while marveling the serenity of the lake. Another highlight would be the bonsai garden, which features a collection of mindblowing bonsai trees from Japan, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, and other SEA locations. Kids will go nuts for the Living Turtle and Tortoise Museum, which houses more than 200 turtles and tortoises. Lastly, if you want to see how the Chinese of Singapore party, be sure to come for Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
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